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May 2022 Writing Challenge: Sensory experiences

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, proposed by Mary: Write a scene where the point of view character comments on sensory experiences from at least three different senses. Go onward and ...
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April 2022 Writing Challenge: Write a mute character

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge, as proposed by Ceramicmrno0b: Write a mute character Many of your favorite fiction characters can speak. What if they couldn't? Write a scene, any scene ...
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March 2022 Writing Challenge: Writing it again, with a different len

As decided by vote, here's the next challenge: Writing it again, with a different len Write the same story twice (or more), but with different word counts that make each version distinct. Post both (...
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To allow or not allow (a topic)? That is the question

As I was once again clicking on the close vote for a question about 'what to write' it came to me that we the community ultimately decide what is on-topic. For instance, the choice that critique ...
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February 2022 Writing Challenge: Tell a story with a terminal log

As decided by popular vote, the challenge this month is: Tell a story with a terminal log. Somebody is poking through a computer through the terminal. Try to tell what they're after and who they are ...
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The next writing challenge could be yours

Welcome to the future writing challenge proposal thread. This is where you will decide what the next writing challenges will be. The next challenge will take place in March 2022. How does the ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Writing prompts challenge... with a twist

Throughout the life of this SE there have been multiple instances of writing challenges, writing exercises and writing prompts. I wanted to suggest re-igniting that, with a few changes: We have a bi-...
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Let's hear from the Writing Community - 2021

It's been over a year since our last community check in and a bit has happened since then. Mainly, we had our first proper (non pro-tem) election taking us one step closer to a fully graduated site. ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

The first full election on Writing has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and your first non-pro-tem moderators are: Please welcome Laurel, who will be joining linksassin and F1Krazy (the ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2021

Summary: Writing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on November 1st, as your “graduation” election. When we ran an election here last year, we intentionally chose to make ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Writing Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, 2021-...
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Can I post my essays here for others to comment?

I am trying to improve my English writing and take the initiative to write daily. However I do not have a teacher to mark my work. So can I post my essays here for others to comment?
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Why are there two tags about the "show" and "tell" advice?

I came across a question tagged both show-dont-tell and showing-telling. There is a tag wiki for the second but not the first. It says: This tag should be used for questions about the [technique] of &...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Should Writing reduce the close vote requirement from 5 to 3?

Stack Exchange is testing a three-vote close threshold on 13 sites across the network. Writing.SE was not included on that list. However the mod team feel that it might be a good thing here, so we're ...
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Censored comments?

Up until a few minutes ago, a relevant, important, and sufficiently constructive exchange was going on in the comments under this answer: https://writing.stackexchange.com/a/55746/49392 Now, however, ...
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Writing challenge: Contrasting Opposites - 16 April 2021 - 21 May 2021

Welcome to the recontinuation of the Meta Writing Challenges! Anyone can participate, whether you first picked up a pen yesterday or you've published 20 books. In line with the previous one (from ...
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Is it time to recontinue the writing challenges?

Remember the Meta Writing Challenges? Well, I wasn't on Stack Exchange back then, but they looked like a fun way to build community. Lately, I have felt that I myself am going through somewhat of a ...
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What happened to the (potential) Writing e-book?

Browing through Writing Meta, I found a couple posts about the Writing SE e-book, which looked intresting. Is it (the Writing SE e-book) published? Drafted? Planned? Or dismissed? Who is/was/will take/...
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Specific cliche requests (and similar questions) - off or on topic?

Recently, I have seen a couple of questions asking if their specific scenario (such as a character or item) is cliche. I doubt anyone else will have those exact problems so the answers would only ...
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Rewrite of help center sentences to be more open to all of our writers

Background Back when this site was in beta, the "professional" aspect of writing was the main intent of the site. The goal was to create questions about publishing, editing, and professional ...
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Proposal for a Writing SE custom logo

I like this site and I really want to design it. Lately, I'm trying to make custom logos for Stack Exchange sites that doesn't seem to have one. Just like Arduino's logo, I thought of a simple logo ...
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Are questions about book cover services on topic?

I want to ask a question about book cover services but am unsure if it is on topic or not. I don't think this is defined in the help center, yet is still kind of related to writing/publishing. If ...
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Answer wasn't very substantial but should it have been deleted?

https://writing.stackexchange.com/a/55063/10479 It seemed odd to me that this answer was deleted. It was on topic, non-spammy or abusive, and while it didn't add that would be actually helpful to the ...
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PSA: Adding these tags

This post is a response to Can we formulate a response to the large number of kids under 13?: I am going to go add these tags: rape torture I see that these tags have already been added: profanity ...
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Do we have any active advertisments on other websites?

Do we have Writing SE adds out on the web? Or, if not, do we have any adds on other SE sites? If not that either, are there plans to? If not, could we start planning? If not, I've run out of ...
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When will we lose the beta site model?

What I have noticed, is that beta and non-beta sites have different setups. For example, on non-beta sites, you access first post and late answer queues at 2000 reputation. On beta sites, it tends to ...
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Is this question on or off-topic for our site?

This post asks a good question. I am wondering if we should migrate it to EL&U SE though, it seems like too specific of a grammar question for our site. I am asking here on Meta, so as I gradually ...
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Questions about wiki writing in general

Is it on-topic to ask questions about wiki writing in general? Wikis can be great resources but - in my experience - need special writing skills. Finding good titles, organizing content into pages, ...
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How to handle situations like this?

I was just sitting at my computer, watching the main site when this question pops up(now deleted, need 2,000+ rep to view). I open it up, read it, downvoted, flagged it, and then the rest can be seen ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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Do we need a [characterization] tag or redirect?

I was writing a question when I noticed there was no tag for characterization, only "characters", which seems to serve the same purpose. I was thinking this might be a bit confusing because &...
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I was wondering if there was a community-specific way to address questions with no accepted answer?

It seems to me, that the amount of people that are accepting answers is quite low. To some of you, this may not seem like a big deal. But for a newer user like me, that 15 points for an accept could ...
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Are questions for webcomics but also somewhat about writing on topic?

I've just started writing a webcomic and was wondering if I can ask questions about it here. Obviously I won't ask 'how to draw X', but probably more about the layout of the strip and timing, as well ...
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Does Writing Stack Exchange support opinionated answers with no real research or evidence?

Disclaimer: I asked this question a long time ago, but since I now have higher rep and more experience with this site - I longer support the opinion I express in this question. Currently, I am a ...
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Writing tips - on topic?

If I post “what are your favorite writing tips” will it get shut down? I know the answer is probably yes, but I thought it would be cool, since the upvotes would rank them best to worst, and it would ...
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Would this question be on topic?

This is a question I have that pertains to writing, and I was wondering if it would be on topic if so I would migrate it, or ask it on the main site. Question What types of methods can be used in ...
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On topic for the website

Can I ask questions about a research paper I am writing and for introducing a thesis, and antithesis techniques? Like I am writing a paper 15 pages long and I wanted to know how to create a formulaic ...
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Let's hear from the Writing Community - 2020

This site has been through a lot. Our community has changed significantly from what it was a year or two ago. We have a brand new mod team and it's time to focus on moving forward as a community. To ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Writing's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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The power is going to my head: (Is my close vote decisive?)

So, the other day, I apparently closed a question all by myself: How do I write romance if I've never been in love? I've never had that power before --not sure I like having it. However, today, ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election - Nominations begin September 7th

Summary: Writing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on September 7th to bring on more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Are the ideas I post protected by Stack Exchange? [closed]

In order to ask a clear question on Writing.SE with obvious context, I find it is necessary to disclose a lot of details about the plot of my story and my characters. But if I do that, does Stack ...
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Is it on-topic to ask if the way I want to write a character is plausible?

I do not identify as LGBTQ+, but I am going to be writing a book with a main character who is. Their queerness will only be prominent for one arc, during which the story will focus very heavily on ...
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Why do I need a "high" reputation to comment?

I wondered why 50 reputation points are required to comment on an answer. Being new on this kind of side, it seems to me, that contributing to questions, could be encouraged by allowing comments ...
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How is the status of the site after the company's commitment to rebuild the relationship to the community released?

I heard that this site is going down after the exodus. However, the company has been trying to rebuild the relationship with community. How has this site been since then? See: The company’s ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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