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Author name formats

We have margaret-peterson-haddix and c-s-lewis. I think it should be uniform whether a name is stated in full or initialised. If this is not resolved early and enforced it will become virtually ...
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Addressing tag scope inconsistencies

It feels like the tags on the beta had kicked off extremely inconsistent in the range of scopes. In my experience from other sites, when I ask a question it should be reasonably clear whether I am ...
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Is it kosher to copy questions from the Area 51 Definition phase?

Back in the Definition stage in Area 51, Literature attracted a total of 84 example questions, 40 of which received at least ten upvotes. But not all of these questions have yet been asked here on the ...
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Are questions on online literature and e-books on-topic? if yes, then please make tags for them

I asked this question on Literature SE, related to online published e-book. But I had no clue of what tag to attach. There are no generic tags like: "E-book","Online-Literature" etc. Since there are ...
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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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Should we use the [poems] or [poetry] tag, and can we make one a synonym of the other?

Right now, this site has a poems tag and a poetry tag. Which tag should we use? I'm partial to poetry, since the word "poetry" refers to the art form, while "poems" refers to poem in the plural. ...
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Is it acceptable to remove spoiler blockquotes from questions and answers?

We recently discussed spoilers on this site, and the consensus was that while spoilers in titles should be avoided, spoilers in the body of questions/answers were acceptable, and therefore that ...
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Should we allow questions about a literary work's impact on the language?

Not long ago, I posted this question: How many of Shakespeare's words in his plays were new? ... which has now been closed, reopened, and closed again. One of the close-voters said: I'm ...
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Should "character-explanation" and "character-analysis" tags be synonyms?

One of the two questions with the tag "character-explanation" can be interpreted as a character analysis and also the term used in literature is generally "character analysis". Should these tags be ...
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How should Literature.SE handle in-universe questions?

This is a bit more of an abstract question, but it's one that I think is going to become pretty important. It's also not something we're going to be able to resolve in a day, but I wanted to kick off ...
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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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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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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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Vote early, vote often

This is a post that was made over on Tex.SE that I think we should all keep in mind. "I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually unsolicited advice, based on our ...
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When should I create tags?

I've asked several questions about fairly obscure short stories. I, for one, don't think that these warrant their own tag, but I'd say that the general rule should be to create tags for most major ...
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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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Are reading commendations on-topic? [duplicate]

Should questions about reading commendations / which books to read on what topic be allowed/encouraged on literature.se?
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Are Movie companion books on-topic?

Movie companion books, as I personally define them, are books that are released in conjunction with (or after) the release of a movie, maybe even sometimes before. They typically add information ...
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Are movie Character guides/companion books on-topic? [duplicate]

This question Why was the Obscurus omitted? is asking about missing details from a movie character guide. This is not a novelization, it is for lack of a better word, an encyclopedia, containing ...
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Are novelizations of films (or television) on topic?

Quite simply asked, novelizations are literature, but they started as "screen" works. Should they be considered on-topic?
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If my question includes the tag of the book I'm asking about, should I still include the book's title in my question's title?

Basically, just what the title says: If my question includes the tag of the book I'm asking about, should I still include the book's title in my question's title?
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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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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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Overlap with Mythology, how to draw the line? [duplicate]

The Mythology site has been around for some time and has a lot to offer. How can we best deal with the relation, and provide insight for the community which question to place where? Maybe examples ...
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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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Should we treat critics' opinions higher in answers?

The question arose out of this Meta answer and comments on it. Should we, as a rule, consider the question's answer to be higher quality if it's based on an opinion of a literature critic? (assume ...
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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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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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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 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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What about intentional, or suspiciously worded re-post of already answered questions?

SFF currently has thousands of questions relating to major lit works such as Tolkien's writings, Harry Potter, Dune, etc. What should we do when we see questions that are already answered on SFF. More ...
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Should "censorship" and "book-banning" tags be synonyms?

Should "censorship" and "book-banning" tags be synonyms? I'd propose the latter as a synonym of the former, since censorship is a wider term, which wholly encompasses book banning.
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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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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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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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What should be our standard tags? [closed]

What tags should we define for the main site? What tags should we define for meta?
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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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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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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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