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Apr
26
comment Website to know about books something similar to IMDB for movies?
This question is being discussed on meta: meta.writers.stackexchange.com/q/987/1993
Apr
24
comment Who do I cite as my source?
@SF. yes, which is why if you use a translation you need to cite it. "Aquinas said X" -- no, not unless you read those words yourself. "Aquinas said X (So-and-so's translation)", yes. We see this with biblical citations all the time -- "Leviticus says X" when you pulled it out of some translation with either an agenda or a lack of rigor and that's not what the Hebrew actually says. Far better to say "Leviticus says X (KJV)" or whatever.
Apr
23
comment How do I choose a name for my character?
@NeilFein oh, I'd missed the closure -- looks like it was nearly simultaneous with my comment on a then-open post. :-)
Apr
23
comment How do I choose a name for my character?
@mastermissions.com I've edited this to ask "how" rather than "what"; as Nicole said, just asking for names to use would be off-topic here, but asking how to go about solving the problem fits better (and that's the direction the existing answer went). Feel free to edit further. Thanks. By the way, you could also try Writers Chat to get input on things that don't fit well on the main site.
Apr
21
comment How do I implement a scholarly citation style in an online format?
Welcome to Writers. Are you the same stila as this user? If you've accidentally created two accounts, you can use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page to ask that they be merged so you'll have all your posts on one account.
Apr
21
comment Who do I cite as my source?
@SF. only if I chased the reference; otherwise, for all I know, Professor Diabolicus got the quote wrong or intentionally warped it. If I'm going to rely on the secondary source then the way to attribute it is "according to [Diabolicus], Thomas Aquinas said....". But I should really be skeptical of my secondary source and go see for myself -- and then cite Aquinas directly. (Well, presumably somebody's translation, but you get the idea.)
Apr
20
comment footnotes in non-paginated media
From the question: "I have no options to make them a hyperlink or tooltip, there's no margin to put them on". That seems to preclude all but your last option. The last one's an interesting idea, though.
Apr
20
comment How do you decide where to place a filler?
@Nicole it might also fit there, but it seems like a question about style and not just strict grammar, so I think it fits here too.
Apr
15
comment How political can an author's note be, would the following fly?
@SeattleSurfer please update your question with those details, and also to clearly ask a question. Currently, if I'm parsing this right, the entire body of your question is the passage you propose to write, which is probably why it looks like a critique request. Once you edit this we can look at reopening, but I'm putting it on hold in the meantime.
Apr
15
comment Technical Documentation Voice Preference : “Active Voice” - “Passive Voice” - A Mixture of both
Active voice is usually the way to go in technical documentation for the reasons you gave, and one more: such documentation is usually best written in imperative voice, and imperative + passive is a bad combination.
Apr
15
comment Using a foreign language that uses a different written alphabet
Glad to help! Another benefit: you'll teach your readers a little bit about how to swear in Russian -- skills they can use! :-)
Apr
14
comment Do publishers prefer a particular type of poem?
Poetry isn't my field, but I suspect there are different types of publication with different preferences/standards. Is that the case? If so, saying something about which part of the poetry market you're interested in would help. Thanks.
Apr
13
comment How should I translate this?
@Erciyes, welcome to Writers. Can you edit into your question something about the context in which you're doing this translation? "Is X allowed?" often varies based on "for whom?" -- academic journals, newspapers, and fiction may all have different norms.
Mar
25
comment Multiple sentences in a parenthetical phrase - How do I punctuate properly?
This last one is the only option that really makes sense to me. If you have multiple whole sentences in there, move them out of the other sentence and let them stand on their own -- much easier to both write and read that way.
Mar
24
comment What is a systematic way of using Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases?
I've edited this to be more of a question and less of a discussion topic or opinion survey. That said, the question is very broad; our site works best for solving problems you're having, not for talking in general about stuff.
Mar
18
comment In APA style, how do I cite an indirect source?
I don't know about APA in particular, but a general rule of citations is that you should cite what you used, and if you want to report that your source used another source you can do that. But if you read A that says that B says something, you don't jump directly to citing B unless you verified it.
Mar
18
comment How to show that a character is quoting from a book?
Is he quoting explicitly/intentionally ("as the bible says, blah blah blah"), or is he just injecting the quoted phrases into his speech more passively?
Mar
18
comment Starting Out a Novel
This depends on what kind of story you're telling, what you're trying to accomplish, possibly the norms of the genre you're writing in, and probably a bunch of other things. I'm putting this on hold for now; please edit to describe your situation in more detail. Thanks.
Mar
18
comment Comparison for something that's 251 million tons
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because, as you said, it's not actually a question about writing. I'm sorry I don't know where to suggest you ask instead.
Mar
18
comment Commenting on blogs and forums
Are these blogs published by your company (or affiliates), or do you mean blogs "out in the wild"? Are they connected to your project in some way, or are you talking about some random blogger finding a comment one morning from a character he doesn't know, or what?