RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site

Subject: RE: Fear and Loathing at the Job Site
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 12:29:32 -0400

>> OTOH, I want the whole field to have less people but those who are
>>in it, more qualified. I'm not worried about getting lost in the crowd. We
>>could be more than we are now.

Nice sentiment. I know you're all discussing this off-list, but I still haven't
seen one example of a qualification that you can claim makes me worthy of being
titled 'Tech Writer"tm that applies to my job and yours. Except for writing,
presentation, organisation, and language skills. All of which get shot down as
secondary to our REALtm proffession and which are already covered by the much
maligned STC. It's not that I refuse to learn technologies outside my domain.
What I do refuse is that any person/group/organisation/cult tell me which
qualifications outside my domain I MUST have to be considered worthy of in MY

When you have the numbers of practitioners that Engineering or Medical Doctors
have and you can SPECIFICALLY define a number of specialties that EACH have a
sufficiently large membership, THEN qualifications are worth talking about.

It's funny though, anybody who can code and demonstrate their skills can be
called a programmer/developper. Haven't heard any of my programmer friends going
on about all this existential justification for being a REALtm Proffessional
nonsence we continuously have on this list. And heck, programming is a diverse
as techwriting. You might know how to code in C++ but if you know nothing about
banking, do you really have a place in programming bank software? If you don't
know how a train functions, do you have any place writing code for train

Eric L. Dunn


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