RE: Top ten dumb comment Tech Writers receive from...

Subject: RE: Top ten dumb comment Tech Writers receive from...
From: "David Berg" <dberg -at- dmpnet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:40:45 -0500

> I am not complaining about my job or the company - I love it here! I was
> just wondering what are some of the "dumb" comments that you all receive
> from SME's or others. It is a rainy, dreary day in Michigan, and something
> tells me this Friday will drag (drip) slowly.
> In the spirit of the David Letterman Show, What are the 10 ten
> comments Tech
> Writers receive?

This isn't exactly what you're looking for, but it's along the same line,
and actually has a TW tie-in.

I can't spot this link right this second, but on the Dilbert site a couple
of days ago they had a page titled "Top 20 Oddest Rules In Your Employee

The page is still in the cache of my laptop so I saved the page. I don't
want to paste it all here, but here are some highlights:

* You must not leave you laptop unattended, even when it is going through an
airport X-ray machine.

* Employees cannot use the stairs. Ever.

* No livestock or other questionable property is permitted on company
premises. (This was at a computer repair company. Also, I haven't come
across too many questionable cows lately. Cow-orkers occasionally, but not

* For safety reasons, women must wear hosiery.

* You must take a leave of absence (LOA) is sick for over five days. You
must give two weeks advance notice to return from LOA.

* Any sexual activity on *employee* property is prohibited. (emphasis mine)

I'll resist the urge to go any further with the list, but it's great.

Of course, the moral is that we need to pay attention to what we're writing,
and always, always proofread before publishing.

David Berg


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