RE: Source for statistics on the technical writing field

Subject: RE: Source for statistics on the technical writing field
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 13:51:05 -0600

Peter Neilson wrote:

> In my jaundiced opinion almost none of those parameters are useful for
> anything that can or should be done, with the possible exception of
> granting a PhD in a subject that I would prefer to avoid studying.
<snip>
> Back to the list of statistics. I think the most distressing part is
> the
> "large corporations" aspect. Which ones? In what phase of their
> operations? Are we comparing apples to oranges, to prunes, or to
> steamboats? The looseness of the parameters suggests the best bet
might
> be to state the conclusions desired, and then to select the statistics
> required for support. Is this part of a plan for some massive
> government
> program?

I thought the same thing. It sounds like someone with an axe to grind
who's just looking for a stone that fits.

But in many fields, that's what passes for academic research these days.


Richard

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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References:
Source for statistics on the technical writing field: From: john rosberg
Re: Source for statistics on the technical writing field: From: Peter Neilson

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