Re: More alternatives to 'Technical Writer'

Subject: Re: More alternatives to 'Technical Writer'
From: "Mike Starr" <mikestarr-techwr-l -at- writestarr -dot- com>
To: "Seraphim Larsen" <azseraphim -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 13:14:57 -0600

Oh, that's magnificent... please post this to the STC forum. I'd love to see
responses to it there.

Best regards,

Mike Starr WriteStarr Information Services
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Seraphim Larsen" <azseraphim -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: More alternatives to 'Technical Writer'

> *Techwrler: *Hello, I am the Information Developer assigned to this
> project.
> *Engineer*: Information Developer? What's that?
> *Techwrler*: You know, the Technical Communication Specialist!
> *Engineer*: Oh, you're the new one on the Communications Team! Well,
> let
> me show you around. I specialize in CDMA and other cellular communication
> technologies, but the next product will probably be based on WiMAX. Do
> you
> have any experience with WiMAX?
> *Techwrler*: Um, no, not *that *kind of communication. But I *am *a
> kind
> of engineer. Sometimes they call me a Learning Products Engineer.
> *Engineer*: Learning? Oh, you must be into artificial intelligence. I
> took a course in that in college. Teaching computers to learn is really
> interesting. That must be an interesting field! But then, why are you
> on
> our team? We aren't doing any artificial intelligence work. Do you
> have
> any background in voice recognition?
> *Techwrler*: No, no. Not artificial intelligence! I am an Information
> Engineer!
> *Engineer*: An information engineer? What's that? Do you work in IT?
> *Techwrler*: No, no!
> *Engineer*: Um, what exactly *is *your job? And why did you call me for
> this meeting?
> *Techwrler*: I am responsible for the Technical Communication! You
> know,
> the Information Products, and the Learning Modules, the Help Topics, and
> all
> that!
> *Engineer*: (silence)
> *Techwrler*: You know, technical product collateral!
> *Engineer*: Um, collateral? Does that mean you work for Marcom? I
> thought that was handled by the Marketing folks. Why do you need to talk
> to
> *me*?
> *Techwrler*: No, no, I work in *Tech*Comm! TechCom*Dev* to be precise!
> I am a Technical Communicator! And I need you to apply your Subject
> Matter
> Expertise to my Technical Information Deliverables!
> *Engineer*: Um, you need *what*?
> *Techwrler*: Look, here's why I called this meeting. I just need you to
> review this product manual, so I can make the final changes and generate
> the
> PDF and HTML for the Product Website!
> *Engineer*: The product manual? I thought the Tech Writer owned that!
> *Techwrler*: I *am *the Tech Writer!
> *Engineer*: Oh, why didn't you say so?
> Happy Thanksgiving!
> Seraphim Larsen


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