RE: been asked for advice by "non-writers"?

Subject: RE: been asked for advice by "non-writers"?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:57:34 -0500

1. Many engineers are open to criticism â or at least as open as your typical tech writer. :-)

2. All other considerations aside, you must *never* have total faith in any data.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Poshedly
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 10:53 AM
To: Bill Swallow; Milan DavidoviÄ
Cc: techwr-l
Subject: Re: been asked for advice by "non-writers"?

I still like to point out that engineers can be very detail-oriented when they critique YOUR work, but their mistakes are either minor or non of your damn business.

These are people who prepare AutoCAD plots that include detailed data on the most intricate of devices, yet they can't spell words that they themselves use frequently.

For instance, at a company I had been with for many years, at least one of the design engineers kept spelling the word "gauge" as "guage". When I told him that a "guage" is where Elmer Fudd puts his car, I got this blank look. (And yes, I know "gage" is also acceptable, but that's besides the point.)

How is one supposed to have total faith in the data when even semi-common words on the engineering drawings are misspelled?





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References:
been asked for advice by "non-writers"?: From: Milan Davidović
Re: been asked for advice by "non-writers"?: From: Bill Swallow
Re: been asked for advice by "non-writers"?: From: Ken Poshedly

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