RE: Ethics, morals in documentation?

Subject: RE: Ethics, morals in documentation?
From: david -dot- locke -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 09:10:56 -0500

Apparently, the sales rep was not bother by this moral dilemma. The company
wasn't bothered by it either.

Do you imagine that all those technical writers that wrote DOS books are
going to hell, because DOS is used by everyone? Or maybe, the people who
manufacture hammers should all make the trip? Where does this stop? It stops
with your own moral sense. If you don't want to do it, don't. If someone
else does, so what?

I've seen valid ethical dilemmas that were covered by the STC TC Code of
Conduct. A technical writer was asked to falsify technical data. She quit.
Someone else did it. Management will do what they want, and they will take
all the money put on the table most of the time. Your ethical stance is your
own. Take responsibility for your ethical stance.



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