Technical writing - the profession - is on topic here (same as, say, journalism, editing, fiction author, etc.).
Management and organization techniques for tech writing are on-topic, same as management and organization techniques for fiction writing.
Of course, tech writing to has a lot more to manage. But that's only to our benefit - it makes for clear, interesting questions, that are unique and inherent to the on-topic field of tech writing.
@@writers.stackexchange.com/users/1993/… (See above, we're discussing a question of yours for illustrative purposes; at the moment, we're not going around and closing old questions.)
@Standback - I think it's a very well-asked question, and is quite clear. However, I don't think it's on-topic, and here's why:
The question is about managing a media library, in this case screenshots and other graphics. While the project its for is a technical document, the question really doesn't get into much about the actual writing itself.
I'm seeing this as analogous to the bike touring discussion on Bicycles: If the question is about aspects of touring involving actual riding or support for riding or planning for riding (or the bike), well and good. If the question is purely about, say, camping, which is an integral part of touring, it's off-topic and would be closed.
If it's a support activity for writing - tools, language (barring exceptions in our FAQ, like proofreading and single-word requests that belong on EL&U) - then its on-topic.
However, something like how to use photoshop or InDesign to make a book jacket is off-topic, and would be gently migrated to Graphic Design.
Similarly, this question is really about tools and systems that have nothing to do with the actual writing; it's a document management question.
In reality, were it asked now, I'd suggest that the question author make the question more oriented towards writing. A simple "How can I make this easier for my writers in their workflow" would do it. But that's besides the point.)
We get time-management and planning questions and those aren't about the writing itself either, so it's ambiguous now. How would we handle a question from a journalist about maintaining his leads/informants so they keep helping him?
2 hours later…
@NeilFein And while I didn't make this clear in the original question, the screen shots have text implications -- you usually don't just have a screen shot, but rather a screen shot and text that talks about the options or what you can do with that tool or whatnot. If a screenshot has to be updated you have to look at the places where that image is used, but finding those points is easy (in my case just grep the source for the file name).
@NeilFein @MonicaCellio : I understood Monica's intention from the original question. I think it was clear - though, unsurprisingly, the more familiar you are with the field, the more clear the relevance is; that's a general "issue" with SE - it's harder to moderate in areas you don't know well.
Neil, you've got to consider what tech writing is - it's the collection, organization, and presentation of technical details in a useful manner.
Organization and maintanence are crucial - they're not tangential concerns. Other fields certainly also need to organize information, but the necessity of keeping up an accurate collection of dozens of different types of information across multiple projects and interacting in every which way, but still needs to be kept perfectly understandable to the average reader... that's a tech writing issue.
Now, I hear your concern about that being kind of far from what you see as the site's "core business."
That's why there was a big split; that's why we've seen very eloquent explanations about how there's not really any common ground between fiction writers and tech writers.
I'm definitely open to the idea of splitting back up, since I think tech writers are underserved by Writers.SE and are likely to continue to be.
« first day (447 days earlier) ← previous day next day → last day (1682 days later) »