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I just completed my first week of DQS and WOW (sm)

Posted By: Same here on 2005-08-16
In Reply to: anyone else working for MQ on the DQScribe program (sm) - just me?

Thank goodness I had one week of Cottage to keep my line count a little above bankruptcy level. One day I typed ten reports like we used to do in batches and these were approximately the same type of reports I normally did. Later next day, checked line count and what would normally have been from 500-800 lines was 372. I was flabbergasted and it took me almost 3 hours to do this.

Another problem I have is the lack of feedback. I was trained, sent in a couple of sample documents and that was it. Even those where I requested QC check over I got no feedback on. I tried to call QA and was given voice mail and told someone would return my call in 24 hours. Not much help when you are in the middle of something.

I better quit complaining and see if I can eke out a few lines this morning.

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to get used to it and about a month to get proficient with it.  I have been using it for six years and I can't type without it.  I have entire templates in it, phrases, words, you name it.


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