Re: HUMOR: I Need Help

Subject: Re: HUMOR: I Need Help
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 11:53:05 -0800 (PST)

"Jim Shaeffer" wrote...

> And yet, every software engineer or programmer I know works and learns by
> doing wholesale copies of example code into his or her code. They also base
> their work on established, published algorithms and trusted formulas.
> They don't waste resources "re-inventing the wheel" when there is an
> opportunity for "creative plagiarism."

I have absolutely no problem with "quiet" plagiarism. Honestly, I learned how
to write a lot of manuals reading and analyzing other people's work.

However, I would never think of walking into a room filled with 4000 colleagues
and yell "Hey, could everybody send me an XYZ Guide so I can rip it off and
claim it as my own. I am too big of a loser to go get it on my own."

Asking TECHWR-L to send you templates (or pointers to such templates) is
basically the same. I don't care if people do it, I just think its lame, and
therefore an open target for criticism and satire.

Hey, maybe somebody should start a web site with generic examples of documents
like API Guides, User Manuals, etc. That way people have somewhere to go for
that stuff and aren't asking us to do it for them.

Andrew Plato


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