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Resignation notice

When efforts arise to formalize or corporatize a community, there's often understandable concern that the effort could destroy the very community it seeks to grow. [...] Any effort to grow will fail ...
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I no longer feel safe moderating this site

It's been just over five years since I joined the Stack Exchange network. I was awarded my fifth Yearling badge, over at Science Fiction & Fantasy, around a week ago. I became interested in the ...
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Accepting nominations — Who should moderate this site? [duplicate]

Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until the community is large enough to hold a proper election, we will be appointing three provisional Moderators to fill those roles. We need ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Congratulations Literature.SE!

If you haven't already heard, Literature is moving on to public beta! We've built a great community here, avoided the mistakes of the last Literature site, and sparked useful discussions about the ...
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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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What should our main site chatroom be called?

Every Stack Exchange site has at least one chatroom associated to it. The primary chatroom for the site usually has an interesting name which is somehow evocative of the topic of that site: for ...
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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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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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Let's design an ad for our site

In 2016 there were a lot of Community Promotion Ads for Literature SE on various other sites around the network, which a few of us posted up during the Definition stage of the Area 51 proposal. Now ...
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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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Please don't make trivial edits

The front page of the site was recently flooded with approximately 20-30 edits which did nothing but remove contractions from posts, e.g. changing "I'm" to "I am" and "it's" to "it is". May I take ...
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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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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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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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Please, let's develop our scope, not force it

Coming fresh of another private beta I'm looking a bit worried on some of the meta posts over here. For starters I'll quote what has also been pinned in our chat, what Robert Cartaino the director of ...
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Should reading-order questions be on-topic?

An important topic on other arts-related Stack Exchange sites, giving them some of their most enduring and useful questions, is suggested order. An example question of this kind would ask for the most ...
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What should we do about snarky comments denigrating specific works?

There's a trend on SciFi.SE, where any mentions of works that are less popular with fans (Dune prequels, Highlander II, Matrix sequels, Star Wars prequels) are frequently met with snarky comments ...
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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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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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What's going on [behind-the-scenes]?

After the behind-the-scenes tag was recently edited into one of my questions, I realised that I'm not entirely sure how this tag is supposed to be used, and went to check the list of questions using ...
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Please include descriptions of your images

One Stack Exchange website on which I'm active has an ongoing project to fix the alt text all over the site to increase accessibility for vision-impaired users. I'd just like to ask all of you to fix ...
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Quoting from non-English literature

When quoting a book in a question that was originally written in a language other than English, is it preferable to quote it in the original version or in an English translation, or both? If one ...
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How do we feel about using other people's answers on a different site as a source?

I gave this answer yesterday that basically summarizes Valorum's answer from Sci-Fi to the same question. There has also been Cheese's answer to a question about the reading order for Sanderson's ...
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Please stop "pushing" stuff away to other sites

I keep seeing comments left on questions to the regard of: I think this question would be more appropriate for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange or You should ask this on SFF ...
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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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Thoughts on "why didn't character x act rationally" questions?

A big pet peeve of mine about Stack Exchange's Science Fiction and Fantasy website is that's filled with questions that I describe as "why didn't character x act rationally" questions. Recently, ...
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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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A reminder to those with 500+ reputation: please remember your close/reopen votes!

This was originally an old announcement, but still relevant today for different reasons. On this public beta site, every user with 500+ reputation has the ability to help with closing and reopening ...
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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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Why was the previous Literature SE closed?

What's the history behind the first Literature StackExchange? Why was it closed? How can we avoid the same thing from happening to this one?
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Reading requirements

Do I have to read a book before I ask a question about it? Can I ask questions about books I haven't finished reading yet? Do I have to read a book several times before I ask a question about it?
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Are questions about the process of creating specific literary works on-topic?

Just to be clear, I'm NOT talking about generic "how to write" questions; that would be on-topic on writers.SE (and imho should be off-topic here). I mean things like: What did this specific ...
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List of bounties with no deadline

One of the problems on Stack Exchange 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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Should this XKCD question be closed, and why?

What were the original two results for 'died in a blogging accident'? This question about an XKCD comic currently has three votes to close, and Hamlet♦ has left a comment saying he'd be happy ...
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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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Should we accept questions asking to compare a book and its adaptation?

There are a few question on Sci-Fi and Fantasy SE asking for a comparison of a book and its adaptation. Off hand, I could find a question about The Martian, and question about Harry Potter with an ...
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How should we deal with authors who use pseudonyms?

We currently have tags for a few authors (or groups of authors) that wrote under pseudonyms, such as lemony-snicket and franklin-w-dixon. In the case of Snicket, the author has written other works ...
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Literature is graduating on December 16th!

All of your hard work has paid off: We're officially graduating! The Community Managers have confirmed that as part of their ongoing work on site lifecycles, as of December 16, Literature.SE will be ...
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Translations, and books with different titles with respect to tags

I recently answered my first question on Literature, Yaay! Why does Meursault kill "the Arab" in The Stranger? The question is about a book by Albert Camus. The book was originally written ...
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Why is our best content being ignored?

We're three days into the private beta, and people have been asking some interesting and sophisticated questions about literature. People have been asking wonderful questions about the meaning behind ...
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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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Please be more diligent in reviewing tag wiki edits

I've noticed several newly created tags have very poorly-made tag wiki edits. One such example is that of the irony tag. The tag wiki (as of now) is For questions regarding the concept of irony. ...
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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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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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