Re: Silly tests?

Subject: Re: Silly tests?
From: "Huber, Mike" <Mike -dot- Huber -at- SOFTWARE -dot- ROCKWELL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 20:22:54 -0400

My guess is that most of us don't actually give a ...
I don't use that kind of terminology in professional settings myself, but
the reaction kind of astounds me. This isn't a kindergarten, and the post
wasn't offensive, except for the single word.

(and why is it OK in a quotation? Since I don't know, I've obliterated
the toxic word.)

On the original subject, I certainly would not hire someone who
considered a silly test below their dignity. In the real world, we end up
doing lots of things that make less sense than demonstrating a skill on
an unusual target. If you never have to do something sillier than
document a pencil in your career, you are pretty lucky, in my book.

From: Brent Jones[SMTP:bjones -at- IGS -dot- COM]
Sent: Monday, September 16, 1996 7:05 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list TEC
Subject: Re: Silly tests?

>>[Somebody] wrote:
>>"When she presented this task to the class,
>> everyone initially took Stephen Victor's attitude: what the
>> **** does this have to do with technical writing, and why
>> are you insulting my intelligence with this? (This attitude
>> is less forgivable for a student, but still surprising for..."
>>I found the language in your post offensive and did not read past the
>>vulgar language.
>>I personally would appreciate it if you would refrain from using vulgar
>>language in your communications. We are writers and I think that more
>>creative words are available in our vocabularies.\

>I have to agree with Robin. I really don't care about foul language in
>contexts, but using this sort of language on the tech writer list is
>definitely not appropriate. We shouldn't have to have someone
>the list, but at times like these it seems like a good idea.

>- Tony G. Rocco

I agree too--it's times like this that make it seem like a good idea to
have some master point of control, protecting me from seeing something
"inappropriate" that might bother or offend me. I realize the original
was on-topic and had a point to make, but I just couldn't
read on after seeing that...that...WORD.

In the future, original poster, please be more aware of my own personal
tastes and avoid using language I consider vulgar or lacking in



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