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comment Website to know about books something similar to IMDB for movies?
This question is being discussed on meta: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/q/987/1993
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answered Ethics of incorporating a supplier's technical documentation into one's own documentation?
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
I don't know if it matters, but could you edit in whether this was a public lecture or one where the venue was restricted (to members of an organization, for example)?
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comment Who do I cite as my source?
@SF. yes, which is why if you use a translation you need to cite it. "Aquinas said X" -- no, not unless you read those words yourself. "Aquinas said X (So-and-so's translation)", yes. We see this with biblical citations all the time -- "Leviticus says X" when you pulled it out of some translation with either an agenda or a lack of rigor and that's not what the Hebrew actually says. Far better to say "Leviticus says X (KJV)" or whatever.
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comment How do I choose a name for my character?
@NeilFein oh, I'd missed the closure -- looks like it was nearly simultaneous with my comment on a then-open post. :-)
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comment How do I choose a name for my character?
@mastermissions.com I've edited this to ask "how" rather than "what"; as Nicole said, just asking for names to use would be off-topic here, but asking how to go about solving the problem fits better (and that's the direction the existing answer went). Feel free to edit further. Thanks. By the way, you could also try Writers Chat to get input on things that don't fit well on the main site.
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revised How do I choose a name for my character?
changed from a "what name to use?" question, which would be off-topic, to one asking how to research/choose
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comment Do classic or wel recieved novels have interesting philosophical ideas 'in them'
Welcome to Writers. This appears to be a question about existing literature rather than about writing. If you meant to ask about ways to evoke this reaction when writing, you can edit your question and it'll be reviewed for possible reopening. You might want to check out our short tour. Thanks.
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comment How do I implement a scholarly citation style in an online format?
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comment Who do I cite as my source?
@SF. only if I chased the reference; otherwise, for all I know, Professor Diabolicus got the quote wrong or intentionally warped it. If I'm going to rely on the secondary source then the way to attribute it is "according to [Diabolicus], Thomas Aquinas said....". But I should really be skeptical of my secondary source and go see for myself -- and then cite Aquinas directly. (Well, presumably somebody's translation, but you get the idea.)
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comment footnotes in non-paginated media
From the question: "I have no options to make them a hyperlink or tooltip, there's no margin to put them on". That seems to preclude all but your last option. The last one's an interesting idea, though.
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answered Who do I cite as my source?
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comment How do you decide where to place a filler?
@Nicole it might also fit there, but it seems like a question about style and not just strict grammar, so I think it fits here too.
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answered What's the common practice for warranty chapters in technical manuals?
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comment How political can an author's note be, would the following fly?
@SeattleSurfer please update your question with those details, and also to clearly ask a question. Currently, if I'm parsing this right, the entire body of your question is the passage you propose to write, which is probably why it looks like a critique request. Once you edit this we can look at reopening, but I'm putting it on hold in the meantime.
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comment Technical Documentation Voice Preference : “Active Voice” - “Passive Voice” - A Mixture of both
Active voice is usually the way to go in technical documentation for the reasons you gave, and one more: such documentation is usually best written in imperative voice, and imperative + passive is a bad combination.
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reviewed Reviewed Why are the paragraphs of an document often indented and not vertically separated?
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comment Using a foreign language that uses a different written alphabet
Glad to help! Another benefit: you'll teach your readers a little bit about how to swear in Russian -- skills they can use! :-)
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answered Using a foreign language that uses a different written alphabet