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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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Is it OK to ask for proofreading a small text in here?

I have just written a short description (a few paragraphs) for a small software project. Not being a native English speaker, I'm looking for a few people to proofread it, correct mistakes and improve ...
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Domain-specific background questions: what's the limit?

My question here is sparked by a recent question on the Science-fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange site: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/3654/bitten-by-a-vampire-werewolf-and-zombie-what-...
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Do we want to answer questions about the mechanical act of writing?

This question about cursive was migrated here from the skeptics site. I understand why it doesn't fit there. What I'm not sure of is whether or not it fits here. My leaning is that this site ...
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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 post my writing for review here?

This policy discussion is now out of date.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. Would Writers SE be a good place to post a paragraph or two ...
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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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Round-robin writing events in chat

In an effort to get some people into the Writers.SE chat and to have a little fun, I'd like to propose starting a weekly round-robin writing event. These go something like this: First person comes ...
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Creating a new tag?

In the comments for this question, John Smithers and justkt asked me to create a Scrivener tag and write up the tag info. I am fairly new to Stack Exchange and have not a clue how to go about this. ...
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Can we do anything to differentiate between various critique questions?

While I fully understand the decision to rule critique questions on-topic, I'm somewhat bothered by the idea of multiple "Please critique this snippet" and "How does this sound?" questions on the main ...
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Should these two questions be merged?

Justkt merged the question When should I use passive voice? with the question When should I avoid passive voice? I don't believe these questions should've been merged. The first question asked how to ...
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Can the 'reference' and 'writing' tags be blacklisted?

As this is a dev-level ability and not available to moderators, can someone from the team please blacklist the 'reference' tag? We've come up with other, clearer tags with community input and would ...
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“Reference” tag

This question prompted me to look for an appropriate tag for books on computers, programming, etc. I'd think these would be described as "reference books," so the "reference" tag would be appropriate. ...
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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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How do we encourage participation by non-fiction authors?

We've gotten some feedback from a variety of non-fiction authors that they don't feel that this site is engaging their demographic very well. Charles Stewart said so here on meta. He seeded three ...
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How to remind people of our license when they ask for critiques

I think the recent uptick in critique questions is great and I'm enjoying seeing the community at work. Unfortunately I'm concerned that not everyone asking a critique will realize that both their ...
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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 ...
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Are homework type questions On-Topic?

Lately I've seen a couple questions that sound like people are asking for answers to their homework. Are these questions on topic? Should they be? To me, it feels like people are just showing up to ...
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What's with over-vigilance?

This question: Is Mac OSX Lion's Revision Control System useable by writers? Dude was asking about Versions from Apple. The question has three comments barking about OT, needing to be closed, ...
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“Technique” tag

I think the "technique" tag deserves some attention and polishing; it can be a useful tag, but it's also difficult to pin down to a clear definition. For example, here's a couple of questions which ...
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New answers aren't likely to get reviewed

When a question already has several answers with good scores, it seems that posting a new answer might go unnoticed, and therefor not scored. I get the feeling that posting a new answer to a question ...
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What happens now?

Writers.SE is passed it's 90 days in beta. So what happens now? It doesn't look like we're quite up to par yet, but we've got 2 Excellents out of 5.
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Is a question about my editing someone else on-topic?

I am both an editor and a writer. I have a question about the editing process to ask of other editors (do you use technique A or B and why). Would that be on topic for this SE? If not, is there an ...
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“Expert questions” on Writers.SE

I've seen several meta Questions on the viability of Writers.SE in the Stack Exchange format; I'm hoping this is a good angle to tackle this issue from. From the Area 51 FAQ: We want you to ...
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Can we get something on the ask question page to discourage grammar questions?

The absolute number one close reason we have right now on Writers is that the question is an English grammar question which belongs on English.SE. I know we won't have migration paths until we are a ...
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Defining genres

A while back I asked about What Genre is This questions. Looking back on this and thinking about Adrian's recent answer, it seems like we could do something to address genres. I've seen genre-...
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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 ...
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Two spaces after a period: English or Writers?

With regards to Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one? which has a so called "cross-site duplicate" at: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/2544/how-many-spaces-...
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How was my avatar retrieved?

I've never been on this site, before. My company logo is, of course, public and available in many places. My blog logo is a variation. I just posted an 'answer' and was asked my name (I used my first ...
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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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Various writing proposals on Area51

On Area51 Discuss, bigown proposes merging two proposals in the definition phase with us, namely: Technical Writing, and Blogging and Copywriting. Do we want to encompass these forms of professional ...
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Do We Need Separate Tags for 'tips' and 'advice'

I've noticed both of these tags, and they seem to be the same? I propose a tag alias from 'advise' to 'tips'. Thoughts?
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What's our focus?

Pro vs amateur? Mainstream vs offbeat? Marketable vs creative (or "Just for fun")? There've been a number of questions and answers too where I felt that the focus was on making what we write as, ...
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Producers vs. Consumers - A Showstopper?

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that I think this site does have some great questions about the act of writing, and I really would like to see it succeed. To me, what really makes Stack ...
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Are Licensing Questions On Topic?

This question about the CC license and web writing is a bit murky, but the underlying issue seems to be how to license one's writing on the web. I understand having licensing questions as they relate ...
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(DEPRECATED) Policy on Writing Critiques

We had a long, long discussion about this internally, and we've decided that writing critique questions are officially on-topic. Edit: This is an older page, and has been superseded. The original ...
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Updating Questions After Receiving Answers

Writers.SE is the first Stack Exchange Site I've ever been involved with - I just happened to stumble across it one day while surfing the web - so I apologize if this might seem obvious to many of you....
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Come to the Overlook Hotel (Writers.SE chat)

http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/168/the-overlook-hotel Also, consider this a solicitation for any ideas as to what interesting things we could do with chat rooms. Perhaps we could try some round-...
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What are the guidelines for asking for a critique of my work?

I want to ask for a critique of my work? Can I do that here?
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Tags for questions asking for published examples?

So far on writers.SE we've had a few questions asking for examples of published works that show how to do something well. For example Examples for books that don't use (traditional) chapters Story ...
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What bloggers writing about the publishing world or writing careers could we submit this site to for links?

Since we are currently working on coming up with ways to promote the site, let's start a list of bloggers whom we might be interested in asking to reference the site or come try it out. I'd think the ...
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Is writers.se in risk to fail? What can be done to avoid this?

I know, that communities often get time to grow, until they are matured enough to go out of Beta. But sometimes also a site will fail. See this blog entry for an example. Is writers.se in risk to fail ...
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Does a writers Stack Exchange even make sense?

The Stack Exchange websites are intended to provide specific answers. In general, their purpose is to discover the one best answer to any given question. Their purpose is to resolve objective ...
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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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Gallery Chat Room privilege page displays placeholder link

The description of the Create Gallery Chat Room privilege says How do I create a gallery chat room? Visit chat.example.com
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Is a “Help me generate plot ideas?” or similar question on topic?

This question asks for help generating ideas for a very specific plot. It's an interesting question. It's specific (maybe so specific that it is too localize). It's writing-related. At the same ...
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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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Should there be a way to share short stories?

Is there a way to share short stories or other writings for critique?
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Writing exercises on this board - good idea or no?

This question got me to thinking: Is there some way we could use this site to set up group writing exercises? The problem is that whatever we set up would have to fit well in the stack-exchange format....

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