Re: Hostility towards STC

Subject: Re: Hostility towards STC
From: Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 21:22:18 -0700 (PDT)

"Bruce Byfield" wrote

> Personal reasons aside, the main reasons why I dislike to the STC are:

I am 100% in agreement with Bruce. I'd add two of my own reasons:

- There is zero (or minimal) effort within STC to encourage writers to be more
scientific or technically oriented. Nobody is asking STC to start teaching C++
or biology courses, but they could certainly encourage members to focus on tech
issues through sponsorship of technical seminars or industry-specific SIGs.
STC has a SIG (special interest group) for managers, single-sourcing, and just
about every other "communication" oriented minutia, but I have never seen a
"medical writers SIG" or "software writers SIG?"

- Nepotism and favoritism. Local chapters are often dominated by a handful of
power brokers who routinely use the resources of STC and their position as a
form of subsidized marketing for their personal tech writing companies or
placement agencies. Why on earth should I pay $110 a year, so that some local
tech writer placement agency can sell me on their services. Its like paying a
used car dealer to push you into buying a car. Moreover, the power brokers in
authority are very clear about maintaining that authority. They dole out favors
and perks to their pals and co-workers. For example, pals of the president
never seem to have trouble getting into seminars and meetings for free. But
competitors of the president's placement agency will pay FULL price - always!

Andrew Plato

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