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Should this XKCD question be closed, and why?

I think this is off topic, and that it's Literature Stack Exchange's version of a problem Role-Playing Games Stack Exchange resolved in 2012: real-world research questions. I'd like to summarise the ...
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Edits to the Tess question

Yes, your original version of the question was perfectly fine. This was already decided here. If I were to have seen Hamlet's edit in a review queue I would not have approved it as it significantly ...
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Is 'Did Eric Clapton name his dog after Dr. Dolittle's Pooch?' on-topic for a literature site?

Maybe you're approaching it from the wrong direction? There's no reason why a question about Eric Clapton's dog should be on-topic for a literature site. But looking at it from the opposite point of ...
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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?

Yes, this question would be OK for Literature, as long as you ask it from the point of view of investigating the poem. For example, "Is this description of streets in Larkin's poem accurate?"...
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Would a question about how science writers/journalists deal with a particular misnomeric technical term be on-topic at Literature?

No I'm not sure this would be on-topic anywhere for SE, because it's opinion-based ("Should X do Y?"). It also seems to be fishing for a "yes" answer. This is about writing ("...
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Do either/both of these two questions fall under our "recommendations" close reason?

Question #1: should be closed. Although the question is posted with reference to specific book(s), it's asking about any books which use particular elements: Have there been any works of ...
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Should we keep undeleting this question with a negative score?

I think it's a good question and shouldn't have a negative score. Reading order is definitely on-topic, and this particular case is one where the answer isn't obvious: New Spring comes first in in-...
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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?

I can't speak for the downvoters since I'm not one of them, but I can think of a couple of possible reasons why your post may be being poorly received. At very first glance, it sounds almost like a ...
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Is this question about Percy Shelley’s adulation for poetry now clear enough to be reopened?

From the help centre: To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where … every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?” your ...
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Do either/both of these two questions fall under our "recommendations" close reason?

I think question #2 should be closed on the basis of being "too broad" and have voted as such. For my birthday, one of my kids bought me a copy of Podkin One-Ear, a fantasy novel aimed at children. I ...
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Do either/both of these two questions fall under our "recommendations" close reason?

Question 1 is an open-ended list-based question, and so IMO close-worthy. Open-ended list-based questions such as this one ask "Are there any works that meet such-and-such criteria?" On the ...
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Do either/both of these two questions fall under our "recommendations" close reason?

For the sake of offering a different perspective on these questions, I propose that we interpret them literally instead of as implicit recommendation questions. In other words, interpret questions ...
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Does this edit change the meaning of the question?

As I mentioned in my question I believe that it changes the meaning too much. I believe that the question was changed too much if the answer no longer fits the question. Lets look at the new question ...
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