Re: Not Being Included

Subject: Re: Not Being Included
From: "John W. Sliger" <jsliger -at- PDQ -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 20:30:31 -0700

You know, it doesn't bother me at all not being included in the "call list" for a product. I don't want the end user, the customer (or whatever you feel comfortable calling the person putting dishes into the dishwasher, or other product) calling me at all hours of the day and night with troubleshooting questions. That is the job of the repair technician. Rest assured that is exactly what would happen if the technical writer were added to the list. I know, because I've been both the technical writer and the technician for several products.

John W. Sliger
Technical Writer
Phone: (281) 353-0567
E-mail: jsliger -at- pdq -dot- net

-----Original Message-----
From: Tracy Boyington [SMTP:tracy_boyington -at- OKVOTECH -dot- ORG]
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 1998 1:48 PM
Subject: Re: Not Being Included

> The one thing we all need to remember is that while we create and
> upgrade the product documentation, we don't own the product that we're
> documenting: (snip)

Ah, but neither does the Human Resources contact (who was listed). :-)

I'd tell Whirlpool how much you liked their documentation and mention
that they must have an excellent technical writing staff. In fact, I
think it would be a good idea for any of us to do this whenever
possible. Why not let companies know that customers notice and
appreciate good technical writing?

Tracy Boyington mailto:tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Dept. of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, OK, USA


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