Re: #$ -at- % secretary stuff and the Grammar Guru

Subject: Re: #$ -at- % secretary stuff and the Grammar Guru
From: "Hutchings, Christa" <cwhutchings -at- HOMEWIRELESS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 12:46:39 -0400

And there's the great paradox of our profession. The
engineer/programmers get paid big bucks to design stuff, not to
communicate. We get paid not so big bucks to figure out how that stuff
works and communicate it to our customers. Seems to me we may be as
important to the process as the engineer/programmers, yet how many of us
command the salaries they do?

Chris Welch-Hutchings
Sr. Technical Writer
Home Wireless Networks, Inc.
Norcross GA (USA)
cwhutchings -at- homewireless -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: K R Wolfe [SMTP:keith -at- MERGE -dot- COM]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 1998 12:15 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: #$ -at- % secretary stuff and the Grammar Guru
> Besides the secretary stuff, which I find myself forced to doing when
> others don't do the job right....
> I find that as a writer, everyone expects me to be the grammar guru.
> I'm
> happy to help with simple questions. Likewise, I often have to edit
> some
> large stuff that gets out to the world, but doesn't fall under the
> domain
> of tech pubs. But!!! I don't have time to edit every little 2 page
> memo
> that comes through my colleagues' doors. Cripes! These people are
> supposed to have degrees, right?
> How do you deal with these people? Where is the dividing line between
> wanting to help and wanting to buy a gun?
> I'm reminded of the words of a past professor...
> "You'll be expected to know everything... So know EVERYTHING."
> kw
> &^~~~
> Send commands to listserv -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu (e.g., SIGNOFF

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