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What do we do with science fiction and fantasy?

No. As we do on Movies, we don't dictate which site has "precedence" or "priority" over the other. If someone asks a question here that's On-Topic here, it should stay here, even if it's also On-...
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Should we assume that questions about a book spoil that book, or should we use spoiler markup?

Honestly, I'm a big fan of M&TV's policy: No Spoilers in Titles Most answers will contain spoilers to someone. There's no way to draw a line that will make everyone happy. If the OP is asking for ...
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Accepting nominations — Who should moderate this site?

Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because they have shown themselves to be a good moderator over at Puzzling, and has shown themselves to be active in helping with the moderation on this ...
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Should graphic novels be on topic?

I think they should be On-Topic. There can be quite extensive character analysis, plot explanation, etc. related to comics that would add quality content to the site. AND, not all comics fall into ...
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What do we think about story identification?

Identification questions are like... The cabbage, radishes and shredded carrots that some sushi shops put on the platter before stacking up the meat & rice. They make the plate look nice and full, ...
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Should we allow questions about religious texts?

I think this can work, if we all agree to not disparage anyone. Once again, I swoop back to Mythology Stack Exchange. We deal with everything from tales from the Sumerians to the Quran (a relatively ...
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What do we do with science fiction and fantasy?

On-topic questions should not be migrated (possible caveat: unless explicitly requested by question's OP?). Rationale for that is laid out in SE reference on migrations. Caveat: questions which are ...
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Should recommendation questions be on-topic?

No. Book recommendation questions have a tendency to invite multiple answers, none of which is more correct than any other. Both the answers themselves and the votes cast on them will likely be based ...
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What should our main site chatroom be called?

The Reading Room Is there a more obvious pick?
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Accepting nominations — Who should moderate this site?

Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because he has shown a great interest in the quality of the site, and has taken part in a great many things to help this site grow. Rand also referred many, ...
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Reading requirements

There shouldn't be any strict requirements about this. Some questions, such as reading-order questions, are best asked before someone has read the books. But even for plot explanation or literary ...
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What should our main site chatroom be called?

The Book Club From Wikipedia: A book discussion club is a group of people who meet to discuss a book or books that they have read and express their opinions, likes, dislikes, etc. It is more often ...
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What should we do about snarky comments denigrating specific works?

Flag 'em. It might be arguable whether they count as "rude or offensive", but at best they're "not constructive". This falls under the same basic rules of courtesy as this recently-featured main ...
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Should recommendation questions be on-topic?

Absolutely not. Rand's answer is good, but I thought I'd add something. I moderate Hardware Recommendations, wherein we deal with recommending computer hardware to people who ask for it. The one ...
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Quoting from non-English literature

What My strong recommendation is to always, if possible, include both. If you have access to it, include original text. Always include English translation, if nothing else, from Google Translate. ...
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Should reading-order questions be on-topic?

TL;DR: Yes. Very much so. Why are they good? Reading-order questions are possibly the most practically useful questions this site will ever see. Questions about literary analysis, or plot points in ...
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Should graphic novels be on topic?

I think they should be on-topic. There's a masters thesis on Frank Miller's Sin City. Another thesis on Alan Moore's Watchmen, not to mention a whole book titled Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach ...
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Should questions with sexual topics even be allowed?

I don't see a reason against such topics. On Stack Exchange, folks are expected to behave maturely, and that involves covering topics that - well, require some maturity to handle. For the same reason, ...
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Who are the experts? Not us. We've grown a philosophical bezoar - let's work this through!

This is the . . . eleventh time I've been in a Stack Exchange site from its beginnings in private beta or before, over two and a half years. And let me say this: what you've brought up is something ...
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Why was the previous Literature SE closed?

I'm going to answer this question in the form of quotes from several previous meta discussions on the same or related issues, along with some of my own commentary based on how this incarnation of the ...
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What do we do with science fiction and fantasy?

If the question is on topic here, leave it here. If for some reason we may think the querant will get a better answer there, we may direct them to SFF in a comment, but since the question is still on ...
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Are songs and poems on-topic?

Poems should be on-topic without further qualification. For hundreds of years, poetry was nearly the only type of literature produced, and some of the greatest works of literature are poems. I favor ...
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Accepting nominations — Who should moderate this site?

Notes: I'd like to nominate Hamlet for a few reasons: Contributes high-quality content (both questions and answers) on a variety of topics (poetry, classics, fantasy, etc.) Involvement on meta, ...
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Why are we accepting "asked and answered" posts?

What's wrong with that? I'm not sure what you mean by obvious "forced" posts, but self-answered questions are explicitly encouraged on Stack Exchange. From the help centre: Can I answer my ...
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Is literary analysis on-topic?

Yes, but we should demand quality answers, as well as quality questions. Questions should show work done, otherwise be downvoted as "not sufficient research". If too many crappy homework questions ...
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Are questions about the process of creating specific literary works on-topic?

Yes. As these questions would be relating to a specific work or author, there is a defined scope. Depending on the age of the work, there may be interviews and articles discussing this with the ...
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Author name formats

I've been trying to set some consistent standards for author tag names, e.g. ensuring that we never use just a single name for the tag: thus william-shakespeare instead of shakespeare. However, to ...
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