RE: HUMOUR: Blame Guide

Subject: RE: HUMOUR: Blame Guide
From: "Sean O'Donoghue-Hayes (EPA)" <Sean.O'Donoghue-Hayes -at- ericsson -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 10:07:07 +1000

It is with some dismay I read Andrew's so called Humorous guide - as these
are tried and true secret cabal technical writing techniques that have
evolved since the first caveman/woman technical writer wrote a well
expressed warning sign up about the dangers of using fire, and documented
how to move fire from the site of a lightning strike to that of the home
fireplace [(3) place the branch in the fire caused by the lightning strike.
Wait until the branch is well alight (4) Run like hell back to the

anyhow I think the technical writing guide can be expressed in three short

(1) The technical writer is infallible.

(2) You as a reader or SME for the technical writer are wrong.

(3) Any further problems, refer to (1).

Hope this helps you all.

~No Llamas were injured in the production of this email~

regards and thanks,
Sean O'Donoghue-Hayes

**Please note my email address changed on the 28th of September, 2001 to:

Sean.O'Donoghue-Hayes -at- ericsson -dot- com -dot- au

(61) (03) 9301-1695

Melbourne Central, Level 49,
360 Elizabeth Street,
Melbourne 3000

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Plato [mailto:intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, 4 October 2001 5:51 AM
Subject: HUMOR: Blame Guide

In an ongoing effort to help technical writers avoid doing their jobs, I
present version of the Technical Writer's Blame Guide.


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