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I'm an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and a pro-tempore mod here on Writers. 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.


Apr
16
comment Do acknowledgements have to come after the table of contents?
If you're doing e-books, one factor to consider is what makes it "above the fold" in the preview. Unless you're being really verbose it probably doesn't make a difference here, but it's something I would want to check.
Apr
16
comment Is it considered ethical to accept payment from a business for reviewing a product or service?
@JohnFeminella could you add what you said here (about common-used standards) to your question? This is an interesting question but does skirt close to the opinion-based close reason -- but I think that change would make a big difference. Thanks.
Apr
14
comment Fan works… are they allowed?
"Are they allowed" in what sense? Are you asking an ethical question (is it right and proper that I do this)? That isn't usually a good fit for Stack Exchange as it's primarily opinion-based. Could you focus this more on your publication goal? A question asking how far you can deviate from the norms of the fandom and still get your stores accepted for publication would probably work better. Thanks.
Apr
9
comment Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media
Thanks what -- that would be great stuff to add to your answer.
Apr
9
comment Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media
This is good advice, but I wonder if the fact that it has already been published changes anything. Invading someone's privacy is problematic; repeating what you saw in The New York Times (or The Podunk Gazette, whatever) seems different, and this is what the question posits. Could you address that angle?
Apr
7
answered How does one avoid incomplete changes to documentation?
Apr
6
comment How does one avoid incomplete changes to documentation?
Just to check, you're asking about cases where, say, some feature in the documented software changes, you update three places in the doc that are affected, and you miss a fourth place that also needed to change? (Because you can't just click "refactor" like in your IDE...)
Apr
4
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
I would find this answer more helpful if you could cite sources (or personal experiences) to back up what you say. How do you know that publishers behave this way? Thanks.
Apr
1
comment Twist in kishōtenketsu vs. twist in Western plots
I'd never heard of kishoutenketsu before this question but now, thanks to this explanation, I think I have a basic understanding of it (which, now that you mention it, matches the limited manga and anime I've seen). Thanks.
Mar
26
awarded  Announcer
Mar
26
comment Present tense in user manuals
This depends on who the audience is. If the manual is for the system administrator and the statement is about what his users can do, this would be misleading. If "the users" are the audience, then I agree this is better. I'm a big fan of writing documentation in imperative tense.
Mar
26
answered How to reference a figure from text in a technical document
Mar
26
answered Stardate(Julian Day) - Problem
Mar
24
answered I need advice regarding the use of real-world locations in a novel
Mar
23
comment Is there any structure to write a book?
This feels very broad to me.
Mar
17
revised Present tense in user manuals
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Mar
13
awarded  Self-Learner
Mar
13
comment How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
@dmm "all" is a stretch goal, but feel free to pass a link around to folks you know. :-)
Mar
13
comment How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
@PaulA.Clayton oops, good catch -- fixed now. :-) I added a note about the difficulties of determining what the contract actually is; there's a larger software-design discussion there, but it feels like scope creep here. But it's important to note, so thank you for pointing it out.
Mar
13
revised How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
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