Re: Hey! She messed with *my* manual

Subject: Re: Hey! She messed with *my* manual
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Downing, David" <david -dot- downing -at- fiserv -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 16:25:49 -0400

No. And I don't expect anyone to feel that way when I update something
they wrote. And I don't expect any writer replacing me to have to
re-author an entire manual from scratch when I leave a company.

Bottom line, get used to it, especially if you move to DITA.

On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Downing, David
<david -dot- downing -at- fiserv -dot- com> wrote:
> I was wondering whether anybody else here ever had the same reaction I just had in a similar situation.
>
> Our document set includes several manuals that I originally wrote, that have been around for many years, and that I have always revised when required. Well this time around, someone else in the documentation department was called upon to revise one of these manuals. Since it was one of mine, I offered to assist her if need be. But I just found out at today's departmental meeting that she was able to make the revisions without any consultation from me.
>
> Now I realize that when you work for a company, as part of a documentation department, no one person in the department owns a manual, and furthermore, I've made revisions to other manuals that I didn't originally write. But nevertheless, I found it rather disconcerting to have someone revising one of "my" manuals.
>
> Is that a feeling anybody else has had?

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