I wrote about the 2002 Tech Standards “worst evers” in a post on things to avoid when writing procedures and instructions. However, when I found other years’ Worst ever, I couldn’t resist adding to it.
For 2003 here are some of the excerpts:
The winning entry begins: “1. Be tights part E with part I together by fitting M. Also can be installation handle part J in this side.” It ends with “6. Test stranger & use on.” Because we all want to test strangers.
The runner up, which might have won had it not been submitted late, was for a car alarm and was entirely written in caps.
The winner is a single page labeled HDD assembles elucidation.
A few notable excerpts:
â€œHeading up the upper cover to turn over to riseâ€¦â€
â€œCover up and down to separate then and completelyâ€¦â€
The runner up is instructions for using a jack hammer.
â€œBefore operating the jacks. first .insert the notched end of the handle into the release valve. —The diagram does not show a handle anywhere, and refers to a â€œrelease valve lever.â€
Insert operating handle in the socker and the ram is steadily raisedâ€¦â€ —The socker?
â€œSelect point of action according to gravitational center place the jack on the hardness ground if necessary.â€
And you can see the most confusing directions on a remote, ever!