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Subject:Re: Who's the author? From:Vince Putman <PUTMV -at- MAIL -dot- SYNTRON -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 13 Feb 1995 08:35:35 CST
Correctamundo, exactly Marguerite, however if you are not the
perceived author when comes time to evaluate your performance, you do
not get the credit in your pocket. It may be better for the author to
refer calls to the help desk and keep the credit. Right?
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Subject: Re: Who's the author?
Author: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp -at- WORLD -dot- STD -dot- COM> at INTERNET_MAIL
Date: 2/13/95 8:15 AM
Regarding when you remove the author's name from a revision:
I don't like including the author's name in the first place, although it's
the practice in some companies. If users have a real name in a company,
they're likely to call that person instead of talking to a (perceived)
impersonal help desk. Not that I don't take pride in my work, but by thte
time the calls come in, I'm on another project, and I'd have to forward
the calls to the help desk anyway. If companies want to reward my
authoring skills, I'd sooner they do it with money, not a by-line.
If a document DOES include the author's name, I'd pull the credit line at
the first major revision. At that point, it's no longer the original
author's work, and the original author should not have to take
responsibility (credit or blame) for the changes.