RE: Andrew's Dream Curriculum

Subject: RE: Andrew's Dream Curriculum
From: Barry Baldwin <barry -dot- baldwin -at- sanchez -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000 13:34:47 -0500

If I may offer a real-world tech-writing tip:
Changing the subject line when replying to a post makes it difficult to
follow the thread and leads readers to suspect the writer of quoting out of
context (regardless of whether or not this suspicion is justified).

Frankly, I think this whole discussion is overrated; no-one was ever
bludgeoned into competence. Competence is usually a function of hunger. But
it is entertaining to watch you take the easy route: blame the curriculum
and fend off the flames. Not to say the curriculum shouldn't be stronger; it
should be stronger. But I just think your assessment over-simplifies a
complex problem.

BTW... which is it: toads or geese? Or did the geese eat the toads? How big
is your lawnmower? I'm confused.


Ladling out steaming bowls of rich, creamy documentation.

> --- Tom Brobst <tbrobst -at- lucent -dot- com> wrote:
> > Andrew,
> >
> > This is comprehensive but would force employers to start a tech writer
> out in
> > a
> > six-figure salary range and students to fork out tons of cash putting
> > themselves
> > through school. I don't think some doctors secure this kind of
> education!
> Naw - my classes are all basic, 101 level classes. When I say Physics - I
> mean
> an introductory level course, not a in depth quantum mechnics class.
> > God, you have some great ideas, man. I don't know how come up with this
> stuff
> > but it's sure entertaining.
> I have a gaggle of magical toads hopping around my back yard and they
> impart
> wisdom to me. Sometimes I suck them up in my lawn mower.
> Andrew Plato

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