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comment Is it considered ethical to accept payment from a business for reviewing a product or service?
Interesting, I didn't know that. I wonder if other countries have similar laws. I never heard of anything like that. +1
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answered Tools for modelling near-future world
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comment A POV character who's a slave?
I am quite convinced that most real slaves where convinced of the injustice of their situation. Some might believe that they profit from it and not seek freedom, but slaves in the USA, ancient Rome etc. knew that they or their ancestors originated in a free society. Even medieval peasants living in bondage for centuries did not simply accept their situation as natural and unchangeable, but often revolted.
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answered Is it considered ethical to accept payment from a business for reviewing a product or service?
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comment When is a screen shot really useful in training documentation?
@Fuhrmanator You are dependent on your documentation helping users be productive. If your docs confuse the users, that software will be abandoned, it won't sell, and you're out of a job. If on the other hand your organization does not create that software, only uses it, you will be out of a job if the people using your software waste time making sense of your docs: your boss will hire a better writer. In any case your job and income will depend on the quality of your writing. So ease of understaning (what I argue for) is just as important as ease of documentation (what you argue for).
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comment When is a screen shot really useful in training documentation?
What you call "@what's experience" are findings from psychological studies.
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comment Looking for sites that describe minimalist writing for technical content
Some information isn't online ;-)
Apr
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comment Looking for sites that describe minimalist writing for technical content
The Wikipedia page provides a list of seven books on the topic. Why don't you pick them up and read them?
Apr
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comment Different categories of spaceship engines
To me your categories don't make sense. I would cateorize engines by technology. A diesel on a watergoing vessel is essentially the same as a diesel in a car. A jet engine to propell a spacecraft forward is technically the same as a jet engine to push it to the side or turn it. A hyperdrive engine would have a different technology and fall in another category (it would not even push, just displace the ship). I would never divide engines by the direction their force works on the vessel (how would you categorize rotatable engines that can push and turn a ship?), but by their technology.
Apr
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comment Different categories of spaceship engines
Pivot is also push, just to the side. Look at how today's spacecraft turn.
Apr
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comment Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
@LaurenIpsum This question is about writing and asks for fact, not opinion. Sometimes the circumstances of writing (like deadlines or the demands of clients) influence the writing as much as, if not more than, the writer's craft. If the job of a tv screenwriter entails putting more focus on the first and last episodes due to time or financial constraints, then the question is not how to overcome that problem through better writing, but understanding this and living with it – just as we live with the shortcomings of our software (and questions about writing software are not off-topic).
Apr
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comment Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media
Thank you for that reminder, @MonicaCellio. Well, (a) news articles have been the subject of successful court cases, so relying on the fact that something has been published as signifying that publishing it is legal, is definitely bad advice; (b) I would think that in a book I would expand greatly on what a news article reported and go far beyond it, adding unpublished details, so for everything beyond the bare reported facts I am the first publisher.
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answered Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media
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comment Do I need permission from people I am writing about if I am writing about a true story that was reported in the media
About the eye color: German chancellor Gerhard Schröder won a law suit against a news agency, forbidding the agency to publish the claim that he dies his hair. An appeal of the news agency in front of the German constitutional court was declined by this court. Germany is not the US, but this makes it clear that even minor details can cost you lots of money and nerves.
Apr
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reviewed Leave Open How do you write a character's internal monologue?
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reviewed No Action Needed Introducing a concept to twist on it - problem
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reviewed No Action Needed What are the most common style manuals?
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comment Why are the first and last episode in a TV series better than the rest
All of the above.
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revised How do you write a character's internal monologue?
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