RE: Humor in technical writing
>As any senior technical writer will tell you:Just lately, I've seen some humor in ads and billboards that offends me in a religious manner. One is an ad for the zoo's new exhibit for birds of prey. It says something like "Prey before you eat." I find it offensive in an annoyed way, but I'm sure others think it's really funny. You cannot anticipate everything that someone else will find offensive. That's why I would avoid humor in tech writing.
>Humor in technical writing? No, don't do it.
I agree completely. What might be funny to you, may be offensive to me. If
your users need comic relief, they can turn on the TV set or go to a comedy
act. Up to this point, I haven't found an employer that lets me spend eight
hours a day watching television.
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Sr. Technical Writer
marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com
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