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Does Writing.SE accept critique requests?

For pretty much all of the time I've been active here (more than three years now), we've allowed critique questions and I've wondered if they're a good idea. Let me recap: The on-topic summary says ...
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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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Announcing our contest results!

Update 2019-04-03: All swag prizes have been mailed (via US Postal Service). Those in the US should get them in about a week; unfortunately the postal clerk couldn't give me an estimate on delivery ...
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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

Since we only have 23 tags that have over 200 questions (but 4 that are close to that) and about 3 close to bronze-tag-possible status (100 questions), perhaps we have a "Theme" of the week, to push ...
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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 Edit: This is an older page, and has been superseded.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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I'd like some guidance on creating tags

I was thinking of creating a 'diversity' and 'tokenism' tag, but unsure if this is a good idea and seek feedback. How to balance respecting diversity and avoiding tokenism at the same time
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Contest: ask questions, earn badges, win prizes!

Let's ask more questions! More questions will allow more answers, and good, answered questions make our site even more awesome. More good questions can also help in our quest to graduate. Plus, ...
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Writing.SE On-Topic summary

Many users have expressed confusion about what, exactly, is on-topic on Writing; even the mods have to look things up in meta. It's time to collect our many discussions of what's on- or off-topic in ...
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How would having the writing challenges on Meta work out?

Okay, bear with me. This may be a horrible idea, or it could be good - you decide. For a while, you've had the writing challenges on chat. Great! Good idea! Unfortunately, the chat... isn't so active....
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Should we allow grammar/proofreading questions

Our critique guidelines were recently changed to specify that proofreading and requests for mere grammar correction should be off-topic. We've had two recent critique questions requesting grammar ...
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Research questions: Is it appropriate to ask questions on specialist knowledge areas?

Pieces of writing are often "made" by one or two telling details that show an expert insight into character, place or some other obscure but appropriate point about a particular subject. Is Writers ...
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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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Are legal questions on-topic here?

Have a look: Are Names of Characters Copyrighted by Authors? Do I need to register my work to retain copyright? These questions are asking for legal advice. For obvious reasons, I think we should ...
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Is [critique] a meta-tag?

Jeff Atwood has discussed meta tags, which he (via Aaronut at Cooking.SE) defines as follows: Meta-tags [are tags which] do not describe the content of the question. They describe some other aspect ...
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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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What makes a good answer?

This site is intended to provide well-supported (preferably sourced) answers which are helpful to the original askers of questions and also to other readers. In light of the goal of being helpful, ...
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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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Would there be interest in a promotional “question drive” of sorts?

Around SE the team has been known to sponsor a variety of contests to encourage quality content on the different Q&A sites. For example Seasoned Advice has a topic of the week contest where one ...
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This site is now Writing

In response to the recent discussion "Should we change our name?", we've made a subtle but crucial alteration to how this site presents itself: As a general practice, we long ago moved away from ...
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Should we encourage users to give samples of their writing for critique?

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. I feel like Jeff would want to close this kind of question ...
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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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How can we attract questions from all the OTHER writing domains that are on-topic here?

In a comment on Can Writers Graduate? Correlation between voting and progressing?, Mark Baker wrote: [W]riters is very clearly not doing everything else right because the participation by ...
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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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Do the on topic rules fit non-fiction, particularly technical writing?

This site is supposed to be about all forms of writing equally. But, as has been noted before, it is actually dominated by aspiring and hobbyist fantasy fiction writers. We have discussed how to ...
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Tags of the Week Promo—Stage 1—COMPLETE!

We started with a terrific tag-boosting contest that ran Feb 21-Mar 23, 2019. This was an official SE contest with real prizes and everything. Entrants got a point for every question they asked (...
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Tags of the week! April 1-7, 2019: Poetry & Non-Fiction — RESULTS

WEEK: April 1-7, 2019 TAGS: poetry and non-fiction Results Our first tag promo week got us off to a great start. 7 new questions from 4 users. And our winner is... April. Congrats. April posted ...
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Can Writers Graduate? Correlation between voting and progressing?

tl dr: Vote early. Vote often. Heck, just vote! Yes, I'm new to Writers, but not new to SE. I have been a writer for some time, though. You probably wouldn't or couldn't tell it from this Meta post, ...
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Should we allow grammar questions on here?

I believe that we should not allow grammar questions on this site. It should be a place to discuss writing techniques, styles, etc., but not to have your work copy-edited. There is already a ...
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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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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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Getting Writers out of its Rut

This site is in a rut. It has been in beta for six and half years. The most obvious factor preventing us from graduating is our questions per day stat. All our other statistics are excellent. (https://...
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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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How technical should questions on Writer be?

Since almost all writing is (eventually) done on a computer, is it reasonable to ask technical questions on Writers? The kinds of things I'm thinking of are: document formatting, automated ...
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Is a tips tag worthwhile?

I saw and removed a tips tag, and I believe it should be removed as it is a meta tag. Meta tags are officially discouraged on SE sites. Is this a meta tag? Do we have other meta tags in the wild? ...
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What guidelines help make an answer “good”? [duplicate]

Writing can be a vague and subjective subject, and it's not always easy to see what makes a "good" Stack Exchange answer, compared to a "less good" one. What guidelines will help me write better ...
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Should we change our name?

This is done. See: This site is now Writing Back when Writers was created, the convention on Stack Exchange was to name sites for their audiences -- Programmers, Super User, Webmasters, Database ...
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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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Should we have a death tag?

Death seems to be a pretty common topic on this site. Some example topics: Characters dealing with death: Character motivations facing death? Writing character deaths: What makes a good death ...
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Should we be answering questions about what to write about?

This question asks for guidelines on what to write about. In the realm of fiction we have already declared questions asking generically for plot ideas off-topic. In the linked meta question ...
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Tags of the week! April 8-14, 2019: Punctuation & Naming — RESULTS

WEEK: April 8-14, 2019 TAGS: punctuation and naming Results Our second tag promo week kept the momentum going with 7 new questions from 6 users. And our winner is... Linksassin. Congrats. ...
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Can we improve our short network pitch?

All SE sites have a short blurb that appears on network profiles and the list of all sites. Here are some examples: Ours currently is: That feels weak to me. First off, I think "professional and ...
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What poor/annoying practices can we identify for creative writing posts?

As in the sister-question What good practices can we identify for creative writing posts?, I'm interested in collecting observations and insights people have had about the site so far. But here I want ...
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Call for NaNoWriMo topics

A couple years ago we had a short-lived weekly topic challenge. The goal was to pick an interesting topic and try to ask new questions about it (along with our other activity on the site). With ...
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Tags of the week! April 15-21, 2019: Planning & Translation — RESULTS

WEEK: April 15-21, 2019 TAGS: planning and translation At the start of this week planning had 168 questions and translation had 137. Let see how high we can get them by weeks end. At the end of the ...
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Tags of the week! April 29-May 5, 2019: Research & Book — RESULTS

WEEK: April 29-May 5, 2019 TAGS: research and book At the start of this week research had 119 questions and book had 152. Let see how high we can get them by week's end. At the end of the week, ...
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How are critique questions working out for us?

As a counterpoint/companion to the other recent questions about dealing with critiques, this one is intended to assess our current view of critique questions, now that we've got some experience with ...
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Writing challenge - test run! April 20, 2017 - May 11

Over on this post, it was discussed whether or not we should have writing challenges on Meta. The result: we give it a try, and see how it works. That's the point of this post! Here's how this will ...
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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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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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What's the “elevator pitch” for writers.SE?

Per the fourth question of the 7 essential meta beta questions, this question can serve as the place to decide on the description for what this community will be about. Since we're all existing/...

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