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Picking up my diamond once again

In October 2019, I stepped down as a moderator on this site. At the time, the environment in the network and especially in moderator spaces was extremely toxic; I stepped down because I no longer felt ...
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Lit.1 and Lit.2 - a comparison

The earlier incarnation of Literature SE - "Lit.1", as I call it - came to an untimely end after 269 days of existence. As the current Literature SE is 269 days old today, I thought it was a good time ...
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Keeping tags clean from the start

I want to provide some basic reminders regarding tags. As many of you will know from the other SE sites you participate in, tags are not on the top of the pile functionality wise in the SE sites. ...
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What's our elevator pitch?

Throughout SE history (e.g. The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta), there's been a lot of talk about providing an "elevator pitch" for a site. What is the site about, what's its goal, ...
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How does one write a good question about influences?

One of the fun parts of analyzing creative works (at least, for me) is to trace the influences prior works and especially ideas have on later creators and creations. How does one write a good ...
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Do we want a migration path from ELU?

A lot of questions are posted and closed on English Language & Usage SE, including some which are asking about the meaning in context of some passage in a novel/poem/story and which would be ...
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The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature: Louise Glück

This is not exactly a meta question, but an announcement that may be of interest to our community. Earlier today, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Louise Glück for the following ...
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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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What do we think about answers-in-comments for recommendation questions?

I've been mulling over this for a while myself, ever since I saw this comment, on a question asking for recommendations for poetry like "The Raven": A couple of ideas: "The Pied Piper ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Do we want accepted answers on our site to be unpinned from the top?

Currently, accepted answers are always pinned at the top of the list of answers, regardless whether you sort them by "Active", "Oldest" or "Votes". You can see this for ...
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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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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, in ...
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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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Would this be a story-ID question or a resource request?

I have an ID question about a particular short story I heard on the radio. I remember the whole plot of the story and a lot of verbatim quotes from it. I also think I remember the title of the story, ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2021

Rather late, but here's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, intended to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to ...
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2019: 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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What makes for a strong answer on this site, and conversely, when should an answer be downvoted?

I'd like to start by mentioning that I'm an active, high-rep user on several SE sites, including ELU, Philosophy, Writers and Parenting. I supported this site in its formation stage, and have been ...
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Why did these questions receive downvotes?

I have several questions related to song lyrics: Why does "Nighttime Birds" associate night with warmth? Are there two separate narrators in "On Most Surfaces" by The Gathering? ...
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Are questions on authors' personalities and/or recent activities on topic?

I was curious about two topics: why is Bill Watterson so reclusive and what's he been doing for the last 20 years since he stopped writing Calvin and Hobbes? Are those appropriate questions for this ...
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Would the tag [the-taming-of-the-shrew] also cover questions about The Taming of a Shrew?

We currently have a tag the-taming-of-the-shrew for the Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew. However, there is also a play called The Taming of a Shrew (note the different article!), whose ...
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What should the [setting] tag be used for?

We have a tag setting with 7 questions so far: one, two, three asking about whether places in a story can be connected to real locations; one asking about when a particular story was set; one asking ...
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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 ...