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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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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 ...
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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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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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What should our policy be on questions copied from ongoing contests?

EDIT: not a duplicate of Policy on questions based on homework or tests (which I was clearly well aware of, having answered it myself), since that question was about "homework"-type questions, without ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for the year of publication of a given work?

With standalone novels, the year of publication is easy to find out. But I have found that with short stories or poems, who are always part of a collection, it can be difficult finding out when they ...
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Add an "insufficient information to identify" Off Topic reason

It seems like book/story identification questions that lack sufficient detail will often be closed as "too broad" or "unclear." Other sites, such as Stack Overflow, already have "incomplete/...
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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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New tag for musicals? Or use author + title tags?

For questions about theatrical musicals, should a musicals/musical tag be created? Or should the work just be tagged using its title and author? For example, should a question about the musical ...
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Deletion of answer based on Reddit posts?

https://literature.stackexchange.com/a/5127/175 was removed because "it is substantively only copied from other places.". Citing and reproducing content from other websites, appears allowed? See ...
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Can I ask which program to use to order my library?

I know it looks off-topic, on the other hand people interested in literature tend to have vast libraries so they met the same problem I am facing now: how to find a book out of the 12k books in my ...
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Are questions about teaching literature on topic?

The site's current description on Area 51 says, Q&A site for scholars and enthusiasts of literature This is a broad description, but just to be sure, I would like to know whether questions ...
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Scope of 'style' and 'language' tags: retag 'language' question?

We currently have both a style tag and a language tag. The language tag currently has one question, namely about whether the language used by a 15-year old character intentionally represents the ...
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Should we replace the "Primarily Opinion-Based" close reason with the old "Not Constructive" close reason?

In the past, people have criticized the "primarily opinion-based" close vote reason by saying "well, aren't most of our questions kind of opinion-based"? (This has definitely been a discussion on a ...
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Is this on-topic for Literature SE?

I posted this question on ELU SE to much uproar (it is now on-hold), so I asked why it was being closed, on ELU Meta and they seem to suggest I migrate it to Literature SE. Would my original question ...
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The tag [the-dark-tower] is ambiguous

We currently have the tag the-dark-tower, which has been tagged for a question about C. S. Lewis' novel The Dark Tower. However, there are several other literary works with the same title: a series ...
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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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Are questions about performance on-topic?

A while ago, I asked the question Why is Richard portrayed without a hunchback in the 1955 Laurence Olivier adaptation of Richard III? That question has now attracted three close votes. The comment ...
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Thoughts on a word-choice tag?

We have a few questions about the selection of particular words in a phrase or poem. Examples: Language in A View from the Bridge What is the rhetorical purpose of the description of Miss Emily? ...
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Let's follow official Stack Exchange policy regarding comments

I recently flagged this comment. The comment reads: Probably overreading. Plato's ideal-transcendence can't be reduced to a quantifiable dimension. I flagged it because it was an answer posted as a ...
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Should we bowdlerise obscenities in question titles?

For example, In "Fuck Blocher", why does Bligg say he speaks for the swiss youth and secondos? - should the title say "Fuck Blocher" or "F*** Blocher"? Arguments for F***: it avoids ...
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Expand scope of tag 'the-art-of-war'

We currently have a tag the-art-of-war with the following tag wiki excerpt: For questions about The Art of War, the book by Sun Tzu. Use in conjunction with [sun-tzu]. While Sun Zi's The Art of ...
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Announcing the November 2017 reading challenge: "Tower of Secrets"

As October nears its end, it's time to announce the next month's challenge! At the time of writing this, the leading suggestion is... Tower of Secrets, by Victor Sheymov, suggested by BESW. To provide ...
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How do I ask homework questions on Literature Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

Mainly copied from https://physics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/714/7433 What is the policy on asking homework questions on Literature Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework ...
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Expand the on-topic guide

The on-topic guide includes the following items: Questions about how to interpret a specific scene, quote, theme, plot point, etc. in a work of literature. Specific questions about the ...
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What kind of research is expected for questions here?

The tooltip for downvotes says "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful." That being said, what constitutes adequate research effort? For that matter, what do we ...
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What are some common reasons that people downvote?

Note: This is partially a follow-up to this Meta post. It is also inspired by http://idownvotedbecau.se/ for Stack Overflow, which features explanations of common downvote reasons and tips on how to ...

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