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Has there been a noticable downturn in the quality of questions on Writing SE?

I think this is, as you say, due to the number of high-rep users who have left the site. According to this comment on a post I made on MSE, we were averaging about 8 questions/day prior to Monica's de-...
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Downvoting question because OP has accepted an answer too early?

Personally no it's not acceptable. First off it's going against what voting is meant to be for where in this case someone is voting because of the Asker's actions to an answer and not because of the ...
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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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Downvoting question because OP has accepted an answer too early?

To downvote the question because OP accepted an answer quickly? As far as I'm concerned; no, that's not the right thing to do. That said, strictly speaking it's not against the rules; except for ...
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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

I strongly agree. I'll add my two cents to what Galastel already said. The contest made us write more question than usual on less-hot tags, and we do have a lot of those. Promoting tag diversity ...
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Should we answer questions about homework assignments?

I was a college professor (now a research scientist, but still often working with graduate students and postdocs). I fully expect students to use the Internet as a tool, and I don't see this any ...
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Has there been a noticable downturn in the quality of questions on Writing SE?

Definetly. I was about to opening a meta question myself. What's more - speaking for myself here - the damage done to Writing's community and "family business" feel after the CoC controversy has left ...
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How can I Remove the 'Possible Duplicate' Status on my questions?

I assume you're talking about the "possible duplicate of" notice that appears at the top of the body of the question. This notice is visible only to you. It predates the "is this a duplicate?" ...
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Best way to connect existing answers to new questions?

There is a preferred way to handle this. First, if you can copy-paste an answer from one question to add it to another. The second question is probably a duplicate and should be flagged as such. That ...
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Roughly half of answered questions have no accepted answer, is this normal?

I cannot answer for others, but I can answer for myself. Sometimes, I am answered, I can accept an answer quickly, great. But as often as not, I go and try one approach, which takes time to write, see ...
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Has there been a noticable downturn in the quality of questions on Writing SE?

For me, my "SE Energy" has been funneled into Meta, mostly. (I just joined in early spring of this year, and there was the question contest surge around them, too. ) First Chart - my reputation ...
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Posted an answer to an on-hold question

That actually is intended behavior. Think about how aggravating it would be to spend half an hour writing a long, thorough answer with plenty of examples and external links and whatnot, only to get ...
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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

It's a good idea. I have joined a community as a beginner in writing, and surely have less experience. But I really want to increase my participation by even answering some of the questions of the ...
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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

A "weekly tag challenge" would help us build up the diversity of our site along with keeping the good content going. Sounds like a great idea! We should be mindful of "contest fatigue". I think ...
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10 question per day, now what?

From Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites: When a site starts to consistently receive 10 questions/day, we’ll consider it for graduation. I've italicized two ...
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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

My suggestion for how it would work -- keeping it low key, more of an "inspiration" than a "contest" - a single Featured Meta Post. Title: Tag of the Week - "name of tag" Body: Keep ...
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Roughly half of answered questions have no accepted answer, is this normal?

Not every question needs to have an accepted answer. Basically, the checkmark says "this works for me" or "this answer was the most useful one to me", where "I" is the user posting the question. If ...
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I want to start my question over. What can I do?

Editing a question bumps it up in the list of questions; go ahead and edit the question. If it still isn't getting answers, you can always assign a bounty.
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What to do with questions from writers who cannot write?

The ultimate point of Stack Exchange is to produce canonical, well-written questions and answers. Nathan is correct: Improving questions is exactly the point of the edit function. This site is ...
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Canonical questions in general, and mine in particular

My guess would be that the people who voted to close weren't aware of the meta discussion. I haven't reviewed the new question yet, but I suggest adding a (temporary) note that this is intended to be ...
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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

Physical prizes are not necessary, but bragging rights for "winning" are strong encouragement. Liquid mentions here the sense of community that the competition helped foster, and I very much agree ...
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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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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

Using this answer to keep track of the tags we are promoting each week. April's idea has been very successful so far. We've: Increased total questions Added new questions to the targeted tags ...
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Should we answer questions about homework assignments?

I agree with you - the circumstances of a question shouldn't invalidate it, or make it less answerable. Once we set aside the infamous "what to write" and "critique" questions, helping people with ...
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Suggestion: Continue question pushes?

We are now (close to) done with our Tags of the Week promo, for focusing on the top 40 tags that do not yet have 200 questions. We started with 17 such tags. 2 graduated before they became tags of ...
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Roughly half of answered questions have no accepted answer, is this normal?

I don't ask any questions on Writing. That said, I put very little stock in the checked answer. That's great, it helped one person, but it may not help the most people that have this question or a ...
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10 question per day, now what?

I'm also asking because I want the 5-questions badge. Not kidding. Answering is more my comfort zone, but the combination of rewards (badge + contest starting right when I discovered SE) is pushing ...
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Follow up question on questions about feedback

I would ask separately. While one may be relevant to the other, there are many elements that are unique to each. Don't bother with asking separately about novellas and novelettes, though. By asking ...
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Should we answer questions about homework assignments?

TL;DR: Question 1 should be re-opened because it's about how to write in a specific way, not "do my assignment for me". Question 2 should be re-opened because it's not a homework question. Homework ...
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