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How will we define mythology?

Because this is the Mythology SE, we need to make sure we have a clear definition of mythology. We talked about this a bit on the Area 51 proposal, but we need to make clear guidelines for mythology. ...
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What are good sources when answering questions?

When answering questions, we often need source material. I read a lot of mythology as a child, but I don't always have these texts at hand, and often they were re-tellings of the stories aimed at ...
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Monthly Mythology Reading Group — Would you be interested?

I was wondering if there is interest in a monthly mythology reading group; it would be conducted similarly to the Buddhism Stack Exchange's monthly reading group. Basically, we would select a myth to ...
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Is scientology on topic here?

I'm asking this in response to this question - are questions relating to scientology on topic here at mythology.SE?
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I'm new and interested in Mythology: What are good myths for “beginners” to read?

Does this describe you? I'm new to mythology (and to Mythology.SE), and I'm interested in learning about mythology. However, I’ve only read children’s versions of myths, or summaries of myths online. ...
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Should we rename the site to “Mythology & Folklore Studies”?

You may or may not be aware of this, but there is an academic field called "folklore studies". I've been reading up on the field, and I think renaming the site to "Mythology & Folklore Studies" ...
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Are fictional mythologies on topic?

Are mythologies from fictional sources on topic? Questions about the Old Gods of the Forest from Game of Thrones? Questions about the Nine Divines from the Elder Scrolls series of video games? Etc. ...
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Should we include folklore?

There is a question here on Meta on what is the distinction between folklore and mythology. The same question was raised on Area 51 Discussions before this proposal went into private beta. I'm ...
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How should we decide if a religious question belongs here or on <Religion>.SE?

Exactly what it says on the tin. How and where should we draw the line between religious questions and mythological questions? For example, here are three questions talking about Adam and Eve and/or ...
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Is Cthulhu on or off topic?

I've seen a lot of Cthulhu questions on the Sci Fi stack exchange, would he be considered on topic here? He would be considered a mythological creature wouldn't he, the same as The Minotaur or Medusa?...
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Should we allow tags for external media?

This question is tagged greek along with age-of-mythology. Now considering that Age of Mythology is a game and it is referred to within the question, should we allow such tags? Same questions can be ...
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What Tag Synonyms should be created?

Since nobody has the reputation to suggest tag synonyms yet (and we have no moderators), please answer this question with things you'd like to be tag synonyms for referral to the Community Managers. ...
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Should we have tags for specific elements in a culture?

For example: This question uses the tag thor along with the tags norse and deity. Another question uses valhalla & folkvangr along with norse So the concern is, doesn't the mentioned tags such ...
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Myth of the Month #1: Gylfaginning

Let's get started! Since plannapus's nomination had the most upvotes, I decided to go with reading Gylfaginning, the first book of the Prose Edda. The book deals with various subjects including the ...
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Community Promotion Ads

We'll be entering public beta soon, so we need to get word out to the rest of Stack Exchange about Mythology Stack Exchange. One of the best ways of doing this is with Community Promotion Ads. Here ...
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Are questions about the relationship between History and Mythology on topic?

So I asked this question: https://mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/6/why-did-the-trojan-war-really-happen Clearly, the Trojan War and the Iliad in particular are squarely within the realm of ...
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How “academic” should we be?

I'm pretty new to StackExchange, so I apologize if this has been answered. I saw that on the Wiki academic books and articles are mentioned as good sources, and "encyclopedias" are not, yet many of ...
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What can we do to help Mythology Stack Exchange grow?

Today, I took a look at the site analytics for Mythology Stack Exchange.1 Here is a graph of the number of posts per day, from our launch in late April to the present, mid-September: Here is the same ...
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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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What tags should we avoid?

We're already having several conversations about what our tagging protocol should be: What tags should become synonyms? Should we have several tags for the Maya, Inca and Aztec mythologies? What ...
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Should we have separate tags for the Maya, Inca and Aztec mythologies?

We have separate tags for the Roman and Greek mythologies, despite the fact that these mythologies are very closely intertwined - often even the same stories, only the actors having different names. ...
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Proving an answer is correct

Being a Stack Overflow user, I have noticed that it is quite easy to see for myself whether an answer is right or wrong; I just need to test it. I've seen many answers today, but since in some ...
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Should we require questions and answers to quote from actual stories

I'm seeing a lot of questions on this site that Are really basic fact questions, e.g.https://mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/61/how-strong-and-big-was-hercules or https://mythology....
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What is this site's line on “List Questions”

Related: Why are people answering list questions? Different StackExchange sites have taken different stances on what are commonly referred to as "list questions". I think it's important that we ...
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Why are people answering list questions?

I think that list questions are very bad, since they contribute nothing to the OP (a list of names is actually nothing if their story isn't included) and many of the questions already are list ...
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Myth of the Month #2: The Epic of Gilgamesh

I've picked fredsbend's suggestion, the Epic of Gilgamesh, as our second myth of month. Here's an English translation of the myth: THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH,The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in ...
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What should our tagging protocol be for mythologies/religions?

For tagging, we seem to have so far had the protocol to be that we use the region if there is one and otherwise use the name of the religion. Should that be the standard protocol that we set up for ...
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What should be the defining cutoff for when something is mythology?

There has been a lot of controversy in Meta and chat about what is and what is not on topic as far as fictional sources, religions, and whatnot. Should we allow tags for external media? Are fictional ...
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Why isn't this “list question” closed?

According to our meta and our new faq, list questions are off-topic. However, a list question was recently posted to the site, and it was not closed: Are there any other gods that permanently had an ...
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Should questions not specifically about myths/stories be centered around a myth or story?

Sometimes the lines between religious myth and other elements overlap. Religious practice, history, politics, individuals, whole peoples, and entire cultures have affected mythoi around the world and ...
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Please welcome your new moderators

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Please consider not accepting answers too quickly

This site was only created a few hours ago. We have merely tens of users on the site. There is still a lot of time (the rest of forever!) for people to post good answers. In light of this, please ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Note: This post is identical to this one on Vi & Vim stack exchange I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question&...
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Is asking for resources and myth identification allowed?

On most SE sites, eventually someone comes along looking for a specific resource. The usually ask a question in the form "Where can I find a [book, site, etc] about [insert topic]?" These aren't ...
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What else do we need to do to go public?

With 8 days and almost 200 questions, with 6 users over 1000 rep and a few more that are close, what more do we need to do to go public? I noticed that we are starting to drop off in questions asked. ...
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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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Are questions about literature related to mythology on-topic

Some works of literature are heavily based on existing mythology. Are these works on topic here? To be clear, I am not referring to entirely fictitious mythologies, like Cthulhu or Star Wars mythos. ...
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“Greek” and “Ancient Greek” tags

So, a deluge of questions about Greek mythology have sprung up, which is great. The majority of these (30 at time of writing) are tagged with greek. A couple (2 at time of writing) are tagged ancient-...
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Are questions asking how some supernatural event/ability/power works on topic?

Example: Why can you look at Medusa in a mirror and not be turned to stone? It seems to me that such questions, unless the mechanism is explained in the myth, are purely speculative and not ...
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Tag rename: [australian] -> [australian-aboriginal] or [australian-aborigines]

Currently, the 'australian' tag is used to represent the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. However these stories aren't 'Australian' in terms of the current country & the culture ...
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How to ask a good question about mythology as shown in pop culture?

Norse and Greek mythology, especially, are depicted with some frequency in movies, books, comics, and television. It's reasonable to wonder how closely their representation in pop culture media ...
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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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What are the differences between the “comparative” and “cross-mythology” tags?

I was looking through the tags and considering some edits (not yet suggested), when I noticed that two tags, cross-mythology and comparative, looked very similar. They both seem to be about elements ...
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What sources should be used for answers to questions about Scientology?

Some parts of Scientology are on topic. We currently have one question about it, though two others along different lines were asked (and were deleted). It seems like a viable topic. I'll quote ...
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List of websites that link to Mythology SE

One way to promote the site is to get other websites to link to us. I created this question to keep track of which websites link to out website. If you would like to help promote the site, please link ...
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What sort of separation should we have for derived religion questions?

For example, christianity ultimately is an offshoot of judaism. Some stories are exactly the same, the ones in the Old Testament, unlike this question, where there is a lot of cultural overlap but the ...
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Should offensive words in quotes be censored?

Profanity and offensive language are generally to be avoided on the stackexchange network, as I understand it. While Jeff Atwood seems to take a hard line on this, judging by English Language and ...
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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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At what point is a question out of scope as being too centered around 'practice'?

The question Are Pastafarians required to always be dressed as a Pirate when discussing their religion? was closed as off-topic. What I can gather from the comments on the question and the meta ...
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Teutonic vs Norse Tag

As the title says, should we have a teutonic tag or a norse tag, or perhaps teutonic as a synonym for norse? Personally, I feel teutonic is the better choice but I'm aware that not many people will ...