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Jul
5
comment What steps can be taken to avoid libel / copyright issues in social commentary?
I haven't read Twitter's terms of service, but just going by what you quote, I don't see how you conclude "you can use tweets as much as you like". That TOS says that TWITTER can publish your tweets, not anyone. The final phrase "and to let others do the same" might mean that you are agreeing to let anyone in the world use your tweets in any way they want, but that interpretation would contradict the statement that "you retain your rights to any content you submit". I'd talk to a lawyer before drawing such conclusions.
Jul
3
answered Using pronouns properly in order to avoid confusion and repetition
Jul
1
answered Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Jun
28
answered About the Author description
Jun
27
comment Intervening Characters in fiction
Note on grammar: Your title is misleading. After reading the question (and your reply to LaurenIpsum) I understand that you mean "characters who intervene in events". But "intervening" can also mean "coming in between two things". So my first impression when I read the title was that you meant "characters who come in between two parts of a story". Not that I can think of a way to express the idea you have in two or three words, you seem to be driving at something like "characters not aligned with hero or villain but who strongly influence events".
Jun
27
comment Intervening Characters in fiction
So what's the question? Are you looking for examples of such characters in literature? For advice on how to create such characters? Or what?
Jun
27
answered Opening a story with a reference to what someone just said followed by a setting description
Jun
24
answered How to avoid repetition
Jun
21
answered Writing a newspaper article summary
Jun
21
answered Is it a bad idea to use a culture-specific word in the title of a story?
Jun
20
comment What paragraph style should I use for an e-book?
As you imply by "and pay attention", there are many possible gotchas to doing a search and replace. For example, if you try to remove blank lines by searching for occurrences of two carriage returns in a row, you may have lines with spaces between the carriage returns, or you may have blank lines in the text for other reasons that you want to preserve. So an S&R would still require looking at every instance, and looking for instances not caught by your first search. I define that as "a ton of work".
Jun
19
answered What paragraph style should I use for an e-book?
Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
... But I wouldn't use the name of a character from a pornographic movie or use the name of a religious figure in a way that could be seen as belittling him or her.
Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
As long as there's nothing inherently offensive about the reference, those who recognize it may be amused and those who don't recognize it will just see it as a random name or whatever. Like, I was just working on some internal software for my company and I had to create a fake employee record. As no one had ever seen this employee, I named him "Griffin", the name of the invisible man in the H. G. Wells story. If anyone recognizes the allusion, they may get a moment of amusement. If they don't, it will just sound like a random fake name.
Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
... I can't imagine even noticing that the names in examples are of Italian and Spanish origin and not Scandinavian like me. Maybe people who are members of minority groups are more sensitive about things like this. (Well, I'm sure Scandinavian-Americans are a minority group, but I've never particularly thought of myself as a member of such a group.) The one thing I could see is that I might think a product, especially a personal care product or a medical product, might be intended for women and thus not for me.
Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
I don't want to get into a debate on social issues, but: I wonder how much of an issue this really is. Like, a certain car insurance company has been running a lot of TV commercials lately with a spokesman who happens to be black. It never once occurred to me that that means that this is car insurance for black people and thus not for me. I never thought about it until I read this post and started trying to think of advertisements that had people of different ethnic backgrounds than myself. ...
Jun
19
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Jun
18
answered Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
example.com is good to use because it is the "official" example website -- the name is reserved just to be used for examples in documentation etc. It's like putting 555 on a phone number.
Jun
18
comment Is it better to omit phrases like: after a moment, after a while, for a moment, etc?
@JohnM.Landsberg I don't particularly disagree. My only "rebuttal" would be to say that there are times when you simply want to say that there was a pause. You may be able to think of some action to fill the moment, or some prosaic description of why everyone was silent or waiting, but there are times when that could sound overdone and contrived. Sometimes simplicity is better. Certainly not always, but sometimes.