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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?


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Jan
26
comment Is there any research about the efficacy of illustration and example placement in procedure writing?
Related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/8164/1993
Jan
20
revised Punctuation in a list
added info from comment
Jan
19
comment How can I effectively invent a language?
There is now Worldbuilding, where constructed languages are also on-topic. (You've gotten some excellent answers here and I'm not suggesting moving anywhere, just pointing out the site for future readers.)
Jan
19
comment Punctuation in a list
I generally agree with this, but I find it very hard to mix sentences (with periods) and fragments (without) in a single list. Once I've written a sentence and thus put a period at the end of one of them, I want to write the others as sentences so they'll get punctuation too, for consistency.
Jan
19
answered “That's when” vs “That was when.”
Jan
18
comment How can I ensure my POV character's writing isn't too sophisticated?
I wonder if it's known what method Daniel Keyes used in Flowers for Algernon to get Charlie's diary entries to fit his mental development (and decline). If he's ever written/talked about that, there might be things to learn there that would help you too.
Jan
18
comment How can I ensure my POV character's writing isn't too sophisticated?
You might also run the resulting text through one of those tools that analyzes the reading level (you know -- this text is for a 10th-grade level, that text is for a 7th-grade level, etc) just to sanity-check the results. I know I speak in semicolons and parentheses, for instances; if you do too, you may still need to do some refining.
Jan
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou while all Berne Convention signatories (and there are a lot of them) have the same rules, it seems possible that the processes are different. If they're not -- if everybody pretty much handles the mechanics the same way -- then that's an important thing to cover in an answer. (I don't know what you mean about deletion; there are no deleted answers on this question.)
Jan
16
comment Copywriting Course
This is kind of sparse for an answer now. We're looking for answers rather than hints at answers; instead of saying "look these half-dozen folks up on Amazon" can you make specific recommendations and say why they are helpful for the asker's problem? Thanks.
Jan
15
comment Is it correct to use acronyms in a bio or should I omit it?
@EduardoHernández, your question has been reopened. I didn't see your previous comment, so sorry for the delay. To reply to a specific person (who has previously commented on a thread), you can use an '@' plus the user name, as I've done here, and that person receives a notification.
Jan
15
answered Use of realism in a fictional setting
Jan
14
reviewed Reviewed What would sections of a book that are larger than a chapter be called?
Jan
13
reviewed Reject organization tag wiki
Jan
13
reviewed Reject organization tag wiki excerpt
Jan
12
comment Editing: Those darn comma splices
@Sean the semicolon is correct in that case. If each of the clauses is a complete sentence -- if you could remove either one and still have a sentence -- then you use the semicolon. If doing that would leave a fragment, like in the passage in your question, use the comma.
Jan
12
comment What label to use in an article for a group of equations?
Thanks for the update. This is a good question; I hope we can provide an answer.
Jan
12
revised Editing: Those darn comma splices
I just noticed the inadvertant example in my answer, so pointing it out
Jan
12
answered Editing: Those darn comma splices
Jan
11
revised Can a Canadian Publisher now legally publish original James Bond fiction?
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