The question which led to this one: Can "women echoed" be considered a figure of speech?
Its topicality has been debated in the comments, so I'm bringing this to meta.
What kinds of general literary-device questions (not connected to a specific literary work) are on-topic?
Some previously well-received questions for your consideration
- Asking about the definition of a specific literary device (no specific work): Is alliteration adjacent words and/or close together words starting with the same letter? If words between are permitted then how many?
- Asking for the identification of a specific literary device based on a description (no specific work): What is the narrative device that involves using inconsequential elements in the story?
- Asking which literary device a short quote is (specific work, no work tag*): The name of a device by which an author reports the use of coarse language without quoting it?
The "woman echoed" question is not about any specific work. For context, it was originally asked on Writing. See the revision history of the question here; it was originally worded as "Is this a valid figure of speech?" and is now worded to be a bit more general, though with the same core question.
Is this more or less acceptable than the above-linked well-received non-work-specific literary-device** questions? General literary-device recognition is taught in literature classes (or at least in my literature/English classes), as that is considered essential for understanding the literature read. By the same logic, is asking for what literary device is present, in a passage not from a specific literary work, on-topic here?
Clearly some non-work-specific questions are on-topic. Where's the line?
Feel free to discuss the specific question that inspired this meta question, and consider the other well-received questions linked above.
* It might need work/author tags, but my point is that the current tagging indicates a question meant to be taken more generally
** Have you noticed that I like hyphens yet? :)