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Please leave some space on the active page for new posts instead of filling it with tag edits

The active home page has 48 slots to show posts in, according to my count. The last time I checked, 5 of those slots show new answers being posted and 2 show new questions being posted. Everything ...
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Motivation -> Psychology-of-writing retagging trouble

I've started retagging The questions under motivation that were about writer's motivation to psychology-of-writing, so that motivation could remain for character motivation only. (Doesn't make sense ...
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Fixing [young-adult] tag

Currently, the information on young-adult reads: This tag should be used for questions about fiction that is intended for readers approximately aged between 16 and 25. A common abbreviation is ...
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Should we answer questions about homework assignments?

Over the past few days, we have run into the same disagreement over two different questions: How to write an introduction letter as a professor? and College Essay - Thesis and Topic - Hard to ...
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Unclear tags - let's clarify them

Since we're soon going into a contest that's all about adding questions to tags, let's make sure the tags are in fact clear. There are several tags I am unsure how to apply. Which could well be a ...
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Posted an answer to an on-hold question

This question has been put on hold at 18:36 server time. I have posted an answer to it at 18:59 server time. Which should not be possible. I have started writing an answer when the question was still ...
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Proposed contest: let's recognize some generalists!

This is a proposal for a contest, not a contest announcement (yet). Please help refine the idea, and then we'll run it. The Generalist badge is a milestone for sites and not just individual people. ...
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What is a positive question record?

In the achievement 'Inquisitive', it says that to achieve it you must maintain a 'positive question record'. What is this?
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Singing the song of angry men

Nigh three weeks ago, we made official our request to exit beta. During this time, efforts have been made to keep attention on the request: @ChrisSunami offered a bounty on the question in order for ...
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How to migrate a question?

One of my questions that I recently asked was put on hold because it would be better on the World Building SE, so how do I migrate it there?
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Would we be interested in holding a question drive (contest)?

In the distant past we talked about having a question drive and later held a genre Q&A contest, but that was all years ago. I recently saw an answerathon contest on another site, and that got me ...
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“not an answer” flag went to the wrong place?

To the best of my understanding, "not an answer" flags should send an answer to the "low quality" review queue. Then, if someone disagrees with the flag, it gets "disputed". An answer I flagged as "...
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Where should we advertise our site in 2019?

Last year we collected ideas for ads to run on other SE sites. This year I have a two-fold question: where on SE should we advertise (and how), and are there places outside of SE where we should be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Misbehaving reputation

My reputation is acting out. Earlier today, I've hit 200 rep. Great. Then, my rep went back down to 185, because an answer of mine, that was accepted this morning, later got unaccepted. That's fine. ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Migration Path to Worldbuilding SE

Unfortunately, some aspiring writers seem to confuse doubts about writing with doubts about how to organize, create, or fix world building aspects of their story. I've come across some questions which ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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