RE: Do you just bite your tongue?

Subject: RE: Do you just bite your tongue?
From: PStubble -at- MICROS -dot- COM
To: dpacker -at- stingrayboats -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 12:47:47 -0500


I agree with the other responses in that there is no easy call for your
situation. I think you did the right thing.

When editing other people's documents, I classify my corrections into two

- Tier 1 are those corrections that were grammatical in nature
- Tier 2 are those corrections that have to do with style, word choice, etc.

When push comes to shove, I will fight harder for the tier 1 corrections
because they could embarrass the company. I recommend my tier 2 corrections,
but I realize that they may not always be adopted.

My two cents,

Paul Stubblefield
Senior Technical Writer
MICROS Systems, Inc.

>I could really use some advice. I'm really having a hard time with this.
>Part of my job is to write copy for our web site and other documentation.
>Many times, I will get copy from "someone above me" that they would like to
>use. I'm usually asked to read through it and correct any errors before I
>publish it.

>Several days ago, I received a couple of paragraphs to be used for a new
>page. I went through it, corrected the errors, and incorporated it with my
>page. Today, I received an update. The person had taken the text I had put
>on the page, updated it with some extra copy and added back in 4 or 5 of
>errors that I had corrected.

>This isn't the first time this has happened. Today, I politely attached the
>changes to an e-mail and forwarded them to my supervisor. I informed him of
>the situation and told him that I was not going to publish the document
>the errors, but that I would not argue if he chose to. He did. Either way,
>still think it makes most of us look bad, but what do you do? Do you argue
>for what is right or do you keep your mouth shut so you can keep your job?



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