Hype checker (Was: JOB POSTING: Technical Marketing Writer)

Subject: Hype checker (Was: JOB POSTING: Technical Marketing Writer)
From: Julia Land <jltw -at- EARTHLINK -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 17:11:48 -0500

>>hype checker - to detect serious instances of bafflegab in any message or document.

Wayne,

At first I thought, what a wonderful idea, someone really should do
that. But on second thought, I think the potential for abuse is too
great.

Some politician with a lot of money will hire someone to circumvent the
warning message. And then the hype checker will be used as a tool to
remove what little content there still is. If the speech or marketing
piece has a gobbledegook index of less than 90, it will be rewritten. If
it has an index of less than 50, the writer will be fired.

No, all in all, tempting as it sounds, I think we must forgo this tool.
It is just too dangerous.

Julia Land
jalnd -at- earthlink -dot- net

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