RE: Author Credit

Subject: RE: Author Credit
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- mac -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 10:53:40 -0400

On 07/16/2002 10:33 AM, Richardson, Leigh (Leigh -dot- Richardson -at- mirant -dot- com)

>This isnt' off-base. This need to have his/her name on the document is a
>lack of experience in the industry and immaturity. These are company
>documents and do not belong to individual.

Disclaimer: I'm very experienced in this industry, and I have frequent
flashes of immaturity.

That said, I've worked at numerous companies where policies allowed
external documentation to list the authors (collectively, if more than
one writer produced it), and sometimes the development and QA teams. I've
also seen software such as Adobe FrameMaker that lists development, QA,
and Documentation contributors in the About box. As I recall, no
catastrophe resulted from any of this rampant immaturity or hideous lack
of experience.

For my own preference, I've always enjoyed seeing my own name in print
wherever possible, and often use my own name in examples in the docs. But
maybe that's just me.


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