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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 types of non-fiction are on topic?

Having read the current tour the "ask / don't ask" is short and vague. Now I would expect that since we are currently in private beta. However, to me a big definition on scope would be a ...
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Who are the experts? Not us. We've grown a philosophical bezoar - let's work this through!

Buckle up, this is gonna be a journey. We're pretty early into the site's existence. Things are rolling along nicely. We're hanging around a whopping 45 questions a day, and we've got the rocky ...
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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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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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Is this site focused on Literature Analysis or literature in general?

There seems to be two conflicting opinions about the purpose and scope of the site that I trace in Meta (and Area51) discussions and comments. Is this site focused on Literature Analysis as its ...
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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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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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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 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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Should we allow questions about religious texts?

Science-Fiction & Fantasy has a policy of excluding all religious texts. This makes sense because SFF is about fiction, and stating that a particular religious text is fictional is pretty ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does our site scope include literary awards, events, and news?

These are topics that are very much linked to the field of literature - but they're ancillary, not directly about the books and the actual body of work. For example, questions about literary awards: ...
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Should questions asking for the availability of a translation be on-topic?

Certain shopping questions might not be about shopping at all. For instance, questions asking whether a particular work has ever been translated to a particular language. One example is this ...
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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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References on specific pieces of literature

Is asking for references to criticism/essays/articles/etc. relating to a specific piece of literature on topic here? I went ahead and asked such a question on the main site: Is there much critical ...
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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 this XKCD question be closed, and why?

What were the original two results for 'died in a blogging accident'? This question about an XKCD comic currently has three votes to close, and Hamlet♦ has left a comment saying he'd be happy ...
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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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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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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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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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Are questions asking to critique the OP's work on topic?

We recently received a question about a haiku-like poem written by the OP. Formally, the question seemed to ask for interpretations of the poem, but it also asked what the effect would be of replacing ...
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Could /help/on-topic be filled in?

I am new to this site and wanted to check what's considered on-topic. So I went to the /help/on-topic page and found it's just the boilerplate text with no real information. As mentioned I'm not ...
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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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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 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 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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Are questions about war books, detective stories, or thrillers accepted here?

If I post questions that are excerpts from war books and which are not intelligible to me, will these questions be accepted and answered? Are questions asked from detective stories and thrillers well ...
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Should questions with sexual topics even be allowed?

This recent question deals with a sexual topic, and I'm wondering whether these (embarrassing?) questions should even be allowed. Of course Literature is full of this sort of topic, but should we let ...