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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?


Nov
25
comment Would a paid-for review from Kirkus give me real insight into quality of my manuscript?
This question is being discussed on meta here: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/q/939/1993
Nov
19
comment Long or short form?
For whom are you writing? Where will it be published? Knowing the conventions of the space you're trying to fit into is important. Without knowing more about what you're trying to do, this seems like it's just an opinion poll, which isn't a good fit for this site. I'm putting this on hold for now; please check out our short tour and then edit this to fit better with our site guidelines. Thanks.
Nov
18
answered Is it necessary to add a.m./p.m. after the time?
Nov
17
reviewed No Action Needed How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
Nov
16
comment Writing many entries/articles, storing them, and browsing them
Search isn't quite the same as tagging, though. Does Google have a way to associate meta-data like tags with documents?
Nov
12
reviewed Approve Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
Nov
9
reviewed Reviewed How to format Facebook chat in a novel?
Nov
9
reviewed Reviewed What are frequently used arguments for recognizing bad writing styles in fiction?
Nov
2
comment Why is “It was a dark and stormy night..” not a good opening?
The question asks why this is not considered a good opening. Please read this as "why is this widely considered not to be good" and refrain from offering personal opinions to the contrary. This is not a discussion forum. (If this question were asked today it would probably be put on hold for rework; now, 3.5 years later and with a bunch of extant answers, it's harder to fix.)
Oct
28
comment How do I write an article about the negative effects of a topic and my experiences with that topic?
Are you trying to write an article about the topic (drawing illustrations from your experience), or a more-personal article about your experience? Who is the audience?
Oct
21
comment Use past or present tense for lasting fact
You said "I'm writing a story in present tense" and then, at the end, "the whole story is written in past tense". Which is it? Thanks.
Oct
12
comment Citing lecture notes
I'm having trouble understanding your suggestion. An asterisk usually marks a footnote but that doesn't seem to be what you're doing. Could you edit to clarify? Also, is this your own idea or have you seen this done somewhere? If the latter, it would help to say where.
Oct
12
comment How do you effectively develop a plot when you have a proper back story?
@SubhasishSarkar thanks for the edit. I've reopened.
Oct
10
comment How do you effectively develop a plot when you have a proper back story?
Thanks; that's much clearer. One more request: please split it into two questions, one about characters and one about plotting to incorporate your backstory, so that people can focus on each of these separately when answering. Thanks. (You can edit this one to be one of those and then ask a new one for the other.)
Oct
8
comment What's the difference between “MUSIC” and “MUZAK?”
Do you mean as a stage direction, or just in dialogue, or what? (Word-definition questions are off-topic here, but if this is specific to some aspect of screenwriting, that seems on-topic. Please clarify.)
Oct
8
comment How do you effectively develop a plot when you have a proper back story?
Welcome to Writers. This question is very broad, and we also can't tell you what to write -- we're more focused on the how. It sounds like you're looking for techniques to get from the large-scale plot down to the details of individual points along that plotline? I'm going to put this on hold temporarily so you can edit the question. Please check out our tour for more about what we're looking for. Thanks.
Oct
5
comment Is it legal to share an index you made from someone else's book?
I think that difference in degree is pretty important. But I'm not a lawyer. (BTW, a third-party index is a pain in the neck to build and maintain, so you'd have to be pretty motivated. The second edition of the LISP book did have an index, by the way.)
Oct
5
revised Is it legal to share an index you made from someone else's book?
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Oct
5
comment Is it legal to share an index you made from someone else's book?
If I write a book that attempts to explain the science of Star Trek (hey, I said attempts :-) ), have I created a derivative work just because I talk about warp drives and transporters? If you say no, then how is that different from creating an index where I refer to the stuff in another book, but don't actually duplicate any of it? Making a movie from a book is very different; the movie presumably uses the same characters, plot, setting, and so on.
Oct
1
comment In Flare, how can we make atomic change groups in review?
@Joe we can't change tools; this is what is used company-wide and there is an enormous installed base. We do use source-control too, but we use Flare's review system because the reviewer can work right there in the WYSIWYG editor, without committing any changes to the source tree until the writer then accepts or rejects the changes (at which point, source-control-wise, it's treated like any other edit). Most of this works pretty well, but we've found no good solution to this particular problem. Thanks for the input.