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This site is now Writing

In response to the recent discussion "Should we change our name?", we've made a subtle but crucial alteration to how this site presents itself: As a general practice, we long ago moved away from ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Writing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on July 29 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Do you hear the Writers sing?

I have just posted this on Meta: a call to end our imprisonment in "beta". This has been done following this discussion last year, and this one this year. If you care about us becoming a full ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Questions coming in from Technical Communication

As previously discussed in Let's migrate content from Technical Communication here and also on their meta (probably not available for much longer), we are currently receiving a large number of ...
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Proposed contest: let's recognize some generalists!

This is a proposal for a contest, not a contest announcement (yet). Please help refine the idea, and then we'll run it. The Generalist badge is a milestone for sites and not just individual people. ...
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Let's Hold a Contest! [October 2013]

Goal Writers.SE has been small but steady for quite a while; we're not slipping, but we want an opportunity to grow. So we're planning an event which is a combination of of promotion, and content ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Stack Improvement Drive: Writers

Greetings from Stack Exchange HQ! I am here to check in on the site and see if there’s any way the Community Growth team from Stack Exchange can help you improve it. Note that this is a more hands-on, ...
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A Suggestion From an Outsider - Vote Early, Vote Often

While this sort of thing has been said on many sites, I thought it might be worth saying here. Vote early, vote often. If a question is worthy of an answer, it's worthy of an upvote. If you don't ...
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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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Contests vs. Writing Competitions

Someone just posted a new question Should a short story be submitted to a publisher in order to know if they would be interested in a book based on it? where they used the tag writing-competitions I ...
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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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WTCS: “House” as a study case

Topic: Questions using the TV show House as a case study. The idea is to analyze the writing of the popular TV show to gain wider insights applicaple to our own writing. Appropriate questions might ...
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How to write a how to write question?

I have several questions regarding the art of writing different types of scenarios, however what is the best practice of constructing such questions so they stay in the realm of being on topic? ...
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Change in the pro tem mod team

Some folks may have noticed that justkt is no longer a moderator on Writers; she's bowed out as a mod because of lack of time. To replace her, Monica has been asked by the Stack Exchange team to take ...
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Featured meta posts are not visible on main site!

I came to meta and found that this post is featured 7 hours ago but I still can't see that post on main site (Attached image). I am really interested in weekly tag questions, but I would have missed ...
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A proposed follow-up to boost Writing Challenge and Promote Writers.SE together

I bumped into a few old interesting meta questions/posts: What questions should be compiled into Writers.SE ebook? and Writing Contests. Alternatively, I am also witnessing newer trends and ...
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What tags will be included in our November contest?

As previously announced and discussed, we'll be holding a contest in November (coinciding with National Novel Writing Month), and we'll be focusing on expanding our content on the topic of specific ...
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Policy Change: [critique] tag abolished; long live critiques

In accordance with discussion at Is [critique] a meta-tag? , the critique tag is being phased out. Critique questions - i.e. questions asking about your own writing - are still welcome; however, we ...
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Advice on a specific case vs answers to the broader question

The most upvoted answer to this question, Who owns the copy if a copywriter provides copy as a paid service?, gives advice (ask a lawyer) rather than answering the question (what are the terms of a ...
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What should the “word-choice” tag include and how should we differentiate it from “voice”?

I have proposed an edit of the tag word-choice, since it currently only says this in its excerpt: Questions about word choice where the focus is on etymology or grammar may be more on-topic at ...
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How do we improve the signal to noise ratio?

I'm admittedly relatively new to Writing.se. However one thing I have noticed is that unlike other stack site there are a lot more opinion based questions that generate lots of answer of varying value....
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Creative Commons and Including Excerpts of my Writing

I know that writers are not lawyers, but perhaps some thought has already been given collectively to this specific question. Content is posted to Stack Exchange under the Creative Commons Attribution ...
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Help me clarify this question about depth of villains' backstories

My intended question is Is it possible to write childrens' entertainment while still giving villains' backstories the depth of that is typical of adult entertainment? And while I am thinking to ...
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Making questions appropriately broad

The recent question "Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?" seems very closely related to "How much planning should go on before beginning writing?". Since the answer ...
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A pending suggested edit can earn 2 rep after earning edit privilege (Just a factoid)

This is just a factoid that might be of interest to others, not really a topic for discussion (though it is plausible someone might want to comment on the subject). It appears that if one suggests ...
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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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Rephrasing a question: Help needed

This is about this question As suggested by Neil Fein, I am asking this on Meta. Any suggestions on how to edit the question so that it is less of an etiquette question and more of a writing ...
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Writing Exercise: April 2014 (Volunteers)

April 2014: Volunteers willing to lead the chat on Tuesdays during the writing exercise hour? Or people who are willing to sign up and try and participate? As a suggestion, people interested in ...
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Weekly Writer's Chat 2013

Weekly Writer's Chat is back on a regular meeting schedule after a hiatus. We meet Tuesdays in The Overlook Hotel starting at 1700 UTC (1pm EDT) and generally wrap up anywhere from 2pm to 4pm Eastern,...
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Making “Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters” fit

It seems Inventing names for Sci-Fi characters is not up to high standards as requested by Neil Fein. I am bothered of how to invent names for fictional characters in a future-setted Sci-Fi so thay ...
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WTCS: How do you balance the amount of conflict in a story?

Per the Weekly Topic Challenge Suggestion guidelines... Topic: "How do you balance the amount of conflict in a story?" How do you figure out at what point you're just keeping the lovers apart ...
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Creating the `formality` tag?

How about making this tag? Currently all my questions about the formality is tagged under the tone tag. But I think we should make a formality tag separately. What do you think?
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Please vote on this proposal for a literary criticism site!

Alright friends, there are many people coming to Writers to ask for feedback on their own writing. They often try to cloak this objective by asking a more generally applicable question, but quite ...
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Would this question on setting an a writing iPad be on-topic?

i was thinking on asking this question When inspiration strikes i want to write however alot of the time i find that when this happens i'm 20 minutes away from my home computer by car. However i ...
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Regarding opinion based questions

Writers.stackexchange.com ~ The first thought that came to my mind was discussing opinion based questions here like - "How do I start an essay?" which other English speaking stackexchange communities ...
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Weekly Writer's Chat: New Session?

The Tuesday afternoon chats have quite a few attendees. We meet in The Overlook Hotel starting at 1pm Eastern time (1800 UTC) and chat for an hour or three. The current schedule is posted here. It ...
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Is this question about style on-topic?

Please have a look at this: How to use “I think, therefore I am” in a more fluent manner? Writers has clearly declared grammar questions off-topic here, preferring to migrate them to English ...
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Multiple tags for structure

I was writing a question (now aborted because I found a duplicate) and noticed that we have two tags for the same thing. structure - "How to put together elements of a story or sentence." sentence-...
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Tags “openings” and “first-line”: merge / synonyms?

The tags openings and first-line seem to cover roughly the same thing. "First line" is a sub-category than "openings", but it's not like the broader tag sees so much use that it needs to be subdivided ...
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What should we do with the “narrative vs descriptive” question?

What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing? has attracted a lot of low-quality answers, mostly one-liners. What should we do with this question and its answers? I'm tempted ...
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Closing an opinion based question

This question has been around for a while and had even come up in an answer. However, the question is still open. Is the question not off topic?
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What about idle users and their questions?

There are plenty of questions around for which there have been answers proposed but apparently the poster has never looked back at it (speaking of cases where there are no accepted answers). They ...