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As a lone tech writer, I'm the one responsible for creating and updating the
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And maybe the key word here is tools--which can be adapted as needed--not
rules, which must be followed.
If I had a manager pounding on my head with a style guide I didn't agree
with and had no input into, I would probably feel constrained.
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