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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
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.
Dec
30
comment Is it correct to use acronyms in a bio or should I omit it?
Hello and welcome to Writers. "Please critique my writing" questions are off-topic here, sorry. Please check out the link in the notice above and our short tour for more about the kinds of questions that are on-topic here. Thanks.
Dec
30
comment Potentially risky subject in my script
First, whether you should do this depends very much on what you are trying to accomplish with your story, which you haven't stated (at least in the post; I didn't read all the comments). Second, I agree with Neil: this is very close to brainstorming or a discussion question; please check out our tour and then edit this to better align with site scope. Thank you.
Dec
26
comment How short can a poem be until it can no longer be a poem?
What makes those poems? (I hope you'll respond with an explanatory edit, not comments.)
Dec
18
comment Offline Tool for finding identical/similar phrases in a text?
Thanks for this information (and for being clear about your relationship to the product). Does it allow you to add to the dictionary of cliches too? If I know that I have a bad habit of using a certain expression that isn't one of the 7000 it already detects, can I add that?
Dec
11
comment How do I build a better blog website?
This is pretty broad as written, and sounds like you're asking for a critique of your blog. Could you please edit to describe what you've done and what you think could be improved about it? Try to be more specific -- are your questions about styling, tagging, length of posts, how you manage comments, promotion, or what? I'm putting this on hold for now; after you edit it will go into a review queue for reopening.
Dec
10
comment Character in Macbeth that maintains integrity in position of power?
Hi Zander and welcome to Writers. As Lauren said, we're a Q&A site about writing, not about literary analysis or what to write. Once you figure out what you want to write about please do bring your questions about how to do it here. Please check out our short tour for an overview of how the site works. Thanks for understanding.
Dec
7
comment Where can one go to find police procedures
Thanks for the additions!
Dec
7
comment How much is considered plagiarism?
This is a well-asked question, laying out a spectrum of possible differences that seem significant to you. Thank you and welcome to the site.
Dec
7
comment Where can one go to find police procedures
Welcome to Writers. Can you be a little more specific? Small local police handling a burglary may have different procedures than NYC police investigating a terrorist event (pulling in DHS, FBI, etc).
Dec
3
comment How to develop a more regal language
@user96551 if you found one of the answers here to be particularly helpful, remember that you can mark it as accepted by clicking on the checkbox under the voting buttons. There is no requirement that you do so, but if your question has been answered, doing that signals that you're happy. It also gives the author of that answer some reputation.
Dec
3
comment Books on writing successful non-fiction
Also, this is likely to be closed as a list question. Instead of asking "where do I find books about X?" it's better to ask "X?". That is, what questions do you hope to answer by reading these books? Try asking those questions, and if there are key books you should be reading, an answer can bring that up.
Dec
3
comment Books on writing successful non-fiction
This is pretty broad. I suspect that the answer depends on whether your non-fiction is a biography, a history, a technical manual, a chemistry textbook, an analysis of Plato's philosophy, etc. Could you narrow this?
Nov
26
comment How to develop a more regal language
@NeilFein I think it's actually a better fit here, as the OP is asking about conveying speech patterns more than developing a whole dialect. This seems to me to fall more on the "writing" side of the line. That said, user96551, you might also look at Worldbuilding for guidance.
Nov
26
comment Directly quoting a source who also has a cited source
How does the source being quoted cite its source? (Inline or in a footnote?) And is there any particular style guide you're expected to follow (MLA, Chicago, etc)?
Nov
26
comment Video game gameplay script
Are you asking how to write something like "if the player shoots at the big baddie then (scene description)"?
Nov
26
comment How to develop a more regal language
Yes, this. Nobility is an attitude born of privileged status; language is a consequence.