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Is this question fit for Writing SE or EL&U?

Here's is a simplification of the question, below it is why I an unsure where it should go: Is this a metaphorical or figurative sentence: "His heart was filled with anguish, anger and sorrow". ...
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Question extensions. Should I ask each extension as new question?

Case 1 I have further queries on "Publishing Poetry" and "Where to publish poems?" questions that already exist. I don't know what is the ideal approach to an extended question. Is it okay if I ask ...
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Where do I ask questions about acting?

I have a podcast/audiobook question, but it's about voice-acting choices, so I know it doesn't go here. Is there an acting-type Stack? The question is basically, when reading an audiobook, ...
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Are questions about the anatomy of existing works off topic?

Before joining Writing.SE, I was looking for a place to ask questions about novels I read and their literary aspects. I think this is, probably, out of the scope of Writing.SE, and if those types of ...
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How can we make questions look less opinion-based?

We get a lot of questions that ask "can I X?" or "is it bad if I X?". This structure can make the question seem very opinion-based right up front, and questions like this sometimes attract pure-...
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Answering my own questions

I have recently gone several times through the following process: I struggle to solve some issue or other in my writing. Since this SE is so useful, I formulate my problem as a question. Having gone ...
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Definition Words

We have been getting a lot of questions lately asking us to define terms. One of our more recent oneswhat is your definition of the word home was sent over to English SE in which a moderator there ...
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When discussing fiction, should there be more effort to clarify and/or acknowledge the writer's overall goals?

I've noticed that quite a few fiction-related questions are asked here without a clear indication of the writer's ambitions for the work in question. For example, are they trying to produce: ...
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Does it matter if I have more questions than answers?

I really want to ask a question, except I'll have more questions than answers. I don't want to appear like I'm not adding to the community in any way. However, there is no questions that haven't ...
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Should these questions about creating a pen name be asked together or separately?

I'm looking for a list of advices and factors to take into account when choosing a pen name, both out of curiosity and necessity. The main points that interest me are the following : When should a ...
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Asking for non-English websites recommandations

I'd like to ask for recommandations of critique/workshop websites in French. Would it be more on-topic here or on French SE? Generally speaking, are questions about documentation, websites, books, ...
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Is asking to compare one aspect of two different works in regards to writing an acceptable question?

The reason I ask is because both Hitchhiker's Guide and Jonathan Strange have "Lemony Snicket"/first-person-esque/characterized narrators, and I would like to know what makes them different. I think ...
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Question About File Format Differences On-Topic?

I want to ask if, for my needs, it would be better to stick with Office Open XML (docx, xlsx, pptx, etc.) or if it would be safe for me to switch to the OpenDocument format (odt, ods, odp, etc.). I ...
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Are questions about sources or references for help book editing acceptable?

Disclaimer: English isn't my native language and I haven't studied writing or poetry at all. According to my question, I'm editing my poetry book, however, basically I'm a aspiring poet and my ...
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How is “questions per day on average” computed?

My question, How is “questions per day on average” computed?, is prompted by noticing that Writers SE is still in Beta apparently because the number of questions per day, on average, is below some ...
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Suggestions for making a question about how to ask for good non-professional criticism?

SF.'s answer to "How do you know when there's something missing in your story?" stated that for critiques "anyone will do, except close friends and family who'd praise you no matter what abomination ...
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Can a literary self-analysis question be made on-topic and not too broad/too localized?

On my website I recently posted some comments on some verse I wrote. Much of this content concerns how certain aspects enhance the communication of the meaning, but in hindsight I am wondering if ...
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“How To Ask” text should link to help center, not faq

Similar to my question here, Writers.SE's "How To Ask" text should link to the help center, rather than the FAQ: Just as it does in here on Writers Meta (which seems to be more up to date than SO's ...
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question for documentation?

Can I ask questions about writing the following types of documentation listed below on Writers SE? Requirements Architecture/Design Technical End User Marketing
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Question That's Answer Requires Knowledge From Users In History and Writers StackExchange

My question I want to ask needs knowledge from users aware of Writing and History. My question is, should StackExchange have some way of allowing overlap to multiple sites that overlap ( not like ...
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Specialized template for Critique Requests

This policy discussion is now out of date. Critique questions are off-topic on Writers.SE. Please look for more recent posts on this topic. We frequently have difficulty with questions phrased as ...
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Would there be interest in a promotional “question drive” of sorts?

Around SE the team has been known to sponsor a variety of contests to encourage quality content on the different Q&A sites. For example Seasoned Advice has a topic of the week contest where one ...
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What is the official line on Mega-Questions?

With reference to: Publishing Fantasy versus Realistic Fiction (multiple questions) It is my opinion that requests for the question to be split down are a little over zealous. After all, one of the ...
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Is it OK to ask for proofreading a small text in here?

I have just written a short description (a few paragraphs) for a small software project. Not being a native English speaker, I'm looking for a few people to proofread it, correct mistakes and improve ...
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How do we encourage participation by non-fiction authors?

We've gotten some feedback from a variety of non-fiction authors that they don't feel that this site is engaging their demographic very well. Charles Stewart said so here on meta. He seeded three ...
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Can we get something on the ask question page to discourage grammar questions?

The absolute number one close reason we have right now on Writers is that the question is an English grammar question which belongs on English.SE. I know we won't have migration paths until we are a ...
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Updating Questions After Receiving Answers

Writers.SE is the first Stack Exchange Site I've ever been involved with - I just happened to stumble across it one day while surfing the web - so I apologize if this might seem obvious to many of you....
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What are the guidelines for asking for a critique of my work?

I want to ask for a critique of my work? Can I do that here?