RE: And finally, the sign-off is...

Subject: RE: And finally, the sign-off is...
From: BMcClain -at- centura -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 10:11:38 -0500

In the first place, if she has to sign off on changes, *why can* she go back
and paste anything over them? Is the stuff out there on the network for
anybody to play with?

The first time anybody tried that with me, I'd politely ask them not to do
it again, and the second time, it'd be "*Why* do you need me to help you if
you insist on changing stuff right back to the way it was?"

I know you're crunched for time, but is the SME clear on *why* you're making
the changes you make?

I hope (a) you've been documenting this or (b) you've at least shown your
boss an example. This sounds like a control-freak SME to me. I once
experienced a similar situation I'll simply describe as the "Hyphen Wars."

Bill McClain
("Writers are always selling somebody out." - Joan Didion)

-----Original Message-----
From: Carnall, Jane [mailto:Jane -dot- Carnall -at- compaq -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2000 10:01 AM
Subject: And finally, the sign-off is...

When the SME doesn't like the way I edited something, she doesn't bother
commenting: she just goes back to her original document and pastes her
version of the section or the paragraph over my edited version. I explained
to her last week - and she appeared to take it in - that this doesn't really
save her valuable time, it just means that instead of her writing her
comments she gets to come over to my desk and comment in person, since all
too often I *can't* simply leave her paragraph as is: badly constructed
sentences, inconsistent use of language, strings of nouns all in a row, use
of "it" referring back to godknowswhat... (Well, I didn't go into all that
detail, I just said that it was an informationally-inadequate way of
indicating what is wrong with my edits.)

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