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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Writing challenge: Rise to Power - 30 July 2019 - 17 August 2019

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with previous one, this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge. Topic The topic of this challenge is rising to a position of power. It may ...
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Roughly half of answered questions have no accepted answer, is this normal?

Unless I screwed up this query somehow, there are a lot of missing check marks here. Is this normal for SE these days? If not, why is the Writing site different? I tried this query on a handful of ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Writing's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, ...
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Exactly why is it that “comments are not for extended discussion”?

I know this is generally a network-wide policy, but I do not quite understand it. Often discussion of an answer, especially about controversial parts, will help improve it. And, when such a ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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I am not able to scroll to all tag list

Please check screenshot. There is no scrollbar outside the popup to scroll down and make the pop up central to the screen. Therefore I am not able to see the badge list. OS - Windows 10 Browser- ...
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What is the highest upvoted/downvoted question, answer and comment on this site, and who is the highest rep user? (Writing.SE)

I know that this question is completely useless and trivial, but I am really curious. In the post about the departure of a significant user here, I couldn't help but notice the high rep users ...
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I fear this question might be too opinion based

Here's the question: Modernized dialogue in fantasy - stylistically untrue or clever genre subversion? I find myself using words like "kiddo", "bullshit" and "badass" in the more comedic side ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Best way to connect existing answers to new questions?

I've noticed several instances where an answer for one question can apply equally or nearly as well to another question with some modification. For instance, there are multiple questions by men ...
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What have our users published?

What have our users put out in the world recently? And how did Writing.SE help you do it? Anything published through a traditional publisher or self-published is fine here. (We may refine this after ...
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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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There should be a “subversion” tag

Quite simply, as the title claims. I don't have many arguments for this other than, subversion is tool utilized plentifully in writing, whether it be subversions of archetypes, tropes, genres or ...
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Can I ask people about the inconsistency of the tone?

I am wondering if I can post a short excerpt of my writing and ask people to comment on the inconsistency of the tone in various parts of the writing? Similarly, can I post a short excerpt of my ...
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New reviewer, looking for clarification about what appears to be a request to critique

RE: Job description for my employment reference I've just been given access to the review queues and I'm seeking some clarification. The above question appears to meet the expectation in the Help ...
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New posts that link a post using the old URL don't show up as “linked” on the sidebar

I've just noticed that on the most recent topic challenge, Writing challenge: Rise to Power - 30 July 2019 - 17 August 2019, there's a link at the bottom to my initial post from 2+ years ago about ...
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Can we introduce a rhetoric tag?

I think a rhetoric tag is warranted, based on some of the posts I've seen on creating tags. It is an important discipline within the study of writing. It is much more precise than the current ...
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Time to Exit Beta?

So, we still haven't quite reached the mark on questions per day. But we're killing all our other stats. It's hard to find a question here that doesn't immediately have a ton of answers and votes. ...
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Writing challenge: Deep in the rabbit hole - 10 July 2019 - 28 July 2019

Welcome to another Writing Challenge! In line with previous one, which featured some really interesting answers, this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge. Topic The topic of this ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Writing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on July 29 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Should we increase the reputation thresholds for privileges?

This is my first question on Meta, I hope it belongs here. I'm asking this because I just reached 2000 rep, and I was awarded "Access to moderator tools", whatever that means. I'm not sure if this is ...

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