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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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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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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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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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I asked a question about where I can find a translation of a specific work. Why is it being perceived as low-quality?

A while ago, I asked a question trying to find a high-quality, reliable translation for a particular work. To date, no comments have been posted offering helpful insight as to why the question is ...
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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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Announcing the October 2017 Topic Challenge: "A Grain of Wheat", by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as September nears its end, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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Should we be using comments as substitutes for answers?

I've been noticing that this site has been using comments as substitutes for answers in quite a few questions. Examples: 1, 2. I've probably done this a few times myself. I think one explanation ...
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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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Should synopsis requests be on-topic?

I came across this Close Votes review and couldn't work out what to do with it. On the one hand, asking for a summary of a specific book is perfectly answerable and not likely to lead to ridiculously ...
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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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Questions closed too quickly on meta

Specifically, the following two questions: Are the guidelines for asking questions too easily abused? should be downvoted but not closed. It's a bit ranty, but it is actually asking a real question - ...
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Is this question about Percy Shelley’s adulation for poetry now clear enough to be reopened?

I edited this question: Isn't Percy Shelley’s adulation for poetry bombastically platitudinous and vapid? It should now be clearer; does it still deserve to be closed?
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Is our fulfilled user commitments normal?

I was just looking on Area 51 at our site stats to see how far we had gone towards graduating from beta and in particular noticed this: committed users 216 users committed 71.8% signed ...
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How should we tag questions about physical books?

We have several questions about physical books: How to travel with paperback books without damaging them? How do I straighten out a paperback book's cover that is bent? How can I check that used ...
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Are questions about music on-topic (part 2)?

This site has recently received four questions about music that go beyond looking looking at the lyrics, and ask about the sound music makes: Is Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" ...
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Announcing the September 2017 Topic Challenge: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as August nears its end, it's time to announce the next topic ...
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What are the rules for asking about song lyrics?

The community consensus is that song lyrics are on topic. I agree with this policy 100% - this could be a great "draw" for the site, too, because it seems like there's a dearth of quality information ...
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How should we tag questions about song lyrics?

Currently, we have a number of song-lyrics questions. Currently, all of them are tagged with [song-lyrics] and the name of the artist who wrote the song. Should we also include a tag for the specific ...
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Should we remove the meaning and symbolism tags?

I've been thinking about symbolism and meaning, and I've come to the conclusion that they aren't worth having around. I wrote an answer on a meta question about a different proposal arguing such, and ...
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Attribution of translated quotations

Is it not policy on this site that quoted matter should be attributed to its author? If the quotation has been translated from its original language, does the translator deserve attribution as well? ...
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Are comic identifications on topic?

Are comic-identification questions on-topic? (I asked one, and created a tag for it - should it be tagged story-identification?) When tagging comics, should we have a tag for the writer and a tag for ...
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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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How can I write good answers?

I found a question that I want to answer. I've noticed that answers on this site are, in many ways, a lot harder to write compared to other Stack Exchange sites. How can I write a good answer that is ...
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Guidelines for good story-ID answers?

I've found the solution to somebody's story-identification question, and I'd like to write up an answer. What can I do to make my answer as helpful and high-quality as possible? This post is a ...
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Kill the zombies (unanswered questions)

Over on Code Review there's a post called Call of Duty - we're on a mission. It discussed the high number of unanswered questions on the site and what to do about them. With the recent site ...
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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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Tag for Old English literature

There is no tag for English literature or Old English literature. If the former will not be added because it would fit most questions on this site, I'd propose the latter be added, as a tag limited in ...
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Promote the topic challenges across SE

I wish I'd known about the topic challenge Icelandic Sagas when it happened. Likewise, I'm sure there are people that are interested in some of the current challenges. Is there any way these ...
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Is it worth posting self-answers for relatively easy or obscure questions?

Last night, I awoke with a question about a relatively obscure poem in my head and thought it might be worth a question here. This morning I thought I'd google before posting it and found my answer. ...
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Do we want a [plot-explanation] tag?

We already have meaning and symbolism tags, for questions about the meaning or symbolic significance of specific passages or objects in works of literature. After seeing the recent question What ...
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Site evaluation: how are we doing at half a year old?

It's been 183 days since we launched; we're half a year old! How are we doing? What are people's goals for the site? Are we on track to meet those goals? Please share any and all feedback.
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Are questions regarding digital recordings of theatre productions on-topic?

There is a recording of the performance of Waiting for Godot by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart online at the National Art Library. Is it on-topic to ask how to access that recording, if at all ...
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Announcing the August 2017 Topic Challenge: “Sophie's World”

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as July nears its end, it's time to announce the next topic challenge!...
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How not to publicise SE Literature

Ad featured on English Language and Usage A random excerpt from Ezra Pound's war speeches AXIOM. Against an organized force of four or more, probably EIGHT million, a hundred individuals ...
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Are trivia questions about authors on-topic?

A question has been posted recently with the following title: Asimov Chair of Books And the following body: Am I crazy, or was there once a photo circulating the internet of Isaac Asimov sitting ...
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We have a community run tumblr; here's how you can contribute [duplicate]

Literature now has a community run tumblr. It's titled "One Minute Reviews", and its purpose, as the title implies, is to post quick reviews of literature. Tumblr was chosen to host the blog because ...
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Should title tags only be used for questions explicitly about a specific work?

Sorry for all the questions about tagging lately. This question will hopefully be simpler to answer. The story-identification question Looking for a poem about the (fictionalized) writing of The ...
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What is the purpose of the myths tag?

What is the point of the myths tag? We have tags like poetry, short-stories, song-lyrics, and oral-tradition, where the tag conveys something about the medium, e.g. a song lyric is meant to be sung. ...
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Do we need a children's literature tag?

The site currently has a childrens-literature tag. I'm not quite sure what its purpose is. Do we need this tag, and what should it be used for?
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How should we tag questions about English-language literature?

After a lot of different questions about the issue of tags based on languages and/or countries, we eventually came to the conclusion that tags such as russian-literature are useful even on questions ...
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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 we keep undeleting this question with a negative score?

The question Should “New Spring” be read before the rest of books in the Wheel of Time series? has a score of -2 and no positive scoring answers, meaning that the system automatically deletes it. The ...

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