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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This policy discussion is now out of date.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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"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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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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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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Clarification of critique guidelines

Edit: This meta thread, while of historical interest, is no longer accurate: Critiques are no longer on-topic on Writers. (Anyone who wants to discuss, please comment on this more recent meta thread ...
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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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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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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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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 have ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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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What should we do with this older blog critique question?

I just came across this question: Quality of my blog writing Is this just an old question that would have gotten closed for being too general of a critique, or is this specific enough?
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Asking what people like / do in software

I don't know if this is the sort of question I should ask here -- looking for input from more experienced group members. I've read the "about" document and read/answered some posts. I'm a programmer/...
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Scope of Questions about Marketing

This question asks for recommendations for free website builders. This strikes me as off-topic. However, after thinking about it, it could also pertain to marketing. According to this Meta question, ...
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Are requests for resource lists OFF Topic?

Let's say I'm writing a book and I need to write about hacking, but I don't know nothing about the subject. It could be possible to find a lot of related resources over the Internet, but it would be ...
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Is gender/race representation in fiction on-topic?

The question When developing a stage play, whose gender matters more? The characters' or the actors'? is asking, as I understand it, a question about gender representation in playwriting (...
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Is this question asking for a single word on-topic?

The question One word exclamation to mean: “This is driving me crazy.” was recently asked. The gist is that the question is asking for suggestions for a single word. I think this is off-topic for ...
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Does SE have a platform for poetry analysis?

I need help in analyzing poetic text and I was wondering if SE provides a platform for the same. Would it be fine if I post poetry analysis related topics on Writers SE or is there another place?
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Are we closing too many questions?

I'm beginning to wonder if we are being to aggressive in closing questions. Looking at the front page of the site, I count 11 closed questions. Some of them are being closed for being a bit off topic, ...
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Isn't this question exactly what EL&U is for?

This question is fascinating, but I think it's clearly EL&U and not Writers. Am I correct that this is off-topic here?
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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 "...
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Topicality of questions about printing

The following question recently appeared: What binding and paper should be used on a self-printed novel? The question is almost entirely concerned with how to bind and print a self-published book. ...
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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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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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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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Should we allow questions on how to self-publish?

If a writer decides to go the route of self-publishing, it is unlikely they would know what steps to take to go about doing it. With that in mind, should we allow questions that ask for advice or ...
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Speechwriting: on topic or no?

This question on writing a groom's speech does not quite seem on-topic. We allow questions on writing such things as polite reminder e-mails and other fairly daily tasks, so it can't be the fact that ...
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Is this question about style on-topic?

Please have a look at this: How to use “I think, therefore I am” in a more fluent manner? Writers has clearly declared grammar questions off-topic here, preferring to migrate them to English ...
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Should we be answering questions about what to write about?

This question asks for guidelines on what to write about. In the realm of fiction we have already declared questions asking generically for plot ideas off-topic. In the linked meta question ...
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"Is this realistic?" : Is that an off-topic question?

If a fiction writer is just trying to make their story realistic, would asking about it be off-topic? Some example questions: If a character unexpectedly slaps their spouse for the first time, would ...
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Can I ask this kind of questions here?

I just read through FAQ section and I am still not sure if I can ask this kind of questions here or not. What if I am writing a short story and I want to post here one paragraph from it for people to ...
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Question about essay mill - Is academic ghostwriting on-topic?

Please have a look at this question: How do I imitate the simplicity of a typical student's writing? The question is fairly straightforward, it's mostly there in the title. However, the question ...
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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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Should we allow questions on where to self-publish?

Following my question on whether questions about HOW to self-publish are on-topic, I am wondering if it is appropriate to allow questions asking WHERE a writer should go to either seek help with self-...
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Should we allow all typography-related questions?

A recent question, Does it look unprofessional to have my name and all the titles of my website in lower-case?, was closed as being off-topic. I myself voted to have it closed as off-topic, since I ...
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Should we allow questions pertaining to marketing a self-published book?

With the increase in popularity of self-publishing e-books, I can see how a writer's next natural step would be to seek advice on selling their books. Since this seems like a natural result of having ...
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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 ...