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Are questions about MLA formatting on-topic?

I have a question about in-text citations for my MLA paper, but before I ask it on Writing SE, I feel like it isn't exactly on topic. Would it be more suitable on English SE?
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On topic: “How do I teach [whatever writing concept]?”

A lot of the information I have is mostly lesson-plan-ish. (Collegiate, so more informal than many public schools require.) When I was a new instructor, I was always googling for good ways to ...
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Could I ask for feedback/suggestions to improve an essay I wrote?

Could I ask for feedback/suggestions to improve an essay I wrote? I have been recently asked to do a practice write of an argumentative class in class. I have finished and turned it in. However, this ...
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What's our stance on writing tool identification requests?

Today we got the question What type of pen is being used here?, which asks what type of pen is shown in a wikihow tutorial. I couldn't find anything on writing tool identification requests on Meta and ...
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Closing ancient questions

I have found today a question from 2014 in the VTC queue. What's our stance on those? It was on topic back then, it isn't now - we've changed what we call "on topic". We don't want questions like ...
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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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Let's break constraints of Constrained Writing

Motivated by ongoing contest, I was looking for less used writing areas on the site and make those areas more exposed, active and open to larger audiences. My first question after the contest's ...
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Topicality of question on how to give feedback

Would a question on how to give good constructive feedback to other writers fit this Exchange? Would it be too broad? That would be my main concern, but I believe that we could give a list of ...
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Do we need to clarify in the help center that questions about existing literary works are off topic, or adjust the close reason text?

A recent incident caused me to, among other things, look at the help center article What topics can I ask about here? in relation to the "existing literary works" close reason: The community has ...
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Is here the right place to talk about writing/storytelling tropes?

I've seen a lot of questions about tropes or general storytelling trends, like if not having a happy ending or making the villain change sides is acceptable. I'm not writing currently, but I have a ...
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Is asking how to describe something on topic?

Is asking how something or asking how to describe X on topic? There are many questions like: How a mature child would behave How to show a crying scene I feel like those type of questions are ...
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“Examples of X in Fiction” questions

I've understood questions of the form "What are examples of X in existing fiction" to be off-topic for us. Because: By definition, they're list questions, which work really poorly on SE They're low-...
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Asking what to include - On topic?

I want to ask what to include in a first page text, would that be considered on topic or off topic? I noticed that asking what to write is off-topic, however I want to ask what to include, for example ...
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Should we allow visual art questions if they are about narrative storytelling or character design?

Inspired by the question: How to design characters for a comic series? The question is broadly about both creating a character team and art technique. The OP has been directed to Arts and Craft and ...
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What's our stance on terminology questions?

There have been two questions today that ask about writing related terms without specifying a writing related problem: Is there a term for a first person narrative, written specifically in the past ...
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Are “how can I hide information” questions on topic?

I was about to ask a question about "hiding information in plain sight" on the main site when I realised that it could be too open ended. I looked into the help centre and couldn't find anything ...
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Are questions about general plot solutions on-topic?

I asked a question after I carefully evaluated what is considered on-topic (under "Generating plot ideas") and read the related linked question. After some debate in the comments and getting two good ...
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Should we close this? “What are good reads about writing?”

The question what are good reads about writing? would, if asked today, almost certainly be closed. To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective ...
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Can I ask for help/feedback for my personal life story on Writing SE?

I am a 100% novice writer. I came here from Stack Overflow as a programmer after stumbling across it. My partner and I are getting married in August and long story short (no pun intended) she is a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do the on topic rules fit non-fiction, particularly technical writing?

This site is supposed to be about all forms of writing equally. But, as has been noted before, it is actually dominated by aspiring and hobbyist fantasy fiction writers. We have discussed how to ...
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“where to publish?”--on-topic or no?

Can I ask for recommendations of where to submit pieces I've written? Obviously I can google for "creative writing journals" or whatever myself, so I'm more interested in what journals (or whatever) ...
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Would questions about debating techniques be on topic?

Is debating technique, i.e. what you do in debate clubs, on topic? I know it's not exactly writing, but it involves composing and structuring arguments, and seems to have a lot in common with ...
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Are ethical questions on-topic?

A question on ethics in journalism prompted me to wonder: are ethics questions on-topic here? It makes sense to me that there are many ethical questions which are unique to the fields of writing - ...
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Are questions about analyzing a non-literature writing on-topic?

In the What topic I can ask here?, two things attracted my eyes: Non-fiction, technical, or scholarly writing is on-topic. Questions seeking to interpret or analyze an existing work is off-topic (...
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Asking about a particular series - on topic?

Driven by recent questions, I want to ask a question about why on earth the Inheritence Cycle sold like it did, when everyone I've met agrees it is bad. The problem is, this question is about a ...
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Matters of taste vs matters of opinion

It seems to me that here (and elsewhere on Stack Exchange) some posts are criticised being matters of opinion that actually can be answered factually, and also that this seems to be very hit and miss,...
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Asking for non-English websites recommandations

I'd like to ask for recommandations of critique/workshop websites in French. Would it be more on-topic here or on French SE? Generally speaking, are questions about documentation, websites, books, ...
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Is asking “Is [X] reputable?” on-topic?

I'm conflicted on the question Is yWriter for Mac reputable? Is this a safe download? . On the one hand, checking that something is a "safe download" seems more software-y than we're meant to handle....
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How can we handle questions asking, “how long will it take to write X?”

We've had a few questions asking for an estimate of how long it'll take to write so many words, or a novel. Clearly, if an exact duplicate is asked, we'll close it as such, but I don't think questions ...
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Off topic as should be asked on a product's forum

I have just voted not to close this question: Can you do a “selective” word count in Scrivener? It had been suggested it be closed because the question should be asked on a Scrivener forum. Going ...
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Should academic writing belong in Writers?

I don’t agree that academic writing Q. like How do I implement a scholarly citation style in an online format? should be in writing SE. They bring nothing to any other types of writing and should ...
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Are questions about finding specific books on topic?

I am highly unfamiliar with this portion of Writers, so forgive me if this is off-topic. While browsing Writers SE, I came across someone who mentioned that Science Fiction & Fantasy SE gets ...
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Are questions on graphical design of technical documents eligible?

I want to ask questions on graphical design details of technical documents. Would they be eligible on writers.SE or should I ask them elsewhere? For example I need clarification about the naming of ...
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Mention Worldbuilding in FAQ

We had quite a few questions that were deemed off-topic because they asked about specific subjects relevant to the plot of someone's story, and not to writing in general. I remember a question about ...
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Is my question on an unusual editing technique on-topic?

I posted this question in meta, to allow the community to verify whether or not it's on topic before release. I am unsure if this is the recommended procedure. I was told by another writer that ...
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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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Please vote! What should we do with questions that are no longer on-topic?

We've had some confusion in the past about our site scope, but we now have a clear description all in one place, with community consensus (+7/-0 is pretty substantial for our meta). So, what should ...
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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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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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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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Are “How Could” questions on topic?

I recently asked a question asking how for help with a plot twist. It's quite similar to My Hero's Captured question. I wasn't sure when I posted whether it was on topic - it's very broad and has no ...
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What is ok in questions about writing comics?

I'm wanting to start a comic. I know I can ask questions here about the words part of writing, but what about questions of conveying meaning without words? Like, recently, I was looking for info ...
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Thesis questions: Rephrasing question or something else?

We currently have two open questions on thesis (this and this). In the first one ('Trying to improve my thesis...), OP says that his thesis is: Because Christianity became so closely integrated ...
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Audiobooks - on-topic here?

We've had a couple of questions here about the audiobook format. In particular, there was a question about writing for audiobooks in 2010, and now we have a question about producing audiobooks, ...