Re: OT? Job Descriptions and Audience Analysis

Subject: Re: OT? Job Descriptions and Audience Analysis
From: "Tom Murrell" <tmurrell -at- columbus -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "Techwr-l" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 10:33:36 -0400

Pamela Nelson writes, in part:

I am guessing it would be best to contact me off list, rather
than start a firestorm of differing opinions.

To which Russell Griechen responds:

I would think you would want all the different opinions that would be
spawned by posting their answers to the list.
At tech writer level I would assume a dispassionate discourse would be a
normal result.

I, too, was surprised that Ms. Nelson felt there would be a "firestorm of
differing opinions" about what a Technical Writer does. I would expect
comments on the topic to be additive rather than exclusive. After listening
to TWs from various organizations and geographic locations describe what
they do, I am convinced that we do different things depending on the needs
and practices we find.

I was equally taken aback by Mr. Griechen's comment that "dispassionate
discourse would be a normal result." Russ, you're new to the list, right?

Truly, it is a shame that we can argue so passionately over such trivia as
whether or not it is demeaning to a TW to edit someone else's copy. And it
is a shame that we drive away good reasoned discourse out of fear of
starting a flame war.

To me, this is a more important topic that what the job description of a TW
is or should contain.

Tom Murrell
Sometimes I write, and sometimes I edit.
But I'm always a writer.

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