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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?


Jan
11
answered How do I explain a lack of sufficient data in my essay?
Jan
11
reviewed Reviewed Software for keeping track of book edits?
Jan
11
reviewed No Action Needed Is the following “…noun, adjective…” structure allowed in fiction?
Jan
11
reviewed Reviewed Time measures in fantasy worlds
Jan
11
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
Welcome to Writers and thanks for this answer!
Jan
8
comment The etiquette of updating News Posts - Help please!
Do the posts have visible dates on them? That is, can you tell by looking when it was originally posted?
Jan
8
comment Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text?
@NikhilMahajan that's a good way to put it, yes. If the reader ever has a "wait, what?" moment because of the order you presented things in, see if you can fix that. (Well, unless you're deliberately doing that to prompt a teaching moment, but that's probably not common.)
Jan
8
revised In end user documentation, should screenshots come before or after the text that references them?
edited tags
Jan
8
answered Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text?
Jan
8
comment Should embedded figures/images be placed before or after they are referred to in text?
Highly related: writers.stackexchange.com/q/8164/1993
Jan
8
comment How can I encourage more comments on my blog?
Marketing is on-topic here. Adding the part from your comment about "ways of writing that encourage comments" would also be good.
Jan
7
comment Right font style and size for a master thesis
Does your university have any guidelines or a favorite style guide?
Jan
6
comment Any way for revisions to show up in a different color from an older saved .fdr to a newer saved .fdr in version 7 of FinalDraft?
What software are you using? I don't recognize the .fdr extension or the reference to version 7 -- which, granted, means I probably can't help answer your question, but the more information you include, the easier it will be for others to help you. Thanks.
Jan
5
comment Using species from another novel, in my novel, copyright infringment?
@Jasper that's a good point; I was reading the question as being about independently publishing work using these species, as opposed to working through authorized channels, but it's good to note that sometimes there are authorized channels.
Jan
2
reviewed Reviewed Software for keeping track of book edits?
Jan
2
comment Software for keeping track of book edits?
Do you need to keep track of just your own edits, or do you also need to track feedback from other sources (reviewers or whatever) and whether you've addressed it yet?
Jan
2
comment Is “guided imagery” effective?
Thanks for understanding. Stack Exchange really works better for focused questions with answers that can be judged objectively (yes this answers the question best, etc). There are lots of discussion sites out there and there are some critique sites; we're not trying to compete with that. Please check out our short tour for more. Meanwhile, since you've completely rewritten this question I'm going to open it back up; this seems much more answerable.
Jan
1
comment How can I weave variety in this passage?
Welcome to Writers. Could you possibly edit in some pointers to examples of what you mean? (Links if they're online, citations otherwise. Short excerpts are also fine.) That'll help us understand what you mean by "weaving variety". Thanks.
Jan
1
comment Is “guided imagery” effective?
Welcome to Writers Stack Exchange! Sorry, but critique questions are not on-topic here as they do not benefit anybody else. You are welcome to use your own writing as an example in the course of asking a question about writing itself, but we won't critique your work. I'm placing this on hold for now, but please feel free to edit this and we'll consider reopening.`
Jan
1
comment Is it correct to use acronyms in a bio or should I omit it?
Eduardo, I've made a major edit to your question to try to make it fit our site. You've been editing your sample text, but as I said before we don't do critiques of writing samples. I took the question in your title and the kinds of edits you've made as guidance. Please take a look, and if you're ok with this edit I'll reopen the question. Just leave me a comment. Thanks.