RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken

Subject: RE: Definition of Tech Writer, was STC is broken
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 09:56:36 -0400

Dan Goldstein wrote:

>
> Maybe we shouldn't label the Technical Communicators' chosen title
> "stuffy and pretentious."
>
> That way, those of us who are Technical Writers won't have our own
title
> similarly put down.
>

Well, when I did an unofficial survey of some people, they liked the
terms "sales person," "marketing," "technical support," and "technical
writer." They didn't like Technical Communicator. Why? According to
those I asked, they said it sounded "stuffy" and "pretentious."

I'm not doing the labeling. The people I asked did. Technical Writer
wasn't denigrated. The word "Communicator" is, however, confusing to
people. "What do you mean? Oh, you mean a writer. Well, say it, then."
I'm sticking with Writer.

-- Craig
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