Re: Checking the checkers through inaccurate information

Subject: Re: Checking the checkers through inaccurate information
From: Gurudutt Kamath/Technical Writing Centre <guruk -at- GIASBM01 -dot- VSNL -dot- NET -dot- IN>
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 1997 23:04:57 +0530

Hello everyone!

I have been following this thread with great interest. In my own case, I
deliberately add mistakes (though jokes are a better idea, perhaps). This
just shows me how alert the reviewer has been. Recently, however, I got
confused whether I had made the mistake intentionally or not! So, in
future I plan to put an annotation or some other device to alert me that
it was indeed deliberate. Reviewing of manuals in India is rather poor.
After I have been reading this mailing list I notice that my output is
much better. I notice more mistakes -- most of them unintentional.

Steven, please _bear_ with me!

A word of thanks to all the list members for helping me hone my skills.

Best wishes from India!


guruk -at- giasbm01 -dot- vsnl -dot- net -dot- in
for column on Documentation, Internet, etc.
Technical Writing Centre, Mumbai

On Fri, 10 Jan 1997, Steven Jong wrote:

> Carl Millholland <millholland -at- ACRONET -dot- NET> asks about deliberately
> introducing errors (as jokes) into his drafts as a means of "checking the
> checkers."
> I have done the same thing, though more for my own enjoyment than to check
> the reviewers. Once, for a laptop, pen-based software product, I described
> the task of filling in a form onscreen using the pen, adding, "Bear down; you
> are making three copies." The QA engineer came by later with a confused look
> on his face. "This is a joke, right?" he asked. (Two points for him!)

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