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<<Note to self: It's ok to denigrate administrative assistants here, but not
editors. (Ducks and runs from the hordes of irate admins lurking on the
Well, I'm not an admin, but have known a bunch of them. Many I respected a
great deal. None of them were technical writers, or editors (although one
was excellent at all forms of grammar and business etiquette, easily the
best I've ever seen).
I don't think I was ever advocating that technical writers couldn't come
from being an admin. I took a very similar journey. I just have to say that
in the myriad of resumes, it's pretty rare to see it. And I just don't see
confusing the roles, or blending them. I may be over sensitive from years as
being the only female programmer in the department, but I wouldn't have been
any happier about being asked to inventory office supplies than I was about
being asked to type the other programmer's work because I'd learned
keyboarding and they hadn't. There should be a boundary, it seems to me. And
we each decide what that is, apparently. :)
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