Re: What's the purpose of this list?

Subject: Re: What's the purpose of this list?
From: Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 11:24:02 -0800 (PST)

"Wendy Cunningham" <> wrote ...
> Was I mistaken to think it was a place to get the support and friendly
> advice from fellow technical writers? I've only been here a week or so
> and I'm astonished at how much negativity and slamming is thrown around.
> Rather than acting like professionals interested in sharing knowledge
> and experience, many of you act like playground bullies. People with
> different opinions or those who just feel a need to vent are told they
> must be lousy technical writers or don't have enough to do.
> I love what I do, but as with any job (especially a new one), there are
> challenges. I went searching for a little professional camaraderie and
> perspective, found something else entirely. Thanks, but no thanks.

Where did you get the idea that the list was a Survivors of Mean Tech Writers
Support Group? We all have different perspectives and attitudes about issues.
Just because somebody does not agree with you, does not mean they're being
unprofessional or a bully.

Frankly, real pros constantly question and analyze ideas, attitudes, and
practices within their profession. Its the amateurs get offended when their
ideas are challenged. If you cannot stand having your ideas or practices
challenged, then don't publicize them.

I am sorry if you (or anybody) finds my posts offensive. But, I am not your
friend or mother. When somebody posts something to this forum that sounds wrong
I am within the rules to say "hey, that's wrong" or "you're out of whack." If
this offends you, then use the awe inspiring power of your delete key and
delete all my messages unread. Ignore all my posts completely.

Now, get the hell back to work, you.

Andrew Plato

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