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NaNoWriMo 2018 - General discussion and participants

So, November is coming and another edition of NaNoWriMo is about to start. For who doesn't know it already, NaNoWriMo is a website ( https://nanowrimo.org/ ) that proposes a writing challenge every ...
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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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POV and Grammatical Person tags

Should we turn the pov into a synonym of the grammatical-person tag? For the purposes of this site, I think they're more or less the same thing.
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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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Closing off-topic questions and migrate them to WorldBuilding.SE

Sometimes people come in Writing.SE and ask questions that belong more in the WorldBuilding.SE. Why isn't that an option in the section to close questions yet? (Close -> Off-topic -> migration) ...
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Can one use Writing Meta as a sandbox for Writing Beta?

I recently figured out that Writing Beta doesn't have a sandbox feature like WB does. Now, people said this was due to WB being a rather different site, therefore requiring such a feature. But still I ...
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The site redesign

I guess this question isn't specific to Writing, more relevant to all Beta SEs, but I don't really know where else to ask. As of today (the redesign kicked in), about half my screen is empty white ...
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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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Can my question be marked as not duplicate?

I had asked this question quite a while back, I had not chosen the answer for a long time as all the answers were helpful to me and it was proving difficult to choose one. Then I got the message ...
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Earning the 'Generalist' badge bug?

To earn the Generalist badge, one has to "Provide non-wiki answers of 15 total score in 20 of top 40 tags". As of yesterday, I have that: creative-writing - 403 total score fiction - 363 total score ...
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Writing Critique

Requests to make critiques on topic on this site have come regularly since the site's inception. Every week a score of requests for critique are posted (and closed) on Writing.SE. It seems to me that ...
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Character Building

I just created a new proposal on Area 51 after discussion with the Worldbuilding gang. However, when I shared it with the literature site in the chat (along with the Sci Fi and this site), I was ...
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Is the Critique rule the right rule?

Stack exchange has a strong history of answering questions like "Why is this code broken? How do I fix this? What is the best way to write this algorithm?" It is strange to me that this is not ...
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Can we change the “writing critique” close reason to say Writing.SE instead of Writers.SE?

Currently the custom off-topic close reason about us not accepting writing critiques says: While questions that use your writing to illustrate a point in the question are fine, requests for writing ...
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So long and thanks for all the fish

I think it is time for me to move on from this stack. I joined originally as an experiment, as a way of better understanding the Stack Exchange model. I feel the experiment was a success, but part of ...
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Can I ask to comment about my writing style? [duplicate]

Can I paste like a part of my writing here and ask for comments about my writing style and suggestions on how I can improve? I am a novice and have no background in literature. This is my first novel ...
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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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“Is my story too similar to story X” questions

I have seen several times questions of the following format: "This is my idea for a story, is it too similar to existing published story X?" For example here and here. In their core underlying ...
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ELL vs. ELU - where to send your beginner Engish questions

A comment was recently left on a recent question; it read: Hi, Welcome to WritingSE. This question actually belongs on EnglishSE. ell.stackexchange.com Just a clarification: English.SE is ...
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Downvoting question because OP has accepted an answer too early?

Referencing this comment: Is it justifiable to downvote a question if the OP has accepted an answer right away?
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Why do we have a [beginner] tag?

Meta tags are not allowed, right?
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Do we have such system?

So, I'm getting downvoted by a currently unknown force. I don't remember when it started, but there were some "serial voting reversed" notifications at my [achievements] tab. Recently my questions ...
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Answering my own questions

I have recently gone several times through the following process: I struggle to solve some issue or other in my writing. Since this SE is so useful, I formulate my problem as a question. Having gone ...
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What to do when you have to edit a question, enough to invalidate previous answers, but not enough to warrant its own question?

The title says it all, a specific example: How to control safety nets in discovery writing
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How to write a Writing (beta) SE question?

I want to be a productive member of this community, but my questions always end up either as closed or downvoted and forgotten. I tried everything, even listening to your advice. When they asked me ...
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Bounty Still Missing

Re. question: Incorrectly Deleted User - user31385. The issue I raised in the question has been resolved, apart from a 400 point bounty that has still not been restored to my account. In the comments ...
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Do upvotes to questions on Writing Meta not result in reputation?

The Help link for Writing Meta (https://writing.meta.stackexchange.com/help) actually redirects to the help page for Writing (https://writing.stackexchange.com/help), so it's not possible for me to ...
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Why is this site called “Writing” but still referred to as “Writers” at Area 51?

First, my apologies, as I'm not certain if this question belongs here or at Area 51 itself. After joining this site, and contributing to it briefly, I noticed that it was still in beta. Also after ...
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Tags “openings” and “first-line”: merge / synonyms?

The tags openings and first-line seem to cover roughly the same thing. "First line" is a sub-category than "openings", but it's not like the broader tag sees so much use that it needs to be subdivided ...
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All comments on my answer have vanished, not sent to chat or anything else

For this question, Is it acceptable to use words like "heaven" and "god" when the narrator is agnostic?, my answer (with 80 votes at this writing) had a dozen or more comments, ...
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What does the tag “titles” imply?

I found myself hovering over the "Post Your Question" button after writing a question about what my book should be titled. Now, at first, I thought this surely wasn't allowed, due to it being off-...
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Incorrectly Deleted User - user31385

My profile (user31385) has been deleted because someone has got the impression that I am under 13. I was born in 1964 and so however much I wish I was younger, I'm not underage for this community. How ...
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Do we need a tag for every genre?

I noticed a new tag today: dark-fantasy. Essentially, according to the description, it is for questions about books that mix fantasy and horror. My question is why do we need a tag for every genre ...
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Weird reputation

I look at yesterday, and I see I've earned 235 points. Only that shouldn't be possible: 200 is fine. Over that, accepted answer gives 15, so 215 and 230 are possible, but not 235. Then today, I just ...
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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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Link of related question links to different question?

I was on this question at Writing Stack Exchange. On the side, there is a list of the related questions. I clicked on this question("I have this story all planned out..."): For some reason the link ...
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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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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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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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Tag for “Nonlinear” or “Branching Narrative”?

This is a request for a catch-all tag for nonlinear, branching narratives, Choose Your Own Adventure® gamebooks, choice fiction (Twine), interactive fiction (text adventures), and the stochastic/...
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Why are our traffic stats so low?

Right now the block on the right side of Main lists the usual stuff: ~6,5k questions, around 20k answers, 100% answered and ~22k users. But one stat seems to be quite far off: We currently have 55 ...
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Can the name of our site in SEDE be updated?

Some time ago the name of Writers.SE was changed to Writing.SE as can be seen in the post This site is now Writing. Today I noticed that the Stack Exchange Data Explorer still uses "Writers". The ...
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What's the difference between [script] and [scriptwriting]?

Some time ago Έρικ Κωνσταντόπουλος (Erik the Outgolfer) mentioned the following in the chat: I've noticed there are both script and scriptwriting, sometimes on the same question too! Both tags ...
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What's the difference between [short-story] and [short-fiction]?

I've stumbled upon the tag short-fiction, which sadly has neither a tag wiki excerpt nor a full tag wiki. Looking through the questions tagged with short-fiction I can see that most of them (10 of 18) ...
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It Is Appropiate to Welcome People Answering My Question?

Recently (yesterday, actually) I ask a question about writing an AI character. The question get a fair amount of attention and there were several first time posters. They popped up in the First Post ...
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A determined duck is following me

Everywhere where I go, there's a duck in the bottom right corner, just staring at me. Why is it there? When did they implement it?
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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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Fiction vs Creative-Writing

We currently have two tags that describe basically the same thing: Fiction and Creative-Writing. Fiction is described as "a form of prose writing that deals with at least partly artificial or imagined ...
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Feature Request: Can I opt out of the Hot Network Question?

Since this was brought up in another thread, I'll make it a question just so it can be "official". I asked a question yesterday and got 5 great answers. However, the question seems to be a Hot ...
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Why were these two identical spam answers converted to comments?

About eleven hours ago, this question received two near-identical answers, from two separate unregistered accounts, that were quite blatant spam. Both were apparently converted to comments by a ...

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