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Meta Welcome to Writing on Codidact!

Welcome to a new home for the Writing community. Please use it, report problems and make requests on Meta, and collect your thoughts about what we need to support our community. This site is runn...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A A Code of Conduct, dare I say it

I was hoping that our code of conduct could be something closer to the "be nice" model, something like this: Be respectful and polite. Presume everyone else is doing so, too. Be open to construct...

posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Welcome to Writing on Codidact!

So: a little bit of background, and a little bit of information about the site. Background QPixel is a project I started a few years ago to be a clone of SE. It got to a decent stage, and then I ...

posted 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭  ·  edited 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Meta What topics can I ask about here?

I did not find a webpage that explains what's on-topic here (although I'm not hugely familiar with the site). Question: What topics can I ask about here? It seems plausible that what's on-topic a...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by becky82‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Neil‭

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Challenges Writing challenge #1: The great outdoors!

Writing Challenge #1 2020-05-06 Hello folks! Mith here. It was suggested over at Let's restart writing challenges! that we should give writing challenges a spin again, here on Writing.CD this t...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mithical‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How do I distinguish between self-doubt and objective recognition of fault?

I start writing a short story, I'm loving it. If I didn't love it, if I didn't want to tell it, I wouldn't be writing it. I finish the first draft, I still love it, and am so proud of completing i...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Galastel‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Leo‭

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Q&A HTML tags versus CSS classes: is one preferred over the other for the same styling?

As a general rule of thumb, CSS defines presentation, while the HTML should express semantic meaning and document structure. The HTML spec is clear that the <code> element represents a fragm...

posted 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How do I distinguish between self-doubt and objective recognition of fault?

To me, the recognition of an actual fault is specific, I can point to exactly what is wrong and state exactly why it is wrong. While self-doubt, for me, is generally vague. e.g. What if this is lik...

posted 4y ago by Amadeus‭

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Meta A Code of Conduct, dare I say it

TL;DR: I've just created a Code of Conduct, and I'd like your feedback on it. Let's see if we can make a better go of this than Stack Exchange, hey? It's mostly based on the Community Covenant Co...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mark Amery‭

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Meta Design changes are a-coming!

(Okay, design changes have a-come.) If you're wondering what happened here, the short of it is that the site's design has been updated to use the Codidact design framework, which will make the eve...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta How can we revitalize our community?

This suggestion grew out of a comment discussion on another answer. I'm posting it separately so it can be voted on. As discussed in other answers, straight copies of content from Somewhere Else ...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A mice don't tap and tablet-users don't click: what word can I use for all audiences instead?

I just looked up what Borland wrote in their user manual of the Turbo Pascal UI back when using a mouse was optional and the UI could be operated also by keyboard (you don't click on the keyboard e...

posted 3y ago by celtschk‭  ·  edited 3y ago by celtschk‭

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Q&A Is writing policy pages in a lighthearted manner harmful in any way?

It's difficult to predict how the majority of people would react: it might be subject to opinion. Surely someone would scoff at the jokes or at the imaginary dragon-riding. Thus said, in my opinion...

posted 4y ago by Liquid‭

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Meta Questionable Promotions!

I notice we have a dearth of activity on this site. With a relatively small number of active users, perhaps we can add a tab to the "Questions" Page. We have Activity, Age, Score as sorting algori...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amadeus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A Why does the second act 'reaction' and then 'action' need to be drawn out?

The "Why" is that we want the MC (Main Character, or Main Crew) to undergo some sort of struggle in order to get from the end of the Act I to the beginning of Act III. Because that is what makes th...

posted 4y ago by Amadeus‭

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Q&A When someone imports their content from Stack Exchange, would the imported questions be new questions in here?

No. When you "import" your content from Stack Exchange, you're actually just claiming content that's already here - when this site was set up, I imported the December 2019 data dump. That means tw...

posted 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Meta How can we revitalize our community?

We've had low activity on our community for a while. Low activity means people visit less often, which means lower activity because they're not here asking and answering... iterate. We have ads a...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Challenges Writing challenge #3: Something new

Writing Challenge #3 July 7, 2020 Welcome to the third installment of Writing.CD's topic challenges! Last time, the challenge was "What the thunder said". The past two challenges have both been fo...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user‭

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Q&A Is writing policy pages in a lighthearted manner harmful in any way?

Recently, I threw together a draft of a policy page about promotional content, with some guidelines on what to keep in mind to avoid spamming. (Incidentally, this is for Codidact itself.) I decided...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A How can I pinpoint a story's moral dilemma?

In this answer, Mark Baker makes a statement about story: All story ideas are basically a variation on one thing. A man (or woman, or child, or small furry animal) has two desires, both of which h...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by icanfathom‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DPT‭

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Q&A Good exposition examples

Sometimes exposition is just necessary. Although there's plenty of youtube videos with examples in films of exposition done right, I'm struggling to find good examples of written exposition. I te...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by cegfault‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A Tools to overcome a block from: "My words are bad"

It's said that writers improve through writing. Maybe true, but I've discovered the first draft of any new piece I write is still really, really bad. The characters are flat, the descriptions lac...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DPT‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by What?‭

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Q&A What innovative techniques can make a textbook for learning a foreign language "pop"?

One of the biggest obstacles I've encountered learning Chinese is the incredibly dull and boring textbooks. Yes, the grammar in them is important, but it's so boring! Typical writing reads like: ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by becky82‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by johnDanger‭

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Q&A Is a lawful good "antagonist" effective?

In my post-apocalyptic novel, my protagonist is not necessarily "good", and although the antagonist is an honest and kind person, my protagonist perceives her as "evil". My antagonist is the leade...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by weakdna says reinstate monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Kevin‭

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Q&A How do you avoid the problem of a collaborative work having separate voices?

I've not done collaborative writing before, but I've read several works, and sometimes the text strikes me as having a split personality: some parts were clearly written by one author, while others...

3 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Craig Sefton‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭