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Is this enough of a dupe that we should merge?

We got a flag on this question pointing out its high similarity to this other question. The second question is newer and the first has lots more views, so I closed the second as a duplicate of the ...
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What is the best way to update a question?

This is similar to Updating Questions After Receiving Answers but deals with a different sort of updating. I asked this question Incorporating new people into a critique group Last night, the new ...
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How can we make questions look less opinion-based?

We get a lot of questions that ask "can I X?" or "is it bad if I X?". This structure can make the question seem very opinion-based right up front, and questions like this sometimes attract pure-...
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Do you hear the Writers sing?

I have just posted this on Meta: a call to end our imprisonment in "beta". This has been done following this discussion last year, and this one this year. If you care about us becoming a full ...
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Answers that add nothing

Recently I'm seeing answers from new users, that don't add anything to the discussion. That is, some answers have already been posted, and the new answer says only what has been said before, without ...
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Do we need to clarify in the help center that questions about existing literary works are off topic, or adjust the close reason text?

A recent incident caused me to, among other things, look at the help center article What topics can I ask about here? in relation to the "existing literary works" close reason: The community has ...
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What timezone is Writing Beta on?

I'm on US East Coast time, and I've been logging in every day, but because of, I assume, a timezone difference, my profile says I've only logged on 8 consecutive days. What timezone is Writing Beta ...
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Is here the right place to talk about writing/storytelling tropes?

I've seen a lot of questions about tropes or general storytelling trends, like if not having a happy ending or making the villain change sides is acceptable. I'm not writing currently, but I have a ...
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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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What is the difference between [characters] and [character-development]?

After answering this question: Character is onscreen for three seconds I took a look at the tags. characters and plot I added character-development but realized I didn't know if I should delete ...
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Should we have a library tag?

I was looking at Library of Congress filing: "intended for children or young adults" and seeing if the tags were appropriate. Turns out we have no library tag. Doing a search, there are ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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Is asking how to describe something on topic?

Is asking how something or asking how to describe X on topic? There are many questions like: How a mature child would behave How to show a crying scene I feel like those type of questions are ...
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“Examples of X in Fiction” questions

I've understood questions of the form "What are examples of X in existing fiction" to be off-topic for us. Because: By definition, they're list questions, which work really poorly on SE They're low-...
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How to handle “How do I get a job writing for X when I don't know how to X?” (edited)

Variant 1: I like X but I don't know how to do X. So I want to write for X instead. (e.g. I like comics but I don't know how to draw, so I want to write for comics.) Variant 2: Writing for X ...
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Asking the needed questions

I would like to contribute to the general rise in average questions per day by asking a bunch of questions. I am certain I could repurpose a large number of questions that have been asked at writing ...
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Why doesn't this other question get closed for asking what to write?

And again, I don't understand why a question that clearly asks for brainstorming help on what to write doesn't get closed. Please explain the site rules regarding "what to write" in sufficient detail ...
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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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How to Encourage (or Make) Questioners Wait to Choose Best Answer

Much too often, a newer questioner will choose a "best answer" within hours (or sometimes minutes) of submitting a question. This is frustrating for many reasons and discourages people from ...
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Handling Personal Attacks

So a brand new member posted a way off-topic question and I voted to close. https://writing.stackexchange.com/questions/40615/personification-of-depression I commented: I'm voting to close this ...
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Why doesn't this question get put on hold for asking what to write?

A recent question about Painting ritualistic murder in a "good-guy" light? is clearly a what-to-write question. It does not ask: How do I go about, if I have a problem with motivating a ...
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Shouldn't we have migrated this question?

This question got posted here a few hours ago. It's a phrasing request asking for help wording a sentence, which is off-topic here but - if I understand correctly - is on-topic on English.SE. I ...
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Place for a Question Asking for Critique Resources

Moving a discussion from comments over to Meta, as requested. This is in reference to: Where can I post my rough drafts for peer evaluations? SUMMARY: A new user asked: "Where can I post my rough ...
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Are there other “meeting places” for the community here at Writers?

I've stumbled across a comment under a question today that made me think. It mentioned meeting on discord to escape the "question-answer" format, that is unfit for ... well, a certain range of topics; ...
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Asking what to include - On topic?

I want to ask what to include in a first page text, would that be considered on topic or off topic? I noticed that asking what to write is off-topic, however I want to ask what to include, for example ...
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Do we need both [children] and [young-author] tags to be about young people who write?

I noticed that we have both children and young-author children has the following tag wiki excerpt, my boldface: Writing for children to read, or questions about children who write. young-author ...
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Should we allow visual art questions if they are about narrative storytelling or character design?

Inspired by the question: How to design characters for a comic series? The question is broadly about both creating a character team and art technique. The OP has been directed to Arts and Craft and ...
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Should we have a “Ratings” tag?

I think there should be a ratings tag for if people have a question on if a certain situation in their writing would tip them over an edge into another rating (Say, from PG to PG-13, or R to X?) Sorry ...
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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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Review Queues mismatch

This has been happening for me quite often recently, and it's strange. I look at my Review Queue, and there's a shining red dot next to the Low Quality Posts. As pictured: I click on it, and there'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Why do we have a [beginner] tag?

Meta tags are not allowed, right?
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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 was the question put on-hold: Rhethoric Mind Torture, how to write it?

According to the super-useful notice at the bottom: off-topic. Yeah, well then, let's focus more on how NGE handled the mind rape scene. I rewatch the scene and actually find what I was looking for. ...
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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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