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25+ years in software development.

6 years on an HCI PhD.

20+ years married.

19 years a parent.

I can cope with anything.

Check out my short story


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answered How can I write anonymously (based on true experiences)?
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comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
@Phosi I understand your reasoning, and it might be OK in some circumstances. In this context, I think it puts the blame on the user. In written and published texts, I think it would be better to say "Can this be simplified even more?" "Can you make it easier?" or something like this. It puts the blame for problems where it belongs.
Sep
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comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
But @Phoshi even if "the users" make every mistake possible, that does not mean they are dumb. It means that the impact of mistakes need to be mitigated, the possibilities of making them should be reduced. The problem is not with the users, but the software, and blaming the users for technical problems is wrong.
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answered Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
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Sep
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comment How can a new writer make a realistic estimate of his work rate?
@jwpat Typo - I have edited. "Defined by". It means that the total time to do the task should be based on the complex pieces, as the simple pieces should fit in around these and not contribute so much.
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revised How can a new writer make a realistic estimate of his work rate?
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Aug
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answered What determines a book's price?
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answered Is it appropriate to credit someone with a quote if I am not absolutely sure they are the source?
Aug
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comment Do flashbacks break up short stories too much?
Even short stories need structure (more so, possibly). So it can work in exactly the same way as for a longer story.
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comment What permissions do I need for nonfiction travelogue?
Just to add - the TV show/film thing should be fine, as you are only referring to it.
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answered Is going 'off-topic' a sign of bad dialogue?
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answered Main idea or Thesis
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comment Legality of Academic Ghostwriting
I think this is the core point - students are often breaking their regulations by producing work that is not their own. If found out, they risk being expelled. The writers themselves are just legal, although their advertising might be interesting to see! Morally, they are at the level of loan sharks, who only lend money because there is a demand for it....
Jul
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comment Legality of Academic Ghostwriting
The problem with this is that they can "sell" the work as "examples of expected writing" or suchlike, and claim that they had no expectation that the students would hand them in as their own work. They are lying, of course, but that is a moral issue, not a legal one. Morally, they are wrong. Legally, the student is, almost certainly, breaking their commitment to the institution to produce original work.
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answered How to deal with self-criticism?