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What are some good (legal) resources for finding the text of books?

Sites which cover many books Project Gutenberg. An excellent resource containing thousands of texts in electronic versions with easily copy-pastable text. They also care about legality: Our ebooks ...
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Why is this answer a community wiki?

Should a moderator remove its community wiki status? No. I would consider this a violation of the author's prerogative. They have the choice to make their answer CW, which affects only their answer; ...
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How do I help with this site?

I'm writing this as an FAQ-style answer, addressed to everybody, not just you. There are lots of ways to help! You can help in lots of different ways! Ask questions. We always need more questions - ...
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How do I add links into comments?

[link text](http://example.com) is how you do it. It works in posts too. If you go to post a comment, there is a link to a 'help' page. That page1 says: Comments support only bold, italic, code ...
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Is there a confirmed date for public beta?

No, but the earliest possible date is 7 Feb. When viewing the site without being logged in, you see: There's also a general rule that all sites remain in private beta for at least 3 weeks, so 8 Feb (...
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I typoed a tag but didn't notice. How can I fix it?

For straightforward corrections like this (no discussion required), you can simply flag the question for moderator attention. Otherwise, a meta post is fine.
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What are the criteria for private beta?

The purpose of a private beta is to seed the site with some content and to hash out a very basic initial scope. That's what the 7 days are for - although it's actually 3 weeks now. When that time is ...
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What are the criteria for the Beta badge?

The Beta badge is not awarded before the site enters public beta. Let's look at the newest site to enter public beta Internet of Things. Private beta started on December 12th, and public beta started ...
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Why have I lost 7 reputation from one downvote?

The detailed reputation breakdown (available from expanding the list item by clicking on the little arrow) shows that you both got a downvote (-2) and someone revoking his earlier upvote (-5).
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Why is this answer a community wiki?

Community wiki policy https://literature.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/community-wiki When should I make my answers Community Wiki? When you want to enhance the "wiki" aspect of your ...
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Why is this answer a community wiki?

If it were not for the Community Wiki option I would simply not have bothered posting. The question had been asked and answered 5 years ago with a very good answer elsewhere that was not mine. I have ...
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When will Literature get its own badges?

It will when it gets its own site design. However, that will be in a really looong time, probably years. Currently the site is in private beta stage, where things like the initial scope and policies ...
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How do I tag questions properly?

This answer will by necessity not cover all cases; when in doubt check the tag wiki excerpts for tags you are considering using, or ask in chat/meta. “Tag wiki excerpts” are the little usage guidance ...
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Why have I lost 7 reputation from one downvote?

You got an unupvote (-5) as well as a downvote (-2): presumably from the same person, changing their upvote to a downvote. From your reputation history (don't click if you want to preserve that number ...
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How do I add links into comments?

From main meta: [meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site name, "Literature Meta". Does nothing in comments on Meta itself. [main] – like [meta], just the other way ...
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Tag synonym request: [one-100-years-of-solitude] and [100-years-of-solitude]

100-years-of-solitude seems like the right name to me. one-100-years-of-solitude is just wrong: the title of the book is not One One Hundred Years of Solitude. one-hundred-years-of-solitude is not ...
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Can [on-topic] and [scope] be merged and synonymised?

Done. Thanks @Robert!
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What are the criteria for private beta?

I doubt there are clear definite criteria at all anymore. Noone is counting the number of questions/answers/users or the average score of posts. Rather than that, SE employees will take a glance at ...
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Tag synonym request: lord-of-the-rings -> the-lord-of-the-rings

I mod-renamed the lord-of-the-rings tags to the-lord-of-the-rings. But a tag synonym isn't necessary here. This is a short-term problem because the reputation to create new tags is lowered to private-...
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Tag synonym request: lord-of-the-rings -> the-lord-of-the-rings

Yes we should and now we have question with both the tags too. But it's better to keep the-lord-of-the-rings as the primary tag as it's part of official name too.
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Am I allowed to use other q and a sites?

Yes. All content posted on Stack Exchange is licensed under the Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 license, which means that you can use the content with proper attribution. So as long as you're not ...
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I couldn't comment on your site because my rating was below 50

The way the Stack Exchange (SE) system (that Literature, this website, is a part of) works, commenting on other people's posts is a privilege, awarded when a user reaches 50 reputation points. One of ...
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Why was my question about Watership Down downvoted?

I didn't downvote, but I considered voting to close your question as "unclear what you're asking". Why downvote? The tooltip for the downvote button says "this question does not show any research ...
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Rename [hitchhikers-guide-galaxy] to [the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy]

status-completed - I've renamed it to the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy, in accordance with Tag name conventions: to the or not to the?.
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Blocked by "You can only post once every 40 minutes." after a failed post

Is this the intended behavior? Yes. From this post on rate-limiting questions for new users, catalogued at The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide (both of the posts I just linked contain a LOT more detail ...
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