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

Subject: Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 16:08:28 -0400

Heh. That's just it. I try to keep my hands out of technical writing
as much as possible, save for typing words.

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On Aug 10, 2009, at 3:56 PM, "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com
> wrote:

> As Bill said, "to each his own."
>
>
>
> I prefer to reserve "artisan" to the definition given on Wikipedia:
> "An
> artisan (from Italian: artigiano) is a skilled manual worker who
> crafts
> items that may be functional or strictly decorative, including
> furniture, clothing, jewelry, household items, and tools. The term can
> also be used as an adjective to refer to the craft of hand making food
> products, such as bread, beverages and cheese." In other words, I
> see an
> artisan as someone with talent who has achieved a high level of
> technical skill in creating things primarily with his or her hands.
> Stradivarius was an artisan (as was the shoemaker in the Grimm fable,
> "The Elves and the Shoe Maker"). Shakespeare was a writer (as am
> I-although I admit, some elves would come in handy).
>
>
>
> Leonard
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com [mailto:kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com] On
> Behalf
> Of Kathleen MacDowell
> Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 11:57 AM
> To: Leonard C. Porrello
> Cc: Geoffrey Marnell; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call
> ourselves?
>
>
>
> Leonard, I think a good technical writer is an artisan/craftsperson.
>
> That's what distinguishes skilled practitioners. The trick is deciding
> where one might want to draw the line at artisan, a la the
> discussion of
> certification. People can be artisans with the tools-of-the-trade,
> organization, development, explanation, etc.
>
> Kathleen
>
> On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM, Leonard C. Porrello
> <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- soleratec -dot- com> wrote:
>
> For starters, I would never refer to us as "wordsmiths." Software
> engineers aren't called codesmiths; surgeons aren't called bodysmiths;
> lawyers aren't called lawsmiths; actuaries aren't called statsmiths;
> and
> even a dentist, whose work is very close to that of the artisan, isn't
> called a toothsmith. Technical writing is similar to other
> professions,
> and it is not an artisan skill or craft.
>
> Leonard
>
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References:
Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Geoffrey Marnell
RE: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Kathleen MacDowell
RE: Technical writer survey: What should we really call ourselves?: From: Leonard C. Porrello

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