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Do we want something akin to topic challenges for books outside our bailiwick, to help alleviate the book diversity problem?

Our site's growing a bit of a diversity problem. Most of us have read many of the same books, and so many of the questions we get are... about those books specifically. The top site tags betrays this ...
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Suggest your Lit.SE reading challenges here! [duplicate]

A few days ago, I asked about starting up reading challenges, with a particular goal in mind. Many of our questions are about the same authors, the same stories, the same genres, the same cultures. ...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

Topic challenges for Literature SE were first proposed and enacted in March 2017. The motivation for these, as well as to bring our users together in a community activity of reading the same books or ...
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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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Literature now has a community-maintained Twitter account!

Like Mi Yodeya and some other sites, Literature now has a community-maintained Twitter account! This account is not run by SE robots; Stack Exchange stopped doing that some time ago. At this point, ...
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Do we need such broad tags on questions about specific works?

It has come up in chat that the usage and existence of such broad tags as russian-literature or short-stories (or mexico) on questions asking about specific works are debatable. On one hand, they ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2017

@Hamlet mentioned in chat that one way to promote this site would be to post links elsewhere on the internet to some of our best content. In order to make this easier to do, I thought it would be a ...
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Should we embrace non-Googlers?

Common Stack Network policy is to embrace non-Googlers. The Stack Exchange wants to be a place Google sends folks, not a place that sends folks to Google. Unfortunately, many sites and some of our ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2017

This post is a continuation of the grand old tradition (well, one quarter old) of gathering collections of particularly good Literature Q&A, so that we have some easily available links to show off ...
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Should recommendation questions be on-topic?

The previous incarnation of Literature SE included a lot of recommendation questions. I don't have any specific examples to hand from that site, but typical book recommendation questions might look ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2017

This post is a continuation of the grand old tradition of gathering collections of particularly good Literature Q&A, so that we have some easily available links to show off to people. Now that ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2017

Despite the failure of the last, here's yet another in the grand old tradition of gathering collections of particularly good Literature Q&A so that we have some easily available links to show off ...
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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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Should we be tagging questions with the names of specific books? [duplicate]

I can't help but notice that already, we have a lot of tags. I've gone through them and seen quite a few tags with a specific name of a book, with maybe 1 or 2 posts on it. I'm thinking that okay, ...
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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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What types of non-fiction are on topic?

Having read the current tour the "ask / don't ask" is short and vague. Now I would expect that since we are currently in private beta. However, to me a big definition on scope would be a ...
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A proposal for [poetry] and [short-stories]

We've had a couple of discussions about these tags already: Is [poetry] too broad / how should we use the tag? How should we use [short-stories]? Consensus in both cases was to keep the tags, but ...
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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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How will we avoid literature snobbery?

Literary analysis, and literature in general, is prone to a lot of cliquish cross-subject sniping and condescension. Bardolatry and the Authorship Question, the validity/dignity of [romance novels/YA ...
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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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Who are the experts? Not us. We've grown a philosophical bezoar - let's work this through!

Buckle up, this is gonna be a journey. We're pretty early into the site's existence. Things are rolling along nicely. We're hanging around a whopping 45 questions a day, and we've got the rocky ...
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What do we think about story identification?

I guess it's appropriate to start with the elephant in the room - story identification questions. Should they be on-topic here? In particular, what can we learn from the previous iteration of the ...
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What do we do with science fiction and fantasy?

It may happen that someone asks a question about some work of science fiction. It may be about a character, plot, or even a story-ID question. What do we do then? Migrate to Science Fiction and ...
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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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Is this site focused on Literature Analysis or literature in general?

There seems to be two conflicting opinions about the purpose and scope of the site that I trace in Meta (and Area51) discussions and comments. Is this site focused on Literature Analysis as its ...
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Are songs and poems on-topic?

This question arose from this answer. It can be argued that songs and poems can be considered literature. Heck, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his songwriting. I wouldn't say that ...
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When should I use an author tag?

If I my question is about a certain book by an author, should I use the tag for both the book and the author? Or just the book? What's the purpose of these author tags in the first place and when can ...
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Are questions about authors on-topic?

Are questions about authors on-topic, or just their works? For example, asking about authors' lives, motivations, interviews, or anything relating to their work.
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Do we want to tag questions by the titles of books (part 2)?

Early in the beta, community member Beastly Gerbil started a meta conversation titled Should we be tagging questions with the names of specific books?. So far, we generally have been tagging questions ...
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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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Does Oral-Literature count as literature here?

I got into a small discussion with Hamlet (site mod), over this answer of mine. In the comments Hamlet said: Oral literature counts as literature. Just because people don't write things down doesn'...
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Policy on questions based on homework or tests

Recently, a member of our community asked the question In what way is the poem 'Tissue' by Imtiaz Dharker related to power / conflict?. This question was based on a question from what I think ...
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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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Our site can be cold, unforgiving, and unapproachable. We're driving people away. What should we do about it?

This is shaping up to be a bit more of a rant than I meant it, but this is a serious problem, and I'm growing increasingly frustrated. I feel this is something we need to explore. A good community is ...
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Should graphic novels be on topic?

Assuming the question isn't breaking any other rules, should questions about graphic novels/comic books be on-topic for this site? On one hand, comic-books are books just like any other books. On the ...
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Announcing the April 2017 Topic Challenge: "Hard to Be a God"

After the support gained here for the idea of regular topic challenges on Literature as a way of hopefully broadening our cultural scope, a new post was set up here to gather suggestions for specific ...
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Should we assume that questions about a book spoil that book, or should we use spoiler markup?

The title pretty much sums it up. It seems plausible to me that an assumption that a question about a book is liable to contain spoilers is enough reason to not use spoiler markup. I wanted to ask and ...
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Should we allow questions about religious texts?

Science-Fiction & Fantasy has a policy of excluding all religious texts. This makes sense because SFF is about fiction, and stating that a particular religious text is fictional is pretty ...
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Guidelines for good story-id questions?

I can't remember a particular story, and I would like to ask a story-id question to get help finding it. What can I do to make my story-id question a successful and high-quality one? When answering, ...
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How do we feel about genre-based tags?

We've already had several discussions about the issue of country/language-based tags, culminating in Do we need such broad tags on questions about specific works?, a rather broad question which ...
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Should we have language-specific tags (excluding one for English)? [duplicate]

Before you downvote this, hear me out. What I'm proposing is a system of language-specific tags that will allow users of our site to sort questions by the language the literature being discussed is ...
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Announcing the May 2017 topic challenge: Icelandic Sagas!

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, seeing that the votes have stabilised, April is nearing its end, and it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout May 2017,...
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Difference between nation and nation-literature tags? [duplicate]

We have several different [nation x-literature] tags such as russian-literature, greek-literature, and american-literature. However, we also have country tags like united-states and japan. How ...
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What are the rules for resource requests?

It seems like a lot of other sites on the Stack Exchange network tend to discourage (or outright ban) requests for off-site resources (tutorial or book recommendations, etc.). I didn't see anything ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2019

So apparently I forgot this in October, due to too much other stuff going on on Stack Exchange. Here's the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some ...
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Can we change the wording of the primarily opinion based close reason?

This site deals about topics that are substantially more subjective than the average Stack Exchange site. And as a result, there is a lot of confusion about the primarily opinion based closed reason. ...
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Is literary analysis on-topic?

Should questions like "what does the author mean by saying XX?" or "what is the significance of YY item in this context" be on-topic? On one hand, they can facilitate opinion-based discussion (and ...
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Tag name conventions: to the or not to the?

We had a question earlier about the tags lord-of-the-rings and the-lord-of-the-rings. While that issue has now been resolved by Robert Cartaino, I thought it'd be worth trying to establish a consensus ...
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Are "What type/kind/genre of book is this" questions okay?

Example. I think they might be too broad, except under certain scenarios. I am not discussing just this question alone (although it is certainly what made me ask this), but I want to know, in ...
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Are operas considered literature on this site?

I am asking specifically about the plots or stories of the works (rather than the music). Example question about an opera: Had people related the work of Gogol before "The Nose"?

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