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Are story questions on topic? [duplicate]

I don't see it specifically encouraged or discouraged by the FAQ, but I've always considered Writing.SE to be more about style and process, not for asking about story/plot issues. The closest I can ...
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Has there been a noticable downturn in the quality of questions on Writing SE?

I can't say I'm an incredibly active user here on Writing, but I do drop in most days to see if there are any interesting new questions. However, lately I feel like there's been a big drop in the ...
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Without moderators are the lunatics taking over the writing asylum?

From my observations it appears the writing section of StackExchange has more people auditioning for a position as moderator than it has productive members. A small group containing the same names ...
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In response to recent events: A hiatus and a possible solution?

In response to this question here: How can we on this site put pressure on SO/SE to carry out Monica's requests? I wanted to let the members in support of Monica who have changed their user ...
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How can we on this site put pressure on SO/SE to carry out Monica's requests?

Monica has just posted the following on Meta Stack Exchange: Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it! In particular, the post includes the following: Therefore I call on ...
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A personal hiatus

I am not in the habit of storming out of a room when things go pear-shaped, but boycotts don't work if the target doesn't know about the boycott. I will not be participating in any of the Stacks ...
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Is this site just for professional writing?

As was pointed out to me earlier today, the mission statement of the site on the tour page explicitly calls out that this site is meant to aid in professional writing. I was surprised by this, as ...
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Why are so many users deleting/having their accounts deleted?

In the past week or so, I've seen reputation changes on my profile from three or four different user deletions. Previously, I'd only ever seen one user be deleted. Why so many removals? Is it ...
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Problem solved?

On Meta, the CTO has posted this. I'm pleased with it, I think it's genuine and a much more appropriate response than what was put out originally. But I don't understand what this means for our mods....
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What are we supposed to do now about discipline issues?

Before the cluster-screw that was Stack Exchange wrongfully revoking Monica's mod status and the ensuing dozens of mods resigning/taking leaves of absence, we had some semblance of order and ...
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Someone is systematically downvoting me --I wonder who and why

Someone is systematically going through and downvoting all my posts. It doesn't really bother me --I have tens of thousands of points of rep, it would take a hell of a lot of downvoting to put a dent ...
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Do we have any diamonds left?

Cyn is taking a leave of absence, Monica was removed, the others have stepped down... So now what?
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Taking a personal leave of absence

Effective immediately, I am taking a leave of absence from StackExchange. This time of year is a very difficult one for me, for reasons that pre-date and are unrelated to my time at SE. Chances were ...
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Should we change the title of the “strong opening line” question?

Dear StackExchange, I am very disappointed in you TL;DR: Should we change the title of the above question, and if so, what should it be changed to? When I first saw the linked question, I expected ...
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Resigning as a mod, effective immediately

I'm resigning as a pro-tem moderator on Writing, effective immediately. Stack Exchange is a company that relies on volunteer labor from users and moderators. I've valued my connections with Stack ...
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Moderator resignation

The past several days have been turbulent across the Stack Exchange network, to say the least. In fact, more so than what has been the usual case even lately. The immediate situation came to a head ...
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SE has removed a moderator

As many of you may have noticed, Monica Cellio is no longer a moderator on Writing.SE, or on any of the several stacks where she has served for years. This was due to a sudden decision by Stack ...
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Informative Materials | Asking for resources out of scope?

Is asking about people's experiences with various literature in order to draw inspiration (writing & grammar wise, not story related) and to learn other writing styles out of scope for this page?
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Asking Multiple Questions

Today, I noticed a comment on this question, coincidentally from a new user, where they were told to read the help and tour pages, and instructed that we are only allowed one question at a time here. ...
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Would having Country/Region tags be helpful?

Inspired by this question: How to identify whether a publisher is genuine or not? Many of the answers and comments seemed to assume The Writer's Guide and similar resources would be sufficient, but ...
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Habits tags - do we need them all?

We have habits and breaking-bad-writing-habits. And also the related psychology-of-writing. Shouldn't breaking-bad-writing-habits be merged into habits? What about habits - is it perhaps included in ...
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Are “political”/politically charged questions welcome on Writing SE?

Before on Writing SE, I've asked questions about diversity, misogyny, and gay representation in writing. Most responses were positive, but occasionally I was trolled or outright told that my ...
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Why is my answer getting me reputation even though it's not getting more upvotes?

I recently posted this answer, I'll admit it wasn't an amazing answer but it received 3 upvotes (as of writing this) and I'm glad I was able to be helpful. What I'm confused about though is that since ...
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Nonlinear vs Non-linear

I started to create a tag for "nonlinear" storytelling, and then, decided, based on the common usage, that it should be "non-linear" instead. Even though I deleted all my initial examples, the system ...
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Create a tag for Thesis and/or Dissertation?

On Writing.SE there is the academic-writing tag, but it is quite broad, as it covers journal articles, theses, and textbooks. There's a little over 300 questions with that tag, making it the 14th-...
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Comedy and humor

Do we need both comedy and humor? It seems reasonable to me to merge comedy into humor. I realise comedy is supposed to be for the genre, but that's not how it is used de-facto. Of the 11 questions ...
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Restart Challenges?

It's back to school time, more or less, in the US, so a lot of us have September Energy! (This is always the real new year's for me, and time for resolutions I can actually follow) So: Tag ...
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“Where can I learn about X?” questions

The more I see this type of question, the more I wonder why there isn't a general answer: namely, the library. When I was in school, I always went to the library whenever I wanted to research ...
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Are only liberal and policitally correct opinions allowed on this site?

Is it the policy of this site that only liberal, politically correct opinions are allowed, and that any conservative opinions must be censored? One of my posts was just deleted by the moderators ...
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getting-started vs beginner (RIP)

I was about to tag a question as getting-started. But the description suggested that beginner would be more appropriate. The tricky part is that no such tag exists. Should we add the beginner tag, or ...
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Roughly half of answered questions have no accepted answer, is this normal?

Unless I screwed up this query somehow, there are a lot of missing check marks here. Is this normal for SE these days? If not, why is the Writing site different? I tried this query on a handful of ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Writing's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, ...
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What is the highest upvoted/downvoted question, answer and comment on this site, and who is the highest rep user? (Writing.SE)

I know that this question is completely useless and trivial, but I am really curious. In the post about the departure of a significant user here, I couldn't help but notice the high rep users ...
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I fear this question might be too opinion based

Here's the question: Modernized dialogue in fantasy - stylistically untrue or clever genre subversion? I find myself using words like "kiddo", "bullshit" and "badass" in the more comedic side ...
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Best way to connect existing answers to new questions?

I've noticed several instances where an answer for one question can apply equally or nearly as well to another question with some modification. For instance, there are multiple questions by men ...
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There should be a “subversion” tag

Quite simply, as the title claims. I don't have many arguments for this other than, subversion is tool utilized plentifully in writing, whether it be subversions of archetypes, tropes, genres or ...
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Exactly why is it that “comments are not for extended discussion”?

I know this is generally a network-wide policy, but I do not quite understand it. Often discussion of an answer, especially about controversial parts, will help improve it. And, when such a ...
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New reviewer, looking for clarification about what appears to be a request to critique

RE: Job description for my employment reference I've just been given access to the review queues and I'm seeking some clarification. The above question appears to meet the expectation in the Help ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Writing challenge: Rise to Power - 30 July 2019 - 17 August 2019

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with previous one, this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge. Topic The topic of this challenge is rising to a position of power. It may ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 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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Can we introduce a rhetoric tag?

I think a rhetoric tag is warranted, based on some of the posts I've seen on creating tags. It is an important discipline within the study of writing. It is much more precise than the current ...
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Can I ask people about the inconsistency of the tone?

I am wondering if I can post a short excerpt of my writing and ask people to comment on the inconsistency of the tone in various parts of the writing? Similarly, can I post a short excerpt of my ...
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Merging of questions on plagiarism?

I've just voted to close I feel like I'm plagiarizing my story? as a duplicate of I'm scared that my story is plagiarizing another story These two questions seem essentially identical, but ...
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Etiquette for suggesting changes unrelated to the direct question

If someone asks a question about their original work and posts information about or a passage from it, and you notice something that is not strictly related to the question that could be easily ...
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Song Lyrics - On topic?

I had found a meta discussion from 2010, but I imagine policy may have changed since then? I have a couple of questions I would like to ask regarding meter, repetition, general structure, etc. Is (...
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How to handle harassment?

Whenever my questions on Writing SE get even slightly political (usually in reference to LGBT topics or misogyny in writing), there's a user that downvotes the questions and leaves degrading comments ...
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Writing challenge: Deep in the rabbit hole - 10 July 2019 - 28 July 2019

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with previous one, which featured some really interesting answers, this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge. Topic The topic of this ...
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Ending the tag challenge

I think the time has come to give up on the tag challenge efforts. The last two challenges (June 10-23 and June 24-July 7) have collectively garnered only two entries and very little tagging effort. ...
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On the tags [viewpoint] and [grammatical-person]

I just noticed that we have a tag viewpoint, currently on 104 questions, with a tag wiki reading: Questions about grammatical persons (first person, third person, etc.) and how to use them. and ...