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I have seen problems with outsourced/offshored technical writing before.
In every case, I brought it to the attention of my manager. I did *not*
say "this writing is terrible, why do we hire these people?" Instead, I
simply pointed out the issues: "This is poorly organized...This
paragraph doesn't use correct grammar...This was not delivered on
time...Tech writer <x> needed help with this issue, which is something
that most junior tech writers should already know...Tech writer <y>
needs a lot of hand-holding."
Are issues like this frustrating? Of course! They should be frustrating
to your manager as well. By noting them, you're showing that you care
about professional writing, and you want to handle the problem, not just
complain about it. Your manager may not be able to do anything either,
Not everyone who's hired to be a writer (and I include myself) is a
great writer. Some need *lots* of help.
jmalin -at- tuvox -dot- com
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From: techwr-l-bounces+jmalin=tuvox -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+jmalin=tuvox -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf
Of iam nobody88
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 12:15 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
I am just a bit dismayed by how things are going over here at my job
(and maybe how things are going for our industry too), that I really
need to vent my concerns. You tech-whirlers can probably relate to what
I'm talking about. Sorry if I must post this anonymously as I know this
can be a sensitive subject for others.
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