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Subject:Re: Fire them all From:Brian Martin <martin -at- SODALIA -dot- IT> Date:Tue, 23 Feb 1999 09:33:56 +0000
Thanks for the great sarcasm!
I just got my yearly review. Because I got lumped in with all the
technical people, my yearly bonus will reflect my true worth to the
company. It seems that "A" work as a technical writer is equivalent to
"B" work when compared to technical people.
The previous message follows:
Much can be learned listening to a hyper-sophisticated TW
mentor a younger colleague. Shall we listen in?
"The main thing wrong with technical writers is their
obsession with tools. I learned SQL in a week. A recent client
was infested with tool-crazed writers. I fired
two of them. I straightened them out."
"Oh, how true, Mr. Hyper-sophist! I learned HTML in 2 days."
"Two days? I learned DHTML in 1 day. The main thing wrong with
technical writers is their obsession with writing skill at the
expense of technical knowledge. A
recent client was overrun with writers who, although fine
writers, did not understand technical things, like routers,
pipes, and rocket launchers. I fired 6 of
them. I straightened them out."
"Oh, yes, yes, Mr. Hyper-sophist! I learned Framemaker in 2
thing wrong with technical writers is their lack of humor.
They're too fragile. A recent client was
plagued with humorless writers. I fired 12 of them. I can't
stand dour faces. I straightened them out! I replaced them
with the CEO's secretary and 6 Word
macros. I explain all this in my new, humor-packed book 'How
to Successfully Manage Technical Projects by Firing the
Writers, for Dummies."