Re: Are you a writer?
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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