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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?


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awarded  Self-Learner
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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. :-)
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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.
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asked How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
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answered How can I write better code-based reference documentation for programming interfaces?
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comment Coping with writer's block
Hi hyp3r and welcome to Writers. As Lauren noted, this question has been asked so I've marked it as a duplicate. I hope the answers to the other question help you. If you have followup questions (or ones on other writing topics) please feel free to ask them. Thanks, and good luck with your course!
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answered Writing an article avoiding Libel
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comment Published on blog but taken down: Still remains previously-published?
I think you would have to ask in that case. And on the Internet, never say never. You don't know who saved a copy or where it might have gone. If not Google, the Wayback Machine. If not the Wayback Machine, something you don't yet know about. Back in the 80s people posted on Usenet thinking it was ephemeral; imagine the collective surprise when archives showed up on Google 10-15 years later. If it never had wide circulation and it's gone now there's a chance that the publisher doesn't care, but only the publisher can answer that. Good luck!
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answered Published on blog but taken down: Still remains previously-published?
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Best tool to create ebooks?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Critque on how this sits as a prologue
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comment What is the purpose of version control?
@JohnSmithers thanks for the information, particularly about binary diff. Do any tools also support merge with binary files (like Word docs)?
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comment What is the purpose of version control?
@JohnSmithers good point. I've added a note about that (which is something I've commented on here in the past, but had forgotten to include here).
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revised What is the purpose of version control?
rewrote the previous edit (thanks for the contribution, anonymous editor) to match the style of the rest of the answer and focus on writing rather than code
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the purpose of version control?
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