How nosy are you?

Subject: How nosy are you?
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 13:30:36 -0400

I've noticed, in myself, more and more of a tendency to do quick scans of
documentation on other people's desks, around printers, and even in garbage
cans for any hints of anything going on around me that may impact my

Don't get me wrong, I don't rifle through people's desks or through file if I happen to be passing someone's desk and I see a document or
email in plain sight, I will ask about it.

Example: This was an email I sent to the guy in charge of database
engineering a couple of minutes ago:

[name]...I noticed an email you had sent to the DBAs with the title
"Standardized Server Build and Configuration" documentation last July 10th.
Any chance of getting a copy of these documents for my [system_name]

Do you find yourself doing this? Is it wrong to do this? Is it a good thing
to do? How far do you take this? Do you let others in your company know
you're doing this?

>From my perspective, if you leave something in full view, it's fair game.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
"If you're afraid to be second-guessed, you better not make any decisions."
--Hal Sutton, America's 2004 Ryder Cup Captain


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