Re[2]: Not Wanted--Technical Writers

Subject: Re[2]: Not Wanted--Technical Writers
From: Feeman Kevin SC2275 <Feeman_Kevin_SC2275 -at- SATGATE -dot- SAT -dot- MOT -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 13:42:11 MST

Denise, I think that you need to take what is said on this list at
face value. Meaning in short: consider the source and don't get so
bent out of shape. I am 28, been in the business of technical
communication for the last 5 1/2 years and in 3 out of the last 5 jobs
I have had, I get that kind of reaction about being a busy body with a
superiority complex. You need to let attitudes like that slide off
your shoulders. If I listened to every comment made about me and my
work, will I probably would have committed suicide at my last two
jobs. On a cheerier note, I think that those types of criticisms that
I received have helped me in the long one. Now I am getting
compliments from programmers and managers alike! So, hang in their
and consider the source.



p.s. No offense intended to those on the list that worked at the same
place as I did!

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Subject: Re: Not Wanted--Technical Writers
Author: Denise Winkelman <dwinkel3 -at- bankerssystems -dot- com> at #SMTP
Date: 12/16/97 1:32 PM

As a 23-year old tech writer with three years of experience, I am offended
by Anonymous's remark about the 23-year old "busybody" with the
"superiority complex."

Since when did a 23 year old writer displaying confidence in
his/her abilities get mistaken for having a superiority complex? Just
because they haven't paid their proverbial dues?

Contrary to Anonymous's opinion, some of us younger writers
know what we are doing. It is very disheartening to see the more
experienced members of our profession discrediting us. (Or, in Anonymous's
terminology, telling us to get out of the way.)

The fact is, the writers at WandA improved the documentation. That's what
technical writers do. Would we be having this discussion if they were
40-something and didn't write poetry?

Perhaps Anonymous could provide those of us he/she thinks have superiority
complexes exactly what we young 'uns need to do in order to be taken
seriously by our (more experienced) colleagues.

Denise Winkelman
Technical Writer
Bankers Systems, Inc.
Liberal Arts Grad, Poet, Generation Xer, Professional Writer Without a
Superiority Complex, or, or

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