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

Subject: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: '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 17:27:41 +0000

Indeed. TGIF, everyone.

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Sent: vendredi 3 février 2012 12:21
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Subject: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?

This all began with Kevin's statement: "Speaking as a techwriter...
NEVER use the word 'recommend' or the phrase 'we recommend.'" It was the all-capped "never" that triggered my response ("never" often does).

Suzette and I each offered situations where "we recommend" works best for our documentation and our users.

Obviously, you should do whatever works best for yours. Happy Friday!


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From: Porrello, Leonard [mailto:lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 12:12 PM
To: 'Cardimon, Craig'; 'David Harrison'; Dan Goldstein; 'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'
Subject: RE: WRONG!..... -ish?

I find the appeal to corporate authority interesting, but I am not convinced. I try to keep my documentation as exclusively focused as possible on the user, the process, and the artifact being documented. In "We recommend," you add the opinion of the company as a fourth element.
I don't think a reader will be devastated or confused by this. However, I don't think it is necessary in most cases. A case in which I do see a need to insert the manufacturer is when you need to limit liability.

Craig said, "'It is best to' still sounds wishy-washy." In the context of a recommendation being made in a user guide, I don't see it. In addition, you can say "best" with confidence and authority. For example, "It is best to avoid eating rotten food." Does this mean that you should never eat rotten food or that avoiding rotten food is always the best thing to do? No, the statement leaves room for a response to mitigating circumstances. It is arguably better to eat some types of rotten food than it is to starve, and I don't think that anyone who reads "it is best to avoid eating rotten food" is going to think, "But what if I am starving?"

David said, "'we recommend' is read as a suggestion from the supplier or manufacturer and not the writer or speaker." I took that as a given.




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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
RE: WRONG!..... -ish?: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: WRONG!..... -ish?: From: David Harrison
RE: WRONG!..... -ish?: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: WRONG!..... -ish?: From: Porrello, Leonard
RE: WRONG!..... -ish?: From: Dan Goldstein

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