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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?


Feb
28
answered How do I claim the number of scholarly articles on a niche subject is relatively small without listing every single one of those citations?
Feb
27
revised What is a good tool for organizing story notes?
edited tags
Feb
27
reviewed Satisfactory What is a reasonable amount of time to spend writing a product overview?
Feb
27
reviewed Needs Improvement What does “telling and not showing” mean?
Feb
26
comment What is a good tool for organizing story notes?
Out of curiosity, why is changing font/color/etc important? Your goal seems to be organizational more than presentation. (But note that if you use a browser-based solution, you can address shortcomings in your wiki by using Stylish or something similar to impose your own CSS.)
Feb
26
comment How to write to accommodate subsequent automatic translation
All of that is true, but I get the impression that OP doesn't have control over the translation and is asking about "defensive writing". Having been there, I sympathize.
Feb
24
reviewed Needs Improvement Is there a great manual for technical and scientific writing?
Feb
24
reviewed Satisfactory Is it legal to use an old painting on the cover of a book?
Feb
24
reviewed Satisfactory Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
Feb
24
reviewed Satisfactory tinyURL seen as risky by readers?
Feb
24
reviewed Needs Improvement Does this opening relate to the message?
Feb
24
reviewed Satisfactory Can the term “Glorified delivery” be used to signify giving birth?
Feb
23
comment How to display URLs in a textbook?
Nice find. Thank you for this answer and for linking to the standard.
Feb
23
answered “Where did X go?” vs “where had X gone.”
Feb
23
reviewed Satisfactory Dates and numbers in newspaper articles
Feb
16
comment How can I get a copyright for my e-book?
@babou I said that because I don't want us to be US-centric, actually. I know that in the US there's a place to register for a copyright, but that'll just apply to the US and (maybe?) other Berne Convention countries. If I were in the UK or India or New Zealand I'd have no idea what to do, but it wouldn't involve the US copyright office.
Feb
14
awarded  Constable
Feb
12
comment Using “he/she” instead of “it” for animals
I agree. The ambiguity of the situation (maybe a real bird, maybe not) calls for "it", as the latter would never be a "he". Even if you know it's a bird, "it" isn't wrong for a bird that you don't know anything about -- as opposed to, say, somebody's pet bird, Polly, whom you know to be a "she".
Feb
11
comment Capitalization of personal event names
On the other hand, if an event has central importance to a plot, even if it hasn't been given the name "officially" (whatever that means), it can sometimes be capitalized. For example, in the series of alternate-history books beginning with 1632, the unexplained event that caused the rip in the fabric of space-time is consistently referred to as the "Ring of Fire". In the case of an essay about a book called The Assault, I would look for capitalization patterns in that book and, if it's done there, do it in the essay.
Feb
9
revised Does excessive use of prepositions make writing unclear?
I think this is what you meant