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What sort of backup is needed for a good experience-based answer?

Among the many different kinds of evidence that might be used to support an answer on this site (passages from a story, quotes from an author, citations to published analyses, close reading, well-...
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Should we start deleting answers that don't support their claims?

Recently, a moderator deleted two low quality answers. The explanation given does a good job of explaining why: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just ...
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Why is it important for answers to explain why their answer is correct?

I've noticed that several recent answers have received downvotes because they don't explain why the answer is correct. For example: Hi, welcome to Literature Stack Exchange! Can you please add ...
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How can I write good interpretation or meaning answers?

I found a question about the interpretation or meaning of a text that I want to answer. I've noticed that such answers, in many ways, a lot harder to write compared to answers on other Stack Exchange ...
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Guidelines for good story-ID answers?

I've found the solution to somebody's story-identification question, and I'd like to write up an answer. What can I do to make my answer as helpful and high-quality as possible? This post is a ...
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When dealing with stories set in a shared universe, how much weight should be placed on information found in the other stories?

I think shared universes raise a few questions: What do we do if works in a shared universe contradict each other? What do we do if a question can be answered only by reference to another work in the ...
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Is it necessary for answers to literary analysis/meaning questions to be supported by external quotes?

This is a problem I've encountered from day one on our site: when I'm answering a question that's asking about what certain portions of a work of literature mean, do I need to include quotes from ...
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How do we answer questions asking for prior examples if there are none?

I've noticed that we're getting a lot of questions like this one. I'm picking this question not in specific, but because it's a good example of a general question I had. Sometimes, questions like ...
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Should we treat critics' opinions higher in answers?

The question arose out of this Meta answer and comments on it. Should we, as a rule, consider the question's answer to be higher quality if it's based on an opinion of a literature critic? (assume ...
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