The on-topic guide includes the following items:
- Questions about how to interpret a specific scene, quote, theme, plot point, etc. in a work of literature.
- Specific questions about the publishing process, literary conventions, or tropes in literature.
- Story and quote identification questions: if you can't remember a story or a quote, we can help you. Please be as detailed as possible when asking these questions.
To begin with, we should clarify what we mean by "a work of literature." Most people assume that this means "books" (plus maybe poetry and Shakespeare), which is excessively narrow. There are all kinds of written works (including, for example, song lyrics) that we accept questions on. Even some unwritten works (e.g. oral tradition) can be on topic here. We should give examples of what constitutes "literature" so that people know that they can ask about them.
There are things we cover that aren't addressed in the guide, either. For example, we address things like book collecting, literary awards, book care, etc. I'd also like to see the site scope include things like content analysis and literature-related technology (although we haven't gotten a lot of questions about those areas yet, so it's too soon to tell how well those would work here).
Can we expand the on-topic guide?