Re: "Tech writers" are not "tech writers"

Subject: Re: "Tech writers" are not "tech writers"
From: Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net>
To: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 10:04:10 -0700

Chris Borokowski wrote:
> One such troubling event is the recurrence use of the term "tech
> writer" to apply to "technology writers," or those columnists and
> bloggers who write about computers for media outlets of varying sizes.
> There are good technology writers (Dvorak) and bad ones, but I want to
> gain some distance from those who will always invoke controversy and
> those who just want to write some good docs.
> As written in the blog:
> Technical writers, sometimes called "tech writers," write manuals and
> help systems and procedures to help make sense of technology. We are
> unrelated to "technology writers," who depending on which one you
> encounter, may be people who failed to fill out admission papers
> correctly at the asylum or intelligent commentators.
> Spread the word. No disrespect is intended toward technology writers,
> but to my mind, "tech writer" is a different animal entirely.

Maybe this is another god reason to call ourselves "Technical

But- even if we do, what's the short term to replace "Tech writer"?


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