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When are reading-order questions on topic?

The purpose of this question is to get a clear policy about reading-order questions. There have been instances where reading order questions have been closed because "there doesn't seem to be any ...
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Submit your literature reviews to our Tumblr!

Most of you probably aren't aware that Literature.SE has an unofficial Tumblr blog, called One Minute Reviews. This is supposed to be where Literature.SE users can submit short reviews of basically ...
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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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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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Is fanfiction on topic?

Are works of fanfiction within the site scope (either as independent text, or in context of the main literary work that they are fanfiction of). I'm asking about questions with fanfic as their topic. ...
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Should the [1984] tag be changed?

If I'm not mistaken, I was the one who originally created the 1984 tag, which has now been applied to more than a few questions. However, I'm wondering if I made a mistake, as I just realized the ...
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Are questions about authors on-topic?

Are questions about authors on-topic, or just their works? For example, asking about authors' lives, motivations, interviews, or anything relating to their work.
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How big a role should quotes play in answers?

I've seen a lot of answers within the last day or two that consist largely - or almost entirely - of quotes from authors or their works. I understand that it's always important to look back at the ...
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Should we be tagging questions with the names of specific books? [duplicate]

I can't help but notice that already, we have a lot of tags. I've gone through them and seen quite a few tags with a specific name of a book, with maybe 1 or 2 posts on it. I'm thinking that okay, ...
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Does our site scope include libraries?

Libraries are treasuries for literary works. But are they on-topic at Lit.SE? I think good questions about libraries can be asked: What is the largest library in Europe? How do libraries store ...
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Let's get answering [duplicate]

As of today, we have 413 questions and 399 answers on our site. Coming off of such a strong and engaged private beta, it's disappointing to see that our answers/question ratio is less than 1. Ideally, ...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

Topic challenges for Literature SE were first proposed and enacted in March 2017. The motivation for these, as well as to bring our users together in a community activity of reading the same books or ...
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Why is this answer a community wiki?

Why was this answer made into a wiki? Should a moderator remove its community wiki status?
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Is it necessary for answers to literary analysis/meaning questions to be supported by external quotes?

This is a problem I've encountered from day one on our site: when I'm answering a question that's asking about what certain portions of a work of literature mean, do I need to include quotes from ...
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Edits to the Tess question

I posted this question about Tess of the d'Urbervilles. My latest version read as follows: The first part of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles ends on an extremely dark and sinister note: ...
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Does literature have to be "professionally" published?

In this day and age, you don't need a publishing house to publish a book. Self-publishing is possible and happening. There are several popular web serials (including, but not limited to, fan fiction). ...
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Do we need such broad tags on questions about specific works?

It has come up in chat that the usage and existence of such broad tags as russian-literature or short-stories (or mexico) on questions asking about specific works are debatable. On one hand, they ...
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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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Are we ready to say what's on topic?

The ‘What topics can I ask about here?’ section in the Help Centre currently apologises for being unable to say what is on topic: Unfortunately, we haven't been around for that long and therefore don'...
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Tag name conventions: to the or not to the?

We had a question earlier about the tags lord-of-the-rings and the-lord-of-the-rings. While that issue has now been resolved by Robert Cartaino, I thought it'd be worth trying to establish a consensus ...
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Proposal: rename [story-identification] to [identification-request]

One of the top tags on this site is story-identification, with over 400 questions to date. Such questions are on-topic here: a literature site is the most likely to have well-read people with the ...
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Are questions about author's personal opinions on-topic?

I recently asked the question What is C. S. Lewis' opinion about homosexuality?. The question was closed as being off-topic. Are questions about authors' personal opinions on-topic or off-topic?
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Announcing the Return of the Topic Challenges! Oct-Nov 2019: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Topic challenges are back ... but with a difference! Early in July, Aza posted Monthly Topic Challenges aren't getting much attention. How can we change them? to address the problem of decreasing ...
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Are "What type/kind/genre of book is this" questions okay?

Example. I think they might be too broad, except under certain scenarios. I am not discussing just this question alone (although it is certainly what made me ask this), but I want to know, in ...
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Are questions about the themes of a work Too Broad?

I asked the following question on the main site: What are the themes in I, Robot?, and as such it has been closed as Too Broad. I have conflicted feelings on this, because on the one hend yes, there ...
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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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How do we answer questions asking for prior examples if there are none?

I've noticed that we're getting a lot of questions like this one. I'm picking this question not in specific, but because it's a good example of a general question I had. Sometimes, questions like ...
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How do we feel about genre-based tags?

We've already had several discussions about the issue of country/language-based tags, culminating in Do we need such broad tags on questions about specific works?, a rather broad question which ...
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Care needed over the "too broad" close reason

This question ("Doubts concerning Chapter 15 of Persuasion by Jane Austen") was closed today as "too broad". I would like to invite the close voters to reconsider. The reasons that I think the ...
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Guidelines for good story-id questions?

I can't remember a particular story, and I would like to ask a story-id question to get help finding it. What can I do to make my story-id question a successful and high-quality one? When answering, ...
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Should we require questions to contextualize why they were asked?

Lately, I've been thinking about a common thread between questions that seem to be an... issue on Literature. We've gotten a lot of questions that have been downvoted, and sometimes closed, sometimes ...
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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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Announcing a pro-tempore election!

Literature SE is to have its first moderator election! Beginning on 13 April, users may nominate themselves to fill one of the two pro-tempore moderator slots available. The timeline is like this: ...
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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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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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Should the LGBT tag just be sexuality?

There is currently a tag lgbt that seems to be put on questions asking about the sexual preference of characters. However, since LGBT does not cover the "full spectrum" of sexuality, should we just ...
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How do we ensure that questions on this site attract scholars and enthusiasts?

Intro: Building our Community Our tour says that we aim to be "a question and answer site for scholars and enthusiasts of literature." I'm definitely an enthusiast, and I have a fair bit of ...
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Monthly Topic Challenges aren't getting much attention. How can we change them?

Monthly topic challenges on Lit.SE don't get a whole lot of attention. Christopher Strobbe rightfully points out that participation has been almost negligible in recent months. This is in spite of ...
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What to do about questions that confuse author's intentions with a text's meaning?

We've been getting a lot of questions that confuse authors' intentions with a text's meaning. For example, the question Did Shakespeare consider Julius Caesar a tyrant or a martyr? is actually two ...
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Are operas considered literature on this site?

I am asking specifically about the plots or stories of the works (rather than the music). Example question about an opera: Had people related the work of Gogol before "The Nose"?
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Is it on topic to ask about events not specifically covered in a book?

I read a book in which there is a short epilogue many years after the events of the main story. I want to know if it is acceptable to ask questions about what happened in the interim. As the book ...
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Is a [title] tag useful?

I proposed a [title] tag for the questions a bout the title of books. When people need to understand, or discuss about the meaning of a book, they could use that tag. Examples: What is the ...
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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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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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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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Should we have language-specific tags (excluding one for English)? [duplicate]

Before you downvote this, hear me out. What I'm proposing is a system of language-specific tags that will allow users of our site to sort questions by the language the literature being discussed is ...
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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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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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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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What kinds of mythological questions are on topic?

Understanding the context and influences of certain pieces of literature requires understanding the mythology of the culture it came out of. So I would think some questions about mythology should be ...

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