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The September topic challenge is now ongoing!

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as August comes to an end, it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout September 2018, our topic challenge, proposed by Rand al'Thor, will be

the works of Elif Şafak.


What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during September we should all read Elif Şafak stories and try to post thoughtful and interesting questions about them.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions on other works are more than welcome during September too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of stories written by Elif Şafak, in whatever language you prefer, and asking good questions about them. These questions should be tagged with , and either a title tag (for long works such as novels) or the tag, and other tags if applicable. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post. Examples of Elif Şafak stories:

What's next?

  • Vote here for the next topic challenge, or propose your own!
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List of all questions posted in the September 2018 Topic Challenge


The highest-voted of these was Why are the chapters in The Bastard of Istanbul named after ingredients of ashure?, with a score of 3 at the end of the month.

The most viewed was Was The Forty Rules of Love originally written in Turkish or in English?, with approximately 55 views during the month.

Two answers were submitted during the topic challenge (both on the same question).

Apparently this topic wasn't of very broad interest among site members ... :-/

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