Re: WRONG!..... -ish?

Subject: Re: WRONG!..... -ish?
From: kcbillb2 <kcbillb2 -at- kc -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 08:14:21 -0600

Well, point taken. Dan,


I've got to admit that I've been writing for machinery or automatic software systems for more than 15 yrs.

However, I still don't think that using the word "recommend", even in your examples is a good idea.

Now, one of the reasons I got into technical writing in the first place was that I had the opportunity to make sense of the abortion of the operation manual that he had written.


Bill



On 2/3/2012 7:32 AM, Dan Goldstein wrote:

What if the consequences aren't dire? Many of us use "recommend" when we
think an action is preferable but we acknowledge that it might not
matter to the reader.

"We recommend using a text editor (such as Notepad). If you use a word
processor (such as Word), unwanted formatting items might be copied into
the string value."


-----Original Message-----
From: kcbillb2
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 4:32 AM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: WRONG!..... -ish?

Speaking as a techwriter... NEVER use the word "recommend" or the phrase
"we recommend".

Seriously...:)

Instead, use "Do not remove," and then explain what dire consequences
will occur if they do that...





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WRONG!..... -ish?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: WRONG!..... -ish?: From: kcbillb2
RE: WRONG!..... -ish?: From: Dan Goldstein

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