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Kevlar Vests for Tech Writers?

February 24, 2010

An amusing thread on the TECHWR-L list yesterday:

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“If engineers and managers don’t go running for cover and diving under their desks at the sight of the approaching tech writer, you’re being too easy on them.” — Gene Kim-Eng  Mike Starr

Tony Chung wrote [in response]:

You could always lose the department title on the door and instead

walk around with a bullet-proof vest with “WRITER” emblazoned on the

back… Kind of like Richard Castle.

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Why are we, as tech writers, so maligned?   How can we get development teams to appreciate us more?

My emails and reported usability problems are frequently ignored, so if  such a bullet-proof vest were available, would I buy one? Hell, yes.

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6 comments

  1. No kevlar vest, but if I’m going in there, I will put a cup in. You never know. Dev meetings can be dangerous. Watch your six, and never sling your weapon.


  2. Dev meetings? What Dev meetings?


    • (you have to crash them).


  3. Note to self; add crash helmet to list.


  4. Hi Patty,

    See my slightly lengthy response to your post on my blog. It got a little too long for a comment. 🙂


  5. Ben, read your post. Great suggestions. Thanks for the (re)direction.



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