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Is it on-topic to ask if the way I want to write a character is plausible?

I do not identify as LGBTQ+, but I am going to be writing a book with a main character who is. Their queerness will only be prominent for one arc, during which the story will focus very heavily on ...
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Are requests for rephrasing on topic?

A type of question that pops up frequently - and gets closed frequently - is requests to rephrase a few sentences. Some recent examples: https://writers.stackexchange.com/questions/5620/a-better-way-...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Sadly, it is time for me to join the exodus

Friends, over most of a decade we have, together, built an amazing community. Last year we pulled together to explore some of the "side corners" of our scope. New and newly-active users joined in ...
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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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Why do I need a “high” reputation to comment?

I wondered why 50 reputation points are required to comment on an answer. Being new on this kind of side, it seems to me, that contributing to questions, could be encouraged by allowing comments ...
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How is the status of the site after the company's commitment to rebuild the relationship to the community released?

I heard that this site is going down after the exodus. However, the company has been trying to rebuild the relationship with community. How has this site been since then? See: The company’s ...
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Have new and medium-experienced users' posts dropped off recently?

Have new and medium-experienced users' posts dropped off recently? Is anyone keeping track of such stats?
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Is there more spam/trolling on Writing due to lack of moderators?

I was wondering, ever since the new CEO replaced the old one, a lot of outraged moderators quit, and as of now, I think there are no Writing moderators. Does this result in more spam and abuse?
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What mechanisms exist (if any) that make known the availability of an alternative venue?

First, what mechanisms exist (if any) that make known the availability of an alternative venue? Right now, the only thing I can see is the occasional "I'm leaving, and here is how to find out where I'...
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Leaving Stack Exchange - my reasons

As you can tell from my username, I support Monica's fight against what SE did to her. The actions taken by those in charge at SE have left a very bitter taste in my mouth, and while I have not left ...
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I think this question about formatting superimposed titles in a screenplay should be reopened

This question was closed as off-topic: Multiple superimposed supers The question asks about how to format multiple consecutive superimposed titles in a screenplay. Screenplays are explicitly on topic ...
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What is the status of the increase in repuation thresholds for privileges?

Almost a year ago, Writing.SE clamored for graduation, which was finally granted in August 2019, albeit without the standard increase in reputation requirements for privileges as was standard for ...
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Are questions about writers on-topic?

The What was the daily routine of Charles Bukowski like during his years at the Post Office? is closed for being about writers, not writing. However, according to What topics can I ask about here?, ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Now there arose a new king over Egypt

I have promised to keep my activity on SE on hold until the situation with Monica's firing and slander resolved itself. This has now happened, and I find the resolution unsatisfactory. Here is what I ...
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Is this HNQ question off-topic?

This question was posted yesterday, asking how two characters on non-overlapping shifts could plausibly form a rapport with one another. This appears to me to be a textbook "what to write" question - ...
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Has there been a noticable downturn in the quality of questions on Writing SE?

I can't say I'm an incredibly active user here on Writing, but I do drop in most days to see if there are any interesting new questions. However, lately I feel like there's been a big drop in the ...
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How can we on this site put pressure on SO/SE to carry out Monica's requests?

Monica has just posted the following on Meta Stack Exchange: Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it! In particular, the post includes the following: Therefore I call on ...
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In response to recent events: A hiatus and a possible solution?

In response to this question here: How can we on this site put pressure on SO/SE to carry out Monica's requests? I wanted to let the members in support of Monica who have changed their user ...
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Without moderators are the lunatics taking over the writing asylum?

From my observations it appears the writing section of StackExchange has more people auditioning for a position as moderator than it has productive members. A small group containing the same names ...
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Why are so many users deleting/having their accounts deleted?

In the past week or so, I've seen reputation changes on my profile from three or four different user deletions. Previously, I'd only ever seen one user be deleted. Why so many removals? Is it ...
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A personal hiatus

I am not in the habit of storming out of a room when things go pear-shaped, but boycotts don't work if the target doesn't know about the boycott. I will not be participating in any of the Stacks ...
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How has this site helped you and your writing?

As many of you may know, we have a mostly-new new mod team on the site, including myself. Justkt has been great about getting Standback and myself up to speed on the site, but it's going to take some ...
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Is this site just for professional writing?

As was pointed out to me earlier today, the mission statement of the site on the tour page explicitly calls out that this site is meant to aid in professional writing. I was surprised by this, as ...
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Taking a personal leave of absence

Effective immediately, I am taking a leave of absence from StackExchange. This time of year is a very difficult one for me, for reasons that pre-date and are unrelated to my time at SE. Chances were ...
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Could my upvotes be removed?

If I click on someone's profile and scroll through their questions/answers posted and upvote a lot of them, can this be removed as looking suspicious or spammy? I know this happens with downvotes, ...
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Someone is systematically downvoting me --I wonder who and why

Someone is systematically going through and downvoting all my posts. It doesn't really bother me --I have tens of thousands of points of rep, it would take a hell of a lot of downvoting to put a dent ...
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Do we have any diamonds left?

Cyn is taking a leave of absence, Monica was removed, the others have stepped down... So now what?
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Moderator resignation

The past several days have been turbulent across the Stack Exchange network, to say the least. In fact, more so than what has been the usual case even lately. The immediate situation came to a head ...
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SE has removed a moderator

As many of you may have noticed, Monica Cellio is no longer a moderator on Writing.SE, or on any of the several stacks where she has served for years. This was due to a sudden decision by Stack ...
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Problem solved?

On Meta, the CTO has posted this. I'm pleased with it, I think it's genuine and a much more appropriate response than what was put out originally. But I don't understand what this means for our mods....
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What are we supposed to do now about discipline issues?

Before the cluster-screw that was Stack Exchange wrongfully revoking Monica's mod status and the ensuing dozens of mods resigning/taking leaves of absence, we had some semblance of order and ...
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Should we change the title of the “strong opening line” question?

Dear StackExchange, I am very disappointed in you TL;DR: Should we change the title of the above question, and if so, what should it be changed to? When I first saw the linked question, I expected ...
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Resigning as a mod, effective immediately

I'm resigning as a pro-tem moderator on Writing, effective immediately. Stack Exchange is a company that relies on volunteer labor from users and moderators. I've valued my connections with Stack ...
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Informative Materials | Asking for resources out of scope?

Is asking about people's experiences with various literature in order to draw inspiration (writing & grammar wise, not story related) and to learn other writing styles out of scope for this page?
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Asking Multiple Questions

Today, I noticed a comment on this question, coincidentally from a new user, where they were told to read the help and tour pages, and instructed that we are only allowed one question at a time here. ...
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Would having Country/Region tags be helpful?

Inspired by this question: How to identify whether a publisher is genuine or not? Many of the answers and comments seemed to assume The Writer's Guide and similar resources would be sufficient, but ...
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Habits tags - do we need them all?

We have habits and breaking-bad-writing-habits. And also the related psychology-of-writing. Shouldn't breaking-bad-writing-habits be merged into habits? What about habits - is it perhaps included in ...
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Are “political”/politically charged questions welcome on Writing SE?

Before on Writing SE, I've asked questions about diversity, misogyny, and gay representation in writing. Most responses were positive, but occasionally I was trolled or outright told that my ...
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Nonlinear vs Non-linear

I started to create a tag for "nonlinear" storytelling, and then, decided, based on the common usage, that it should be "non-linear" instead. Even though I deleted all my initial examples, the system ...
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Why is my answer getting me reputation even though it's not getting more upvotes?

I recently posted this answer, I'll admit it wasn't an amazing answer but it received 3 upvotes (as of writing this) and I'm glad I was able to be helpful. What I'm confused about though is that since ...
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Comedy and humor

Do we need both comedy and humor? It seems reasonable to me to merge comedy into humor. I realise comedy is supposed to be for the genre, but that's not how it is used de-facto. Of the 11 questions ...
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Create a tag for Thesis and/or Dissertation?

On Writing.SE there is the academic-writing tag, but it is quite broad, as it covers journal articles, theses, and textbooks. There's a little over 300 questions with that tag, making it the 14th-...
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If we could have a custom design, what elements are most important?

Disclaimer right up front: I have no privileged information or special authority. I don't know when, or whether, the results of this question will be used. But I want to start collecting input. The ...
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Restart Challenges?

It's back to school time, more or less, in the US, so a lot of us have September Energy! (This is always the real new year's for me, and time for resolutions I can actually follow) So: Tag ...
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Questions/day and graduation

According to this question, and this one, the main hurdle to our graduation is the number of questions per day. I went and looked at some graduated sites, and found that not all had perfect stats ...
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“Where can I learn about X?” questions

The more I see this type of question, the more I wonder why there isn't a general answer: namely, the library. When I was in school, I always went to the library whenever I wanted to research ...
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getting-started vs beginner (RIP)

I was about to tag a question as getting-started. But the description suggested that beginner would be more appropriate. The tricky part is that no such tag exists. Should we add the beginner tag, or ...
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Are only liberal and policitally correct opinions allowed on this site?

Is it the policy of this site that only liberal, politically correct opinions are allowed, and that any conservative opinions must be censored? One of my posts was just deleted by the moderators ...

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