Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

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Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

Post by Joefesok » Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:01 pm

This is something of a poll for people's opinions on which grammatical tense, at least in english, the reader should be addressed in. I was making changes to make it solidly "The reader" and "they" iterations, but we can also use "one" (referring to a general audience) or we can just directly address the reader.

I'd like to hear opinions on the matter instead of just putting up a boring old poll.

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Re: Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

Post by Krayt » Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:51 pm

I think referring to the player would be appropriate.
Directly adressing sounds in my opinion not like a wiki.

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Re: Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

Post by Grey » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:55 am

Exactly, as its an official public documentation we should try to keep it unpersonal, objective and free of personal preferences. At least for the general Information part. When it comes to hints and examples this is for sure not able to kept free of personality.

So from my side "the player" would work but maybe an unspecified 3rd person "it" would also do the job. When I remember correct this was referred to as "passive".
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Re: Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

Post by Koub » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:35 am

I would also suggest the use of passive whenever possible.
Like "The player can build assembling machines directly from his inventory" ==> "Assembling machines can be built directly from the players inventory".
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Re: Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

Post by olafthecat » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:56 am

Could help to make the game gender neutral
By the way, is 'the player' an android.
It would explain the ridiculously fast inventory crafting and massive storage.
Been binge watching Aquasitions Incorporated "The C Team" recently.
A fun spin off of the original D&D game.
Also, the fanbase is quite active, which means lots of fanfiction!

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Re: Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

Post by Bilka » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:11 pm

Can you please stop necroing year old threads that are no longer relevant?
I'm an admin over at https://wiki.factorio.com. Feel free to contact me if there's anything wrong (or right) with it.

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Re: Reader Tenses- which is preferable?

Post by olafthecat » Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:59 am

Sorry :oops:
Been binge watching Aquasitions Incorporated "The C Team" recently.
A fun spin off of the original D&D game.
Also, the fanbase is quite active, which means lots of fanfiction!

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