Re: ethics, morals in documentation?

Subject: Re: ethics, morals in documentation?
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 19:10:02 -0700 (PDT)

> I thought I'd share a strange little situation from
> work. Yesterday myself and several other staff were
> called into a meeting and asked if we'd have any
> problems modifying our product for a company that can
> best be described as a porn empire.

Awwww, you get all the good gigs!

> Does it matter who uses our documentation? Or what
> it's used to accomplish? Is it common for companies to
> give employees the choice between participating and
> not participating in a project? If so, what are some
> of the repercussions of not participating?

It isn't common. It is however a simple factor of what you're comfy doing.
You don't want to support porn, don't do the job. If it doesn't bother you, do
it. Same with any other project. If you have emotional problems with the
content, tools, operating systems, or co-workers - leave. It is after all a
semi-free country.

>From my perspective...Content Uber basically have no choice but to
"be exposed" to nasty stuff. If I work with a client, I want to know their
business. I need in depth, detailed, complete, uncensored, hardcore exposure to
all aspects of the process. Oh yeah....

> I've already made my own decision to participate in
> this project. I thought, however, that describing the
> situation might stir up some interesting debate.

I'm stirred up. :-)

Andrew Plato

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