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Re: Poll: Is technical writing a sellout or fallback career?
Subject:Re: Poll: Is technical writing a sellout or fallback career? From:"Heidi Liebl-Slabinski" <heidi -dot- liebl -dot- slabinski -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"John Posada" <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Thu, 7 Aug 2008 11:21:57 -0600
Yes, it's only a casual survey, but it pointless. The question is, as Lauren
said, not well-formed. What usable information could it possibly provide to
-- Heidi Liebl-Slabinski
heidi -dot- liebl -dot- slabinski -at- gmail -dot- com
On Thu, Aug 7, 2008 at 11:04 AM, John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Lauren...it's a casual survey...not a step in creating a nuclear device.
> They don't have to be synonymous because there is an OR in the
> sentence. If it is one or the other, then you answer YES. If it is
> neither, then it is a NO.
> The question could very well have been "Is the tree green or is the coffe
> If you have a tree and it is green, then the answer is YES.
> Aside from that, ya gotta stop fretting about a question that means
> zero in the scheme of things.
> On 8/7/08, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:
> > How do you answer the question, "Is technical writing a sellout or
> > career?" with a yes or no answer? Are "sellout" and "fallback"
> > If one is selling out, then what is that person selling out of? As a
> > "fallback career," wouldn't a fallback be the same as a starting point?
> > what is the ultimate ambition? The poll question is not well-formed.
> John Posada
> Senior Technical Writer
> NYMetro STC President
> 'Half this game is ninety percent mental.'
> -- Danny Ozark, Philadelphia Phillies manager
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