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Office Pets. Part II: Blacky and Felix

This is the second (and last) part of our blog series about office pets. This time, we show off Blacky and Felix, two brothers. They are six years old, curious, and always hungry. more ...

Check if or check that? Or: Have you tried turning if off and on again?

How often do we read or write that we should check something? Example: "Check if the computer is connected to power." Clear message, no misunderstanding. But what if it says: "Check that the computer is connected to power." more ...

Ten questions for Ines Lasch, intern at parson

Ines Lasch just finished her vocational training as a technical writer and is doing an eight-week internship at parson. We asked her ten questions. more ...

Vocational Training for Technical Communicators. How Does it Work?

Anja Schiel, trainee, and Ulrike Parson, CEO of parson AG, offer their insights into the vocational training for technical communicators. more ...

Make Technical Documentation Intelligent - From Content Management to Content Delivery

In this article, Martin Kreutzer and Ulrike Parson describe how you fill content-delivery portals with intelligent information so that users quickly get the right answers to their questions. more ...

Where are we meeting today?

They are called I, II, 501 or B7. They are the big one, the small one, or, depending on the color of their interior, the blue, the red, or the yellow. Often, they are called what they are: meeting room. If there are several, one adds a number.

Some companies are more creative when it comes to meeting room names. During a quick research we found:

  • Ms Moneypenny
  • Gigabyte
  • Cave
  • Cooler
  • Fishbowl

Or, if you like it a tad more conventional:

  • Moscow, Paris, Berlin
  • K2, Mount Everest, Matterhorn
  • Mars, Jupiter, Pluto

„Where are we meeting today?“
„In Paris.“

That sounds so much better than „in 501.“ Also, the staff may make feel special.

How does one find a good name for a meeting room? Somewhere we read: „Pick a theme that reflects your culture.“

Companies that name their conference rooms after explorers, like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, or Leifur Eiríksson, are problably in the travel business or create navigation systems. We imagine that book publishers name their rooms after the Nobel laureates and that the employees of the Institute for Gravitational Physics hold their meetings in Einstein, Newton, or Schrödinger.

And that the ones at Apple all start with that i.

Our meeting room still has no name. Some call it „The Hole“. Yes, it is in the basement, but we appreciate its location during the summer. The more we read about the subject, the more obvious it becomes: that meeting room needs a proper name.

What reflects our company culture?

We argue about the Oxford comma and the difference between multiple and various. We discuss APIs, variant management, and user-oriented authoring. We talk about guidelines, XML, and DTDs. And, of course, we talk about the users, our readers.

Can you think of a name for our meeting room? Inspire us! Share your ideas, help us find a proper name. We will consider the most interesting proposals. We might even praise you on our website.

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