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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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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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Who should our moderators be?

It maybe a bit early, but it is something definite to start thinking about. From the Moderator Pro Tempore blog: About a week into the public beta, we will seek out members who are deeply ...
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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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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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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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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 the promotion ads

We have a new ad, it looks like this; I have posted it on Movies.SE, and Yannis has posted it on sciFi&F.SE. To promote this site, I wish you all to vote these ads up.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are we becoming too Greek?

This is the resurrection of an earlier (now deleted) answer of mine, which, as per the recommendation of durron597, has become a new question. I took a look the other day at our tags. Here are our ...
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Why is the Norse Giants/Trolls question being voted to close as too broad?

What is the difference between giants, Jotuns and trolls in Norse mythology? It has three votes as too broad. Here's the review task: https://mythology.stackexchange.com/review/close/254 I don't agree....
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Create the Tag Wikis!

In order to have a well worked out beta we need to understand the tags that we use. So, we need people to start creating the wikis for the tags. This will allow new users to better understand what to ...
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Name our chatroom

Our chatroom should have a cool name, not just "Mythology". Examples: Programmers.SE - The Whiteboard Codegolf.SE - The Nineteenth Byte Puzzling.SE - The Green Llama Answer here with your ...
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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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Commenting on questions and answers when voting

I just wanted to put this on meta. For those that are familiar with how SE works please keep in mind that when we are entering beta there are potentially a lot of new people that may not be ...
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Should Wikipedia be allowed as a reference? [duplicate]

Ask anybody involved in academia and they will tell you without hesitation that Wikipedia is not a valid source to reference in an academic article. While I understand that SE is much like Wikipedia (...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should Mormon mythology be on-topic?

Generally, it is agreed that Christian mythology is on-topic. Now, recently, there has been a great deal of discussion in chat about how to distinguish "genuine" mythologies (e.g. Greek, Norse, Native ...
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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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Are questions about who worshipped what on-topic?

So @Yannis asked this question: Which cities had chthonic Zeus cults? I am quite conflicted about whether such questions are on topic. It's a question about "whom did the people from this time period ...
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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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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 stop tagging by country?

This is related to Tag rename: [australian] -> [australian-aboriginal] or [australian-aborigines], which I saw just before I posted this. Currently, we have a number of tags that focus on the ...
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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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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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Where should we draw the line for werewolf and vampire questions?

I just noticed that Are vampires and werewolves on-topic? is closed as a duplicate of Should we include folklore?. A comment below points out that if folklore is going to be on-topic, then vampires ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's up with this Anunnaki question?

Who were the Anunnaki according to Sumerians' tales? has been closed, re-opened, edited a lot over its life, and now has two close votes on it. It has been criticized as unclear, focusing on ...
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Can we ask “example” questions?

Are questions asking for an example of myth fitting some specific criteria allowed? Ex : "Are half human half horse creatures specific to Greco Roman mythologies, or is there an example of centaur-...
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What should we do with questions that probably have different answers in different texts?

Consider this question: https://mythology.stackexchange.com/q/61/33 It's probably the case that no two sources are going to agree on how tall Hercules was, or how many cows he could lift, or whatnot. ...
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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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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. ...