Re: Is this too Offensive for a manual?

Subject: Re: Is this too Offensive for a manual?
From: "Mike O." <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 08:06:59 -0500

Claire Philpott wrote:
> I am editing a software manual with a target audience of users who are
> responsible for managing meter readers. ...There are some phrases used
> in reference to the meter readers that make me balk at including them.
> For example:
> Arising from incompetent, lazy or crooked meter readers...
> ...reward performance and punish incompetence.

Oh man... if they say that about the meter readers, just think what they say
about the tech writers. :-)

I wonder... if I am working on some of the new upgrades to financial
software in the US, can I use phrases like:

- Arising from amoral, thieving corporate officers...

- Prevents CEOs from stealing widows' pensions...

- Reward integrity and honesty, punish fraud and theft...

Probably not.

Mike O.



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