Re: Professionalism on lists

Subject: Re: Professionalism on lists
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axion -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 14:58:12 -0700

On Fri, 2005-23-09 at 15:53 -0400, arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com wrote:
> IMO, it is inappropriate to judge one's professionalism based on
> typing/spelling in a discussion list (or IM, informal email, text
> message, etc). That would be like judging your presentation and public
> speaking skills based on your ability to chit-chat over the phone.
> whirl/ for more resources and info.

I suspect there's a simple reason for some people thinking that the same
standards should apply to a mailing list as to a professional document.
Typing and spelling are one of the few clear skills that a technical
writer has. Even other technical writers don't necessarily have a strong
sense of structure, let alone the knowledge to judge the accuracy of a
technical piece. They emphasize typing and spelling because these are
the skills they can most easily recognize -- not because these are the
most important skills that a writer needs.

The fact is, an occasional spelling mistake or typo may be embarrassing.
But neither is exactly the end of the world or reason to judge a
writer's skills inadequate.

Bruce Byfield 604-421-7177

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"They don't ask questions in the graveyard,
It's a small revolver and any five cards."
- Ray Wylie Hubbard, "Mississippi Flush"


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