RE: Big Doc Word

Subject: RE: Big Doc Word
From: david -dot- locke -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 15:17:15 -0600

Well, Jo. We did live with the consequences. And, after I left, I found that
incoming documentation manager didn't like what she saw. She has libeled me
ever since. I'm hoping she shuts up before I have to sue her. It is no fun
meeting new people in this business that say they heard about me.

We never worked together or even had the same boss. I learned that bad doc
was a function of the company's management not the writers. It was bad when
I got there. And, when I asked about it straight out, I was told that they
didn't do doc, they did training. I never cursed the TW that preceded me.

My boss's boss loved my work, except when I did what the boss wanted in
which he quoted her authority over my objections. I never told her how the
errors got into the doc. I quit soon after that. The boss should be happy,
but he sabotaged doc at every turn even to the extent of lying about
technical content. He cried when I left. I had never seen a grown man cry.

But this doc manager won't shut up and go away. It didn't help that I wrote
a modular doc, which is hated by a segment of technical writers. It
certainly isn't a disagreement that should escalate into libel.

When I see bad doc in an interview, I run rather than walk out of the
interview. I know how it's going to be from that point on.

David W. Locke


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