One of the current custom close reasons of Writing SE is:

The community has decided that questions about existing literary works, except in a writing-specific context, are off-topic. For more information, see this meta answer.

Asking about existing literary works is off-topic on a site about Writing; that makes sense. But there are other SE sites which are specifically devoted to questions about existing literary works; wouldn't it be nice to mention them in the close reason too, give a pointer to an OP who might have asked a good question but on the wrong site?

I'm thinking primarily of Literature SE, which accepts all sorts of questions about existing literary works (note: not recommendation or open-ended list questions!) There's also Science Fiction and Fantasy and Anime and Manga, but as those cater only to specific subsets of "literary works" (plus other stuff as well), I wouldn't suggest mentioning those in the close reason, in case an OP of a non-sci-fi/fantasy non-manga question gets confused by being pointed there.

Can we update the close reason text to link to Literature SE as a potential alternative venue for such questions?

  • Updating the community-specific close reasons is something the mods can do, and something I'm definitely willing to do. Though perhaps a more complete overhaul of all the close reasons is in order. In which case waiting until after the election is complete may be a good idea.
    – linksassin Mod
    Nov 8, 2021 at 3:54
  • @linksassin Yeah, I realised after composing this meta that Writing hasn't yet updated its close reasons to take advantage of the new(ish) audience-specific close reason texts. I'll be happy to help with that drafting process, or you can use as templates my meta posts from my mod sites (Literature, SFF 1, SFF 2). Or did you mean overhauling in the sense of actually changing what gets closed as off-topic here? Nov 8, 2021 at 5:09
  • Both, the community has changed a lot since our on-topic definition was created and I think it might be time to revisit both what the reasons are and how they are presented.
    – linksassin Mod
    Nov 8, 2021 at 5:39


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