Sourceforge (was Re: STC Certification)

Subject: Sourceforge (was Re: STC Certification)
From: Michael McCallister <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:18:30 -0600

As noted here, repairing reputations takes time:
http://fossforce.com/2016/02/sourceforge-loses-devshare/


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On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:55 AM, <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com> wrote:

> Apparently the new owners of SourceForge have put a stop to that.
>
> https://sourceforge.net/blog/sourceforge-acquisition-and-future-plans/
>
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> Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:46 AM
> To: Dan Goldstein
> Cc: TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
> Subject: Re: STC Certification
>
> Unfortunately, SourceForge has a bad reputation these days, due to them
> putting adware into OSS installers. It's even blocked in U-Block Origin.
> See this post for details:
>
> http://www.howtogeek.com/218764/warning-don%E2%80%99t-download-software-from
> -sourceforge-if-you-can-help-it/
>
> I'm not sure if Github has a similar forum for writers to get involved with
> projects. You may just need to reach out to projects or submit "Issues" to
> volunteer documentation to the project.
>
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:37 AM, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> > Daniel, I think your GitHub idea is a winner. SourceForge might also
> > do the trick
> > (https://sourceforge.net/p/forge/helpwanted/documenters/). For new
> > writers, having a portfolio is probably more important than having a
> certificate.
> >
> > Personally, I got into tech writing the easy way: I started out as an
> > expat writer overseas, where skill counts for more than experience.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Daniel Friedman
> > Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:13 AM
> > To: Dan Goldstein
> > Cc: TECHWR-L (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
> > Subject: Re: STC Certification
> >
> > I feel like this thread has gone extremely negative on the STC
> > certification. It would be nice to present what you guys think are
> > some good alternatives for someone new to the technical writing field
> > or someone looking to make an upwards career move.
> >
> > FWIW, I think the main problem with the STC certification is that it
> > is a general technical writing certificate, when most employers are
> > looking for someone with (at least some) domain-specific knowledge.
> >
> > Someone starting out would probably be better served spending their
> > time building portfolio pieces through school or by volunteering time
> > to a non-profit or open-source projects on github.
> >
> > If certification was to be pursued, it might be better to go for certs
> > in specific subject-domains relevant to the industries that you are
> > trying to break into. For example, in IT it would show a good baseline
> > of knowledge to get the COMPTIA A+ or the entry level Microsoft MCSE:
> > Desktop Infastructure cert. I am not familiar with other industries,
> > but I am sure there are similar courses/certifications for
> > healthcare/finance/government/etc.
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