Re: Disagreeing with house styles

Subject: Re: Disagreeing with house styles
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:20:08 -0500

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 5:27 AM, Sion Lane <slane -at- ubq -dot- thrupoint -dot- net> wrote:
> howeverthis is the preferred usage according
> to the house style guide, which specifically says 'do not use
> voicemail/website'.

Yep, in questions of style you suck it up and follow the style guide
since there's often not a "right" or "wrong" answer, just a choice
made for consistency's sake. I guarantee you, there are probably
people in the company that would feel the same way about your chosen

Why yes, I have sat through department meetings where we discussed the
minutia of style for three or four hours without reaching a consensus.
I've decided that there I much prefer having a editor hand down the
style guide than argue the fine points of style, spelling,
capitalization, and grammar with someone who is more worried about
being "right" than being consistent across a team of writers.

Choose your battles. This one doesn't benefit your customers, so let it go.

Julie Stickler
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