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Subject:Tina the Tech Writer (Semi-off topic) From:Linnea Dodson <tscribe -at- HOTMAIL -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 31 Dec 1998 04:51:47 PST
Forgive me for a total non sequiteur, but since Tina the Tech writer has
been referred to about 4 times over the last 2 days, I thought I'd point
>> Why do you think Scott Adams
>> paints Tina the Technical Writer as a
>> short tempered, brittle person?
In his 10-year compilation of Dilbert strips, Scott Adams gave a genesis
for Tina. He wanted to add a brittle, short-tempered person for the
sake of humor. He wanted to add a female for diversity. Since there
was already a female engineer, he made Tina a tech writer so that she
had a job that would keep her in the company of engineers. The
personality came before the profession.
Interestingly enough, although every time I've seen Tina referred to in
the tech writing world she's been treated as a sort of favorite mascot,
Scott Adams said he was originally flamed by tech writers who felt
denigrated at the character's introdution.