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I'd like some guidance on creating tags

I was thinking of creating a 'diversity' and 'tokenism' tag, but unsure if this is a good idea and seek feedback. How to balance respecting diversity and avoiding tokenism at the same time
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Why was the question put on-hold: Rhethoric Mind Torture, how to write it?

According to the super-useful notice at the bottom: off-topic. Yeah, well then, let's focus more on how NGE handled the mind rape scene. I rewatch the scene and actually find what I was looking for. ...
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Is AP-style different from APA style and is the tag used correctly?

I've had a look through some older questions and some of the less popular tags on the main site and I stumbled upon the tag ap-style, which sadly has neither a tag wiki excerpt, nor a full tag wiki. ...
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Tag for articy:draft?

Recently I found this software called articy:draft, and I fell in love with it. It's a pretty neat software that allows you to organize your story (for a video game) in a visual way. Since Writer (or ...
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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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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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How can we improve our tech-writing tags?

We currently have several tags relevant for questions about technical writing: technical-writing api-documentation indexing examples Plus there are many other tags that apply to lots of types of ...
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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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Moving useless comments to discussion

On most other Stackoverflow sites, if you start a useless discussion in the comments, it gets deleted with a comment like "Comments are not for extended discusion. This has been moved to chat." See ...
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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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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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Why was my comment flag on a "Thank you"-comment declined?

I recently flagged this comment as "no longer needed", which reads: thankyou for the tips. To cite from the privilege page on "Comment Everywhere": When shouldn't I comment? [...] ...
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Where do we draw the line for legal questions?

There has been some discussion on whether or not legal questions should be on-topic for Writers SE. Many legal questions may be on-topic, but where should we draw the line? A recent question (Can I ...
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Site cleanup - what do we need to do?

Let's have a look at the site - are there old policies in meta that we should mark as obsolete? Do the help pages need updating? (We can edit some of them, not all of them.) Any tag wikis that need ...
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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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What to do with an obvious standout answer that I hate?

So, I asked this question. The first answer is an obvious standout, with three times the vote total of all the others combined. Problem is, I don't like any of the answers much, and this one less ...
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Writing challenge: Sale! - 8 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with the previous one, this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge! Topic Write about shopping in holiday. Any holiday will do, not just ...
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Is asking to proof read text for a specific issue on topic?

I understand I can't just ask a proofreading question. I want to ask a question if I am using dialog tags well. I see a lot of discussion about it, but I can't understand is my writing makes the ...
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NaNoWriMo participants

I decided to enter into the NaNoWriMo! If anyone here has entered into it, let's get support for each other going! Maybe we can exchange ID's or talk about struggles on this thread. Apologies if this ...
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Defining "professional"

One of the key concepts that keeps coming up in our discussions of the site and its future is that of professionalism. Some, myself included, want to see a more professional focus for this site. ...
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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 challenge: It's Magic! - 22 Oct 2017 - 12 Nov 2017

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with the previous one, this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge! Topic Write about something magical as a major element. It does not have ...
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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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Research Type Questions

With us trying to review and re-tool our site, one thing has become unclear to me which is how to handle research based questions. Some times I read on meta that it should be open to help the site ...
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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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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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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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Improving our information scent

One of the ongoing issues for this site is that it is attracting only a fraction of its intended audience. In particular, it is attracting mostly questions related to fiction and very few questions ...
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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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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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Why was the elegy question put on hold?

I have written an elegy, how to describe subjects in detail? asks about introducing characters who are referenced in an elegy. (The OP asks about writing a preface, though I suspect that's not the ...
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Would publication announcements be appropriate for Meta?

Since we now have writing challenges on Meta it occurs to me to ask if another activity of interest to writers would also be appropriate here: announcing the publication of books we have written. This ...
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Writing challenge: Trees - 4 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with the previous one, this includes both a challenge and a prompt. Challenge Write something involving trees as a major element. Prompt [...] ...
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Should we create a sandbox for questions

I mean, WB: SE has one, and when I skimmed through the meta site, I couldn't find any trace of a sandbox. Should we make one?
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Why are examples of writing and critiques off topic again?

I came across an off-topic question where someone had asked for help tightening up a piece of prose. It was flagged as off topic and I found it peculiar. In other exchange sites you might have a ...
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Writing challenge - 9 Aug 2017 - 29 Aug 2017 - Television

Welcome back to the Writing Challenge! After feedback received, it was decided that the next one should include a prompt. So, here are two options: Challenge Write something about television. ...
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Are service questions on topic?

Been noticing today especially a lot of people are asking us for services that they can go to, to find specific needs. To my knowledge of the help and tour pages, asking for services are considered ...
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Why was this question on good and evil in literature put on hold

I am staggered to see that How can I have a war with no "good" or "evil" side? has been put on hold as a what to write question. It is a question about the role of good and evil in ...
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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 ...
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Can we improve our short network pitch?

All SE sites have a short blurb that appears on network profiles and the list of all sites. Here are some examples: Ours currently is: That feels weak to me. First off, I think "professional and ...
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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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Definition Words

We have been getting a lot of questions lately asking us to define terms. One of our more recent oneswhat is your definition of the word home was sent over to English SE in which a moderator there ...
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Why is the Writers site still called Beta?

You can tell me if this is not the place to ask this question, but I don't know where else I should. I've searched for and looked though a couple of older questions about the 'Beta' part in the site'...
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Six-character minimum edit prevents typo corrections

I went to fix an obvious typo in someone's post, and was unable to do so due to the six-character minimum. I'm new to this site, so I want to understand why. I've read What defines a necessary one-...
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Misdirection? - What questions are permitted on this site?

This site's failure is that is focused at providing objective answers within a subjective discipline. To be honest most of the questions are unanswerable. In other walks of life I'm hearing "How ...
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How did our Meta writing challenge test run go?

We finished our test run for the Meta writing challenges recently - but how did it go? Was there anything that happened that wasn't expected? Were there any problems? Is there anything that could be ...
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Wait, where's what?

Over the last few days, I've noticed that a few members of Writers have mysteriously gone missing, their names being replaced with 'user:##'. One of those members is what, as I found out from this ...
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Writing for advertising - on or off topic?

If I were looking for feedback on any wording I'd done for an advertising campaign, would this forum be a suitable place to ask it? Or is it more intended for writing for fiction?
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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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Are questions about teaching writing on-topic?

I'm an experienced writer, and I am trying to teach some of what I know, in a working environment, to other members of my team. Are questions related to helping others write better on-topic? They're ...
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