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Why was the question put on-hold: Rhethoric Mind Torture, how to write it?

The question is too specific, it isn't phrased in a way that lends itself to answers that would help anyone except you. It might have done better if it was recast to more of a general situation that ...
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Why was the question put on-hold: Rhethoric Mind Torture, how to write it?

The edit didn't improve the question in any way that'd allow for re-opening. Questions asking what to write are firmly off-topic here. The links at the bottom of the closure notice will explain this ...
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Why doesn't this question get put on hold for asking what to write?

I don't see this as a "what to write" question. The author has a very clear sense of their goal -- they want their protagonist to gradually accept something unthinkable, as also being a harsh ...
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Closing off-topic questions and migrate them to WorldBuilding.SE

Beta sites don't usually get custom migration targets. (We got EL&U as an exception to the usual rules, years ago.) The last time we looked there weren't enough questions flowing from Writing to ...
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Are questions about the anatomy of existing works off topic?

Yes, questions about existing literature are off-topic on Writing.SE Taken from the Help Center, specifically the topic What topics can I ask about here?: On the other hand, these kinds of ...
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Doesn't this question belong on "English Language & Usage"?

On its own, it's a question for English. But the longer question does connect to a fictional setting and it's reasonable to ask in a writing context. If someone new to SE were coming in with that ...
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I fear this question might be too opinion based

I think that question is sufficiently well-defined to be answerable. You aren't just asking for opinions. Sure, people will probably answer that to some degree based on opinions, but it's opinion ...
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How to handle situations like this?

If there was a better way to handle that, then what was it? How would you have gone about resolving that? If you see content that you're concerned about - whether because you think it is ...
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Why doesn't this question get put on hold for asking what to write?

While I agree that the question could have been phrased better, and that the way it is written now, it walks the line, with such borderline cases I prefer to err on the side of allowing the question ...
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Place for a Question Asking for Critique Resources

There is a sort of consensus on Stack Exchange that list questions are bad. Here and here are two prominent discussions of the subjects on Meta.SE. Drawing on those discussions, the two main problems ...
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Is this question fit for Writing SE or EL&U?

It fits better on EL&U Disclaimer: I am not active on EL&U and not 100% certain on their guidelines. If I saw this question on Writing.SE I would vote to close as off-topic. One of our off ...
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How to handle situations like this?

As explicitly stated in the help center... To prevent your question from being flagged and possibly removed, avoid asking subjective questions where … every answer is equally valid: “What’s your ...
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Can I (or someone else) vote to re-open a closed question?

You can cast reopen votes once you get the "close and reopen questions privilege"; on this site, that means reaching a reputation of 500 (other sites will have different bars). The author can edit ...
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Are questions about the anatomy of existing works off topic?

I think some of those questions can be valid, to an extent. The three act structure is derived from existing stories, and identifying where beats occur in "Lord of the Rings" vs the movie "The ...
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Writing tips - on topic?

Welcome to Writing SE! Unfortunately I think you're correct in that this would be off-topic as a question looking for "general" tips would be too broad for the SE format. Really we need ...
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Is this question fit for Writing SE or EL&U?

This question should be on English Language & Usage and not on Writing. It's not about writing. It's information that might be useful to a writer, but then is information from a wide variety of ...
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Why doesn't this question get put on hold for asking what to write?

In my opinion, this question definitely walks the line between "what should I write" and "how do I achieve such-and-such a result". I'd vote to close if I were a user, but as a moderator I can't do ...
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Why is the question about writing a polite unsubcribe email closed?

"How to write" would be "Here is this email I have written. I think it is rude. Can you help me make it more polite?" That's working with existing copy. "What to write" is "I want to accomplish X," ...
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Research questions: Is it appropriate to ask questions on specialist knowledge areas?

Sorry to bump an old thread but seems it came up again over a current question. This is a hard one to answer, I can see the arguments for both sides of the coin and one we should probably revisit. ...
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Specific cliche requests (and similar questions) - off or on topic?

On-topic I would like to take from Jaydles' great answer over on Meta Stack Exchange on this: ...helping 100 people is pretty good, too, and helping 1 is better than 0 It makes me a tiny bit crazy ...
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