Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?

Subject: Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2017 14:40:14 -0400

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On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 2:17 PM, Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net> wrote:

> After following this thread over the past few hours while doing my own
> work, it looks to me like someone at "the hospital" has promoted a
> manicurist (who already knows how to use some small pointy tools) to
> "surgeon" (where extremely specialized cutting tools are required) and said
> manicurist refuses to give up her nail files but will use them to do her
> surgeries.
>
> Basically, due to comments about her refusal to learn standard, generally
> accepted tech writing tools and procedures, I say this episode will not end
> well, but instead will result in lots of resentment from both sides during
> the tenure of this newbee.
>
> Of course, I hadn't seen anything about the actual quality of her work.
> Nor do we know anything about the relationship between her and whoever
> promoted her. THAT, in itself, will probably "trump" everything.
>
> From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Sent: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 1:53 PM
> Subject: Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?
>
> I'd allow her to use the Fences tool (with the icons on her desktop
> pointing to the files in the directory you establish. That's (presumably)
> easy. But I'd be alert to other problems that may come up.
>
> One obvious one is proper use of MS Word formatting. She should (of
> course) pick up the proper "styles" approach that most of us know and use.
>
> Also, you want to make sure that she does not side-step your
> already-existing backup and versioning systems. It is a bad idea for
> writers to keep their "real" up-to-date version as a separate file outside
> the server framework that manages versioning, if you have one, but I have
> known writers (reluctantly waves own hand) who have felt that such a
> practice might somehow be a good idea.
>
> On Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:34:03 -0400, Emoto <emoto1 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > wrote:
> >> *Trouble ahead, trouble behind,*
> >> *And you know this notion...just crossed my mind.*
> >>
> >> Greg's points are critical here. If a compromise can be struck in
> >> relation
> >> to where the actual files are stored, great.
> >>
> >> If not, then I might be inclined to use the SysAdmin as the bad cop,
> >> asserting that Fences only serves as another layer of user insulation
> >> that
> >> runs counter to accepted system and file backup procedures.
> >
> > I'll be revisiting this, probably later today. I will go for the combo
> > deal of letting her use Fences for shortcuts to files, but make the
> > files themselves live in a structure that I will create for her, just
> > to get it done.
> >
> >> Yours is a Windows environment. If the new hire doesn't care to fully
> >> understand the OS and its file structure, then I'd question her ability
> >> to
> >> be adaptive to the established ways of the company.
> >>
> >> I worked at several places in the past where one was simply NOT
> >> permitted
> >> to introduce software to one's own system, period. Other places were a
> >> bit
> >> more lenient, but I'd need to first seek permission to use such things
> >> as
> >> favored utilities the company did not yet know about (but enhanced
> >> productivity).
> >
> > I don't know if it was approved or not. I don't care much about that,
> > frankly.
> >
> >> I don't know what the nOOb will be documenting, but this entire thread
> >> would give me pause regarding whether or not she's an appropriate fit.
> >
> > There are certainly questions along those lines, however, the subject
> > matter of the medical device instructions being worked on is not
> > something foreign to this person, so that is a point in her favor, to
> > some extent.
> >
> >> I may be a bit hard-nosed about this, but it's already sounding
> >> problematic
> >> when the easiest solution is to learn the file system. In this regard,
> >> what
> >> is so bloody complicated about understanding folders and subfolders,
> >> drawers and cabinets when related to such physical items in the
> >> paper-based
> >> world?
> >
> > Frankly, I was baffled to get pushback on that. Last thing I expected.
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References:
Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Emoto
RE: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Wright, Lynne
Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Chris Morton
RE: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Paul Hanson
Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Sarah Kiniry
RE: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Wright, Lynne
Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Chris Morton
Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Emoto
Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Using "Fences" as File Management Tool?: From: Ken Poshedly

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