Re: Video vs The Written Word
- WTFV may be easier to enforce than RTFM.
- Some people cannot read.
- Some people can but do not read.
- SMEs may believe their work is done when they've mumbled before a camera.
- Very hard to update.
- Bohhhring videos are bohhhhhhhhring.
- Snazzy videos are often content free.
- Hard to discuss the three major points in an hour-long video without re-watching the entire video. (You can't just turn to the second top-level head, but instead have to hunt for it in the unscripted ramblings that pass for video documentation.)
- If the quality is poor (as it usually is in amateur videos) each viewer must perform the sifting and integration work normally done by a tech writer. May have to invent questions to ask to learn material that should have been covered but wasn't.
- The handout for the video, if any, becomes the outline of the document that should have been written.
- If the quality is to be high, it'll cost as least as much to get it right as it does to write a set of docs.
- In any crime, the principle question is "Cui bono?" Who wants the videos, and what do they (personally) gain?
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