Re: ADMIN: Re: OT How do I unsubscribe?

Subject: Re: ADMIN: Re: OT How do I unsubscribe?
From: Jo Francis Byrd <jbyrd -at- byrdwrites -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 14:28:32 -0600

Your point, Eric, illustrates one of my pet theories about technical writers,
especially those of us who write directions for a living - and do it very well.
We're the worst in the world when it comes to reading directions. I HATE having
to resort to the directions, do it only when I can't figure it out otherwise (and
grumble the entire time).

A couple of years ago I attended a STC meeting; the presenter gave each table a
set of instructions to create something....paper airplanes, I think. Out of at
least two dozen tables (each seating about six to eight TECH WRITERS), only the
people sitting at ONE of the tables actually read and followed the instructions!
The rest of us just muddled through.

Jo Byrd

Eric Ray wrote:

> All, you know, there is an interesting technical communication connection here.
> The process to unsubscribe is pretty
> straightforward (see below). The process is also documented in every message
> from the list, on the Web site
> in multiple places, in the instructions that you received when you subscribed,
> and in periodic administrative postings
> to the list. That notwithstanding, I get at least two messages every day asking
> how to do it. It does call into
> question the overall efficacy of documentation in general, doesn't it?
> Not really grinching, as my form response takes about a second to send, but
> definitely bemused by the irony,
> Eric

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