Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?

Subject: Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?
From: Elaine Garnet <2egarnet -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 14:11:08 -0400

I am so fried this month that I would call myself crazy...

On 10-Aug-09, at 2:04 PM, Dan Goldstein wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Karen Field Carroll
>> Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 1:57 PM
>> To: 'TechWr-L'
>> Subject: RE: Technical writer survey: What should we really
>> call ourselves?
>>
>> To me, calling ourselves things like "information
>> developers," "information architects," or even the clunky
>> "technical communicators" belies a fundamental principle of
>> our profession: to make the complex simple.
>> "Technical writer" is (at last) a term most non-tech writers
>> "get," and the other terms just make us sound pretentious and
>> desperate to be seen on equal footing with our IT cohorts,
>> the developers, qa analysts, etc.
>>
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> "On equal footing?" Hey, I'm a little insulted. :-)
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Geoffrey Marnell
Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Wade Courtney
Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Dave C
Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Karen Field Carroll
RE: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Dan Goldstein

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