"Obvious" warnings - drawing the line

Subject: "Obvious" warnings - drawing the line
From: "David Downing" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 19:05:10 -0400

I've been following the thread about warning that are so obvious as to
be stupid, and it seems that the burning question -- and the practical
one for technical writers -- is: Where do you draw the line between
something that "anybody oughta know" and something that people may
legitimately not be aware of and thus have a legitimate need to be
warned against? Okay, it's probably general knowledge that you
shouldn't point a loaded gun at any living thing that youwant to stay
that way, but is it general knowledge that an unplugged TV can still
give you a nasty shock because of static electricity?

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