awesome ultimate expert hen (mdyesowitch) wrote,
awesome ultimate expert hen

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Booking Through Thursday

Booking through Thursday question

Following up last week’s question about reading writing/grammar guides, this week, we’re expanding the question….

Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?

Do you ever read manuals?

How-to books?

Self-help guides?

Anything at all?

I will usually read the documentation out of sympathy for the writer. I do not usually note corrections and send them back.
How-to books, I have a love/hate relationship with. I do use some as long as they don't try to insult me. (I'm looking at you "Dummies" and "Idiot" guides. I've broken my rule once and regretted it, although at least it's signed.) Lesson #1: If I'm paying you money, you probably shouldn't insult me. Yes, I did take a course in college that I called "Physics for the clinically brain-dead" and it's okay if *I* do it. It's not okay when I'm paying someone else to do it. Even my therapist doesn't insult me, and she could probably get away with it.

Self-help guides, I'm not fond it. They suffer from Jerome K. Jerome syndrome: you read them and assume you have everything described in the book. I like a customized approach to help that takes into account who I am and what my actual needs are.
Tags: books

  • Moderator's message (now with self test!)

    Time again friends for me to remind people of how my livejournal is organized. Infertility stuff is friends-locked, but not in a custom group…

  • Opting out

    Rather than rewrite this post, I'm just going to link it. LJ opting out of link modification

  • Administrivia: Holiday cards

    If you've not gotten a card from me in the past, or have moved in the last year and aren't sure if I have your address, please feel free to reply to…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.