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Sep
22
comment How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
@Shawn: Well, just say you're experienced in all aspects of web development. The only specific bit you need to add is something you haven't actually listed. That's the matter of exactly how far you interact with the clients - discussing cost benefit analysis with them, negotiating functionality, charges and delivery dates, etc. with the guys at the top? Or just talking to the clerical staff who actually use the software? You do all the "techie" stuff; you just need to say how far you reach (or don't, as the case may be) beyond that.
Sep
22
comment How can I condense a description of a web designer/developer's work into a one-liner?
I'd have thought in this day and age, doing all these things would be normal for any software developer working either as an independent, or in a small organisation. It doesn't make much difference whether the software uses/relies on the web. You still have to do everything unless you're in a bigger company where they let you concentrate on the bits you're best at, but even there I think you'd be expected to at least know how to do all the other bits.
Sep
9
comment How can this sentence better convey the immobilizing impact of fear?
I think contrasting the two possibilities by repeating On the xxx hand, it has the ability to... represents unnecessary verbiage here, and tends to obscure the fact that in reality, either one effect or the other will almost always be totally dominant. This usage is more appropriate for dichotomies where both alternatives really do co-exist.
Sep
9
answered How can this technical message be made clearer?
Jul
19
comment Referring to oneself in first vs. third person in online profiles
@pavium: I've no opinion on the authorship of Mr Desai's profile as linked by OP. Since it could reasonably have been written by "a loyal and adoring minion", it's not inherently silly for it to be in the third person, even if in fact Mr Desai wrote it himself. I only said what I did in relation to ELU profiles, since it's unreasonable to suppose they could be written by anyone other than the member himself.
Jul
19
answered Referring to oneself in first vs. third person in online profiles
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Alenanno: Having trawled over some more writers.se questions for the first time in months, I see they do actually cover things like this, so I'm retreating somewhat from my earlier position. But EL&U has often overlapped in the general area - witness that outrageous viral question about nested [sic]'s - and originally I hadn't realised writers.se went much further than helping out budding authors.
Jun
7
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Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Rory Alsop: Haha glad I didn't work with you then. Maybe I'm anal, but I'd rather have the bit about the beer on a separate email. Or a call would have been better. Besides, what if I wanted to forward the work stuff to others? No thanks.
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@WAF: All sounds like pretty subtle nuancing for an email. We're not talking carefully-crafted prose here.
Jun
7
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Alenanno: I don't suppose you'll be persuaded, and there are already 4 votes to close, so you're obviously not alone. I still think it's about usage of the English language, not a style question as I understand writers.se
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
I don't get the votes to close. P.S. is a linguistic element, and email is a linguistic medium. The proper usage is a reasonable thing to ask about, even if it's not easy to arrive at a concensus.
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
@Hugo: Footnotes are quite common in the kind of 'pop science' books I often read, but to be honest I don't really like them that much. I'm never sure when to break off from the main thread, so sometimes I never actually read them at all. Similar to the disjointed style in New Scientist (Time may be more familiar if you're US), but at least in those the 'supplementary' text/diagrams are big enough to draw you in when you reach the end of a paragraph in the main article.
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
I know it's only an example, but if I got an email from someone I didn't know well enough to already know what their new job was going to be, that particular P.S. wouldn't seem trivial or tangential to me. I'd assume [s]he was sounding me out to work on making up the clothes [s]he was going to be designing! :-)
Jun
6
comment Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
Well I did specifically say never really 'appropriate' rather than just never appropriate, and I think you've identified some aspects of 'excusable' exceptions. I don't do work emails much these days, but I always preferred a second email to receiving one email with an unrelated addendum. I really do think it's often just lack of consideration for people who might want/need to deal with things in an orderly and efficient manner.
Jun
6
answered Right usage of “P.S.” in Emails
Apr
4
comment Feedback on sign-up email announcement
@Craig Sefton: Well you can certainly take credit for having recognised a good turn of phrase, and for having done your bit to help it become more widely recognised. Which I guess means I get a bit of kudos myself simply for recognising your earlier (if not actually pioneering) contribution lol.
Apr
4
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Apr
4
comment Feedback on sign-up email announcement
+1 for the marvelous definition of 'perfect' in the context of web-based verbiage - not nothing left to add, but nothing left to take away. Sound advice, snappy maxim.
Apr
2
comment “…and the fire from the stove engulfed him” or “jumped on him” or “covered him” or “devoured him” or what?
@brilliant: Well thank you for that acknowledgement. I'm afraid I'm pretty much of a noob to english.se myself so I don't know whether or how one can avoid such slip-ups. You'll be ok because you'll know to explain more exactly what kind of answer you want, and why. But other students of English will probably get wrongly moved in future. Incidentally, am I right in suspecting you asked what you did because there's a 'standard' expression in Taiwanese?