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Posts by Monica Cellio‭

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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 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 3y 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 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 3y 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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Is there any benefit when writing out instructions to split it up into lots of little paragraphs, or is it better to leave it in one paragraph?

Writing in fuller paragraphs feels like it creates better reading flow, as opposed to short choppy chunks of text, but that's a prose consideration. For instructions, the primary goal is to help t...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Let's restart writing challenges!

The writing challenges we've done in the past were fun and helped us flex our muscles, especially if they nudged us into new types of writing. Let's bring those back! I have created the Challenge...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y 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 am documenting features on a web site. The audience is end users, who could be anywhere from seasoned Internet veterans to relatively new people who came for my site's content but aren't general...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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Challenges Writing challenge #1: The great outdoors!

She traced the delicate lines beneath the green leaf. The new growth felt fragile but tenacious, breaking free of winter's grasp, just like her. Winter? How did she know about winter? Ancestral...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How to prove that my blog is just not average?

Assertions about quality from the creator of a work, whether it's a blog, a novel, a video, a podcast, or anything else, are not convincing because of the conflict of interest. Even if your work i...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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

For fiction that can accommodate different POVs, dividing those up per author not only addresses this problem but can be a feature. For cases where you want a unified voice, if you can't get a toug...

posted 11y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Would content at ebooks.se be in scope here?

This answer is my opinion, not moderator/admin edict. Voting and feedback in comments still apply. Their site description says the site is for publishers and readers of ebooks. Anything about publ...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta How shall we handle our old (imported) content?

When we created this site, I made the executive decision to import all our content from Stack Exchange instead of starting with a blank slate. I did that for a few reasons: We have a lot of good...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by April Salutes Monica C.‭

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Q&A Questionable Promotions!

I think this would particularly help in this "new site, imported content" stage. There are a lot of questions and answers that are old and valuable. They all started here at score 0 (that's by de...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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

We publish documentation online using HTML. For things like fixed parameter names and other code literals, we use &lt;code&gt; tags. My question is about styling these in tables. On our referenc...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Could a 13-year-old have morality to disagree with their family's unethical business practices, while those are the norm in their society?

Setting aside your specific case, which I'm not qualified to comment on, I'll address your general question of a 13-year-old opposing family and the broader society's ethics. I have no particular ...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Technical Writer Skill Set

Some core skills for a technical writer are: Ability to communicate effectively in writing. Ability to understand the subject matter (what you're documenting) from the user's perspective, inclu...

posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A There is no accept button?

QPixel doesn't have an "accept" button, no. QPixel is a work in progress so it doesn't have everything SE has. QPixel is also a path toward Codidact, and Codidact won't have an "accept" button ei...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Have we ground to a halt?

I think your assessment is correct: we have lots of people here to answer, but we aren't seeing many new questions. Inertia is keeping the new questions mostly on SE. I, too, have been going thro...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Design changes are a-coming!

Edit: fixed. Thanks for the update and the announcement. We seem to have lost our Writing-specific header graphic in the migration; it's been replaced by a QPixel logo. May we please have our gr...

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

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Q&A How do we distinguish someone talking to another person via telepathy rather than via vocal means?

The first step is to use different styling for the telepathic parts, as suggested in the answer by Evil Sparrow. I recommend against using italics because italics are often used for inner dialogue...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How to use professional jargon when writing fiction?

Handling realistic jargon that your readers might not know is similar to the problem described in Using real words from a foreign culture feels like 'Calling a rabbit a "smeerp"', a question about ...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How do you track dependencies for your co-authors?

I've changed teams (and companies) since asking this question years ago, and the doc set is even larger on my current team. Here's how we manage changes that affect parts of the documentation with...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta What are our plans for image uploading?

I needed to include screenshots in this question but didn't see a way to add them directly. I uploaded those to imgur so I could post, but that's not the ideal solution. (You'll see why if you lo...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A How can I make names more distinctive without making them longer?

In the point-of-view culture in my story, all of the women in priestly families have two-syllable names beginning with vowels. (There are reasons for this, but they're completely tangential to my q...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mark Baker‭

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Q&A How should I document a database schema?

I am going to be writing some user-facing documentation for a database that visitors can query. That is, the people writing queries are not the ones who created the database; they can come in, look...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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