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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.
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Should Genres Be Tags? How should they be organised?

I've been asking some questions on Writers SE recently and one thought that came to my mind was genres - There appears to be tons of genres, and there will probably be lots of questions that use ...
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How to implement community wiki until we have mods?

We have several questions that really need to be made into community wiki questions, but this is currently a feature of SE available only to moderators. (The users listed as mods also don't have any ...
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Are legal questions on-topic here?

Have a look: Are Names of Characters Copyrighted by Authors? Do I need to register my work to retain copyright? These questions are asking for legal advice. For obvious reasons, I think we should ...
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Not Much Voting Going On

While I was browsing around the site, there appears to be a lack of voting going on in the site. Personally, whenever I go to a StackExchange website, I usually vote up the good questions and comments ...
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Illustrations and layouts for books.

Would questions concerning illustrators/graphic designers for books be on or off topic?
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How technical should questions on Writer be?

Since almost all writing is (eventually) done on a computer, is it reasonable to ask technical questions on Writers? The kinds of things I'm thinking of are: document formatting, automated ...
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Is blogging considered on topic?

I've yet to see anyone mention blogging. Is it off-topic? If not, at what point would blogging questions become off topic? Questions about blogging style? Questions involving blogging tools? ...
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Community Wiki, The One Item per Answer Thing, and Lists of X

As most of you know, the whole community wiki for questions idea has been thought and re-thought. Polls and lists of also have. The one item per answer policy has been up for debate. Right now as ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

I'll begin: What kind of questions can I ask here? {Our future name} is for writers and is about writing of any kind. If you have a question about … * writing as an art or as a labour and its ...
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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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What's the “elevator pitch” for writers.SE?

Per the fourth question of the 7 essential meta beta questions, this question can serve as the place to decide on the description for what this community will be about. Since we're all existing/...
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Is a tips tag worthwhile?

I saw and removed a tips tag, and I believe it should be removed as it is a meta tag. Meta tags are officially discouraged on SE sites. Is this a meta tag? Do we have other meta tags in the wild? ...
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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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Should we limit ourself to the english language?

I'm not a native English speaker. Most of my writing is in Dutch. But my question is, should we limit ourself to the english language or are other languages also acceptable? The question itself ...