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i think the participation/lack of participation is due to the person
himself/herself. if you choose to work in a group that from the top down
is committed to documentation, then you get participation from most; i
repeat most. for those remaining, they that are lazy in their job
(reviewing docs) i think you will find are lazy in many aspects of their
jobs-they just pick and choose the crisis moments/events that excite
them. while they may seem the heroes, i think if you remove the chaos
you will find them to be lacking in many aspects.
that said, choosing an environment to be happy in is my way of enjoying
tech writing after 18 years.
Jay Maechtlen wrote:
> Downing, David wrote:
>> Over the past several years, I have noticed a phenomenon connected with
>> the age-old problem of getting technical reviews from SMEs. If I just
>> distribute copies of a document, either hardcopy or electronic via
>> email, and ask for comments back, I always get nada or almost nada. If I
>> call a review meeting, people will accept the meeting invitation and
>> come to the meeting.
> cool- they actually accept and show up?
> At my last gig, a number of people would either ignore the invites or
> accept and no-show.
> fun, fun, fun.
> I heard it blamed it on the culture and the PM (contractor from a
> different staffing firm).
> Oh, well- on to the next thing.
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