Re: Are you a writer?

Subject: Re: Are you a writer?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 12:53:40 -0800

David_Slonosky -at- i2 -dot- com wrote:

What? So, developers who don't communicate their knowledge are of equal value to a company as those who do communicate? In other words, in a hypothetical job interview situation between a silent developer and one who could communicate, with all other variables equal, the recruiter could flip a coin and be confident he/she was making the right choice for the company?

You're shifting the meaning of "communicate." In the original context, "communicate" referred to the abilities of a writer, not to social skills.

And I don't disagree with the proposal that tech writers must know the subject matter. I only object with the notion that knowledge can only be expressed as a boolean variable, either your knowledge = 0 or your knowledge = 1.
No one suggested that.

Tech writers should be seeking to increase their knowledge from day one on a project, but to suggest that if you're thrust into a situation where you are partially editing and partially adding new material you are no longer a writer doesn't sit well with me.

No one suggested that, either.

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