RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
To: "Sam Beard" <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com>, "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 08:15:37 -0700

> Gene wrote: "My first thought when I hear of technical writers trying
to get their titles changed to "technical communicator," "information
developer," etc., is that it must be a terrible thing to be working in a
place where being called a writer causes one to develop such an
inferiority complex."

It's an interesting thought, but I don't think it comes down to ego and
insecurity. Someone with acute or chronic insecurity would not last long
as a technical writer, and none of the people who have contributed to
this thread seem to lack temerity.

I think it is a matter of economics: "What title will best convey to the
market the full scope of my skills?" I personally tend to go with the
hypothesis that "technical writer" is the safest bet, but at the same
time, I wouldn't try to slam those who prefer "Technical Communicator"
unless I had empirical evidence.

Is there one person reading this thread who wouldn't accept a change in
title if doing so meant more pay?

Leonard C. Porrello


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Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Gene,

I LIKE your first thought!

Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
Technical Writer
OI Analytical
979 690-1711 Ext. 222
sbeard -at- oico -dot- com


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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+sbeard=oico -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf
Of Gene Kim-Eng
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 6:00 PM
To: Bonnie Granat; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

My first thought when I hear of technical
writers trying to get their titles changed to
"technical communicator," "information
developer," etc., is that it must be a terrible
thing to be working in a place where being
called a writer causes one to develop such
an inferiority complex.

Ok, that's actually my second thought. The
first time I ever heard the term "technical
communicator," my first thought was "it's
that badge that people on Star Trek tap
whenever they want to call the guy in
Engineering, right?"

Gene Kim-Eng

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References:
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Lauren
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Combs, Richard
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Bonnie Granat
Re: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken: From: Sam Beard

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