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The question was: when faced with someone who has misrepresented
as a technical person, what do you do?
If they indeed misrepresented themselves (vs. you misinterpreting what
they said/did/showed) then don't wait for the day to end, fire their
butt. (But you'd better be right!)
How do you handle a person who clearly cannot deal with the technology
yet are supposed to write about that technology? Do you help them? Fire
them? Stick them in an editors position? What is the answer to solving
the problem of non-technical, technical writers?
If this was an honest person that was hired, either train them in the
technology on the job, or (if that's too hard) move the person into a
position one of the other positions you mentioned.
Indeed, if the person is honest, and you liked them, don't feel burned
by a simple misunderstanding unless your budget/patience just can't
<hey Eric, got it right this time, ehh?>
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