RE: documentation going away

Subject: RE: documentation going away
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: 'Kat Kuvinka' <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "kevin -dot- mclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com" <kevin -dot- mclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, "techwr -at- genek -dot- com" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, "suzchiles -at- gmail -dot- com" <suzchiles -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:13:19 +0000

Political? You've got to be kidding me. Kevin's post was political only in the sense that all of human life is political. Otherwise, as I see it, it was about audience and literacy--both of which are essential considerations in writing.

Do you want to know what I find offensive? I find it offensive when people presume the authority to censure others when the only fault committed was arguably only in the mind of the offended. Personally, I love bizarre rants, and as far as I have seen, the _legitimate_ moderators of this list have not censured Kevin.

Regardless, I don't think what Kevin was talking about was bizarre. If you are a professional writer, you'd have to be a fool not to consider how best to respond to prevailing lexical trends in a potentially huge target audience. How does the fact that a large portion of your smart phone app users speak or at least write in the suburban, middle-class equivalent of ebonics affect how you write your documentation?


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Subject: RE: documentation going away

Whether they were characterizations, generalizations, or outright fanatasies, your bizarre rant about drug-dealers, thieves, and fan-boyz (wth?) had little to do with the subject and came across as political.

>>
> BINGO!
>
> Spend a bit of time on a bus in my area, and you'll despair for the future of the language, and of white kids from the burbs.
>
> Maybe she was objecting to my poor opinion of drug dealers?
> Drug users?
>
> We have those here in Canada.
>
> One thing that we DON'T have here in Canada is Martin Luther King Day.
> But even if we did........ ?

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References:
Re: documentation going away: From: Phil Snow Leopard
Re: documentation going away: From: John Allred
Re: documentation going away: From: Phil Snow Leopard
Re: documentation going away: From: Connie Giordano
Re: documentation going away: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: documentation going away: From: Connie Giordano
RE: documentation going away: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: documentation going away: From: Suzanne Chiles
RE: documentation going away: From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: documentation going away: From: Suzanne Chiles
Re: documentation going away: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: documentation going away: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: documentation going away: From: Kat Kuvinka

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