Re: Intercom April 1996

Subject: Re: Intercom April 1996
From: Sarah Lee Bihlmayer <tecscrib -at- SIRIUS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 1996 11:25:30 -0700

Joyce Flaherty said:

> I just received my Intercom April 1996 STC magazine.
<snip>
> As I read, I had the feeling I was reviewing summaries
> of recent threads on the list--for example, documenting
> off-the-shelf computer products, savvy technical
> communicators.

> I doubt this is a fluke. I might even suggest that the
> content of the April issue belongs more to this list
> than it does to STC...

Marilynne Smith agreed:

>Although I don't really mind someone rehashing our
>discussions for the benefit of those who aren't on the list, I most
>definitely think the source of this information should be documented and
>major contributors given credit. The "authors" might even go so far as to
>ask someone if they mind being quoted.

I agree with Marilynne...however, another possibility does come to mind.
Last time I checked, the STC had a total membership of around 20,000
worldwide. Last time I heard, this list had approximately 2,000
subscribers. Although I'm sure we don't all belong to the STC, our
subscribership represents around 10% of its membership. Pollsters and
statistics experts consider 10% a high-end percentage for a representative
sampling of a population. Possibly the issues we discuss here are of major
interest to technical communicators in general. I did notice the high
incidence of familiar topics in this month's issue, but my conclusion was
that us Techwhirlers just represent the interests of the larger population
of technical communicators.

Just my opinion, folks.



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