RE: Stereotypes (WAS: what to look for in a Tech Editor)
"Megan...what do you do?"
"ya know those huge robots you see in the movies and commercials that swing all over the place welding, painting, spinning, and assembling whole
automobiles? I write the instructions on how to build and run those beasts."
"Whoa, COOL! Isn't that how the Terminator started? From robots? Do you know Arnold?"
I got similar reactions from people a few years ago when I documented software for automated materials handling equipment.
"Hey, Kat, whacha doin'?"
"At the moment, I'm writing a manual for warehouse managers who use automated materials handling equipment."
<notices glazed eyes>
"You know, those things at <name of big builders' warehouse> that go "zip" when they move and "bop" when they stop, and "whirr" when they stand still, and get you your eighty-seven 14-foot-long two-by-fours and 200 toggle bolts and a screwdriver all by themselves without a driver. Those things. I write the instructions for the guy who sets it up so that when the clerk types in your order and clicks Send, the thing brings back eighty-seven 14-foot-long two-by-fours and 200 toggle bolts and a screwdriver, and not 13 light bulbs and a garden shovel."
That was fun.
with apologies to Tom Paxton
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