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Announcing the August 2017 Topic Challenge: “Sophie's World”

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a single highest-voted entry as July nears its end, it's time to announce the next topic challenge!...
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How not to publicise SE Literature

Ad featured on English Language and Usage A random excerpt from Ezra Pound's war speeches AXIOM. Against an organized force of four or more, probably EIGHT million, a hundred individuals ...
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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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We have a community run tumblr; here's how you can contribute [duplicate]

Literature now has a community run tumblr. It's titled "One Minute Reviews", and its purpose, as the title implies, is to post quick reviews of literature. Tumblr was chosen to host the blog because ...
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Should title tags only be used for questions explicitly about a specific work?

Sorry for all the questions about tagging lately. This question will hopefully be simpler to answer. The story-identification question Looking for a poem about the (fictionalized) writing of The ...
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What is the purpose of the myths tag?

What is the point of the myths tag? We have tags like poetry, short-stories, song-lyrics, and oral-tradition, where the tag conveys something about the medium, e.g. a song lyric is meant to be sung. ...
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Do we need a children's literature tag?

The site currently has a childrens-literature tag. I'm not quite sure what its purpose is. Do we need this tag, and what should it be used for?
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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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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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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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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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Announcing the July 2017 Topic Challenge: "I Am a Cat"

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, and since the list of suggestions has a clear winner as June nears its end, it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout ...
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"Recently Undeleted" posts in the mod tools are almost unreadable

I was browsing through the mod tools (only visible to users with >2k rep, sorry) and saw this: The "Recently Deleted" posts show up just fine, but the "Recently Undeleted" ones are so pale as to be ...
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I've been told my question is better suited to a forum, but where should I go?

This question was adopted/stolen from the RPG Stack Exchange's Meta. I asked a question about literature that was closed. Someone recommended that I try posting the question on another website. What ...
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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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Is it time to discuss custom close reasons?

There comes a point in every beta site where custom close reasons are discussed and created. I have been with this site for a while (though not from the beginning), and I'd like to hear from the ...
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Would questions about the Bible be on-topic? [duplicate]

In reference to this comment on Area 51: @AChildofGod Ah yes, sorry; that was a no to "Bible Answers" too. Incidentally, if you're looking for more of fact book for answers about the bible as a ...
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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 it time to update the tour page, or at least the example question?

I was just browsing, for no reason at all, the Tour page, and noticed it's in the same infant state as it was in the beginning of private beta. Having a an informative tour page is important, ...
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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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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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Announcing the June 2017 topic challenge: The SEA is Ours

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, seeing that the votes have stabilised, May is nearing its end, and it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout June 2017, ...
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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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Can we increase the maximum tag length?

Is there any way we can increase the maximum tag length to something bigger than 25 characters? Right now, our site tags questions by book titles. Unfortunately, many book titles are longer than ...
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Do we want [graphic-novel] as a separate tag, or should it be made a synonym of [comics]?

Yesterday, I proposed to synonymise graphic-novel and comics (just like that, without consulting anyone). Afterwards, it's been pointed out to me that collecting the two may not be the best idea, ...
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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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Should questions be closed if they don't provide context for a quote?

The question What does this Pablo Neruda quote mean? was recently closed by two users including site moderator Hamlet, who said in a comment: Hi. I'm afraid that this question can't be answered ...
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When is an answer not an answer?

The following answer to my Turing question has been flagged as not an answer. There's an argument for it being an answer, and there's also an argument for it not being an answer. We the moderators ...
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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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If I remember reading a book but don't have it in front of me to quote from, is it worth writing an answer?

I use the library a lot. This means that I often read books that I later no longer have access to. There have been times when someone has asked a question about a book that I read but no longer have ...
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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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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 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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Announcing the May 2017 topic challenge: Icelandic Sagas!

In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges, seeing that the votes have stabilised, April is nearing its end, and it's time to announce the next topic challenge! Throughout May 2017,...
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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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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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Requesting permission to use the site logo as the Twitter account's profile pic

This request has been declined. Please see the followup question: Design a profile picture for our Twitter account! Now that we have a community-run Twitter account, I'd like to know if we could ...
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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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How much quoting is too much quoting?

Let's review Stack Exchange's official guidelines for citing sources: When you find a useful resource that can help answer a question (from another site or in an answer on Literature Stack Exchange)...
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Promoting the site outside of the Stack Exchange network

What are some strategies for promoting the site outside of the Stack Exchange network?
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Would this be a story-ID question or a resource request?

I have an ID question about a particular short story I heard on the radio. I remember the whole plot of the story and a lot of verbatim quotes from it. I also think I remember the title of the story, ...
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Are questions about writing techniques on topic here?

When we write questions on this site, are we allowed to ask questions on writing techniques? Research: According to Area 51: Beta Q&A site for scholars and enthusiasts of literature....
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2017

@Hamlet mentioned in chat that one way to promote this site would be to post links elsewhere on the internet to some of our best content. In order to make this easier to do, I thought it would be a ...
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Should tags on a question include the presumed answer?

This question raised an issue that was already raised on several other child metas (see Judaism): Should tagging make the question easy to find, or the answers easy to find? For example, a ...
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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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A user (super?)ping is showing up incorrectly in the chat star list

This message by Rand al'Thor is starred in Literature chat: In the sidebar it looks like this: I imagine that should say @E.Bob not @@1208@literature.stackexchange.com. Turns out I can ping people ...
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What should the [setting] tag be used for?

We have a tag setting with 7 questions so far: one, two, three asking about whether places in a story can be connected to real locations; one asking about when a particular story was set; one asking ...
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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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Is it worth changing [song-lyrics] to [lyrics]?

This site currently has a song-lyrics tag with about ten questions. However, it seems to me that the "song" part of "song lyrics" is redundant; the word lyrics implies that the question is about a ...

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