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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?


Jul
3
comment Jumping between points in time in narrative
Asking if something is "acceptable" is pretty opinion-based. I think it would be better if you asked how to convey that -- if telling a story out of order like this is your goal (and yes, I've seen it), how can you make that easy for the reader?
Jul
2
comment Is it safe to create a wiki for a book (or something featured in it) before the book is published?
Can you flesh this out more? Why do you make this recommendation -- have you seen it? Done it? Talked with publishers? We're looking for answers that explain why and how, not just personal opinions. Thanks.
Jun
29
comment Is this title suitable for a chapter section?
I agree with this advice in general, but it does depend on who the readers and customer are. For programming doc for commercial products I've done this a lot, but I was more formal when writing for certain government customers. You need to look at the "ecosystem" your doc will fit into.
Jun
23
comment Resources for character development
Along with many of the questions from that list I was once asked "how does he spend a typical day?". While it seemed odd at first, doing it led to fleshing out interests (beyond the "main" one for the plot), hobbies, habits, etc.
Jun
18
comment Write a presentation of a dissertation
Other question: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/12210/…
Jun
18
comment Write a presentation of a dissertation
When a question is put on hold please fix the original question rather than asking a new one. This is an improvement over the other but it's still asking what to write (what points to talk about), which is off-topic here. A question about how to write an effective summary would be on-topic if you want to edit this to be about that. Putting this on hold pending that edit.
Jun
17
comment Choosing between your Mother Tongue and other language
@what more-literary fiction can run into problems too (imagery, metaphors, etc), but I agree that a professional translator can handle pretty much anything there (and didn't mean to imply otherwise). Heck, even poetry gets translated sometimes. I just meant that it's hard, therefore requires pros, therefore has a cost.
Jun
17
comment Best Tool to Create User Guides
@MartinMcCallion sounds handy! Do you happen to know which ones? Is this per-page only or do some take a page hierarchy and bundle it up into one PDF?
Jun
10
comment RDF vocabularly for storytelling
@sh1ftst0rm thanks for the clarifications. It's an interesting question; I hope we're able to help you. I've made some edits based on your comments and reopened.
Jun
10
comment RDF vocabularly for storytelling
Is the question about tools or encoding? That is, are you asking for an RDF tool, or are you asking how you could model plot in an RDF-ready way? (I imagine that most RDF-coded semantics are about facts or nouns, while plots are built around actions or verbs.)
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
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. :-)
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
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
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
11
comment How can you represent music in writing
What aspects of the music do you want to convey? Melody/harmony? Tempo? Volume? Lyrics?