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What to do about a general answer to a specific question?

I answered a question about a specific book, Why are place names obscured in Charlotte Brontë's The Professor?, with a very general answer which covers the reasons why place names (or for ...
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Do we want anthology tags?

Our next topic challenge will be the anthology The SEA is Ours. It's an anthology, meaning it's a collection of short stories. Should we have a The SEA is Ours tag?
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Announcing the June 2017 topic challenge: The SEA is Ours

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, seeing that the votes have stabilised, May is nearing its end, and it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout June 2017, ...
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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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Do we want [graphic-novel] as a separate tag, or should it be made a synonym of [comics]?

Yesterday, I proposed to synonymise graphic-novel and comics (just like that, without consulting anyone). Afterwards, it's been pointed out to me that collecting the two may not be the best idea, ...
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Should questions be closed if they don't provide context for a quote?

The question What does this Pablo Neruda quote mean? was recently closed by two users including site moderator Hamlet, who said in a comment: Hi. I'm afraid that this question can't be answered ...
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When is an answer not an answer?

The following answer to my Turing question has been flagged as not an answer. There's an argument for it being an answer, and there's also an argument for it not being an answer. We the moderators ...
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Are questions about scientific papers on-topic here?

I recently asked a question about a scientific paper (Why is the Turing Test really a test about gender?), which got closed for being off-topic. However, I would argue that the question is on-topic, ...
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If I remember reading a book but don't have it in front of me to quote from, is it worth writing an answer?

I use the library a lot. This means that I often read books that I later no longer have access to. There have been times when someone has asked a question about a book that I read but no longer have ...
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How to indicate what kind of answer you're looking for?

This is something that I personally struggle with, and I've seen other people have problems with it too. Let's say that I ask a question on the main site, and I have certain preferences about how ...
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Are questions about details of translation of a book on topic?

Example question I had in mind: In this answer edit, someone changed my translation of a word "арбалет" from "arbalest" to "crossbow". In the context of translating the ...
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Are questions about different editions of a book on topic?

I am going to link this to an example question on the site, if the consensus is that it is off-topic I will remove the example question. Are questions about differences between editions (in reason) on ...
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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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Design a profile picture for our Twitter account!

As our request to use the site favicon was status-declined, we need something else. The goals: Design a suitable profile picture for the Twitter account, that sizes well, and has something to do ...
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How should we tag Scandinavian/Nordic questions?

It's already established that we're using language-based tags for questions about e.g. french-literature, russian-literature, german-literature, and so on. How should we apply this to questions about ...
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Requesting permission to use the site logo as the Twitter account's profile pic

This request has been declined. Please see the followup question: Design a profile picture for our Twitter account! Now that we have a community-run Twitter account, I'd like to know if we could ...
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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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How much quoting is too much quoting?

Let's review Stack Exchange's official guidelines for citing sources: When you find a useful resource that can help answer a question (from another site or in an answer on Literature Stack Exchange)...
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Promoting the site outside of the Stack Exchange network

What are some strategies for promoting the site outside of the Stack Exchange network?
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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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Are questions about writing techniques on topic here?

When we write questions on this site, are we allowed to ask questions on writing techniques? Research: According to Area 51: Beta Q&A site for scholars and enthusiasts of literature....
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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 tags on a question include the presumed answer?

This question raised an issue that was already raised on several other child metas (see Judaism): Should tagging make the question easy to find, or the answers easy to find? For example, a ...
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Does this edit change the meaning of the question?

Referring to this question. Rather than continuing the rollback war that has occurred on the question, I instead decided to ask for opinions on meta. I believe that the edits made to the question ...
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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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What should the symbolism tag be used for?

In a recent meta post about the symbolism tag, Rand makes the point that way the tag is currently being used is very broad: ... but we've been using symbolism in a very broad way. Our questions ...
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Is it worth changing [song-lyrics] to [lyrics]?

This site currently has a song-lyrics tag with about ten questions. However, it seems to me that the "song" part of "song lyrics" is redundant; the word lyrics implies that the question is about a ...
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About the [allegory] and [symbolism] tags

I just noticed that we have an allegory tag (2 questions) as well as the symbolism tag (75 questions). Do we need both of these tags, and if so, what's the difference between them and how do we make ...
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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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Is [german-literature] about literature in German or from Germany?

Is german-literature about literature in German or from Germany? The tag american-literature seems to suggest that german-literature should be about literature from Germany. However, I think it is ...
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What's the difference between these two questions asking for lists of devices?

What is the meaning of "To Autumn"? (open, score of +3) What I'm looking for is quite simply examples of commentary on devices in the poem "To Autumn", which would help me further ...
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Please include precise citations in your posts

If you quote or paraphrase a work of literature or other in a post here, please include a precise citation that allows others to find the passage in situ. I've noticed many posts on this site that ...
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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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Should spoiler warnings be included in question titles?

We've previously come to the consensus that spoilers should not be included in question titles. However, some community members on this site have been including spoiler warnings in the question title....
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Should answers from authors be treated differently from other answers?

Mithrandir asked a question about the TombQuest series, and the author of the series offered to come write an answer. Should answers written by authors be treated differently from normal answers on ...
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Should questions about speeches by authors be on-topic?

I recently answered this question: Did Twain mean the coin should be enlarged or not? But after answering it, I began to wonder what it actually has to do with literature. It's about a speech given by ...
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Would a question about the relationship between a book and its video game be on topic?

Let us take the book series TombQuest, by Michael Northrop. This book series is published by Scholastic, and they have a website for it. This series is a multiplatform, which means that there is a ...
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What should new users do if they're asking a question about a book that doesn't have a tag yet?

On chat, Ash, who doesn't have enough reputation to create tags [ yet :) ] pointed out a problem with our tagging system. Given that we use title and author tags, it's hard for new users to ask ...
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Should this question about the Assassin's Creed novelization be downvoted?

Recently, someone asked a question about the Assassin's Creed novelizations that was heavily downvoted. I'm curious why this question was downvoted, and if people think that it's a good question for ...
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Is the accepted answer feature good for this site?

One of the strange things about literature is that one question can have equally valid answers. See, for example, the question What is Jack's crown?. The thing about accepting an answer is it can ...
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Are the lyrics of a poem / song on topic? [duplicate]

Precise situation is this: there's an old Christian song (1870's) for which there are a couple popular lyric versions. I would like, if possible, to determine which one is the original. Several ...
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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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Duplicate questions about authorial intent?

We currently have three questions about authorial intent on this site: How much weight is given to authors' intentions in literary analysis? The author of a literary work disagrees with critics ...
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Do we need tags for literature-related or specialist academic disciplines?

I just put up a question about a relatively obscure branch of literature study, philology. It didn't have a tag and I have the rep to make one, so I did. However I was unsatisfied by some of the other ...
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Reward system for answering unanswered questions?

One of Literature's biggest problems, as can be seen even from the Area 51 stats, is the unanswered questions. At the time of writing, we have 138 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers, out of ...
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Spaces and initialism in tagging styles

I just saw a tag get "corrected" to imply that there's space between the initials of an author who doesn't put spaces between her initials. In fact, neither JK Rowling nor the Tolkien Estate use ...
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Why was my question about Watership Down downvoted?

This is a copy of my question about Watership Down, which I have since deleted. I have the 2005 version of the book Watership Down. I have just read it, and also, I have read an offline review ...
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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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Do we need a [character-analysis] tag?

We have a character-analysis tag, whose tag wiki excerpt reads as follows: For questions about how characters act or are constructed by authors. Is this tag useful, or should we burninate it? ...
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Should we kill all the [character]s?

I just noticed that we have a character tag, apparently for questions which are specifically about a particular character or characters in a work of literature. Is this tag useful, or should we ...

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