"always read and follow the instructions"

Subject: "always read and follow the instructions"
From: "Milan Davidovic" <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 12:12:17 -0400

When I see a statement in a manual such as "Always read and follow the
instructions in this manual", two thoughts come to mind:

- Following the instructions in the manual (i.e. the ones actually in
the manual, not the instructions you imagine) presupposes having
learned them, so the direction to "read" them is redundant.
- Telling someone to "do x" with no qualifiers provides no options,
so the modifier "always" is redundant.

Do you think "always read and follow the instructions" is likely to be
more effective than "follow the instructions"? Do you think it depends
on the context?

Milan Davidovic

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