RE: References (was: Why discuss certification?)

Subject: RE: References (was: Why discuss certification?)
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 14:42:09 -0400

No, no, I'm not suggesting that *we* think like lawyers. I'm trying to
explain why the lawyers (who focus on minimizing legal risks) give the
advice they do.

As for us, I hope we all continue to think like tech writers.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Gordon
> Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 11:59 AM
> Subject: RE: References (was: Why discuss certification?)
> This is why so many companies are in trouble today - everyone
> is thinking like a lawyer. The bottom line has become the
> primary consideration, and we've forgotten that businesses
> are here to serve people. Or used to be.
> No benefit? No immediate financial benefit, possibly.
> But how about goodwill? How about the positive impression
> created by being open and honest? Granted, there are problems
> with the subjectivity of references, and various laws have
> made it difficult to not be sued. So, I'm not arguing we
> shouldn't do what Dan suggests: in the current paranoid,
> dollars-first (for executives) climate, not providing
> references makes sense. I just find it sad we lack the
> courage to stand up for (or against) those we believe are
> worthy (or not).

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