Re: Address this. . .

Subject: Re: Address this. . .
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:26:08 +0800 (WST)

> Please tell me what you believe is meant by "to address something".

To do something about it--that is, fix it in some way.

Looking at it again and deciding not to do anything about it again doesn't count as "doing something about it," in my book.

If you're going to use "addressing an issue" to mean "either fixing it or not fixing it," why not add a one-sentence note just to explain this--i.e. you're undertaking to look at the issue again, but this shouldn't be taken as an undertaking to fix it in the next release or any release.

I suspect this isn't the answer you wanted, Kevin, but that's how I feel. "Addressing issues" makes me think of those endless, useless meetings we're sometimes forced to attend, where an agreement to schedule another pointless meeting is classed as an 'action'.


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