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Broken Arrow says: Bankers, recruitment consultants, politicians. What professions do you hate and why?

(, Thu 27 May 2010, 12:26)
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Anyone else in the company who isn't a writer or an editor.
Yes you are able to write. No you are not able to write well. Your opinion on how it should read does not take into account the five-page house style guide, the audience, the house voice, or any information about the product at all, and the only reason you're still speaking is that, because you are senior to me - and so publically rubbing your ego - it is not my remit to quietly allow you to make an utter fool of yourself, until it is absolutely clear that that is all you deserve.
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 13:11, 13 replies)
This is the finest display of Unwarrated Self Importance I've seen in ages.

(, Thu 27 May 2010, 14:23, closed)
Remove all the non writers and editors, and we'll see how far they get...
What a failure you are Vagabond! Tsk.
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 14:31, closed)
I bet his boss is a gypsy.

(, Thu 27 May 2010, 14:41, closed)
Having had to correct work from
so called professional copywriters, I'd doubt it very much. I'll ignore eyewatering house styles, but when being told the features of the cheap pot of face cream by the technical department, the exact limits of what can be said, me a technical bod having to redact large swathes of copy that don't just hint that the product has medical effects and is almost the cure for cancer isn't a wonderful use of my time. Also Wikipedia is not a peer reviewed source of scientific literature
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 20:33, closed)
Says the man with the Fail archive?
Irony, anyone?
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 14:56, closed)
Thing is though, it's Rob Approved, which means it really is very important.

(, Thu 27 May 2010, 14:59, closed)
*pats on the head*
'Course it is, lad - here - have a biscuit.

*offers biscuit*
(, Thu 27 May 2010, 15:39, closed)
Do you apply your five-page house style to the utter bullshit that falls out of your own fingertips onto this very website?

(, Thu 27 May 2010, 17:19, closed)
i agree with that Vagabond chap up there
there are several things that people do on a regular basis where they overestimate themselves ... driving cars is certainly one example - how many people do you know who would admit to being a "worse than average driver", even though around half your mates-with-driving-licenses almost certainly are?
on a more trivial level, the uniquity of small digital cameras and phone-cameras has made everyone a photographer although a great deal of the resulting imagery is utter crap on a technical level (light, framing, flare, colour), let alone on an aesthetic level ...
as for writing, the UK is now a service economy rather than a manufacturing economy with large numbers of people in contact with words/computers/scripts/emails/spreadsheets every day ... sadly, that doesn't mean that they're all good at it, or can produce something that fits a finite space, has a beginning, middle and end, and conveys meaning/information to the reader ...
as Vag up there points out, there are no end of "senior people" who approach communications with all the intellectual clarity of a baboon trying to fit 3 cubic km of seawater into a 2 litre coke bottle

having a car does not make someone a good driver; having a 12 megapixel camera doesn't make them a photographer; and having a keyboard doesn't make them a writer ... (and for anyone out there who can remember the late 1980s, running Pagemaker on a Mac didn't make you a talented designer)
(, Fri 28 May 2010, 1:19, closed)
Spot on

(, Fri 28 May 2010, 3:00, closed)
second sentence, seventh word should probably be uBiquity...

(, Fri 28 May 2010, 16:51, closed)
Pretty sure
that this isn't exclusive to your world.
I recall reading about a study that said that people in general underestimate how difficult other people's jobs are. As a consequence, too many people think that they can do your job, despite the fact you might have had 5 years of study/training, and have been doing that job every day for 10 years.
It's not as easy as it looks.
(, Sat 29 May 2010, 2:09, closed)
How hard can it be write about soft furnishings though?

(, Mon 31 May 2010, 10:46, closed)

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