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Are We a Prompt-Providing Service?

This question by a new user asks us "what to write?" The question could, I think be perfectly fine as a suggestion for how to get ideas. That may even be what the OP intended. As a "suggest ...
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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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How to remind people of our license when they ask for critiques

I think the recent uptick in critique questions is great and I'm enjoying seeing the community at work. Unfortunately I'm concerned that not everyone asking a critique will realize that both their ...
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Are literature questions appropriate on Writers.SE?

I do not think they are on-topic, that's why I've written "appropriate". I want to avoid a ping-pong-effect. This topic was raised here, because of this question. I think that question is best ...
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Are homework type questions On-Topic?

Lately I've seen a couple questions that sound like people are asking for answers to their homework. Are these questions on topic? Should they be? To me, it feels like people are just showing up to ...
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What's with over-vigilance?

This question: Is Mac OSX Lion's Revision Control System useable by writers? Dude was asking about Versions from Apple. The question has three comments barking about OT, needing to be closed, ...
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“Technique” tag

I think the "technique" tag deserves some attention and polishing; it can be a useful tag, but it's also difficult to pin down to a clear definition. For example, here's a couple of questions which ...
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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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Is a question about my editing someone else on-topic?

I am both an editor and a writer. I have a question about the editing process to ask of other editors (do you use technique A or B and why). Would that be on topic for this SE? If not, is there an ...
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“Expert questions” on Writers.SE

I've seen several meta Questions on the viability of Writers.SE in the Stack Exchange format; I'm hoping this is a good angle to tackle this issue from. From the Area 51 FAQ: We want you to ...
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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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Defining genres

A while back I asked about What Genre is This questions. Looking back on this and thinking about Adrian's recent answer, it seems like we could do something to address genres. I've seen genre-...
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Is improving the ability to read on-topic on Writers?

We have a question about improving the concentration while reading. I wanted to vote to close as being off-topic, but then resisted. You cannot write without reading, which leads to the question: if ...
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Two spaces after a period: English or Writers?

With regards to Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one? which has a so called "cross-site duplicate" at: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/2544/how-many-spaces-...
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How was my avatar retrieved?

I've never been on this site, before. My company logo is, of course, public and available in many places. My blog logo is a variation. I just posted an 'answer' and was asked my name (I used my first ...
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Critiques of blog posts: on-topic?

Can I use this site to get reviews on the posts I put on my blog to improve my writing?
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Various writing proposals on Area51

On Area51 Discuss, bigown proposes merging two proposals in the definition phase with us, namely: Technical Writing, and Blogging and Copywriting. Do we want to encompass these forms of professional ...
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Do We Need Separate Tags for 'tips' and 'advice'

I've noticed both of these tags, and they seem to be the same? I propose a tag alias from 'advise' to 'tips'. Thoughts?
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What's our focus?

Pro vs amateur? Mainstream vs offbeat? Marketable vs creative (or "Just for fun")? There've been a number of questions and answers too where I felt that the focus was on making what we write as, ...
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Producers vs. Consumers - A Showstopper?

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that I think this site does have some great questions about the act of writing, and I really would like to see it succeed. To me, what really makes Stack ...
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Are Licensing Questions On Topic?

This question about the CC license and web writing is a bit murky, but the underlying issue seems to be how to license one's writing on the web. I understand having licensing questions as they relate ...
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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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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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Come to the Overlook Hotel (Writers.SE chat)

http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/168/the-overlook-hotel Also, consider this a solicitation for any ideas as to what interesting things we could do with chat rooms. Perhaps we could try some round-...
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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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Tags for questions asking for published examples?

So far on writers.SE we've had a few questions asking for examples of published works that show how to do something well. For example Examples for books that don't use (traditional) chapters Story ...
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What bloggers writing about the publishing world or writing careers could we submit this site to for links?

Since we are currently working on coming up with ways to promote the site, let's start a list of bloggers whom we might be interested in asking to reference the site or come try it out. I'd think the ...
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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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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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Are “What Genre is This” questions on-topic?

In this question, I expressed the opinion that there are few hard and fast rules to identifying genre. You can choose the genre you want to claim for your story based on the aspects of the story you ...
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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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Is a “Help me generate plot ideas?” or similar question on topic?

This question asks for help generating ideas for a very specific plot. It's an interesting question. It's specific (maybe so specific that it is too localize). It's writing-related. At the same ...
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Money - On topic?

Monetizing a blog, negotiating a contract with a publisher, what's a good advance, how much I should get paid for a short article... are all these things on-topic here? I don't think these intersect ...
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Should there be a way to share short stories?

Is there a way to share short stories or other writings for critique?
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Writing exercises on this board - good idea or no?

This question got me to thinking: Is there some way we could use this site to set up group writing exercises? The problem is that whatever we set up would have to fit well in the stack-exchange format....
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Song lyrics and poetry

Are song lyrics and poetry on topic or off? Poetry seems like a shoo-in, but song lyrics could be a problem if the question veers into music.
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Why the down-votes?

As of right now, the question How much time do you spend writing one page on average? has received zero up-votes and four down-votes. Number of comments explaining the down-votes? Zero. Personally, ...
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How should we promote the site?

Now that we're into the public beta it's time to think about one of the Big 7 question, in this case how we promote the site. For context here's the description from the The 7 Essential Meta ...
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Beta on the site logo

I noticed that the site still has a Beta tag. Is that correct? I thought the participation meant that this was now a valid SE site. Should this be removed and it just be "Writers?"
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Should “writing” be allowed as a tag?

Using the [programming] tag is discouraged on stackoverflow. Using the [apple] tag is discouraged on apple.se. Using the [english] tag is discouraged on english.se. For the above cases, the theory ...
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How does the content on this site differ from the English Stack Exchange site?

I can see how there could be some overlap in content on the two sites. What does this site focus on, and what is disallowed and should be asked on the English site instead?
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Technical writing questions

Is this a good place for questions on technical writing, specifically, writing on software development matters, or is there a more specialised StackExchange site for that?
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When will our public beta begin?

The private beta is supposed to last 7 days. It has now been 10 days. What is keeping us from moving from our private beta to the public beta?
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Maybe we should own something like “this week best writing” on finished site?

Photography SE has a contest for the best photo every week. They represent this photo on their main page. Shouldn't we have something similar with novels\articles\posts\anything-that-could-be-written?
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Will we get fancy site design like Math.SE and English.SE?

Writers.SE is the first Stack Exchange site I've been involved with, namely because it's one of the few subjects that I can actually help with. As such, I'm not really sure how the development of a SE ...
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Tagging for questions determining site scope

We have questions here in meta tagged as [on-topic-definition] as well as ones tagged [allowed-topics]. Let's pick one, any preference?
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Should we allow “looking for editors” type questions?

Well it's more of a type of query then a question, they could also be asking for beta readers or other such things. While there is some benefit for using the site for networking, it doesn't seem to be ...
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Where do we draw the line on “subjective”?

Writing is highly inherently subjective in a way that many fields are not. For example, many programming questions have one right answer that can be looked up in a standard (not to say there aren't ...
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Should we encourage users to give samples of their writing for critique?

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. I feel like Jeff would want to close this kind of question ...
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Should we allow “please restyle me” or “what could be an appropriate metaphor here” *homework* sort of questions?

I think we should, because just that sort of questions made SO very attractive. Rethinking and rewriting someone's text is a good example both for wanderer and teacher.