Re: List for bad writing examples

Subject: Re: List for bad writing examples
From: Susan W. Gallagher <sgallagher5 -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "Suzette Leeming" <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 15:54:33 -0500

I think what you're looking for is the Worst Technical
Writing contest sponsored by Technical Standards, a TW
staffing company in Escondido, CA. Yes, they still hold the
contest every year. For more info and to view prior years'
winners, go to:

There was another contest, this one held by CoreCOMM, a doc
company in Texas. Attempts to access their website are now
redirected, so I guess they're no longer there. I won their
first contest <g> and you can see the announcement here:

Curiously enough, that sentence I grabbed from programmer
docs that I was rewriting has developed a life of its own,
and serves as a bad example wherever it goes. "Type the
field name Name in the Field Name field" was once just a
snip of text in a Smalltalk developer guide. It now garners
a whopping 189 hits on Google, each and every one of them
an article about bad documentation.

-Sue Gallagher

> From: "Suzette Leeming" <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
> Date: 2006/02/27 Mon PM 03:18:26 EST
> To: TECHWR-L <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Subject: List for bad writing examples
> My memory is a bit foggy (one of the side effects of aging), but once upon a
> time there was a repository for examples of bad technical writing.
> Does anyone know if this still exists?


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