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12:59 AM
@bobble No, that would not be poetry.
1:12 AM
Q: Announcing the February–March 2022 topic challenge: the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer

TsundokuIn accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the February–March 2022 topic challenge. Based on the number of votes (+5), the next topic challenge of th...

I managed to read only 31 books in 2021, but I read books in six languages (English, German, French, Dutch, Latin and Spanish). That's at least something.
Q: Novels with protagonists knowing the future

Hans-Peter StrickerI am looking for novels or other kinds of texts in which protagonists are able to look into (or otherwise know) the future. Two I have in mind Cassandra (by various authors) Tankred Dorst's Merlin F. Scott Fitzgerald's Benjamin Button might not qualify. I'd like to learn how it may feel and w...

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1:50 PM
@Bookworm it genuinely irks me when a question is closed as being off topic, and people answer in the comments. Like that's bad enough normally when you could post an answer, but circumventing question closure like that seems doubly wrong.
@Tsundoku I listened to 1 book in 2021
And I don't even remember if I stated it that year
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3:17 PM
@AncientSwordRage I disagree - the question is off-topic and should be closed and ultimately deleted, but why not let people help the OP if they can? We'd help them if they came and asked their question in chat, so requiring people to invite the OP to chat and then post the same links as they'd post in comments seems like needless administrative hoop-jumping.
It's only a problem if it encourages people to post loads of off-topic questions, knowing that they can get helpful information even if the question is closed. But we aren't inundated with recommendation questions, so it's not a big deal here.
3:36 PM
@Randal'Thor if we can answer in the comments, then why mark it as off-topic at all?
@Randal'Thor I guess if practically it's not a probably then no worries... but I feel like commenting with an answer would encourage people
I just think it sets a bad example.... it's why I flagged them as NLN rather than a red flag
@AncientSwordRage Practically, closing a question blocks it to answers which would bump the thread and prevent it from being automatically deleted. It also puts an "off-topic" banner across the top which sends a clear message that the question is unsuitable for the site, comments notwithstanding.
3:55 PM
@Randal'Thor If the majority of off-topic are from new users I don't think it's really that clear a message
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5:17 PM
@AncientSwordRage The last couple of closed recommendation questions have been from 101-rep users: new to the site, not new to the network, and they'd presumably know what it means for a question to be closed.
("presumably" because sometimes even high-rep users have a shocking lack of knowledge of the basics of how SE works)
@Randal'Thor yeah definitely true
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9:20 PM
@Bookworm William Blake rose up to the Dawn of HNQ. (First HNQ of 2022.)
9:31 PM
For the next topic challenge, we have seven suggestions with 4 votes: Omenuko (the first Igbo novel), Isabelle Eberhardt, literary hoaxes, R. L. Stevenson, Min Jin Lee, Medieval Arthurian legend and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
10:05 PM
@Randal'Thor ? ;-)
Dec 3 '18 at 22:02, by user15026
Reached my reading goal for this year of 365 books read!
10:26 PM
@bobble aye, I'm aware... Not gotten round to answering it but...
Counter-counter arguments: Chat as a recommendation tool is more fluid and can be more nuanced more suited to a back and forth discussion around a recommendation (like asking, "do you X or Y in a book" etc), whereas comments on questions are a little too clunky for that length of discussion. Also the fact they are Roomba-able feels like an argument against them... if they had any value they wouldn't be roomba-able. — Pureferret Aug 16 '21 at 13:17
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11:11 PM
Q: Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2021

Rand al'ThorHere's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, intended to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to showcase our site. One use for this post could be to gather links for promotion on Literature's community-run Twitter a...


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