Re: When is it too much information?

Subject: Re: When is it too much information?
From: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:23:01 +0200

Let me clarify. This is NOT a major disagreement between me and the support
guy. He sits next to me in the open space, and we get along fine.
This is a minor issue, and I am curious as to what other people think.
I am just not a big fan of wasting words. If I don't include a procedure, I
don't see why users would invent in, but has been already pointed I'm not
the one dealing with the customers on a daily basis.

Yehoshua


On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

> I think adding such a note can't hurt the users. I don't see it
> 'hindering' them in any way. And adding it may help your relationship with
> the support guy. If the inclusion really is so tiny and meaningless, then
> there's no point in starting a controversy with him.
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>
> *To:* tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> *Sent:* Monday, February 18, 2013 9:07 AM
>
> *Subject:* When is it too much information?
>
> While reviewing the latest release notes that my company sends out every
> couple of weeks, one of the support guys suggested that I add the following
> words (or something similar) to one of the change descriptions: "The user
> does not need to do anything." What changed is information that was
> displayed in one area of the UI is no longer displayed. The support guy
> thought the users might think they need to do something, now that they no
> longer see this information.
>
> I told him, if the users needed to do something, I would write this in the
> release notes like I did with some of the other changes, and include the
> relevant steps, or the appropriate reference to the online help. If I
> didn't write anything, why would the users think they need to do something?
> His argument was that it doesn't hurt to add the sentence, and it may
> prevent confused customers from calling customer support.
>
> What do you guys think? Would adding a superfluous sentence (in my opinion)
> help or hinder users.
>
> Yehoshua
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