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Monthly Topic Challenges aren't getting much attention. How can we change them?

Monthly topic challenges on Lit.SE don't get a whole lot of attention. Christopher Strobbe rightfully points out that participation has been almost negligible in recent months. This is in spite of ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2019

Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people. ...
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Announcing the July 2019 topic challenge: Journey to the West (西游记)

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month (+8, -3), it is time to announce the next ...
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Announcing the June 2019 topic challenge: Elizabethan Prose

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month (+6, -1), it is time to announce the next ...
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What is this site's policy on closing story-identifications as duplicates when they are not accepted?

On Science Fiction, we have this well-agreed on policy on closing story-identification questions as duplicates: story-identification questions should only be closed as duplicates where both answers ...
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Announcing the May 2019 topic challenge: “My Uncle Napoleon”

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as April draws to a close, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2019

Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people. ...
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Announcing the April 2019 topic challenge: Jean Rhys

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month (+8, -2), it is time to announce the next ...
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Can the name of Writers.SE be changed to Writing.SE in the Help Center?

The Help Center, specifically the page What topics can I ask about here?, currently says: Questions about creating literature yourself—you may want to try the Writers Stack Exchange. Writers....
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Why does Literature have a Tumblr blog?

From this post, we know that there is a dedicated blog on Tumblr. It is being used to publish reviews of works of literature. But reviews don't really fit under the QA model that SE sites follow. Why,...
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Submit your literature reviews to our Tumblr!

Most of you probably aren't aware that Literature.SE has an unofficial Tumblr blog, called One Minute Reviews. This is supposed to be where Literature.SE users can submit short reviews of basically ...
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Would a question about the philosophical underpinnings of Ozymandias be off topic?

I had a recent, valid question put on hold, (with some pedantic comments) but it seemed to raise a larger question about the scope of literature. Essentially, the people who closed the question are ...
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Announcing the March 2019 reading challenge: Release the Sun, by William Sears

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month (+10, -5), it is time to announce the next ...
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What do we think about basic [meaning] questions?

As meaning has recently become our most-used tag, it seems like a good time to discuss this. Please note that I'm not advocating any course of action, just raising the topic for discussion. Many ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2018

Pretty late - sorry about that! - but this is the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily ...
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Care needed over the “too broad” close reason

This question ("Doubts concerning Chapter 15 of Persuasion by Jane Austen") was closed today as "too broad". I would like to invite the close voters to reconsider. The reasons that I think the ...
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Announcing the February 2019 topic challenge: Miroslav Krleža

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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Assuming manga identification is on-topic, is this community okay being referred as an alternative resource on Anime & Manga SE?

I stumbled upon Educational manga about a mad scientist which is a manga identification request on this site and from the look of it, I think it's allowed on this site (upvoted and not closed). I ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Announcing the January 2019 topic challenge: Lu Xun

Happy new year to Literature SE! In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month, it's ...
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Can we call the [scansion] tag [metre]/[meter] instead?

We have a tag scansion, with a synonym meter: For questions about determining and representing the meter of a poem, a practice called scansion. Can we change the master tag name to meter, and have ...
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Announcing the December 2018 reading challenge: Darcie Little Badger

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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Tagging on short stories that are part of collections

I recently asked a question about a well known short story, "The Mezzotint". I tagged it with the author name and the name of the book in which it was first published, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. I ...
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Announcing the November 2018 topic challenge: the Kalevala

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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Are questions about translations in general on-topic?

This was prompted by this question: Does a translation editor need to know the language of the source document? Recently, a question was asked about the editing / translation process of a work in ...
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List of bounties with no deadline

One of the problems on StackExchange sites is that questions don't always receive good answers. While unanswered questions are easy to find, this is not the case with questions that have one or more ...
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Announcing the October 2018 Topic Challenge: Robert Hayden

For this month's challenge, we move from Turkey to the USA to focus on the poems of Robert Hayden suggested by BESW. Robert Hayden (1913 – 1980) was the first African-American writer to hold the ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2018

This is the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people. ...
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Announcing the September 2018 topic challenge: Elif Şafak

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 ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2018

Rather late, but here's another in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering collections of particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to ...
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Do either/both of these two questions fall under our “recommendations” close reason?

Two recent questions have been flagged for closure as recommendation requests but (at the time of writing) have not actually been closed: Have there been any works of literature featuring the ...
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Should tags for genres and other literary terms consistently be in singular form?

After noticing the tag sonnets on a question about Shakespeare's sonnet 90, I was not sure whether it referred to Shakespeare's sonnets (in which case sonnets-shakespeare would be recommended) or the ...
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Announcing the August 2018 Topic Challenge: Nalo Hopkinson

This summer is hot, and I hope the same for this month's topic challenge: the works of Nalo Hopkinson suggested by user111 (who has since left this site). Hopkinson (Twitter handle @...
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Announcing the July 2018 reading challenge: “The Assault”

July has begun, and it is time to announce this month's reading challenge, which is... The Assault by Harry Mulisch suggested by Martin Tournoij. What is a topic challenge? The topic challenges ...
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Can we merge [story-identification] and [book-identification]?

story-identification is our main tag for locating stories. However, book-identification has been recently created and has two questions in it. Can we delete or otherwise merge the second tag?
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Is it on-topic to ask for help finding the source of a quote?

I have found a quote attributed to an author, but I have been unable to locate the source of the quote. Is it on-topic to ask for help identifying the source? In case it makes a difference, the quote ...
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Announcing the June 2018 topic challenge: Their Eyes Were Watching God

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the end of May, it's time to announce the next topic challenge! ...
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Tags for both [publishing] and [publication]?

We have the following two tags which, at least from their names, seem pretty similar: publishing, 12 questions Questions about current or historical practices in publishing. publication, 11 ...
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Can I re-ask a question from SF here?

I asked a question on SF about a piece of postmodern metafiction with a fantastic theme. Some commenters questioned if it was a fit there, but ultimately it was accepted, but did not get much ...
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Announcing the May 2018 topic challenge: Ursula K. Le Guin

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the end of April, it's time to announce the next topic challenge! ...
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Is 'Did Eric Clapton name his dog after Dr. Dolittle's Pooch?' on-topic for a literature site?

Is Did Eric Clapton name his dog after Dr. Dolittle's Pooch? on-topic here? I was reading Are questions about authors on-topic? and the only answer, which is at +18 votes states: I would say that ...
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How much self-research should we be encouraging

One of the comments on my question Is the impenetrability of Chapter 14 of Ulysses deliberate, or a consequence of its stylistic pastiches? gently chided me for not showing the research effort I'd put ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2018

It's almost April, and time for yet another in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering collections of particularly good Literature Q&A to get some easily available links to show off ...
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Announcing the April 2018 Topic Challenge: “Look Who's Back”

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as March nears its end, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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Announcing the March 2018 Topic Challenge: the works of Michael Ende

Two days late (sorry), here's the next Literature SE topic challenge: our first author-based challenge! In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of ...
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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 tag song lyrics questions by composer or artist?

We've got a substantial amount of song-lyrics questions. So far, a lot of them are tagged with the artist (e.g. rolling-stones, radiohead), and a few with the composer (e.g. leonard-cohen). It's ...
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What can we do to improve the number of answers on the site?

Today I discovered that you can track the progress of a site in beta via Area 51. (I also found that the original proposal came from Hamlet, which made me a bit sad but there we go). This was news to ...
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Can we become an exception to the 5-tag limit?

Stack Exchange doesn't allow a single question to have more than 5 tags. Here on Literature, this can be a problem and mean we need to remove tags which 'should' really be on the question. For ...
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Announcing the February 2018 Topic Challenge: “Songs of Innocence and of Experience”

After a brief hiatus over the Christmas and New Year period (because apparently virtual hats and topic challenges are too much fun to have all at the same time), Lit.SE topic challenges are back! In ...