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You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or keep them around. Given this, let's take a hard look at the questions and answers here and make sure newcomers see the site at its best!

Below you'll find ten questions randomly selected from this site. What do you think about each of them and their answers? Are they the best they can be or can they be improved? Would they look interesting and inviting to an outsider or are they a little embarrassing?

Upvote the corresponding post here on meta when we're awesome. Downvote when our content just isn't quite up to par.

Oh, and do comment to let everyone know your thoughts and take part in this conversation. :D

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  • Thanks for your help and time, everyone!
    – Aarthi
    Jun 29, 2012 at 15:32

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Can you change a punctuation mark when referencing a passage from a text?

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  • Excellent question - clear, concise, and practical. Answer is clear and has a reference.
    – Standback
    Jun 21, 2012 at 20:57
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What are the legal implications and best practices for publishing screenshots of web sites in a book?

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    Legal question, but clear, useful, and with as great an answer as one could hope short of a direct legal ruling :)
    – Standback
    Jun 21, 2012 at 20:56
  • A fairly wide problem, with applicability to a range of non-fiction work. And a good answer indicating the route someone needs to take to do this. Jun 22, 2012 at 8:35
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My cool character is doing nothing for the plot. How do I deal with him?

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  • Oy. On the one hand, yay - an immediate practical problem faced by OP! On the other hand - as my answer implies, IMHO we don't have anywhere near enough detail to provide a reliable diagnosis (which is what's requested). And sufficient detail would likely be cumbersome and "too localized." I feel this problem would do better as a discussion or with direct critique. This makes me a little bit sad. No vote.
    – Standback
    Jun 21, 2012 at 20:52
  • This is one that I think is tricky for the site. There are a number of options in the answers, and so as a Q and A, it seems to provide a lot of useful information. Having said that, it is not a straightforward simple answer to a Question. I like this because it does give a lot of options, so others can see these options and then work out what they need to do in their situation. Jun 22, 2012 at 8:31
  • The answers for this are awesome. Sometimes SE's advice on some questions has been "create the canonical question which all others that relate will be closed as a dupe of." I don't think we'll actually get duplicates of this question, but it is kind of a canonical question based on the answers it has, and I think a good sell for our site, even if we don't want too many others like it.
    – justkt
    Jun 25, 2012 at 12:13
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What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel?

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  • I think this is an interesting question that may have broader applicability than one might think. The answer by Jed is great.
    – justkt
    Jun 25, 2012 at 12:10
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What is the proper way to add Creative Commons licensing information to a book?

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    Practical legal + formatting question, with good answers.
    – Standback
    Jun 24, 2012 at 16:54
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How do I maintain flow and interest when handling numerous plot threads?

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  • I like the answers to this one, but the question itself needs fleshing out. It's a common problem, but the question (even as edited) could still use help.
    – justkt
    Jun 25, 2012 at 12:09
  • So-so, both the question and the answers.
    – Standback
    Jun 27, 2012 at 9:09
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Do I have to revise my book on paper?

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    Neh. "Is this guideline a rule? How many Hemmingway Points do I lose if I don't want to do this? Is it always true that guidelines aren't always true?". My pardons to OP, but this particular question comes across as being unbearably amateurish. "I've heard guideline X, is it a rule?" is a horrible template for a question.
    – Standback
    Jun 24, 2012 at 16:50
  • It also stank a little of whine "This is hard work! I don't wanna do it! Do I haaaaaaave to?" Jun 29, 2012 at 14:46
  • @LaurenIpsum We should get him some cheese for his whine. /me runs away
    – Aarthi
    Jun 29, 2012 at 14:48
  • @Aarthi hee hee hee Parmesan me, but that was brie-lliant! A really gouda joke! Definitely cheddar than anything I would have come up with. Jun 29, 2012 at 14:51
  • @LaurenIpsum Hee hee hee!
    – Aarthi
    Jun 29, 2012 at 14:53
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    @LaurenIpsum - ah. ma. zing.
    – justkt
    Jul 5, 2012 at 12:21
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What is the name for the literary technique where the author writes him/herself into a book?

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  • Kind of a "neh" question, "what is the name of this technique" - kind of using SE as a lexicon. But the answer is good, both thorough and concise.
    – Standback
    Jun 21, 2012 at 20:06
  • Good answer but a poor question gets a downvote from me. Jun 22, 2012 at 14:47
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How to effectively jump from one period of time to another in a short story?

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    Middling question, using critique questions to solicit a judgement call rather than solve a problem. Answer is terse and limited to the most formal definition of the question - correct, but not very helpful or comprehensive.
    – Standback
    Jun 24, 2012 at 16:44
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website to publish article on high-performance cluster computing?

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  • It seems very specific, which means there is probably a really good clear and simple answer somewhere. But for anyone else looking for more general advice, it probably wont work. Jun 22, 2012 at 8:32
  • way too localized for us. Jun 29, 2012 at 14:44

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