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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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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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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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Is it fair to change a question after an answer has been provided?

When this question was originally asked, the poster was wondering what to say about Keats's "To Autumn", as in his opinion there wasn't a whole lot to the poem. I spent about two hours putting ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Literature's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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What are the rules for resource requests?

It seems like a lot of other sites on the Stack Exchange network tend to discourage (or outright ban) requests for off-site resources (tutorial or book recommendations, etc.). I didn't see anything ...
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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 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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Are questions about non-famous works and authors (English or a foreign language) on-topic here?

Well, asking and answering about well-known English and foreign-language literature work is frequent here; English works need no explanation, but those famous foreign works have been translated into ...
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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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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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What would be a good timeslot for bimonthly chat sessions?

In a comment on "Monthly Topic Challenges aren't getting much attention. How can we change them?", heather made the following suggestion: It might be interesting to have the topic challenge, but ...
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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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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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Should interactive-fiction/visual-novels/gamebooks be considered on-topic?

For those who aren't familiar, titles like Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series of interactive fiction or video games like VA-11 Hall-A. There's plenty of similar interactive-...
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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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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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Audience-specific texts for our "recommendation request" custom close reason

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. One of the changes was to introduce audience-specific texts for custom close reasons, so that the OP, close ...
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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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Do we really need the [theory] and [literary-analysis] and [literary-criticism] tags?

Consider the following three tags: theory (5 questions, 60% closed) literary-analysis (3 questions, 67% closed) literary-criticism (3 questions, 0% closed) All of these tags strike me as at best ...
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Question about [symbolism]

symbolism is so far the most asked tag on the site. Its tag wiki says: For questions concerning symbolic features in a work of literature. A symbol is used in a book to represent another concept....
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Announcing the December 2020–January 2021 topic challenge: literary theory

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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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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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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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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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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The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature: Louise Glück

This is not exactly a meta question, but an announcement that may be of interest to our community. Earlier today, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Louise Glück for the following ...
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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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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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Tag wiki format for author tags

Right now, the tag wiki excerpts for all of author tags are a confused mess: we really have two main formats for these types of tags that currently exist. The first is something like this: For ...
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Difference between nation and nation-literature tags? [duplicate]

We have several different [nation x-literature] tags such as russian-literature, greek-literature, and american-literature. However, we also have country tags like united-states and japan. How ...
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Should questions asking about availability of a specific book be on-topic?

Current example of such a question is Could I have purchased this Mongolian phrasebook while I was in Australia? As far as my understanding goes, it's asking whether it was possible to purchase a ...
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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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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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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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Announcing the January–February 2022 topic challenge: R. A. Lafferty

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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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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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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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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Is the tag wiki for the [russian-literature] tag appropriate? [duplicate]

This is the tag wiki excerpt for the russian-literature tag. For questions about literature written in Russia, in Russian, or by a Russian author. That doesn't seem quite right to me. According to ...
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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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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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Announcing the November–December 2021 topic challenge: The Decameron

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the ...
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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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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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Promote our site and earn a Booster badge or a Publicist badge!

Stack Exchange awards badges to people who promote our site. The Announcer badge is awarded to anyone who shares a link to a question that is later visited by 25 unique IP addresses. The Booster ...
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Announcing the April 2019 topic challenge: Jean Rhys

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry at the start of this month (+8, -2), it is time to announce the next ...
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Assuming manga identification is on-topic, is this community okay being referred as an alternative resource on Anime & Manga SE?

I stumbled upon Educational manga about a mad scientist which is a manga identification request on this site and from the look of it, I think it's allowed on this site (upvoted and not closed). I ...

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