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I'm an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and a pro-tempore mod here on Writers and on WorldBuilding. I'm pretty active on the SE network.

Professionally, I'm a technical writer who works with (and often helps design) programming interfaces. I've written programming guides, tutorials, reference applications (runnable examples), reference documentation (for Java, C++, C, SOAP, and REST APIs), and even a little user documentation. I'd love to see more technical-writing questions here on Writers!

A word of warning: if you are interested in the Biblical Hermeneutics site, I urge you to consider these words from a non-Christian who went down that path. They want people to help build their site (which they say is non-religious), but they allow Christian evangelism and presumption, quite a bit of it. Learn from another's mistake. See also: Working with idolaters, infidels, and the impious: can interfaith discourse work?


Mar
26
answered Any Good Method for Calculating Word Count Based on An Outline?
Mar
25
comment Multiple sentences in a parenthetical phrase - How do I punctuate properly?
This last one is the only option that really makes sense to me. If you have multiple whole sentences in there, move them out of the other sentence and let them stand on their own -- much easier to both write and read that way.
Mar
24
comment What is a systematic way of using Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases?
I've edited this to be more of a question and less of a discussion topic or opinion survey. That said, the question is very broad; our site works best for solving problems you're having, not for talking in general about stuff.
Mar
24
revised What is a systematic way of using Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases?
made less opinion-survey-ish
Mar
22
comment How many copies did “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka sold?
Is this on-topic? It's not a question about improving your own sales and it appears to be a research question, which is closer to "what to write". CC @NeilFein
Mar
19
revised How do you effectively denote a non-“heading-ed” transition into a concluding section?
added 109 characters in body
Mar
19
answered How do you effectively denote a non-“heading-ed” transition into a concluding section?
Mar
18
comment In APA style, how do I cite an indirect source?
I don't know about APA in particular, but a general rule of citations is that you should cite what you used, and if you want to report that your source used another source you can do that. But if you read A that says that B says something, you don't jump directly to citing B unless you verified it.
Mar
18
revised In APA style, how do I cite an indirect source?
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Mar
18
comment How to show that a character is quoting from a book?
Is he quoting explicitly/intentionally ("as the bible says, blah blah blah"), or is he just injecting the quoted phrases into his speech more passively?
Mar
18
comment Starting Out a Novel
This depends on what kind of story you're telling, what you're trying to accomplish, possibly the norms of the genre you're writing in, and probably a bunch of other things. I'm putting this on hold for now; please edit to describe your situation in more detail. Thanks.
Mar
18
comment Comparison for something that's 251 million tons
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because, as you said, it's not actually a question about writing. I'm sorry I don't know where to suggest you ask instead.
Mar
18
comment Commenting on blogs and forums
Are these blogs published by your company (or affiliates), or do you mean blogs "out in the wild"? Are they connected to your project in some way, or are you talking about some random blogger finding a comment one morning from a character he doesn't know, or what?
Mar
18
comment How do I create the rest of the story when I only know the ending?
Have you written an outline?
Mar
17
comment Best practices for maintaining documented code examples?
Oh, very cool! It'd be even better if there were a way to put markers in the file (instead of line refs external to it), so that when somebody adds an include or some code comments (hey it could happen) or the like, it doesn't throw off the excerpting.
Mar
15
comment simultaneous dialogues in novels and short fiction
Kind of related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/7761/1993
Mar
13
comment How to write a “strong” passage?
Thanks for the quick response; I'll reopen. Any further clarification of "strong" that you can add will help the question; maybe you could provide an example of something you consider to be strong, that evokes the kind of feeling you're going after? Thanks.
Mar
13
comment What are some best practices/dos and don'ts of managing an online editorial calendar?
Welcome to Writers. Could you add some information about your typical publication cycle (answers might be different for daily news, monthly magazines, and annual journals), how many writers and editors are involved, and how numerous and big the tasks are? (Your last bullet point hints at an answer to my last question here; is that just an example or is that the situation you're asking about? More specific is generally better.) Thanks!
Mar
12
answered In what order should I describe a setting?
Mar
12
revised Is Blogging considered a form of creative writing?
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