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How relevant are the modern author Rick Riordan's book?

So I was pondering some questions lately out of curiosity, and I thought up across this. How relevant are Rick Riordan's books in relation to this site? Are they off-topic? Do they deserve their own ...
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Would Nautical superstitions fall under mythology and folklore?

As long as humankind was at sea there have been a lot of superstitions in and around the sea. Some of the nautical/sailors superstitions are time worn and some are relatively new. The version of ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Are American legends on topic and should there be a tag?

My family tells a series of folklore tales. Specifically in this case: Bloody Bones The Welcome Stretcher Maul Tail I am curious as to if they have a deeper seeded (seated?) origin. If these tails ...
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“In Universe” phrasing?

I just saw the "How did Zeus become king of the gods?" question. It's not clear from the question whether the OP wants an answer from within the myths or a anthropological answer. I wanted to ask for ...
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Does this stack exchange accept resource request questions?

I'd like to find a on a particular strand of book of French folklore, and I've had no had no luck with Google. I was wondering if the site policy allows me to ask for references here?
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If a tag synonym is made, do you get the badge?

The taxonomist badge is awarded to you if a tag you created is used 50 times. It is my understanding that if a tag synonym is made, no more questions are attributed to that tag. If the tag synonym ...
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What is up with the duck?

There is a duck on the bottom right hand corner of my ancient laptop. It comes with me where ever I go. What is the purpose of this duck?
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How often do you have to log in to be an “active” user?

In the summer, there will be a time (at least three months, eight max) where I will be 1000% unable to log in to this site (or use WiFi at all). So, I was just wondering if it will take me two years ...
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What is up with the bigfoot tag?

I like to write the tag descriptions (though I still have to get them reviewed). I was just doing that and I saw bigfoot. I right click to open the new tab. I go over and see no questions with the ...
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Would questions looking for parables/tales be on-topic of this site?

Would questions looking for parables/tales be on-topic of this site? I'm not sure if this falls to the first bullet of What qualifies as a "myth"?: Traditional myths, i.e. stories of great ...
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Possible distinction for folklore

I was editing the animals tag today, and I needed an explanation for why wendigo is on topic, but chupacabra is not. (I love chupacabras and even wrote a book about them, but the legend only seems ...
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Tag deletion possible?

If I make a new tag, then the question is deleted, does the tag disappear? Or does the tag wonder around cyberspace?
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Book that copies(?) MythologySE

While recently searching for myself online (Admit it, you've all done that at least once), I saw something I didn't expect. A book result. Opening it, I saw it. It was a copy of a question I ...
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Should we do anything about the folklore tag?

As you may have noticed, Mythology.SE has recently been renamed Mythology & Folklore. This does render our existing folklore a meta-tag, though. Does anyone have any thoughts on what to do about ...
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Has there been any effort to reach out to Classics departments at universities?

I feel like students especially would be fertile ground for raising participation. As a Classic grads, my experience is that the programs have a good number "mythology geeks" like myself.
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Post deletion by me and loss of 8 points

When answers have been deleted by SE, I gained points. Twice, when I deleted my own answers because others expressed a problem with my answers, I lost 8 points each time. I'm not concerned about the ...
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October Topic Challenge: Navajo mythology

This month, we will go with Heather's suggestion: The Navajo mythology A topic not much covered on the site, which also is readily readable about. Example myths/topics: Diné Bahaneʼ - Navajo ...
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September Topic Challenge: Australian Aboriginal mythology

HDE 226868's answer was the highest voted answer on my question requesting possible topic challenge ideas, so the subject of his answer will be the September topic challenge: Australian Aboriginal ...
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Ideas for topic challenges

Since Could this site do topic challenges? seems to have some reasonable support, I have created a thread to contain ideas for topic challenges. In answers, please include your idea for a topic ...
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Could this site do topic challenges?

What are this site's thoughts on doing topic challenges? It would help encourage questions on the site and attract new users. I also think it would be interesting for already established users, ...
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Is asking about the nature of a religion's god on-topic?

Currently Worldbuilding has a question asking for more information about whether the Moon Goddess and Horned God of Wiccan mythology are tripartite or not. The poster also wants to know what the ...
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I'm hoping we get a flood of Wonder Woman questions per the film opening

and implore people to regard them as my own teachers did, as a gateway to the original canon and not as an assault on the integrity of this stack. Every question on superheroes with origins in ...
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Should we modify our Christianity tag?

This question Any examples of dying and resurrecting gods that exist only in heaven, not earth? got me thinking that possibly we might consider altering the "christianity" tag to something like: ...
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Regarding one of the Pandora/Hope possible duplicates

Surely hope being left in Pandora's Box means that there is no true hope in the world? I just came across a quote from Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius that states "Delusive Hope, however, whom ...
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I want to propose we open this forum to Blake's Pantheon

I've been spending a little time on the new literature site, and they get a sh*t-ton more questions than we do. We would benefit greatly if we could attract more lit people, as the lit people we ...
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List of Peer Reviewed Mythological Resources

PERSEUS PROJECT (TUFTS UNIVERSITY): Perseus offers a large body of texts in the original, usually with linked English translations, and utilizing hypertext links for vocabulary. The collection ...
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Should we be more measured in how we regard Theoi?

Theoi is useful and incredibly convenient, but it it is not definitive, nor peer-reviewed: Listed passages on a given subject are often assumed to be the complete body of material, which may not be ...
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Is Stack Mythology in any danger?

I notice a distinct lack of questions being asked, but I think this forum has enormous value. It's pretty much a given that less people are interested in pre-industrial mythology these days than in, ...
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Should we have a non-reputable source for a delete vote?

So every so often I see an answer from a bad source, like greekmythology.com or Rick Riordan. So there are answers with no sources, which are still answers, I guess, but what about completely wrong ...
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Is the mythology of the Templars outside the scope of the site?

It's not a formal canon, but I do think students of mythology are uniquely suited to address the subject and provide clarity, particularly where answers are up to academic standards. (Thinking of ...
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Why is the Wonder Woman question on hold?

How is Wonder Woman related to the Amazons of Greek Mythology and Atlantis? The question is quite clear and relevant. This topic was covered by legit scholars when I was studying Classics at ...
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When using the comparative tag, should we include the two mythologies we are comparing?

I've noticed some questions that only have the comparative tag without any mythologies - Odin's Counterpart Are there any other mythologicals that got a replacement metal arm, other than Nuada, ...
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Can we please update the help center to avoid scaring away people interested in folklore?

Currently, the page "What topics can I ask about here?" in our help center is worded in a way that turns away people who are interested in questions about folklore. The phrase "Folklore is on-topic" ...
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When to Downvote?

I've noticed a couple of downvotes on otherwise decent posts, and I cannot figure out why. I looked to the rules for guidance, and they state: When should I vote down? Use your downvotes ...
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Are these Christmas questions on-topic?

It's the holiday season, and this year we've had a slew of christmas-themed questions: Are There Pagan Roots of Christmas Traditions? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Why do Ethiopians play gena ...
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Do we want hats during Winter Bash 2016?

As we say goodbye to 2016 and look ahead to the holiday season and 2017, there's one last event to get through: Winter Bash! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even though we ...
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Is comparing to recent stuff on topic?

Explaining the plot, character, setting or symbolism of a myth Historical or societal context of a myth Myth identification Translations of and primary sources for a myth Well, it sure isn't ...
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Should we be more generous with questioners and be extending the benefit of the doubt?

The recent question on the difference between the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda raises an interesting issue. While this question was predominantly downvoted, and some felt the asker was lazy, let me ...
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Dead Languages/Living Myths

Not to keep stirring the pot (although I am more and more seeing my role here as partly taking on unpopular positions, in order that they are at least represented;) but where do artists like André ...
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Let's not have individual mythical-creature tags?

So there were a whole bunch of Medusa edits, and I thought "Why do we need individual mythical-creature tags?" One isn't really an expert on a single creature, like "werewolves" or "medusa". So ...
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Can we replace the gods tag?

Right now the current description for the gods tag is: For questions about beings with superhuman powers, closely tied to a specific property and worshipped by ancient people. Let's ignore the ...
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We've hit 500 visits per day!

I don't know how, or what we did, but... We've hit 500 visits per day!!! Yes, we got a HNQ. But that was a 150 visits per day increase from our wimpy 350! What's bad... More tumbleweeds. We used to ...
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Should we include parody religions like the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

So someone recently posted an answer about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Is that acceptable?
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Should potentially objectionable images be censored or hidden?

Some questions and answers on this site contain potentially objectionable or NSFW images. Mostly depictions of nudity in art or artifacts. The SE Content Policy: Sexually Explicit Material. ...
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Is romance-three-kingdoms on topic?

Romance of the three kingdoms is a book, not really part of Asian mythology. Then again, it does have some mythology context in it. So is it on topic?
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Myth of the Month #4: Sumerian Mythology

As per Bleh's suggestion, let's do another myth of the month. This month, rather than focusing on a specific story, I thought it would be cool to focus on Sumerian mythology in general. The reason ...
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Lets have Myth of the Month back

I think we are slowly receiving more traffic. And we need another incentive. Let's try again!
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Are recommendation questions on-topic

The question Could someone tell me about good books about Hawaiian mythology? hasn't been closed. I'm not sure why it hasn't been closed: it's a recommendation question and recommendation questions ...
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If anyone is interested, here are some ideas for promoting the site

I figured out some ways to promote the site that shouldn't be too hard to do. I personally don't have time to do this, but if anyone else is interested in promoting our site... On twitter there's a ...

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