TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:(Fwd) Correcting in public From:"T. Mazza" <tmazz -at- KODIAK -dot- ADAMS -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 6 Feb 1997 10:28:59 -0500
Why not reply to that person in private and ask him/her to correct himself in
public, for the benefit of all readers, in a way that helps save face?
Ponder this - One of the very basic parenting tricks is not to correct your
children in public. Once in a while I slip and do correct my children in
public - the result? They feel humiliated, embarrased and resentful. If I
correct them in private and ask them to behave in a certain way in public, they
feel respected and they do behave better in public. Must be human nature, eh?
Remember this: Do unto others 20% better than you would have them do unto you,
to correct for subjective error.
--- Forwarded mail from "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 15:03:28 -0800
Reply-To: "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Subject: Correcting in public
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
"I just read a reply to a message that politely, but publicly, pointed
the original sender had made a mistake in terminology. <snip> However,
remember from my years as a teacher that you should praise in public and
** Not sure which message you're referring to, but if someone
posts incorrect information, we should think not only of
that person's feelings but also of the list-readers who,
if the item goes uncorrected, could remain misinformed.
- Mark L. Levinson - Memco Software - PO Box 58161 - 61581 Tel Aviv
- work: mark -at- memco -dot- co -dot- il / tel. 03-6450049 / fax 03-6450001
- home: nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il / tel. 09-9552411 or 09-9555720