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:Bullet Use (O/T) From:"McDermott, Stephen W" <Stephen -dot- McDermott -at- PSS -dot- BOEING -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 8 Oct 1997 14:09:04 -0700
> On Wed, 8 Oct 1997, Rebecca Carr wrote:
> > Also, it's ridiculous to tell a tech writer to avoid excessive use
> > bullets! Bullets are one of the most necessary and useful ways to
> > write meaningful information that is user-friendly.
To which Barry responded:
> I am offended by the use of the term "bullet".
> We as technical writers must rid the workplace of violent,
> derogatory, and hurtful words.
> From now on please refer to them as "Happy Dots".
> Our children must grow up in a world free from the painful
I find bullets the most effective tool in the following situations:
* stressful organizational meetings
* Performance Reviews.
* Writer / Editor "discussions".