RE: portfolio again - clarification

Subject: RE: portfolio again - clarification
From: Kay Robart <kay -dot- robart -at- integratedconcepts -dot- com>
To: salatas <salatas -at- micron -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 14:07:20 -0600

Wow! I didn't realize plagiarism was so rampant in this profession!
I've had only two experiences:

My last company hired some contractors under supervision outside the tech
pubs department to produce a bunch of training guides. After months
of paying six writers, they turned the project over to the regular writers,
having achieved almost no results. One of our writers entirely rewrote one
and later one of the contractors contacted our department to ask if she
could have a copy of that manual for her portfolio. The reason she didn't
have one is that IT DIDN'T EXIST before she left. Of course we wouldn't
give her one.

The other time our department took over a horrendously bad web project
that another department had contracted out. Later, when I was trying to
hire a writer, I got a resume from a rep for one of the writers on that
contract, claiming
that she had "documented the release," as if she had written all the
for it instead of one set of bad web pages that summarized the release
notes. The
release itself was a huge one that had taken 12 writers six months to do.
I called up her recruiting company and told them about it. I didn't hold
responsible, because they can't always know if someone is misrepresenting

Kay Robart

> We had a candidate for a contractor position send us a link to a web site
> where he had some samples posted. (I like that kind of portfolio.) Two of
> the samples were business memos, and one was an elaborate HTML manual. . .
> Something about that manual made me suspicious.
> Anyway, I copied a sentence from the middle of the document, and pasted
> the
> sentence into a search engine. I found the exact same manual, word for
> word,
> graphic for graphic. The manual I found had a table of contents, a
> copyright, and an acknowledgement page that thanked everyone who got near
> this project, including the administrative assistant. But there was no
> mention of our candidate.

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