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Should we change the title of the "strong opening line" question?

Change the title. As someone who is completely unaware of whatever drama is going on, and isn't really heavily invested in this particular StackExchange site, I'm going to chip in and say that it ...
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What should we do with the "fundamental career advice" question?

This is a poll question. It's a fun one, and a popular one, but that's kind of exactly the problem -- everybody wants to read it; everybody wants to contribute a new answer; and none of the answers ...
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Should we change the title of the "strong opening line" question?

I have already made my feelings on this plenty clear, I think, but I do feel the reed to reinforce the fact that as it stands this is practically vandalism of the system. At its heart, it is a useful ...
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Can I request a moderator remove comments from my question?

Like F1Krazy said, posting on Meta is one way, though not necessarily the most expedient one, especially for things that actually require a diamond moderator. Unless there's a need to discuss the ...
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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 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 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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Do I lose reputation when I downvote things?

You do not lose reputation for downvoting a question. You do lose reputation for downvoting an answer. You can find more here. You lose reputation when: your question is voted down: −2 ...
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What should we do with these questions?

Urban erotica and authors Asking for literature recommendations. Suggested action: Close as off-topic Edit: Closed.
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What should we do with the "erotica" question?

I think your choice to close (for either reason) was correct. There wasn't a question there as presented. The piece was very badly written, and adding sex on top didn't improve it any. It would take ...
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What is a positive question record?

According to this meta post, A positive question record means you don't have too many closed, downvoted or deleted questions, overall. The formula is (TotalQuestions - Negative - Closed - Deleted) /...
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Should we change the title of the "strong opening line" question?

No. Titles are by definition, clickbait even before the term was coined during the internet revolution. As writers, we all know how important a title is in drawing eyeballs to our fiction, journalism,...
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Wait, where's what?

Moderators sometimes delete accounts where the entire participation has been abusive (spammers, sockpuppets committing voting fraud, etc). Outside of those fairly narrow bounds, if a user is deleted, ...
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Can I request a moderator remove comments from my question?

Technically, you're requesting that right now, but that's not what you meant. If you want to clean up an entire comments section, the best thing to do is to flag one of the comments, select "...
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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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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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Reposting a "generalised" version of the same question

I agree that the questions are different, and if we don't already have a general question on this topic I think adding one is valuable. I didn't vote to close, but I suspect part of the problem is ...
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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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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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What should we do with these questions?

What helpful writing exercises do you use? This question is really an attempt at discussion. While maybe it could have become a more concrete question, the answers are very random and there's no way ...
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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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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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Can the moderators please delete my question?

Deleting a popular question with good answers isn't really fair to the community. I don't see anything problematic in your question; I certainly don't think you were being abusive. Are you concerned ...
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Should we change the title of the "strong opening line" question?

From the Meta.SE faq on writing titles: 2. Make it descriptive, but also to the point. Make sure you describe your question or problem well enough so that readers get the gist of what it's ...
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Is this HNQ question off-topic?

I am, admittedly, new here, but as far as I can tell, this question passes muster because it manages to frame the question as a generic situation to which answers can potentially provide value to more ...
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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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What's the issue with this question that's about how to make the best use of a writing tool?

It's arbitrarily restrictive Your question doesn't appear to describe the problem, but instead prompts for the solution you want to give. See the comment under your post: Does it need to involve ...
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Problem question about male characters: Can we save it by editing?

Uncharacteristically, I'm of the opinion that this is fairly close to a fine question. :) The title change was absolutely necessary; we don't do survey questions, and this shouldn't be answered as a ...
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Writing for advertising - on or off topic?

This site isn't just for fiction; we welcome questions about all types of writing. If you browse the tags you'll see technical writing, scientific writing, and journalism, among others. However, it ...
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