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Oct
1
answered What are good reads about writing?
Oct
1
revised Tools for exploring and analysing document structure?
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Oct
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Oct
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comment Tools for exploring and analysing document structure?
edited question to make it clearer that non-software visualisations are also welcome.
Oct
1
revised Tools for exploring and analysing document structure?
broaden away from software.
Oct
1
comment Is it okay to call the reader's target audience stupid?
If you do decide to call your audience's users stupid, you could do it much more compassionately: your users probably aren't stupid, but sometimes it helps to assume they are. I still disagree with this sentence though. I think it's far more important and useful to just emphasise the other point you mention: users do not think the way developers do.
Aug
23
comment How do I escape my own experience?
Thanks @NeilFein. I work on that one a bit :)
Aug
23
comment How do I escape my own experience?
It's surprising how well the imp works :D
Aug
23
comment How do I escape my own experience?
True. Now that you mention it, I've actually been writing for my supervisor/examiners - who I've been assuming know more than me. Good tip!
Aug
22
awarded  Excavator
Aug
22
revised What's the indent rule of poetry?
gramatical tweaks
Aug
22
comment Are complex sentences uncommon or unwanted in English?
The only reason the last sentence in this answer is so readable is that it's just two shortish sentences, joined by 'and'.
Aug
22
comment Are complex sentences uncommon or unwanted in English?
"The proverbial German phenomenon of the verb-at-the-end about which droll tales of absentminded professors who would begin a sentence, ramble on for an entire lecture, and then finish up by rattling off a string of verbs by which their audience, for whom the stack had long since lost its coherence, would be totally nonplussed, are told, is an excellent example of linguistic recursion." - Douglas Hofstaeder, Goedel, Escher and Bach
Aug
22
comment Is this sentence ambiguous?
The ambiguity in the sentence is cool. But it could do with some punctuation, and "wanted to search for" is a bit odd (if you wanted to go looking for something, then why didn't you?). Maybe leave off "to search for", or make it "...the present we were searching for"?
Aug
22
comment Is this sentence ambiguous?
"Ambiguity" would make a great tag for this site.
Aug
22
comment What qualities should a good metaphor have?
I was taught in school that a simile was a type of metaphor. Hadn't thought of it again much until now. If you extract the meaning from the grammar, then there's a lot of cross-over.
Aug
22
comment What qualities should a good metaphor have?
If anyone other than Douglas Adams wrote that, it'd sound weird and be off-putting. It was, when I read it just then, until I was reminded who wrote it.
Aug
22
suggested suggested edit on What's the indent rule of poetry?
Aug
22
comment What's the indent rule of poetry?
Beware of falling into cliché or other horribleness when you leave such big holes in your writing.
Aug
22
asked How do I escape my own experience?