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Time to Exit Beta?

So, we still haven't quite reached the mark on questions per day. But we're killing all our other stats. It's hard to find a question here that doesn't immediately have a ton of answers and votes. ...
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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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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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Should we change our name?

This is done. See: This site is now Writing Back when Writers was created, the convention on Stack Exchange was to name sites for their audiences -- Programmers, Super User, Webmasters, Database ...
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Contest: ask questions, earn badges, win prizes!

Let's ask more questions! More questions will allow more answers, and good, answered questions make our site even more awesome. More good questions can also help in our quest to graduate. Plus, ...
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(DEPRECATED) Policy on Writing Critiques

We had a long, long discussion about this internally, and we've decided that writing critique questions are officially on-topic. Edit: This is an older page, and has been superseded. The original ...
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Questions/day and graduation

According to this question, and this one, the main hurdle to our graduation is the number of questions per day. I went and looked at some graduated sites, and found that not all had perfect stats ...
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Let's migrate content from Technical Communication here

The Technical Communication site is not going to graduate from private beta due to not meeting the participation threshold. However, there are some good people and some good content in the private ...
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Support your local sheriff

I have just come off a three month term as moderator of this site. Long story short -- it is far harder than I imagined it would be. If you haven't done it, you have no idea. If your think being ...
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How would having the writing challenges on Meta work out?

Okay, bear with me. This may be a horrible idea, or it could be good - you decide. For a while, you've had the writing challenges on chat. Great! Good idea! Unfortunately, the chat... isn't so active....
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Why are you on Writing.SE?

If you're not just passing through to get your one single question answered, but are a regular contributor to the site, what do you get from it?
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So long and thanks for all the fish

I think it is time for me to move on from this stack. I joined originally as an experiment, as a way of better understanding the Stack Exchange model. I feel the experiment was a success, but part of ...
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Getting Writers out of its Rut

This site is in a rut. It has been in beta for six and half years. The most obvious factor preventing us from graduating is our questions per day stat. All our other statistics are excellent. (https://...
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Does a writers Stack Exchange even make sense?

The Stack Exchange websites are intended to provide specific answers. In general, their purpose is to discover the one best answer to any given question. Their purpose is to resolve objective ...
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Singing the song of angry men

Nigh three weeks ago, we made official our request to exit beta. During this time, efforts have been made to keep attention on the request: @ChrisSunami offered a bounty on the question in order for ...
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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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Is writers.se in risk to fail? What can be done to avoid this?

I know, that communities often get time to grow, until they are matured enough to go out of Beta. But sometimes also a site will fail. See this blog entry for an example. Is writers.se in risk to fail ...
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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?
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Announcing our contest results!

Update 2019-04-03: All swag prizes have been mailed (via US Postal Service). Those in the US should get them in about a week; unfortunately the postal clerk couldn't give me an estimate on delivery ...
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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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Migration Path to Worldbuilding SE

Unfortunately, some aspiring writers seem to confuse doubts about writing with doubts about how to organize, create, or fix world building aspects of their story. I've come across some questions which ...
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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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Writing challenge: Something new! - 26 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with the previous one, this includes both a topic and a prompt - but this time, also an actual challenge! Topic Write something involving something new ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

Over on this post, it was discussed whether or not we should have writing challenges on Meta. The result: we give it a try, and see how it works. That's the point of this post! Here's how this will ...
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Research questions: Is it appropriate to ask questions on specialist knowledge areas?

Pieces of writing are often "made" by one or two telling details that show an expert insight into character, place or some other obscure but appropriate point about a particular subject. Is Writers ...
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New rule on what to write questions

This post is to capture our new rules on what to write questions, as proposed in Getting Writers out of its Rut. There are several kinds of questions that can be characterized as "what to write" ...
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Writing.SE On-Topic summary

Many users have expressed confusion about what, exactly, is on-topic on Writing; even the mods have to look things up in meta. It's time to collect our many discussions of what's on- or off-topic in ...
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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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NaNoWriMo 2018 - General discussion and participants

So, November is coming and another edition of NaNoWriMo is about to start. For who doesn't know it already, NaNoWriMo is a website ( https://nanowrimo.org/ ) that proposes a writing challenge every ...
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What have our users published?

What have our users put out in the world recently? And how did Writing.SE help you do it? Anything published through a traditional publisher or self-published is fine here. (We may refine this after ...
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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

Something I've recognized since I've started to be more active again is that it feels like some 80% or so of new posts get downvoted, often pretty fast after being posted. Most of the time I can't ...
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Where are the boundaries between Writing, ELU, and ELL?

We sometimes get questions about word usage, critiques of individual sentences, and grammar. So do English Language & Usage and English Language Learners, and those two sites have overlap with ...
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What happens now?

Writers.SE is passed it's 90 days in beta. So what happens now? It doesn't look like we're quite up to par yet, but we've got 2 Excellents out of 5.
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Can Writers Graduate? Correlation between voting and progressing?

tl dr: Vote early. Vote often. Heck, just vote! Yes, I'm new to Writers, but not new to SE. I have been a writer for some time, though. You probably wouldn't or couldn't tell it from this Meta post, ...
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Should we allow grammar/proofreading questions

Our critique guidelines were recently changed to specify that proofreading and requests for mere grammar correction should be off-topic. We've had two recent critique questions requesting grammar ...
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Do we need a [profanity] tag?

In this question @Cyn used the sex tag since there was no profanity or swearing tag. I feel this tag should be reserved for the questions about sex in writing. Instead I propose we have a profanity ...
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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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Is NaNoWriMo a growth opportunity for Writers.SE?

With NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) approaching, there will be zillions of novelists plotting, creating characters, world-building, and eventually -- writing! They'll have lots of questions,...
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Does Writing.SE accept critique requests?

For pretty much all of the time I've been active here (more than three years now), we've allowed critique questions and I've wondered if they're a good idea. Let me recap: The on-topic summary says ...
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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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What are we doing for National Novel Writing Month this year?

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In the past, we've encouraged NaNo specific questions and provided chat room support for writers. Are we doing that again this year?
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Literature Stack is now open!

Okay, not precisely a question, but important to many here, I think. http://literature.stackexchange.com is now in beta and already churning up questions. Given that we get quite a few "discussion of ...
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Please leave some space on the active page for new posts instead of filling it with tag edits

The active home page has 48 slots to show posts in, according to my count. The last time I checked, 5 of those slots show new answers being posted and 2 show new questions being posted. Everything ...
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Let's advertise Writing on other sites (2018 edition)

It's a new year and we have a new name. Let's make (or update) ads to promote Writing Stack Exchange on other sites on the network! Last year we made several new ads. For some, maybe we just need ...
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How can we attract questions from all the OTHER writing domains that are on-topic here?

In a comment on Can Writers Graduate? Correlation between voting and progressing?, Mark Baker wrote: [W]riters is very clearly not doing everything else right because the participation by ...
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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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Should we allow grammar questions on here?

I believe that we should not allow grammar questions on this site. It should be a place to discuss writing techniques, styles, etc., but not to have your work copy-edited. There is already a ...
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Writing challenge July 02, 2017 - July 23, 2017: Libraries / Prompt

As discussed in this post, we (read: I) have decided to try out having a writing challenge on Meta. The last one - the test run - was, erm... two months ago. ...whoops. Sorry; I know some people have ...
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How can we encourage technical writing on this site?

The majority of the site is taken up by questions about fiction, making it unclear that technical-writing is firmly on-topic here. While we've definitely seen more tech questions in recent months, I'd ...