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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

SE generally allows people to use their votes as they see fit, even if a lot of them are downvotes. However, targeted voting (in either direction) is a violation of the rules, because votes are ...
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Can I ask people about the inconsistency of the tone?

We don't do critiques Posting an exert of your writing and asking for feedback or help fixing it will be closed as off topic. We also don't do requests for rephrasing or problem solving specific ...
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On topic: "How do I teach [whatever writing concept]?"

Such questions are on-topic. For example there has been the meta discussion Are questions about teaching writing on-topic?. Not much "discussion", but no single downvote on the question and answer. ...
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Closing ancient questions

If a question is off topic, then vote to close with an appropriate close reason. It doesn't really matter if it's old or new. Site standards do change over time, and whether a question is open or ...
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Are questions about general plot solutions on-topic?

As another answer says, the line isn't as clear as we might like it to be. I think you've done a good job of asking a plotting-technique question as opposed to a plot question. Stories where heroes ...
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Do the on topic rules fit non-fiction, particularly technical writing?

Parsimony is desirable when defining a site's topic. If we cannot parsimoniously include technical writing questions which we are justified in thinking should be on-topic, the rules we are using to ...
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Why are examples of writing and critiques off topic again?

Aric's answer here covers current policy well. And Mark's answer makes a very good point about reusability. As for the history - Writing critiques have been off-topic for quite some time here. Part of ...
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What's our stance on terminology questions?

We have already accepted terminology questions and have 43 questions with the tag. Many of these are not actually about writing terminology, but a significant number are. This doesn't mean that we ...
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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

I've seen this before on other SE sites. So when I started being active here I assumed it was just common here as well. As you observed, there seems to be no logical reasoning behind it. Sure if a ...
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Are questions about MLA formatting on-topic?

Sure. We even have a tag with 80 questions in it. See mla
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Song Lyrics - On topic?

If questions are specifically about lyrics and not music, they're fine. Questions purely about music can be asked on Music|SE. However, songs aren't just music and lyrics; there's a lot of interplay ...
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Is asking how to describe something on topic?

"How should I describe (THING)" is off-topic, as an "asking what to write" question. Context isn't the issue here; it's the type of question being asked, and the type of answers that question is ...
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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

Thanks for bringing this up. I've seen another odd pattern where I'll be on SE and I see several downvotes for different posts of mine come in a fairly short time. Like 3 in 5 minutes. Some of the ...
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New reviewer, looking for clarification about what appears to be a request to critique

It's not the strongest question out there, and it's pretty borderline in the sense of asking for a critique, but it's a writing question and is more or less on topic. We're not as stringent about ...
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Are "how can I hide information" questions on topic?

Yes, such questions are on-topic For example you could look at some questions that go in similar direction, such as: How to hide something in plain sight (and keep it hidden)? How to make the ...
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Topicality of question on how to give feedback

Questions about how to review or critique are on-topic. (Editing is on-topic, and this is related.) Your question as proposed feels too broad, but you could narrow it down by including: type of ...
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Are there some hidden rules I am not aware of that would explain the relatively high amount of downvotes on new posts lately?

I've reviewed the voting patterns on Writing lately and I have seen some patterns: (The site analytics page is available to 5k users on beta sites.) Notice that nearly all the voting on the site is ...
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Would this question be acceptable for Writing, or is it better suited on e.g. Worldbuilding?

Very broadly speaking: Worldbuilding is for questions about the setting in which your story is set, but not the story itself Writing is for questions on how to get your story or point across (...
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Is my question on an unusual editing technique on-topic?

About Pre-Posting to Meta It isn't recommended practice to post an entire question on Meta as "screening" for the main site. Just as we don't want an off-topic question on the main site, so we don't ...
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Are questions about finding specific books on topic?

There's now a Literature Stack Exchange site where you can ask this kind of question (or, for that matter, other general questions about literature, books, publication process, and a wide variety of ...
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Are ethical questions on-topic?

I'm okay with giving ethics questions a shot if, as noted, we can keep them answerable. Ethics are subjective to a certain extent, so we'll have to be careful to make sure they don't turn into ...
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Are ethical questions on-topic?

Tentatively on-topic. Since these don't really have a home elsewhere on Stack Exchange, I'm hesitant to close ethical questions simply because we don't yet know how to handle them. I suggest we ...
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Are questions about analyzing a non-literature writing on-topic?

From the help center: On the other hand, these kinds of questions aren't allowed here: Questions seeking to interpret or analyze an existing work, although there are exceptions if is being applied ...
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Why are examples of writing and critiques off topic again?

According to a meta post on this topic: https://writers.meta.stackexchange.com/a/879/26057 Critique questions are off-topic, because they will be helpful only to you and the text you post. ...
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Should we allow visual art questions if they are about narrative storytelling or character design?

That is a really good question. I am with you. If the question is about narrative and storytelling, I'm okay with it even if it's not about wordcraft. Perhaps the defining characteristic is: does ...

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