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Happy Birthday, us!

According to Area 51, we are 365 days old! I've seen Movies.SE do a similar thing, so I'll try that. So Mythology.SE. Where are we? What should we work on?
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Why is this question about werewolfs closed?

https://mythology.stackexchange.com/q/1483/62 I'm not sure why the question is closed. It's no worse than many of the other "myth-id" questions. I personally think that many of these myth-id ...
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Are legends on topic here,seeing its close ties in definition to folklore?

I am new to this site and would like to have some clarity for myself. I am not talking about urban legends either. Do you consider folklore and legend to be the same or different for this site?
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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 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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Where are all the original users?

I'm looking through user lists, and there are tons and tons of users who posted in the first couple of months who then immediately dropped off the site completely. What happened and is it possible to ...
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Can we please help new users by defining mythology?

I've been thinking about the question What is the earliest recorded example of religion (formerly What is the consensus for the earliest recorded mythology?). I feel bad about that question, because ...
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Did we stop doing Myth of the month?

Did we stop doing Myth of the month? Is it in somewhere else I don't know?
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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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Thoughts on relaxing our sources policy

It's becoming clear that some people don't like our current policy on sources. To quote from a comment on our meta discussion titled What can we do to help Mythology Stack Exchange grow? I'm glad ...
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Helping users with recomendations for sources

UPDATE: it seems like people are in favor (no downvotes after 5 days), so I went ahead and posted a question on the main site: What are good sources to introduce people to mythology? It's almost ...
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Myth of the Month #3: Lebor Gabála Érenn

I've picked femtoRgon's suggestion, the Lebor Gabála Érenn, as our third myth of month. Here's an English translation of the myth: Lebor Gabala Erenn: The Book of the Takings of Ireland, better known ...
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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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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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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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How should we handle contributions written from the perspective of religious believers?

I've noticed that we've been receiving some poorly researched questions and answers written by people who believe in the religion being discussed: An answer written by a native american with a tribal ...
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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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Site Promotion: reaching out to bloggers

I think its time to focus again on promoting the site. We have some successful community promotion ads, and a few people have been submitting links to reddit, but I think it would be great to expand ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to describe the scope of the site in the help?

Now that we have temporary moderators on Mythology SE, I believe they have the power to update the help text on certain help pages. I think the most important of these is What topics can I ask ...
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Are shopping (aka recommend this) questions on topic?

I saw this question and was surprised that it had up-votes and no close votes. On every Stack Exchange site I've participated in, questions asking for recommendations are off-topic because they are ...
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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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What can we do to make Mythology.SE more fun?

When I first heard of the Mythology Area 51 proposal, I was very excited, and obviously I jumped in headfirst. However, I have been discouraged about the lack of influx of new users when we went ...
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Is the current number of questions per day sufficient for a public beta?

This is the first Stack Exchange offering I've committed to since its start and I've noticed it had a large amount of content initially, counting over 27 questions per day, but by taking a look in the ...
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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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Let's create a canonical definition of mythology

This site has existed for two weeks, and we've had numerous discussions about defining our scope (most of those discussions have addressed small portions of the scope -- e.g. "is greek mythology on-...
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Are questions about urban legends / unsolved mysteries on topic?

There are two sorts of urban legends; Ones that happened somewhat in the past but well after we started to have good historical records e.g. Roanoke Colony - Associated Test Question 2k link; London ...
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Migration paths - Mutual with History.SE?

Now that we're in public, I think we should have migration path close reasons: From here to Scifi.SE From here to History.SE Also, it might not be on topic to mention it here, but we should probably ...
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We should have a “trivially answered” close reason

The Stack Exchange model is to: Stack Exchange is a network of 142 communities that are created and run by experts and enthusiasts like you who are passionate about a specific topic. We build ...
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What tag to use for questions about the Beowulf epic, or about the Kalevala?

What tag should we use for questions about the Beowulf epic, or about the Kalevala? There appear to be no such questions yet, but I hope somebody will try to ask good ones soon. Suggestions from ...
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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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Are cryptozoology questions on-topic [duplicate]

In a sense, many cryptozoology stories seem to be close to mythology - some have supernatural angle (yet, admittedly, not all or even not most). And the "real, ontopic" myths themselves are full of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about the scientific basis of mythology on topic?

This is inspired by https://mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/435/how-enkidu-was-created-out-of-clay-and-saliva, which (to my understanding) discusses the scientific basis behind a myth. My ...