RE: WRONG!..... -ish?

Subject: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "'Porrello, Leonard'" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>, 'Dan Goldstein' <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>, "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:55:27 +0000

Actually, I switched from "It is best to..." to "We recommend..."

I'm going for personal authority here.

If you recommend something, say so.

-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Porrello, Leonard
Sent: vendredi 3 février 2012 10:33
To: 'Dan Goldstein'; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?

"We recommend" puts too much weight on the personal authority of the speaker. Instead, I prefer using statements that are, at least in appearance, more objective. For example, "It is best to use a text editor (such as Notepad)."

I also agree with those that prefer the use of an imperative, such as this: "Do not remove the covers that are installed at the factory as removal of the covers may cause...."

-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Dan Goldstein
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 5:33 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?

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...





This message contains confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee(s). If you are not the addressee, or the person responsible for delivering it to the addressee, you are hereby notified that reading, disseminating, distributing, copying, electronic storing or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message by mistake, please notify us, by replying to the sender, and delete the original message immediately thereafter. Thank you.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/lporrello%40illumina.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.techwhirl.com/email-discussion-groups/ for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at http://techwhirl.com

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @ http://techwr-l.com/archives ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/ccardimon%40m-s-g.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.techwhirl.com/email-discussion-groups/ for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at http://techwhirl.com

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @ http://techwr-l.com/archives
Information contained in this e-mail transmission is privileged and confidential. If you are not the intended recipient of this email, do not read, distribute or reproduce this transmission (including any attachments). If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by telephone or email reply.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40web.techwr-l.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwhirl.com/email-discussion-groups/ for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at http://techwhirl.com

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @ http://techwr-l.com/archives


Follow-Ups:

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

Previous by Author: RE: Why I send these out
Next by Author: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?
Previous by Thread: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?
Next by Thread: Re: WRONG!..... -ish?


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads