Re: The word "documentarian"

Subject: Re: The word "documentarian"
From: Kirsty Taylor <kirsty -dot- taylor -at- ventyx -dot- abb -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)'" <techwr-l -at- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 22:32:12 +0000

At my company in the 90s, they called tech writers "Documentationalists". I think I have beaten that out of everyone's use now. It's taken some time.

Just in case Documentalist wasn't doing your head in enough ...


-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+kirsty -dot- taylor=ventyx -dot- abb -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kirsty -dot- taylor=ventyx -dot- abb -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Cardimon, Craig
Sent: Tuesday, 6 May 2014 1:39 AM
To: 'Suzette Leeming'; 'Julie Stickler'
Cc: 'TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)'
Subject: RE: [BULK] Re: The word "documentarian"

It kind of hurts just to say "documentalist" out loud.


-----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 Suzette Leeming
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2014 11:37 AM
To: Julie Stickler
Cc: TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
Subject: Re: [BULK] Re: The word "documentarian"

One place I worked wanted to call me a Documentalist. I convinced them to change the job title to Technical Writer.

Suzette Leeming

On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM, Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> My only problem with all the new spiffy job titles floating around out
> there is that it means that when I decide it's time to job hunt, it
> means that I have to search for multiple job titles that might match my skills.
> The list of titles that match my skills is getting pretty long at this
> point. And I'm sure I'm still missing a few possible matches! =P
> On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM, Dan Goldstein
> <DGoldstein -at- cytomedix -dot- com
> >wrote:
> > Same answer as for "technical communicator": If there's a job
> > listing for a "documentarian" with experience documenting APIs and
> > quality processes, then by gosh you're a documentarian. If they're
> > advertising for a
> technical
> > writer, better stick with the old name.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Cardimon, Craig
> > Sent: Monday, May 05, 2014 11:25 AM
> > To: 'Mike McCallister'; 'Julie Stickler'
> > Cc: 'techwr-l'
> > Subject: RE: [BULK] Re: The word "documentarian"
> >
> > Those who film documentaries and also documenting things.
> >
> > Playing Devil's advocate here, why can't documentary film makers and
> > technical writers/communicators share the title "documentarian?"
> >
> > I know you folks have strong opinions, so let 'em rip.

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