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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 do we have a [beginner] tag?

Meta tags are not allowed, right?
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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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Answering my own questions

I have recently gone several times through the following process: I struggle to solve some issue or other in my writing. Since this SE is so useful, I formulate my problem as a question. Having gone ...
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What to do when you have to edit a question, enough to invalidate previous answers, but not enough to warrant its own question?

The title says it all, a specific example: How to control safety nets in discovery writing
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How to write a Writing (beta) SE question?

I want to be a productive member of this community, but my questions always end up either as closed or downvoted and forgotten. I tried everything, even listening to your advice. When they asked me ...
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Bounty Still Missing

Re. question: Incorrectly Deleted User - user31385. The issue I raised in the question has been resolved, apart from a 400 point bounty that has still not been restored to my account. In the comments ...
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Do upvotes to questions on Writing Meta not result in reputation?

The Help link for Writing Meta (https://writing.meta.stackexchange.com/help) actually redirects to the help page for Writing (https://writing.stackexchange.com/help), so it's not possible for me to ...
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Why is this site called “Writing” but still referred to as “Writers” at Area 51?

First, my apologies, as I'm not certain if this question belongs here or at Area 51 itself. After joining this site, and contributing to it briefly, I noticed that it was still in beta. Also after ...
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Tags “openings” and “first-line”: merge / synonyms?

The tags openings and first-line seem to cover roughly the same thing. "First line" is a sub-category than "openings", but it's not like the broader tag sees so much use that it needs to be subdivided ...
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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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What does the tag “titles” imply?

I found myself hovering over the "Post Your Question" button after writing a question about what my book should be titled. Now, at first, I thought this surely wasn't allowed, due to it being off-...

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