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Subject:Re: My doc was too good From:Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:Jessica Weissman <Jessica -dot- Weissman -at- hillcrestlabs -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Thu, 31 Aug 2006 08:28:48 -0700 (PDT)
> When he presented the document to the relevant group
> for approval, the
> marketing guys got all bent out of shape about how
> it was too polished
> and too overwhelming and just didn't look like a
> communication from a
> programmer. We'll ignore the stereotyping implied
> by the last clause.
> So we rewrote the gist into memo format without any
> superstructure, and
> the marketing guys were happy. Of course I could
> have written it that
> way originally if they'd made clear that they wanted
> a quick memo.
I think the reason you were given is a crock. You were
the victim of interoffice politics gamesmanship BS.
The marketing guys wanted a simple memo-type document
because they wanted to slap their wrapper on it and
present it like it was their baby, not yours.
Senior (only) tech writer
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