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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?


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
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.
Sep
29
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
As an example of this, I was writing up an RPG that I played in while the game ran, meaning none of us knew where it was going -- but we knew the GM was story-oriented and had a plan. That write-up (in-character journal) actually held together much better than I'd expected, though it would still need a lot of editing before it could be published anywhere other than on the game blog where I posted it episodically.
Sep
19
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
Oh hey, we've had this question before. Check out the duplicate.
Sep
19
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
Do you need particular output formats? (PDF only, also HTML, anything else?)
Sep
19
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
Actually, software questions are on-topic here so long as they're reasonably about writers using them (e.g. "how do I make a section heading in Word?" is not on-topic). See: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/q/875/1993.
Sep
14
comment When mentioning two items in a sentence, should I specify which one I'm referring to in the next one?
Is there any chance of ambiguity? Not in this example, but consider: "Her green eyes gazed at the fridge contents way past their use-by dates. They were pale, blotchy, and a little fuzzy." Until I got to "fuzzy" did you know which I meant?
Sep
5
comment Cheapest way to self-bind a large book
Welcome to Writers, and thanks for sharing this with us. I don't know how well that would work on a thicker book, but it looks interesting!
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
Agreed. @Yashbhatt thanks for the edit.
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
Hi Yashbhatt and welcome to Writers. This question feels pretty broad and subjective; the answer almost certainly depends on what you're writing and what the elided scene would be. (For example, nobody cares about characters having breakfast or showering or driving to work unless there's a story tie-in.) I'm going to put this on hold temporarily; please edit to focus the question a little more. And if you haven't seen our tour yet, please check it out. Thanks.
Sep
4
comment Where can I find co-authors willing to share writing duties for a fiction novel?
Note for answerers: please focus on resources/process; answers saying "I'll be your co-author" are not particularly helpful for the site.
Sep
4
comment Where can I find co-authors willing to share writing duties for a fiction novel?
Welcome to Writers! Similar but not a duplicate: writers.stackexchange.com/q/12733/1993
Sep
3
comment Cheapest way to self-bind a large book
Do you require binding like most hardbacks or paperbacks, or would spiral- or comb-binding be acceptable to you?
Aug
29
comment How to write a polite quotation request email?
Welcome to Writers. We can't tell you what to write (the actual content of that message), which leaves the question of how to structure it in a polite and professional manner. That's been asked before, so I'm marking this as a duplicate. Thanks for understanding.