Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 09:13:38 -0800 (PST)

--- Deborah Ray <debray -at- raycomm -dot- com> wrote:
> Good morning,
> We've updated the TECHWR-L Poll with a new question:
> As a technical writer, I consider a consistently-applied
> corporate style guide to be:
> * Intolerably constraining
> * Marginally constraining
> * Neither constraining nor liberating
> * Marginally liberating
> * Extremely liberating
> * Other/none of the above

First, a corporate style guide? Are we talking fact here? If we had one, it
would be a minor miracle. If we had a good one, it would be a major miracle and
its creator a candidate for sanctification.

Now this "consistently-applied" thing? What, pray tell, is THAT? We're talking
so far beyond the realm of ordinary experience that I would expect anyone
encountering a consistently applied corporate style guide has already been
bodily transported to their reward in the after life.

Frankly, I think our poll questions and the TECHWR-L list as a whole would be
better served if we confined ourselves to reality.

(The preceeding was, in case you didn't get it, tongue in cheek <g>)

Tom Murrell
Lead Technical Writer
Alliance Data Systems
Columbus, Ohio
mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com
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