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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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Why is this question too broad?

I'm referring to this question, which is now closed as Too Broad. I think this should be discussed, since I myself cannot decide whether it is too broad or not and some users seem to have cast reopen ...
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Which tag to use for Biblical tales?

Which tag we should use for Biblical stories? My initial idea was to use bible (because of simplicity) tag for myths described in the Bible. However it was changed to abrahamic-religions instead. In ...
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Tagging deities and other figures [duplicate]

I see we have a zeus tag, which has been used in a couple questions. There are twelve main gods and goddesses in Greek mythology, along with a host of other beings (titans, centaurs, sirens, Cyclopes,...
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Greek, Roman, and Greco-Roman tags. Are these synonyms?

We currently have greek, roman, and greco-roman tags. I'm not sure what to suggest as synonyms for what. First, we all know that greek and roman mythology is so similar that "greco-roman" is a ...
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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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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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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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Can I ask for identification of ancient cylinder seals?

Are questions about identification of specific ancient cylinder seals on-topic?
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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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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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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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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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Is age of mythology tag needed? [duplicate]

In the question asked here the user decided to create a tag age of mythology. This tag refers to the popular game that includes mythology. Should we maintain this tag? Keep in mind that doing so will ...
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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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Are discussion of mythology-related pseudo-science off-topic

This question caught my attention: Which is asking about the Ancient Astronaut Hypothesis, a pseudo-science hypothesis, positing that mythological beings (in this case the Anunnaki, a group of ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 Would Our Design For the Site Be?

As we approach Public Beta and possibly graduation, we should think ahead for the future for this site. A lot of graduated sites have cool features, like different badge logos and backgrounds. Let's ...
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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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Should we care about spoilers?

Should we, in asking and answering our questions, be concerned about avoiding spoiling mythological narratives for other people? Many other fiction-based SE sites have policies on spoilers, ...
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Are vampires and werewolves on-topic? [duplicate]

Seems there are already some questions about vampires and werewolves? However they have been closed. So I wonder, are these creatures are part of the mythology and can be on-topic here?
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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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“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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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