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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Mythology & Folklore has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2022 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding the first election for moderators for Mythology & Folklore. Since one moderator has expressed the desire to resigned (HDE 226868), we will be holding an ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Overlaps with other sites (folklore)

The site is named Mythology & Folklore. Folklore, however, is a broad topic, including music, dance, traditions etc. Are all folklore questions welcomed, or they should be, when possible, asked on ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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2019: 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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Worldbuilding Stack Exchange wants to know about forwarding questions to here

Over on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, we help storytellers fill in the details of their world with plausible explanations. In many ways, we're a unique stack exchange because we answer ...
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How should I refute myself?

Supposing that months or years ago I have answered a Question a certain way, but then I gain a change of perspective on that issue and/or I come across information which negates a position that I ...
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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

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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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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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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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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 creation ...
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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 whenever you ...
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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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