Article suggestions?

I'd like to know which of these subjects you'd like to see covered in Fab Shop (free, online, written by terrific people <g>):
1) Welding 6061 aluminum
2) Welding chrome-moly steel (4130)
3) When to use lift-start TIG, and when not to
No. 2 is already on the schedule, but I'd really appreciate it if I could get a feel for what folks are most interested in.
Thanks.
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On Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 3:22:56 PM UTC-4, Ed Huntress wrote:

Is there enough to cover for an article. I would think all three could be covered in one article.
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On Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:51:15 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@krl.org"

The 4130 article is going to be medium-length. I'm asking for 1200 words or so. The lift-start probably will be shorter. The 6061 could be anything; I haven't asked for it yet. It depends on how technical they want to get, or how many processes they want to discuss.
I wouldn't combine them because they're all very different subjects.
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On Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:59:08 PM UTC-4, Ed Huntress wrote:

I made a bad assumption, That they were all about TIG welding.
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On Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:52:05 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@krl.org"

A lot if it will be, but I'm hoping the sources address other processes with 6061 and 4130.
For these articles, I don't impose too many requirements. These really need an expert to handle them in reasonable time. I just tell them a few subjects that need to be covered and wait for them to tell me how it is in actual practice. I may ask for additions after I see a first draft. That's how the "welding with 6010" article was done.
The key is finding specialists who really know the subjects from a professional and scientific angle. So I stick to the big suppliers (Hobart, Miller, Lincoln, ESAB, etc.) who have such people on staff.
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Besides, one might think 1200 words is a 'short' article, but it's a LOT of work to put 1200 words of useful documentation together, and just ONE metal probably could use up 2500 words, with all the detail that _could_ be introduced.
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On Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:50:22 -0500, "Lloyd E. Sponenburgh"

Well, the article I wrote today, on another subject, was 2,200 words. That's an unusually long article. But it used to be the average length of an article, in print. Today, especially in digital magazines, it's more like 1,200 words.
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Like I said! 22K-25K words is hardly enough to well-explain a detailed subject.
It's a sorry comment on folks' willingness to READ that they balk at articles longer than 1200 words!
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On Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:01:17 -0500, "Lloyd E. Sponenburgh"

Since I've been doing this for 40 years, this is what has changed from our end: We tend to slice off narrower subjects today, and the goal is to write tighter than we used to.
In business, at least, it appears that people have less-liesurely time to read.
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In MY business, _not_ finding the time to read highly-technical, involved and difficult articles is a sure way to failure.
I was just this afternoon sent a 42-page Hercules document describing the _detailed_ characteristics of nitrocellulose and the solvent packages that can be used with it. It was a difficult read -- but worth every moment of the hour-plus necessary to read it through _the_first_time_. And I shall read it again and again.
I think "leisurely time" might be translated to "lazy time", because reading detailed technical documents is NOT a "leisure activity" in my trade -- it's an absolute necessity.
Lloyd
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"Lloyd E. Sponenburgh" <lloydspinsidemindspring.com> wrote in message

Oner of the few things I remember from the many Technical Writing courses I flunked was how difficult it was to condense a complex technical explanation into an Executive Summary in plain English that contained only as much as a businessman needed to know, namely the "bottom line".
I was tempted to write 'Trust me, this will make you rich." and confine the rest of the essay to the Voice of America's 1500-word Special English vocabulary for foreign listeners, which about matches the word set Liberal Arts college students use anyway. Chemists have to learn words like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane and (for you) pentaerythritol tetranitrate.
Looking back, maybe part of my problem was that the writing teachers were failed authors who used the class as a captive audience for their tales. For example I learned that composer Leonard Bernstein wouldn't hire the teacher because he wasn't gay. --jsw
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"Lloyd E. Sponenburgh" <lloydspinsidemindspring.com> wrote in message

Several years ago I wrote a couple articles for a regional fishing magazine. (10 or 15 years ago) They threw a fit over any article over about 750 words. They said they wanted quality stuff. Things useful to people reading their magazine that other magaizes just don't publish. On the other hand they didn't have any issue running pretty pictures. Sometimes pictures that didn't even really go with the articles. Then they limited articles to 750 words. Are you kidding? I did get one out that was 1100 words once (ONCE!), but it mentioned one of their advertisers.
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Duh! I meant 2.2K-2.5K... Oh, well. I guess I didn't READ the few words I wrote!
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Bob La Londe wrote:

The ones that tick me off are the magazines that split the articles up into 5 pages with maybe 1/4 of the page actually being the continuing sections. Rifleman does that and it's a PIA to keep flipping around. Put the articles on consecutive pages and no mixing of the various articles among the pages. The article A section A, article B section c and the answers to article R from last month should be separate.
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On Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:01:17 -0500, "Lloyd E. Sponenburgh"

Yes, sad. And it's proof that
Instant Gratification Takes Too Long
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Larry Jaques wrote:

Not when you remember to add the water...
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On Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:29:24 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

Hell, _that_ is what takes so long.
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Larry Jaques wrote:

It's not my fault that you can't hit the target the first try. Or the second. or... ;-)
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On Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:43:31 -0400, "Michael A. Terrell"

Um, Mikey, are you off your meds again?
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Larry Jaques wrote:

Which meds? The one for high blood pressure, glaucoma, or for diabetes?
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