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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?


Sep
30
answered Tools for multiple creators/writers documentation without clouds
Sep
29
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
As an example of this, I was writing up an RPG that I played in while the game ran, meaning none of us knew where it was going -- but we knew the GM was story-oriented and had a plan. That write-up (in-character journal) actually held together much better than I'd expected, though it would still need a lot of editing before it could be published anywhere other than on the game blog where I posted it episodically.
Sep
29
answered Why one sentence per paragraph in these news articles?
Sep
29
revised Why one sentence per paragraph in these news articles?
edited tags
Sep
29
revised Is it legal to share an index you made from someone else's book?
added info about time & place of publication
Sep
28
answered Is it legal to share an index you made from someone else's book?
Sep
28
answered Acknowledgements in translated editions
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
23
asked In Flare, how can we make atomic change groups in review?
Sep
19
revised What software is good for writing a technical book?
edited tags
Sep
19
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
Oh hey, we've had this question before. Check out the duplicate.
Sep
19
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
Do you need particular output formats? (PDF only, also HTML, anything else?)
Sep
19
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
Actually, software questions are on-topic here so long as they're reasonably about writers using them (e.g. "how do I make a section heading in Word?" is not on-topic). See: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/q/875/1993.
Sep
14
comment When mentioning two items in a sentence, should I specify which one I'm referring to in the next one?
Is there any chance of ambiguity? Not in this example, but consider: "Her green eyes gazed at the fridge contents way past their use-by dates. They were pale, blotchy, and a little fuzzy." Until I got to "fuzzy" did you know which I meant?
Sep
5
comment Cheapest way to self-bind a large book
Welcome to Writers, and thanks for sharing this with us. I don't know how well that would work on a thicker book, but it looks interesting!
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
Agreed. @Yashbhatt thanks for the edit.
Sep
5
reviewed Reviewed Hiding information
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
Hi Yashbhatt and welcome to Writers. This question feels pretty broad and subjective; the answer almost certainly depends on what you're writing and what the elided scene would be. (For example, nobody cares about characters having breakfast or showering or driving to work unless there's a story tie-in.) I'm going to put this on hold temporarily; please edit to focus the question a little more. And if you haven't seen our tour yet, please check it out. Thanks.
Sep
5
reviewed Reviewed How does one break into journalism?
Sep
4
comment Where can I find co-authors willing to share writing duties for a fiction novel?
Note for answerers: please focus on resources/process; answers saying "I'll be your co-author" are not particularly helpful for the site.