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Gus, Al - good points. I was using "content provider" in the sense of
literally providing content. And I used SME in the sense of the person
who writes the raw material. Raw material could be functional specs,
MRDs, drafts of marketing material, you name it. =)
My point was really that I was agreeing with the OP that a tech writer
does more than just "write". =) Content provider seems like such a
Although... on the flip side... we call the big cable companies "cable
providers" or doctors are called "medical providers". I guess they do
more than just provide cable or medicine.
Claire - who really should be editing but is distracted.
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Subject: Re: Most annoying word
Claire Conant wrote:
>Tech writers are not "content providers" - those are the SMEs
>that give the raw material. The tech writers are the magicians that,
>along with skilled technical editors <ahem!>, make it understandable.
I've been called a lot of things, including "content provider;"
however, it was a slash after Technical Writer and it referred to
providing content to the corporate website. This task was in addition
and subordinate to my primary function of creating user guides and
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