RE: Procedures for supposedly obvious things

Subject: RE: Procedures for supposedly obvious things
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 09:21:25 -0500

Gee, and *I* thought it was another example of a clueless writer who
fails to ask the obvious follow-up questions when the first draft
doesn't work. I wouldn't hire her.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Keith Hood
> Sent: Monday, November 20, 2006 6:16 PM
> Subject: RE: Procedures for supposedly obvious things
> I would not be surprised to find it's the literal
> truth. Another example of how hard it can be to
> please the frabjapping customer. :-)
> --- James Barrow wrote:
> > Approximately three years ago, I was surfing the
> > Internet and came across a short article
> > (column? blog?) that had me rolling with laughter.
> >
> > It described a college student (tech writer?) who
> > was given the assignment of describing a mouse
> > (the rodent kind). She began by stating the
> > obvious and keeping it simple: "A mouse has four
> > legs, a long tail, and is covered with fur".
> >
> > She turns in the assignment and the professor/editor
> > returns the paper with the following comment:
> > "Provide more detail".
> >
> > To make a long story short, the student takes her
> > once brief paper and turns it into a thesis on
> > mice, describing every possibly detail about a
> > mouse.
> >
> > The professor's final comment was something along
> > the lines of: "Too wordy".
> >

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