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Do we want to accept "how do I start?" type questions?

I recently encountered this question, which is basically asking for general advice on how to start learning about British Literature on her own (possibly with a goal of improving English skills). As ...
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Should I ask on Literature whether it's true that streets in Ireland in 1955 were "end-on to hills", more often than those in England?

Philip Larkin's 1955 poem "The Importance of Elsewhere" implies that Irish streets are often end-on to hills. This answer on Stack Exchange Meta contains the suggestion that the answer to ...
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Is 'Did Eric Clapton name his dog after Dr. Dolittle's Pooch?' on-topic for a literature site?

Is Did Eric Clapton name his dog after Dr. Dolittle's Pooch? on-topic here? I was reading Are questions about authors on-topic? and the only answer, which is at +18 votes states: I would say that ...
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Would a question about how science writers/journalists deal with a particular misnomeric technical term be on-topic at Literature?

Would this question be on topic here? Should journalists be pointing out that “coronavirus spike” and “coronavirus spike protein” are misnomers when they use the terms? It has nothing to do with ...
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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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I asked a question about where I can find a translation of a specific work. Why is it being perceived as low-quality?

A while ago, I asked a question trying to find a high-quality, reliable translation for a particular work. To date, no comments have been posted offering helpful insight as to why the question is ...
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Why did these questions receive downvotes?

I have several questions related to song lyrics: Why does "Nighttime Birds" associate night with warmth? Are there two separate narrators in "On Most Surfaces" by The Gathering? ...
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Is this question about Percy Shelley’s adulation for poetry now clear enough to be reopened?

I edited this question: Isn't Percy Shelley’s adulation for poetry bombastically platitudinous and vapid? It should now be clearer; does it still deserve to be closed?
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Should we keep undeleting this question with a negative score?

The question Should “New Spring” be read before the rest of books in the Wheel of Time series? has a score of -2 and no positive scoring answers, meaning that the system automatically deletes it. The ...
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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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My Sappho questions: best way to handle

I have recently asked a few questions about reconstructing Sappho. I have been told that they would "get better exposure" on Latin.SE. For the future one, I will definitely move to asking them over ...
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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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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: ...