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In the initial tag challenge suggestion there was a comment suggestion we alternate between tag challenges and writing challenges. @Cyn has taken up the task and started creating our weekly tag challenges, participation so far is low but I think it's a good start.

I was thinking of ways to increase the participation in challenge and came back to the writing competition idea. Liquid's answer said that the normal process for creating a new question is:

-> write something -> a doubt comes up -> ask Writers SE.

Therefore if we are doing a writing challenge as well doubts will come up that are related to the tag of the week. So here is my suggestion.

Allow writing challenge entries as answers on the tag challenge question.

The writing challenge should in some way incorporate the week's featured tags. They should probably be short as well <5000 words should keep it below the answer character limit if we wanted the whole text within the answer.

As a community we can use votes to choose a winner for the week. We could either have a writing winner and an asking winner or come up with a scoring system that combined the two.

How do people feel about adding a writing challenge to the question tag challenge?


Possibly it would be good to announce next weeks tags ahead of time so that people have time to write entries and think of questions. But that would be a trial and error process.

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    While there are pros and cons to a community that allows sharing of our written work, getting critiques (judgment is a critique) has been declared 100% off topic. As tempting as it is, it would forever change the character of this place. – Cyn Apr 9 at 4:53
  • @Cyn That's fair enough. I'm not 100% committed to the idea myself. It was mentioned in comment a few places and thought it should get an actual meta-post. It would be good if we could increase tag of the week participation. – linksassin Apr 9 at 4:56
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Who would assess them? It's another layer of work.

Also, I feel like the SE network incentivizes us to have more questions (both daily and per tag), but excess answers are unnecessary. So while "forcing" a question is a good thing, "forcing" an answer, when there are already a few good ones, is pointless.

  • "As a community we can use votes to choose a winner for the week", this isn't about forcing answers to question. This is about encourage people to write. The entries would be here on meta not on the main site. – linksassin Apr 9 at 0:10

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