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Can the moderators please delete my question?

I had asked this question a while back.. How do I express a black person? Altough I might have sounded pedantic, something had happened in real life which had triggered that question. Now I am ...
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Do I lose reputation when I downvote things?

I just downvoted a question I found a bit ridiculous, and when I clicked on my profile and looked at my reputation tab, it said "-1 reputation". I don't know what my reputation was beforehand, but do ...
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Request to open question about writing a good comment

How to write a Stack Exchange comment? was recently put on hold as too broad, but how is it more broad than How do you write a Stack Exchange answer?? If anything, my question on comment technique was ...
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What is a positive question record?

In the achievement 'Inquisitive', it says that to achieve it you must maintain a 'positive question record'. What is this?
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Is this enough of a dupe that we should merge?

We got a flag on this question pointing out its high similarity to this other question. The second question is newer and the first has lots more views, so I closed the second as a duplicate of the ...
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Why doesn't this question get put on hold for asking what to write?

A recent question about Painting ritualistic murder in a "good-guy" light? is clearly a what-to-write question. It does not ask: How do I go about, if I have a problem with motivating a ...
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Deleting duplicate answers on a locked question

The question "What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?" is locked "because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this ...
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Reposting a “generalised” version of the same question

I posted this question on WSE a while back, which was more or less well-received. But it is about a very specific issue that I faced personally and I felt that the issue is a common one at heart and ...
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Elaborating on questions of the “what is X” style

I wrote earlier a q&a-style question (that is, I asked a question providing my own answer): What do we mean by "Inevitable Narratives"? The question was downvoted (though the answer was ...
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Canonical questions in general, and mine in particular

Here, I proposed a general canonical question, because we were getting a large number of more specific variants of it. Comments and answers were all-round positive - "yeh, we should have that for this ...
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When questions get 'stolen' and the original user isn't credited

I originally had a question: How many people who participate here on writing se have become successful authors? This question actually had two questions inside it, causing it to become classed as too ...
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What should we do with the “fundamental career advice” question?

What is the most fundamental advice when it comes to writing? feels like a very broad and/or opinion-based question to me, yet has many solid-seeming answers. (I haven't read all of them.) When I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to write a scientific thesis

I wonder if my question about scientific thesis writing is appropriate to ask. Is there supported claim that a scientific thesis should not have many personal pronoun words e.g. we/you/our? I would ...
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Are offensive stereotypes of medical conditions acceptable for emphasis?

I suggested an edit which was approved by another member of the community, but rejected by the answer's author. Overall this led to a rejection of the edit. The proposed edit can be seen here. I ...
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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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Should these questions about creating a pen name be asked together or separately?

I'm looking for a list of advices and factors to take into account when choosing a pen name, both out of curiosity and necessity. The main points that interest me are the following : When should a ...
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How can we edit this question about military rank to be more on-topic here?

The question What rank should a US army officer be in order to funnel money into a shadowy corporation? is an interesting one, but it's a particularly subjective question and falls afoul of a few ...
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Question about showing vs telling - how can we clarify?

The question How do I avoid tradeoffs with showing vs. telling? is a bit of a mess, but there's clearly a good question in there. It's been closed for editing while we sort things out. We need to ...
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Problem question about male characters: Can we save it by editing?

Regarding this question: Question to all men about men and their feelings and ability to talk about them! (as research for my novel) It's pretty general, but I think there's a solid question in ...
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What should we do with the “narrative vs descriptive” question?

What are the differences between narrative and descriptive writing? has attracted a lot of low-quality answers, mostly one-liners. What should we do with this question and its answers? I'm tempted ...
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Is asking to compare one aspect of two different works in regards to writing an acceptable question?

The reason I ask is because both Hitchhiker's Guide and Jonathan Strange have "Lemony Snicket"/first-person-esque/characterized narrators, and I would like to know what makes them different. I think ...
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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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Meaning of “convention” tag?

What does the conventions tag mean? I assume it means writing conventions, but then it dawned on me that it might also refer to conventions about writing, kind of like Comic-Con but about writing. ...
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Should this old question be closed?

Website to know about books something similar to IMDB for movies? is an old question. It has a couple issues: as noted in a comment (from 2012) it's a list question, but, perhaps more significantly, ...
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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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Are questions about sources or references for help book editing acceptable?

Disclaimer: English isn't my native language and I haven't studied writing or poetry at all. According to my question, I'm editing my poetry book, however, basically I'm a aspiring poet and my ...
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Story beats question - is it on-topic here?

The question Story beats for woman masquerading as a man is, on first glance, asking us what to write or to help brainstorm a story, both of which are clearly off-topic here. On the other hand, it ...
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What should we do with the Kirkus question?

We have an old question about the usefulness of getting reviews from Kirkus. Many of the answers are personal-experience testimonials about the poor quality of this service. They are mostly all ...
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What should we do with these questions?

We've had some discussion about what to do with old questions that are no longer on-topic here. We aren't getting a clear consensus, so maybe it'd be simpler to talk about actual questions rather than ...
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What should we do with the “erotica” question?

This question made me uncomfortable when it first appeared because of the language used in the excerpt. But it didn't generate any complaints from the community, so I didn't do anything. It received ...
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Is this too close to a “what should I write” and/or list question?

Today I came across How do evil protagonists win the reader over in dark fantasy stories? , a question from 2011 from a now-deleted user. It reads to me like a forum-style post -- idea-generation, ...
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What should we do with the “find a proofreader” question?

This question asks about finding a proofreader. It is currently cast as a shopping question (who should I use?), so I was going to edit it to make it more along the lines of "how can I find one / ...
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What should we do about these two old, popular recommendation questions?

We currently have two questions that seem very similar to each other: https://writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1648/internet-communities-where-i-can-read-rate-review-short-fiction-and-post-my-own ...
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Question That's Answer Requires Knowledge From Users In History and Writers StackExchange

My question I want to ask needs knowledge from users aware of Writing and History. My question is, should StackExchange have some way of allowing overlap to multiple sites that overlap ( not like ...
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Can we lock “Help Me Find The Unnecesary Words”?

We've got an old, popular question which IMHO is deserving of a historical lock - marking it as a significant question, but not one which should be serving us as an example or a guideline for what we ...
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Is the closing of the agent model question dysfunctional?

I know, I know, the title is inappropriate, but I could not resist. This question: Are agents too busy for new clients? What should I do next? was closed and I think it should be reopened. It ...
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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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How is the question of describing suicide “in a literary way” off-topic?

This question was migrated from english.stackexchange.com and apparently immediately closed and deleted as off-topic: https://writers.stackexchange.com/questions/5364/commit-suicide-in-a-literary-way ...
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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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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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Great traffic for gendered pronoun question

This question blows our standard traffic out of the water! Does Lynn, or anybody else, know why that one question has got so much attention so quickly? Having gotten something right, we should do ...
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Should this site help with specific writing software questions?

I can see this being a slippery slope. Scrivener questions seem like they ought to be on-topic, at least to some extent. You know, "How do I do this specific writing-related thing in Scrivener?" On ...
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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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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 ...