Are you able to quickly discern if the author is an expert just by their writing style and content?
What motivates authors to feign expertise in an area that they have none in?
Not really. An expert has knowledge of and experience of. Providence says there will always be another expert just as there is always another book on the same subject. There are experts trying to disprove the theory of relativity every day.
Sometimes, you can. For example, I noticed some errors in some of the hubs when people wrote about pellet guns. In one of the paragraphs, the person wrote there was such thing as an 'electric pellet gun.'
From my experience handling firearms, pellet guns, bb guns and airsoft guns, I knew there is no such thing as an electric pellet gun. Some airsoft guns are battery powered (hence the name automatic electric gun) but they to not fire pellets, they fire 6mm plastic/graphite bbs.
Talking about the same article- if I had no experience in airguns, I will probably think the author is an expert.
I want to see an individual, I am looking for the soul of an author in his or her words, the writing style and content are very important, but both are just empty vessels if the soul is not there:) And you can not feign what comes from heart, fortunatelly:)
I don't know if it would be possible because people make mistakes. If someone makes an error in classification that doesn't prove that the person is not an expert. It just provides evidence to support that hypothesis.
John is a physicist working on developing models that describe data collected from a high energy experiment. He if focused on a manipulating parameters of equations dealing with high energy physics when a coworker enters. This coworker needs a quick answer concerning the amount of change a certain frequency of light will cause on a certain field. John answers and is wrong. This doesn't prove John is not a physicist. It does contribute to the evidence that he is not a physicist. Now if 35 more of his colleagues come in and he gives inaccurate information. And the models that he create never have an error rating less than 50%, or whatever is statistically relevant for doing really bad in his particular experimental situation, more evidence would build supporting the hypothesis that John is not an expert.
An expert is commonly one who is well read in his/her chosen field or avid hobby. That statement implies experience as well. I have heard it said that since most people don't read any concentrated amount in their area of knowledge. You can be an expert by reading an hour a day in your field for a year and a world renown expert with an hour a day for 5 years. I think this comes from Dale Carnegie but I would have got it second hand.
I don't see how if you are an expert you cannot use some jargon despite your efforts to make your article readable. An easy example would be the term SEO (search engine marketing). There are others too like SEM, SEF etc.
Therefore I would conclude but not with 100% certainty that an article made by someone who is far from an expert would lack any accurate use of industry jargon. Can you see an expert on butterflies calling them bugs?
Just my humble opinion.
And by the way, people can be experts but English may be their second language Tussin. Our school system doesn't encourage excellence in spelling or grammar. Proof reading isn't always done due to time and that is unfortunate as well. The use of profanity unless it is intrinsic to the work being written generally indicates that the writer lacks the skill to adequately express himself.
Somewhat. I am not a prolific author at all- just a neophyte in the field of writing which I do for a hobby since a few months ago. However, I believe writers get inspiration from other writers.It sometimes shows in their works.
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