RE: Hostility towards STC

Subject: RE: Hostility towards STC
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 15:39:27 -0400

How about these off the top of my head:

-Certification (check this link for this in a comparable field
-Actual national-level training that means something (check this link for
this in a comparable field
-Serious Outreach to promote to companies why they should hire professional
technical writers
-Establish standards (check this link for this in a comparable field

John Posada
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-----Original Message-----
From: guy [mailto:guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: Hostility towards STC

John Posada wrote:

> STC could have done so much more to further the professional
> technical writer, resulting in less unemployment, higher
> wages, and greater professional respect by those outside of
> the field, instead of just being a mediocre dues collection
> engine with little return to those who are the foundation of
> this field. It seems to me that if not being a member of the
> professional organization does nothing to hinder your
> advancement in the field, they are pretty much superfluous
> and impotent.
> I was a member. I was a chapter officer. I'm no worse off now
> that I'm not.
> Shoot...even garage mechanics have a better professional
> organization (ASE) behind them.

Remember the one about telling the minister, "Now, ya done
quit preaching and gone to meddlin!"? Well, we have the
reverse here.

John has turned us from carping to exploring.

What COULD STC have done (or still do) to "further the professional
technical writer"?

One suggestion has been to provide better conference presentations
about more technical stuff. Outside of STC, Jack Molisani has launched
LavaCon (

"a conference that focuses on one area:
How to estimate, bid and manage tech comm projects and teams"

Should STC be doing more of this sort of stuff?

Silicon Valley Chapter of STC has hosted workshops on understanding
Java and XML and the like.

Is certification something STC should pursue?

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