Re: Interviewing Subject Matter Experts

Subject: Re: Interviewing Subject Matter Experts
From: "John Fleming" <johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 08:35:00 -0600

> Subject: Re: Interviewing Subject Matter Experts
> From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 12:24:58 -0700 (PDT)
> X-Message-Number: 40


> The same. Most tech writers out there treat SME's like priests and
> reverends. The fact is, most SMEs are morons doing the absolute
minimum to
> get paid. Trusting the information from these people is synonymous
> getting investigative news from the National Enquirer.

Morons or not, those SMEs have information I need to do my job, and it
is much easier to get that information if I treat them with a certain
amount of respect.

As I've told more than one flattered SME along the way, an SME is
someone who knows more about the topic than I do.


John Fleming
Technical Writer
Edmonton, Alberta
email: johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca


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