RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.

Subject: RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.
From: "Latella, Vincent" <VINCENT -dot- LATELLA -at- saic -dot- com>
To: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:32:29 -0500


I don't know what technical writers Pogue is working with, but I became
this organization's writer specifically because of my ability to
*translate* the jargon tossed around by *developers.*

Based on the discussions here on TECHWR-L, I am sure that many of you
could make similar statements.

Perhaps he thinks that developers-who-throw-documentation-together are
the same as *real* technical writers.

Somebody needs to show this guy the light. Volunteers?



-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+vincent -dot- latella=saic -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+vincent -dot- latella=saic -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Dan Goldstein
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 11:24 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.

There you have it, folks: All tech writers are self-aggrandizing, lazy
creatures of habit. None of them care about communicating effectively
with their target audiences.

It takes a gutsy journalist like David Pogue to reveal what an
irresponsible, inconsiderate bunch we really are.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: CL T
> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:47 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.
>
> One paragraph from this is especially true.
>
> FROM THE DESK OF DAVID POGUE
> Tech Terms to Avoid
> "Why tech writers use so much jargon, I don't know. Maybe
> it's self-aggrandizement; they want to lord their knowledge
> over everybody else.
> Maybe it's laziness; they can't be bothered to fish for a
> plain-English word. Maybe it's just habit; they spend all day
> talking shop with other nerds, so they slip into technospeak
> when they write for larger audiences."
>

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I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.: From: CL T
RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.: From: Dan Goldstein

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