Re: Distinctive writing style obfuscator

Subject: Re: Distinctive writing style obfuscator
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:57:15 -0700

If it acts like a duck and quacks like a duck....

The only way anyone is going to get the attention of the key individual who
can affect the requisite changes is through a means of communication for
which there is no way to trace it back to its originator.

Consider the second sentence in the prior paragraph. While not appropriate
for technical communications (and somewhat verbose), it's the way I
ordinarily write. I'm not trying to puff myself myself up when I state that
I'm the only one here to can possibly construct such a sentence (much less
this one), so a missive such as this would be a dead giveaway as to its
author.

> Chris

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 11:56 PM, David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Chris,
>
> I hope your attitude regarding your co-workers and/or your employer
> does not show itself in your interactions there. It could easily be
> interpreted as arrogance, and your continued tenure could become
> somewhat uncomfortable.
>
> Personally, when I am on a paid assignment I edit my work with care,
> streamlining and simplifying both the grammar and the vocabulary.
> Elements of style remain, but in a far more muted fashion than in the
> writing I do for pleasure or for the stream-of-consciousness writing
> of mail lists and discussion groups. My challenge is to produce work
> that is clear and easy to follow for a wide variety of readers,
> including those whose first language may not be English. Should there
> be a conflict between a "distinctive" style and clarity, clarity
> always must win.
>
> You might consider Ernest Hemingway, whose style was rather simple on
> its surface. I think it is fair to say his work will continue to hold
> up well over the years.
>
> I'm not quite sure what you mean about "Neanderthal" in that context,
> except it appears you consider your co-workers to be from some lesser
> species. I do hope none of them happen to be on this list or stumble
> upon your comment. That could prove somewhat embarrassing.
>
> David
>
>
> On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 09:00, <techwr-l-request -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> wrote:
> > From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 15:01:49 -0700
> > Subject: Distinctive writing style obfuscator
> > When compared with others in my present place of employment, I have a
> > distinctive writing style. Would any of you know of a Homerific software
> > utility that dumbs down text, making it appear as it may have been
> written
> > by a neanderthal? Something like a ransom note, without all of the
> requisite
> > paste-up work.
> >
> >> Chris
> >
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