RE: More on Tech Writing Tests

Subject: RE: More on Tech Writing Tests
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 17:40:31 -0500

Hi, Jan..

I went back to the post and read it more carefully. It was never said they
get "good" writers. The word "good" (or quality, or accurate, or the like)
never appears in the post. It was said that they get writers who are "one of

We don't know what "us" writes like. We (at least I) do know that they seem
to be very verbose.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372

-----Original Message-----
From: Jan Henning [mailto:henning -at- r-l -dot- de]
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 5:27 PM
Subject: Re: More on Tech Writing Tests

>> Do not answer any questions the writer asks, just leave them to it.
>> (The
>> really good ones immediately ask about audience, for instance, but I
>> just
>> said I had given all the instruction I was going to give.)
>This is the part of the test that I have the most problems with. In my
>experience, a big part of techwriting is gathering information, which
>often means asking questions. A test that specifically excludes this
>part seems to be significantly skewed.
>Of course, if LeAnne says that they found good writers for their team,
>it?s hard to argue with that. (And I don't think it is fair to portray
>the team as going nowhere and stuck in a comfortable routine, unless
>more information is available.)


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