Re: "Obvious" warnings - drawing the line

Subject: Re: "Obvious" warnings - drawing the line
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- optonline -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 19:46:08 -0400

letoured -at- together -dot- net wrote:

> You understood what I meant. Of course if you want to make the argument that
> you didn't understand, go ahead -- but writers who work on utility systems,
> chemical plants, railroads, shipbuilding, military equipment, and more -- know
> them quite well.
> They work and very well, unless the writer is a complete dummy taking things
> to the extreme <s> -- which not only wouldn't get past the sign-off review,
> but neither would the writer if he ever tried it again.

Of course I understand what you meant. As others have pointed out it
depends on who you are writing for. If he intended user is the general
public than the old saying "stupidity has no bounds" is applicable. It
is always a judgment call as to how far you take your warnings.
Unfortunately, many look upon an accident as an enrichment opportunity.
"It wasn't my fault, nobody told me I could break away if I walked out
the open window from the fourth floor." In one case that I am familiar
with, the worker removed a safety guard from the equipment and as a
result was injured. The theory of his lawsuit was that the safety guard
was too easy to remove and he was not instructed not to remove the
safety guard.


"When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a
minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute-and it's
longer than any hour. That's relativity,"
- Einstein-

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