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Hacker-of-all-trades, mom, martial artist, fountain pen geek, and backpacker from Indianapolis, IN.


Aug
19
comment Anybody know anything about examiner.com?
While I agree with the general evaluation, characterizing it as a scam seems unfair. You don't get fame or fortune, but you're never offered it, either. They do exactly what they say they do for writers... that not being spectacular doesn't make it a scam.
Aug
19
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital rights management for self-published authors?
Watermarking is NOT DRM. DRM specifically limits what one can DO with a piece of content. Watermarking doesn't effect the content's use, storage, execution (if applicable), or copying -- it only attempts to make an instance of the content (and any copies thereof) distinguishable from other instances of the content.
Jun
13
comment Least possible editing effort if a text is for multiple media?
Markdown is nice for web publishing, but it won't generate nice PDFs without additional intervention.
Jun
6
comment What style suggestions are common for which words are used in hyperlinks?
I'd +2 this if I could -- both for the SEO observation and for pointing out that as far as reading flow, links are text made to attract attention.
Jun
5
comment Mixing topics in a blog
-1 Doesn't address the question asked. The OP inquired about blogs that cover many different topics vs. those with more narrow focus, not the structure or focus of individual posts.
Jun
5
comment Mixing topics in a blog
@jae Thanks for proving one of my points: that a blog about a broad range of subjects can become uninteresting to people who have an aversion to just one of those subjects.
May
23
comment Which Pen Is Best For Writing/Signing Important Documents?
@Ralph That question was off-topic because it was about computing equipment (a printer) which is already covered on Super-User. I can't think of another Stack site that would handle questions about writing instruments in this context.
May
22
comment Which Pen Is Best For Writing/Signing Important Documents?
...If @Boris_yo really meant to ask about writing, I'd encourage him to re-submit something worded better. I'd start by clarifying what is menat by "regular pens" as there are rollerballs, ball points, dip pens, fountain pens, felt-tip pens, porous-point pens, and so on available in addition to gel pens. Then, I'd try to find a way to more clearly relate the question to writing and make it more objective, e.g. "How do I keep my longhand drafts/notes as clear as they were when written? Is ball point, gel, or some other type of pen more resilient in the face of age, spills, UV, etc.?"
May
22
comment Which Pen Is Best For Writing/Signing Important Documents?
@Ralph Well, pens as writing tools are on topic, but I'm not sure that's being asked here. It seems like it's more financial or legal -- i.e. what is most resistant to tampering -- or possibly scrapbooking -- i.e. what will remain beautiful after years of age and handling.
May
18
comment Designing a book
The answer depends a lot on what methods you are most comfortable with. Do you plan to carefully hand-copy the poems in a nice script, then hand-bind and cover it? Do you plan to use a one-off printer like lulu.com? If the latter, are you only comfortable using a word processing program or do you want to go so far as to learn a typesetting system such as TeX or LaTeX?
May
4
comment How much time do you spend writing one page on average?
Closed as off-topic: this is a Q&A site, not a place to take surveys. Perhaps you can reformulate your question in a way that doesn't violate the guidelines in our FAQ.
Apr
13
comment How could I share my lyrics?
@James: There are excellent instructions in the Creative Commons FAQ.
Apr
12
comment Where to look for ESL writers and copyeditors?
I did file the last close vote, because this gets too close to recommending specific services (a shopping question is off-topic). However, I'd enthusiastically re-open if someone wants to edit this to be more about how to evaluate a good editor or something less along the lines of "where/who do I get good editing from"
Apr
12
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
...(cont.) The difference between hackers and other authors is that we already know we don't need a publisher to make money. They can make our lives a lot easier and happier if they are the right publisher, but that's not a reason to sign on with a bad one.
Apr
12
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
@Aaron That's simply not true, because you are forgetting an important factor: a significant number of people make emotional rather than rational decisions. As proof that it doesn't have to work that way, take a look at any big tech publisher that deals with a significant number of open-source topics. We hackers aren't big on being told what to do; the publisher must have a respectable value proposition. Common contract terms include releasing the work under a CC license, offering free ebooks from a project website, writing in the open on the web with community feedback, etc. ...
Apr
10
comment Initial Writing Medium
Rolled back to previous revision, which appropriately asked for a "best" recommendation. Second revision was way off topic -- "let's discuss" is not what SE is about, it's about answering questions.
Apr
10
comment Do I need to register my work to retain copyright?
-1 Because, as edited, this post attributes a number of problems to copyright law that are not part of the statutes, but instead part of contracts that some people are dumb enough to sign. The solution is already legal: don't sign an unfair agreement.
Jan
13
comment Is it worth switching to Dvorak?
I switch back and forth between Dvorak and QWERTY pretty easily. It just takes a few minutes to "click".
Jan
13
comment Will e-books prevent books from going out of print (and rights from reverting)?
@Ralph Keep in mind that most fiction is still equally relevant two years later, and great fiction is still relevant two hundred years later. Technology changes fast. Apart from The Cathedral and the Bazaar and The Art of Computer Programming, I can't think of a computer book that held relevance over a matter of decades. (For example, The Definitive Guide To Drupal 7 will have limited popularity once Drupal 8 comes out, and be totally irrelevant after Drupal 7 hits end-of-life.)
Jan
12
comment Will e-books prevent books from going out of print (and rights from reverting)?
I find it interesting that you bring up O'Reilly here, as they have a reputation for being extremely flexible with authors. I've even seen them publish books that are also available under a Creative Commons license.