Re: Appropriate -- so inappropriate!

Subject: Re: Appropriate -- so inappropriate!
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:46:19 -0700

"Technical" or "non-technical," if you're not "aggressively" insisting
that your ignorance of subject matter is some kind of advantage, I don't
think Richard was talking about you.

My SMEs know they can be this vague with their comments if they need
something added and aren't sure exactly what the "appropriate" bit of
information is at the moment they're reviewing a document because they
know that if I don't have it already I will get it, even if I have come
back and hound them until I get it from them.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathleen MacDowell" <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>

> In my experience, vagueness is more likely to originate with engineers
> or
> software developers who are busy doing their primary job, which is not
> typically writing instructions or user assistance.
> As a non-technical technical writer who does an excellent job
> documenting
> software and hardware, I also take exception to the whole tenor of
> your
> comment. A so-called technical writer who would insert an ambiguous
> phrase
> is simply not in tune with the requirements of the job. It doesn't
> matter if
> they're "technical" or "non-technical".


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