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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. See also: Working with idolaters, infidels, and the impious: can interfaith discourse work?


Jun
6
revised How do you describe a methodology of writing?
removed promotional link
Jun
6
comment How do you describe a methodology of writing?
Are you affiliated with this site? If so please disclose that. Also, if you want to link to that site, please link to the specific page where you found these guidelines. I'm going to edit out the promotional link in the meantime as it doesn't help to answer the question. Thank you.
Jun
6
awarded  technical-writing
Jun
5
comment Best Tool to Create User Guides
Oh yes, you definitely need a table of contents or it just turns into a digital junk drawer. :-)
Jun
5
answered Best Tool to Create User Guides
May
30
comment How to sift through all those illustrators?
@CLockeWork not necessarily. If I were trying to hire, say, an electrician to do work on my house, I might be pointed to the (making this up) National Electricians' Referral Service that tells me about customer reviews, who's passed which certification exams, etc. A question about that (on another site of course, not here) wouldn't be a recommendation question if intended to elicit that kind of response. We don't do specific referrals, but "how to search" seems reasonable to me.
May
30
comment How to sift through all those illustrators?
@what it's possible that there are reliable recommendation/rating services, or professional associations with guidelines, or something like that.
May
26
comment How can I create better suspense in this passage?
Thanks, I've reopened.
May
26
revised How can I create better suspense in this passage?
put question in the title, removed greeting/thank-you/image from body as they don't add to the post
May
25
comment How can I create better suspense in this passage?
Hi and welcome to Writers. Critique questions here need to have specific questions; more information can be found in our critique guidelines. I'm placing this on hold for now, but please feel free to edit this and we'll consider reopening.
May
25
answered How do you visualize plot structure?
May
25
comment How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
Thanks for calling out types (like List) that by themselves don't convey all the necessary information. This used to be a problem in Java too (great, it returns a Collection... of what?) before generics entered the language. But even specifying the type of the members of an array/list/collection/etc isn't necessarily sufficient.
May
21
comment How To Cite Francis Bacon's Of Simulation and Dissimulation Essay
Where did you read the essay? Any reason not to cite that source, whatever it is, as your source?
May
18
comment 3 short stories that can be turned into a novel. Should I pick the one with best reviews?
If you had no external feedback on any of them, which would you choose? That is, are you particularly passionate about one of them, or is your interest about equal for all of them?
May
17
awarded  Yearling
May
11
comment How can you represent music in writing
What aspects of the music do you want to convey? Melody/harmony? Tempo? Volume? Lyrics?
May
9
comment How can I (as a new author) publish a collection of essays?
Hello and welcome to Writers. I've made some changes to your question to focus it more on the problem you're trying to solve and less on the discussion-forum aspect. I also added a link to the question you referred to; can you edit to explain what you're looking for that's not addressed there? Are you specifically interested in publishing a collection (as a book or e-book), or would blogging or serialized publishing (like in magazines) meet your need? Please edit to clarify. Thanks.
May
9
revised How can I (as a new author) publish a collection of essays?
fixed some formatting and focused the question more; discussion-forum "has anybody done this?" questions aren't a good fit, and it's better to focus on your actual problem
May
2
comment Dashes vs. Commas vs. parentheses?
xkcd.com/859 :-)
May
2
revised Dashes vs. Commas vs. parentheses?
edited tags