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How (if at all) to handle "does X exist?" type questions?

We have a clear policy that recommendation questions, including open-ended list questions, are firmly off-topic. That means asking for "what are all the examples of X", where X is some ...
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Announcing the June–July 2024 topic challenge: Thomas Middleton

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 June –...
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Announcing the May–June 2024 topic challenge: Cheese

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 May – ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2024

Here, rather late, is the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, the purpose of which is to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily ...
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What is the Literature SE policy for self-answered questions?

I had some strong rejection to this question and self-answer of mine: I am looking for a book from a spanish academic researcher on the history of paper (or of books) The answer may look easy, but I ...
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Announcing the April–May 2024 topic challenge: Carlo Goldoni

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 April ...
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What's your favorite book?

Most people, upon confessing that they love books, are immediately met with that question about what their favorite book is. We recently shared our answers to it in chat; turns out, most of the ...
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Is downvoting good? Should it be discouraged?

Downvoting is a feature provided by the forum (or whatever you want to call this place). I didn't know what its inventor's idea on that so I can only guess that his intention may be just to let people ...
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Announcing the March – April 2024 topic challenge: Uyghur literature

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 (actually past) time to ...
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Can we reorder the help topics?

The first thing a user sees in our help center is What types of questions should I avoid asking? This seems rather unwelcoming. Could the order of the pinned items be changed so that the top link is ...
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Announcing the February – March 2024 topic challenge: Katja Kettu

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 (actually past) time to ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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How many actual authors have we had posting on Literature SE?

I recall a few occasions that actual authors of works asked about here have shown up and created accounts to answer questions about their own stories. It's an awesome feeling for the site whenever ...
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Does Literature [our site] have a policy on AI-generated content?

With a featured post on Main Meta allowing sites to request warning banners about AI-generated content, I was wondering if Literature would implement that feature. However, I noticed a lack of posts ...
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Creating an [authorship] tag?

Yesterday, @verbose created a new tag authorship for the question What is the evidence that Jonathan Swift wrote "The Grand Mystery"? and @CDR added it to the old question What evidence do ...
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Announcing the January – February 2024 topic challenge: Muhammad Iqbal

Apologies, once again, for the late announcement of an event that should have already started! We really should start getting these back on time ... In accordance with our meta agreement to have ...
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Top (New) Users in Yearly Leagues

Every year, the users of Literature Stack Exchange can be ranked by their reputation earned in that year, and the yearly leagues are recorded at stackexchange.com/leagues, including each user's rise ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2023

Here's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, the purpose of which is to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to ...
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What sorts of identification questions about nonfiction works are on-topic?

I voted to close the identification-question Book about Tantric Sex Written by an Australian Couple that uses the terms 'Lingam' and 'Yoni' on the grounds that the work in question did ...
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Announcing the December 2023 – January 2024 topic challenge: Henrik Ibsen

With apologies for the very late announcement of an event that should have already started ... In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic ...
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Is the [writing-process] tag worth it?

The tag writing-process is for questions about the writing process of a particular author or a particular piece of literature. It currently has 5 extant questions but also 23 closed/deleted questions ...
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Announcing the November–December 2023 topic challenge: Alberto Moravia

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 (long past) time to ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2023

Here's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, the purpose of which is to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to ...
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Announcing the October–November 2023 topic challenge: Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

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What should be our standard for closing identification-request questions as duplicates?

This question is motivated by the following three questions: (A) Lawyer sacrifices life for his activist friend by taking his place in prison (B) Can't remember book title: a journalist converses ...
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Which language tag should we use for troubadour poetry?

On Literature.SE we have language tags for non-English literarture. However, I'm not sure about the language tag we should use for troubadour literature. According to Wikipedia, troubadour poetry is ...
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Announcing the September–October 2023 topic challenge: Sarojini Naidu

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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2023

Here's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, the purpose of which is to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to ...
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Timeline of Literature moderators

Inspired by Timeline of Parenting moderators, this post is intended to record the history of Literature SE diamond moderator teams over time. To make it an actual "question": Who has ...
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Special thanks to Mithical for their role in helping to resolve the recent moderation strike

For those that aren't aware, our very own Mithical was instrumental in helping to resolve the recent dispute (and subsequent strike) regarding moderating ChatGPT content on the Stack Exchange network. ...
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Announcing the July–August 2023 topic challenge: Jamaica Kincaid

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 July–...
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Why do we have to edit at least 6 characters?

Very recently, I clicked the edit button on a question. It had a misspelling of just one letter. But after I clicked the save my edit button, an error message popped up saying the edit should at least ...
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Can questions about a movie/TV show/video be on-topic? If so, which ones?

We had a recent question about a series of YouTube videos. The question boiled down to "this line seemed to reference something that was said in a previous video, what is it referring to?" ...
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Should we allow questions asking for identification of the outputs of language models?

A user new to the site recently asked for the identification of a poem output by a large language model (some version of OpenAI's ChatGPT). The user had asked the model for a poem in German on a given ...
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Announcing the June–July 2023 topic challenge: the works of Ales Adamovich

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 June–...
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2023 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on Literature has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2023

Here's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, the purpose of which is to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to ...
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Announcing the May–June 2023 topic challenge: the works of Robert Louis Stevenson

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 May–...
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2023 Community Moderator Election

The 2023 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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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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2023 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Literature Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2023

Literature Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on March 28, as your “graduation” election! The timeline: On March 21, we'll post a question collection post on Meta, so that ...
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Announcing the April–May 2023 topic challenge: the works of Abdulrazak Gurnah

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 April–...
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Etiquette for using this SE's ideas in an academic environment

I am currently exploring The Great Gatsby with a peer group and was wondering what the etiquette is for referencing the ideas of people on Literature SE who have generously shared their thoughts on my ...
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Do we want tags for literary movements and periods?

The recent question What's wrong with the "beat literature" tag? has turned into a broader discussion that touches on general policy, i.e. whether we should have tags for literary movements ...
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Graduation election: interest check [duplicate]

Literature Stack Exchange left beta in December 2021. This meant, among other things, that we might have "full-site moderator elections" (or "graduation election") scheduled in ...
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What's wrong with the "beat literature" tag?

There have been several questions about beat literature recently which weren't tied to the work of individual authors like Kerouac or Ginsberg. The tags they were given - poetry and history of ...
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Announcing the March–April 2023 topic challenge: Hayy ibn Yaqdhan / Philosophus Autodidactus

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 March–...
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Just added the art-history tag - worthwhile?

The title should be fairly clear. I asked a question connected with the history and/or appreciation of art and it struck me that this was a topic that overlaps literature with a reasonable frequency - ...
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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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