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Can we formulate a response to the large number of kids under 13?

I have been noticing a large number of kids, usually about twelve, who keep trying to ask questions on the writing SE. They get shut down, and they should, because that's the rule. But there is ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Follow up on increasing the possible migration routes for Writing SE

Follow up on this question. After seeing this question, this question, and this question, I realize we can't add a search bar like the moderator tool on migration sites for regular users, but could we ...
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Community specific reasons for closing only shows EL&U and Writing Meta SE options

A reason for closing is that the question should belong on a different SE site. The pop-up box only gives you two possible sites to migrate the question to, Writing Meta and EL&U. Could we include ...
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Do we need a [characterization] tag or redirect?

I was writing a question when I noticed there was no tag for characterization, only "characters", which seems to serve the same purpose. I was thinking this might be a bit confusing because &...
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Typo in badge list for Electorate badge

First off, I apologize for the frequent meta posts, I'm not trying to be annoying - I'm just a curious person. :) When I was looking at the list of badges I saw this typo: I think it is supposed to ...
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I was wondering if there was a community-specific way to address questions with no accepted answer?

It seems to me, that the amount of people that are accepting answers is quite low. Personally, it is frustrating as I have answered 16 questions, and only 4 of those questions eventually accepted an ...
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How could this user reviewed this Queue?

While looking at who was rewarded the Custodian Badge, I noticed that the user Heyyy was rewarded the custodian badge for completing a review task in the queue suggested edits. Heyyy's only Stack ...
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Are questions for webcomics but also somewhat about writing on topic?

I've just started writing a webcomic and was wondering if I can ask questions about it here. Obviously I won't ask 'how to draw X', but probably more about the layout of the strip and timing, as well ...
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Does Writing Stack Exchange support opinionated answers with no real research or evidence?

Currently, I am a member of the Writing, History, and ELU Stack Exchanges. What I've noticed in History and ELU, is that the general guideline is to provide evidence when you answer a question. That ...
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Writing tips - on topic?

If I post “what are your favorite writing tips” will it get shut down? I know the answer is probably yes, but I thought it would be cool, since the upvotes would rank them best to worst, and it would ...
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Would this question be on topic?

This is a question I have that pertains to writing, and I was wondering if it would be on topic if so I would migrate it, or ask it on the main site. Question What types of methods can be used in ...
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On topic for the website

Can I ask questions about a research paper I am writing and for introducing a thesis, and antithesis techniques? Like I am writing a paper 15 pages long and I wanted to know how to create a formulaic ...
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Let's hear from the Writing Community

This site has been through a lot. Our community has changed significantly from what it was a year or two ago. We have a brand new mod team and it's time to focus on moving forward as a community. To ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Writing's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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The power is going to my head: (Is my close vote decisive?)

So, the other day, I apparently closed a question all by myself: How do I write romance if I've never been in love? I've never had that power before --not sure I like having it. However, today, ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 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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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election - Nominations begin September 7th

Summary: Writing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on September 7th to bring on more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Are the ideas I post protected by Stack Exchange? [closed]

In order to ask a clear question on Writing.SE with obvious context, I find it is necessary to disclose a lot of details about the plot of my story and my characters. But if I do that, does Stack ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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