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it's been suggested many times that if everyone (or most people) went armed, there would be no crime (or there would be much less of it). more than one person has told me that they might be in favor of making it mandatory for everyone to carry a gun. and, of course, people will inevitably speculate about whether mass shooters like today's could have been stopped if someone else present had a gun.

i'm not here to speculate about any of that, and i'm asking you not to do it either, or to use a comment on this post as a forum to promote your views on gun legality. (i'll be screening comments, and i'll delete anything i consider too preachy or ranty. i'm serious, i really don't want a flamewar over gun laws in my lj. i was going to say i know this is a religious issue for some people, but then i realized my friends are, in general, more likely to be tolerant of different religious beliefs than of different political ones.)

anyway, i'm curious: if it were legal and/or encouraged, how many people would actually carry guns? maybe i'm completely wrong, but i think most people don't actually want guns, and i predict the results of this completely unscientific poll of a highly intellectual, liberal-leaning audience will bear that out.

how the answer to that question should affect the legality of guns is an interesting question, and one of which i'll allow discussion as long as it remains polite.

[Poll #967719]
mountain_laurel: (cherchez le poisson)
i'm designing a Frame template for a document that will be distributed in PDF format. at all my previous jobs, the default body text font was 10 point Times New Roman. it's a familiar font that's very readable in print, but i'm not quite convinced it's the best choice for a PDF document, so i've got a few questions about how people use PDF documentation and what their font preferences are. feel free to comment on anything you think i haven't covered, since i know some of you are extremely particular about this sort of thing.

me personally, i think 12 point is easist to read online, but is too big in print. maybe 11 point is the answer? maybe i'm being excessively fussy? maybe people prefer the familiar and i should shut up and stick with Times10pt? let me know what you think.

IMPORTANT: the URL i give for the sample document is wrong, and i can't go back and edit it now -- the correct url is http://www.writingtable.net/samples/Untitled.pdf. sorry about that!

[Poll #954218]
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my employers want me to give usage examples for the software i'm documenting. the software is, in the broadest sense, for designing electronic circuits. i'm trying to get a feel for what sort of examples people like, and see if there's any correlation with how much hardware and/or software experience they have.

[Poll #951792]

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