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“We are here, and this is now.” Constable Visit, a strict believer in the Omnian religion, occasionally quoted that from their holy book. Vimes understood it to mean, in less exalted copper speak, ...
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Does Literature [our site] have a policy on AI-generated content?

(Discussing answers only here.) I have seen one AI-generated answer on the site: What kinds of drugs are mentioned and/or described in de Sade's stories? The answer (containing output from ChatGPT) ...
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What is the Literature SE policy for self-answered questions?

There's no policy against self-answered questions, and attempts to create one have been rebuffed. The general policy is, as you already saw, that Q&A from the same poster is not a problem. I ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2024

I'd like to highlight some impressive story identification from Ayshe, who managed to track down some obscure references from some very scanty information. Chief among these are A children's book with ...
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What sorts of identification questions about nonfiction works are on-topic?

There's always been a tension around these kinds of questions which is not straightforward to resolve. As moderators, we aspire to creating hard rules as to what is on- and off-topic to make it easier ...
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Questions I thought Seeming contradiction in 'Absurdity and Suicide' (The Myth of Sisyphus) was a very careful question, honing in on two passages that are hard to reconcile in an already ...
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Is downvoting good? Should it be discouraged?

Your misunderstanding is that downvoting is about disagreeing. On Stack Exchange, that's only true on meta sites (for example, I downvoted your question here on meta because I disagree with your ...
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Does Literature [our site] have a policy on AI-generated content?

(Discussing questions only here.) We have seen a few questions come in that consist either entirely or largely of "ChatGPT says X, is ChatGPT correct?" For example: Did Voltaire say, "...
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Announcing the May–June 2024 topic challenge: Cheese

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Is the character named Laarmans supposed to be the same person across Elsschot's œuvre? by verbose, 27/05/2024, Inconsistency in number of ...
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Question and Answer For both question and answer, I'd like to nominate Is Chain Rhyme an ambiguous term? Or are Chain Rhyme and Chain Verse different things?. Malady's question usefully asks about two ...
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I'd like to nominate the question What is the significance of counting up to twelve in “Keeping Quiet”, and verbose's answer to this question. Here, archthegreat (the OP) and verbose have discovered ...
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How many actual authors have we had posting on Literature SE?

tomasz-jedrowski https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/12725/tomasz-jedrowski elizabeth-wein https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/19273/elizabeth-wein victor-fenech https://literature....
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Announcing the April–May 2024 topic challenge: Carlo Goldoni

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Did Goldoni decide to set the action of "La bottega del caffè" during a Venetian carnival for the sake of verisimilitude? by Charo, 07/...
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There are two answers of Gareth that involve disentangling games of whispers that I find absolutely amazing. The first one is his answer to the question "There is only one thing that I dread: not ...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

Naim Frashëri The national poet of Albania, and we have no questions about albanian-literature yet. From Wikipedia: Frashëri's works explored themes such as freedom, humanity, unity, tolerance and ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2023

Peter Shor's question, What evidence do we have that, after her death, Christina Rossetti's brother destroyed some of her poems before he published the rest? is excellent and makes for interesting ...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

The Literature of the Harlem Renaissance The great efflorescence of African-American culture known as the Harlem Renaissance occurred roughly a century ago. In music, painting, photography, theater, ...
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New Literature SE Topic Challenge Suggestions Thread

The works of Countee Cullen Countee Cullen was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement of the early 20th century. His poetry combined a style inspired by English Romanticism with a ...
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Announcing the September–October 2023 topic challenge: Sarojini Naidu

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge How was the poem "The Pardah Nashin" received by critics and the general public? by Charo, 01/09/2023. When and how did the nickname &...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2023

Matt Thrower's question How can the one-eyed Cyclops have multiple brows? was a genuine puzzler, and the accompanying illustration was marvelous. AlexG's answer to said question was well-argued and ...
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What should be our standard for closing identification-request questions as duplicates?

In an identification question, the asker presents some remembered details about a work of literature, and the answerer proposes an identification for the work, and (ideally) presents evidence that ...
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What sorts of identification questions about nonfiction works are on-topic?

Both the answers provided so far seem unpersuasive to me. To take each in turn: Matt's answer relies on the following claim: because it's difficult to draw hard and fast lines around the proper ...
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Announcing the June–July 2024 topic challenge: Thomas Middleton

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Why is Antonio the changeling? by verbose, 18/06/2024. add entries in the form https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> ...
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How (if at all) to handle "does X exist?" type questions?

If the question "does X exist?" is a reasonable question, then it will take some thought or research to answer. In this case, there really should not be too many examples of X, in which case ...
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Announcing the March – April 2024 topic challenge: Uyghur literature

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge What is the significance of the drawings in the first few pages of "Drops of Melodies"? by EJoshuaS - Stand with Ukraine, 01/03/2024. ...
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Announcing the February – March 2024 topic challenge: Katja Kettu

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Do we know "The Midwife"'s real name? by Clara Diaz Sanchez, 04/03/2024. Why does Masha address Wild-Eye as "Parmuska"? by ...
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Announcing the January – February 2024 topic challenge: Muhammad Iqbal

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge No muhammad-iqbal questions were posted during the topic challenge.
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Announcing the December 2023 – January 2024 topic challenge: Henrik Ibsen

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Was Ibsen really so influential in the history of theatre? by Rand al'Thor, 14/01/2024. Is the ending of A Doll's House satisfactory and moral?...
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Is the [writing-process] tag worth it?

Personally, I'd vote to retain it as is for the following reasons. It's clearly a useful tag in terms of filtering questions about how authors went about their work which is, in turn, a useful topic. ...
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Announcing the November–December 2023 topic challenge: Alberto Moravia

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge Has complete Moravia's "Racconti romani" been translated to English? by Charo, 01/11/2023. Censorship reaction to Moravia's "La ...

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