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Please vote! What should we do with questions that are no longer on-topic?

We've had some confusion in the past about our site scope, but we now have a clear description all in one place, with community consensus (+7/-0 is pretty substantial for our meta). So, what should ...
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Critiques considered harmful?

For pretty much all of the time I've been active here (more than three years now), we've allowed critique questions and I've wondered if they're a good idea. Let me recap: The on-topic summary says ...
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Writers.SE On-Topic summary

Many users have expressed confusion about what, exactly, is on-topic on Writers; even the mods have to look things up in meta. It's time to collect our many discussions of what's on- or off-topic in ...
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Can a literary self-analysis question be made on-topic and not too broad/too localized?

On my website I recently posted some comments on some verse I wrote. Much of this content concerns how certain aspects enhance the communication of the meaning, but in hindsight I am wondering if ...
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Are “How Could” questions on topic?

I recently asked a question asking how for help with a plot twist. It's quite similar to My Hero's Captured question. I wasn't sure when I posted whether it was on topic - it's very broad and has no ...
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What is ok in questions about writing comics?

I'm wanting to start a comic. I know I can ask questions here about the words part of writing, but what about questions of conveying meaning without words? Like, recently, I was looking for info ...
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Thesis questions: Rephrasing question or something else?

We currently have two open questions on thesis (this and this). In the first one ('Trying to improve my thesis...), OP says that his thesis is: Because Christianity became so closely integrated ...
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Audiobooks - on-topic here?

We've had a couple of questions here about the audiobook format. In particular, there was a question about writing for audiobooks in 2010, and now we have a question about producing audiobooks, ...
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What should we do with this older blog critique question?

I just came across this question: Quality of my blog writing Is this just an old question that would have gotten closed for being too general of a critique, or is this specific enough?
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Asking what people like / do in software

I don't know if this is the sort of question I should ask here -- looking for input from more experienced group members. I've read the "about" document and read/answered some posts. I'm a ...
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Scope of Questions about Marketing

This question asks for recommendations for free website builders. This strikes me as off-topic. However, after thinking about it, it could also pertain to marketing. According to this Meta question, ...
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Are requests for resource lists OFF Topic?

Let's say I'm writing a book and I need to write about hacking, but I don't know nothing about the subject. It could be possible to find a lot of related resources over the Internet, but it would be ...
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Is gender/race representation in fiction on-topic?

The question Whose gender matter? The character's or the actor's? is asking, as I understand it, a question about gender representation in playwriting (within a specific situation). In favor: ...
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Is this question asking for a single word on-topic?

The question One word exclamation to mean: “This is driving me crazy.” was recently asked. The gist is that the question is asking for suggestions for a single word. I think this is off-topic for ...
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Where are the boundaries between Writers, ELU, and ELL?

We sometimes get questions about word usage, critiques of indiividual sentences, and grammar. So do English Language & Usage and English Language Learners, and those two sites have overlap with ...
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Does SE have a platform for poetry analysis?

I need help in analyzing poetic text and I was wondering if SE provides a platform for the same. Would it be fine if I post poetry analysis related topics on Writers SE or is there another place?
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Are we closing too many questions?

I'm beginning to wonder if we are being to aggressive in closing questions. Looking at the front page of the site, I count 11 closed questions. Some of them are being closed for being a bit off topic, ...
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Topicality of questions about printing

The following question recently appeared: What binding and paper makes for good reading? The question is almost entirely concerned with how to bind and print a self-published book. As such, it has ...
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Are requests for rephrasing on topic?

A type of question that pops up frequently - and gets closed frequently - is requests to rephrase a few sentences. Some recent examples: A better way of saying this? Help me rewrite this sentence ...
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Isn't this question exactly what EL&U is for?

This question is fascinating, but I think it's clearly EL&U and not Writers. Am I correct that this is off-topic here?
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Is this question about style on-topic?

Please have a look at this: How to use “I think, therefore I am” in a more fluent manner? Writers has clearly declared grammar questions off-topic here, preferring to migrate them to English ...
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Clarification of critique guidelines

English Language and Usage keeps sending us brief, unanswerable questions that are asking for vague improvements. ("This sounds weird to me.") I'm sure they genuinely think that they're placing the ...
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Can I ask this kind of questions here?

I just read through FAQ section and I am still not sure if I can ask this kind of questions here or not. What if I am writing a short story and I want to post here one paragraph from it for people to ...
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Should we be answering questions about what to write about?

This question asks for guidelines on what to write about. In the realm of fiction we have already declared questions asking generically for plot ideas off-topic. In the linked meta question ...
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Question about essay mill - Is academic ghostwriting on-topic?

Please have a look at this question: How do I imitate the simplicity of a typical student's writing? The question is fairly straightforward, it's mostly there in the title. However, the question ...
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Speechwriting: on topic or no?

This question on writing a groom's speech does not quite seem on-topic. We allow questions on writing such things as polite reminder e-mails and other fairly daily tasks, so it can't be the fact that ...
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Should we allow questions on where to self-publish?

Following my question on whether questions about HOW to self-publish are on-topic, I am wondering if it is appropriate to allow questions asking WHERE a writer should go to either seek help with ...
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Should we allow questions on how to self-publish?

If a writer decides to go the route of self-publishing, it is unlikely they would know what steps to take to go about doing it. With that in mind, should we allow questions that ask for advice or ...
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Should we allow questions pertaining to marketing a self-published book?

With the increase in popularity of self-publishing e-books, I can see how a writer's next natural step would be to seek advice on selling their books. Since this seems like a natural result of having ...
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Should we allow all typography-related questions?

A recent question, Does it look unprofessional to have my name and all the titles of my website in lower-case?, was closed as being off-topic. I myself voted to have it closed as off-topic, since I ...
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Should we allow grammar/proofreading questions

Our critique guidelines were recently changed to specify that proofreading and requests for mere grammar correction should be off-topic. We've had two recent critique questions requesting grammar ...
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Domain-specific background questions: what's the limit?

My question here is sparked by a recent question on the Science-fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange site: ...
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Do we want to answer questions about the mechanical act of writing?

This question about cursive was migrated here from the skeptics site. I understand why it doesn't fit there. What I'm not sure of is whether or not it fits here. My leaning is that this site ...
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“Is this realistic?” : Is that an off-topic question?

If a fiction writer is just trying to make their story realistic, would asking about it be off-topic? Some example questions: If a character unexpectedly slaps their spouse for the first time, would ...
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Should this site help with specific writing software questions?

I can see this being a slippery slope. Scrivener questions seem like they ought to be on-topic, at least to some extent. You know, "How do I do this specific writing-related thing in Scrivener?" On ...
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Are We a Prompt-Providing Service?

This question by a new user asks us "what to write?" The question could, I think be perfectly fine as a suggestion for how to get ideas. That may even be what the OP intended. As a "suggest ...
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Are literature questions appropriate on Writers.SE?

I do not think they are on-topic, that's why I've written "appropriate". I want to avoid a ping-pong-effect. This topic was raised here, because of this question. I think that question is best ...
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Are homework type questions On-Topic?

Lately I've seen a couple questions that sound like people are asking for answers to their homework. Are these questions on topic? Should they be? To me, it feels like people are just showing up to ...
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What's with over-vigilance?

This question: Are You Interested in Mac OSX Lion's Revision Control System As A Writer? Dude was asking about Versions from Apple. The question has three comments barking about OT, needing to ...
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Is a question about my editing someone else on-topic?

I am both an editor and a writer. I have a question about the editing process to ask of other editors (do you use technique A or B and why). Would that be on topic for this SE? If not, is there an ...
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Is improving the ability to read on-topic on Writers?

We have a question about improving the concentration while reading. I wanted to vote to close as being off-topic, but then resisted. You cannot write without reading, which leads to the question: if ...
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Two spaces after a period: English or Writers?

With regards to Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one? which has a so called "cross-site duplicate" at: ...
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Critiques of blog posts: on-topic?

Can I use this site to get reviews on the posts I put on my blog to improve my writing?
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Are Licensing Questions On Topic?

This question about the CC license and web writing is a bit murky, but the underlying issue seems to be how to license one's writing on the web. I understand having licensing questions as they relate ...
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Is a “Help me generate plot ideas?” or similar question on topic?

This question asks for help generating ideas for a very specific plot. It's an interesting question. It's specific (maybe so specific that it is too localize). It's writing-related. At the same ...
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Money - On topic?

Monetizing a blog, negotiating a contract with a publisher, what's a good advance, how much I should get paid for a short article... are all these things on-topic here? I don't think these intersect ...
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Song lyrics and poetry

Are song lyrics and poetry on topic or off? Poetry seems like a shoo-in, but song lyrics could be a problem if the question veers into music.
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How does the content on this site differ from the English Stack Exchange site?

I can see how there could be some overlap in content on the two sites. What does this site focus on, and what is disallowed and should be asked on the English site instead?
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Technical writing questions

Is this a good place for questions on technical writing, specifically, writing on software development matters, or is there a more specialised StackExchange site for that?
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Should we allow “looking for editors” type questions?

Well it's more of a type of query then a question, they could also be asking for beta readers or other such things. While there is some benefit for using the site for networking, it doesn't seem to be ...