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November 2021 topic challenge: Samuel R. Delany

This post is for the tenth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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How should we tag the Dune movies?

We now have a third movie for Dune (ostensibly a movie series... if they ever get the latter parts made). There are questions now being asked specific to this movie. Normally we'd do [dune-2021] or ...
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Wording for fourth (custom) close reason - "Not about science fiction or fantasy"

Now that we have consensus on adding a fourth custom-close reason (and confirmation from Community Manager @Catija that she's happy to do so), we now need to agree on the wording. The original ...
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Cultivated a new tag, Cultivation

Added cultivation after running into yet another story-identification query regarding it. Went ahead and tagged a number of older questions on the topic, although I halted around 5 or so so as to ...
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Would this Dragons question be on-topic?

I was going to post the following question about Dragons in Temeraire, but looking for appropriate tags started to think it might be off topic as science based. Could I get a feeling in the room? In ...
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Similar Questions Glitch

I was in the process of asking a question on the main Sci-Fi stack when the Similar Questions section started glitching out, rendering it an almost illegible mess. Can you please fix this?
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Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2021

Update All the data has been submitted to the post: Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2021 Origin Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered ...
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Can we read about the privacy policy changes somewhere besides meta.se?

Today there's a banner up top that says We changed our privacy policy. Read more. The link goes to meta.stackexchange.com. For...reasons, I don't read meta.stackexchange.com. I even have it blocked ...
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Why Scifi not allowing me to post a question?

My last question hit HNQ, but now Scifi not allowing me to post a question:
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October 2021 Topic Challenge: Gene Wolfe

This post is for the ninth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Non English tags, redux

The meta question here gives good reasons why tags should be in English, but the discussion does not cover works that were in a foreign language to begin with. I think this is an edge case that needs ...
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Topic challenge is taking a break in September, returning in October

Apologies that this has only come to light after the September topic challenge post should have been made, but it seems as though this has slipped through the cracks. The moderation team plans to ...
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Does SFF want to keep accepted answers pinned to the top or not?

Context: Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Stack Overflow has just stopped pinning the accepted answer to the top of the list of answers, instead ordering answers ...
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What's with all of the low-quality Wall-e questions?

I've noticed that since August 13th, there have been ten Wall-e questions with an average score of 0.1 each. Two have been closed. These are supposedly from seven different users but 6/7 are from now-...
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Should I correct misremembered details in my question?

Yesterday I asked this question (Polar-dwelling youth finds an offplanet bride, but she dies, but he adopts exiles as his tribe) and today I found out the answer and answered it myself. I have found ...
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How can I pose this question, without it being flagged as a duplicate?

I want to ask the following question: What is the dependence between volumes of The History of Middle-earth? This is a very similar to a question already asked, What to read in History of Middle-earth?...
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Is this a stock message that can be updated to fit SFF?

An answer to this question contains the following comment by the automated Community "user": Please add further details to expand on your answer, such as working code or documentation ...
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Why was I asked to provide information already included in my question?

Who was able to teleport an item into the chest of his loan shark I'm not sure why I was grilled so harshly when I included all the info I could remember that was relevant. How do I know he was a ...
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Can we please have our close reason ("This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy") back?

Getting a new custom close for our Future Works policy has resulted in one of our existing close reasons being removed. "This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy ...
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Why is this Community Wiki answer branded with a deadname?

Early 90's children's book about a girl who travelled back in time has a Community Wiki name which is credited to "Richard". Clicking through reveals Valorum (who, indeed, once used ...
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Editing the Tour and Help Centre

Please check the following main meta question about what parts of the Tour and Help Centre are editable in detail. For a quick rundown though: Tour: Introduction paragraph Tour: The "Ask about......
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Favorite Question and Answers from Second Quarter 2021

Oops. A little late, but still good. Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from April 1st 2021 through June 30th 2021. Your answers will be compiled ...
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Why was my question closed as duplicate? [duplicate]

I realize that it has no impact on anything but my question was closed as duplicate despite being asked 3 years earlier, having more answers, being higher upvoted and having more views than another.
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New custom close reason: Future Works

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. These included changing the text saying "off-topic" in custom close reasons to "a community-...
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Why was my answer deleted?

Earlier today, I answered this question: Why doesn't Worf use contractions?. I returned to find that my answer had been deleted. I am new to this community and terribly confused about why my ...
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Joint SFF/Arqade Topic Challenge: The Elder Scrolls (August 2021)

This post is for the eighth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Do spoiler tags work in tables?

Let's find out... My header Some public info >! Some secret info Based on the preview, it looks like spoiler tags don't work in tables. So are there any options for hiding a spoiler in a table? ...
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The site turned orange

All text on the site is suddenly orange. Unfortunately, orange on white isn't readable by humans. I don't know if this is a bug or another "brilliant" UI redesign. I can't change theme below ...
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No longer possible to add multiple duplicate targets?

I happened upon Novel with humans travelling to a distant planet becoming super-intelligent, which is at one end of a small duplicate chain. I was going to simply edit the ultimate parent in, so as to ...
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Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 4-week challenge!

I recently learnt that there is a special 100-page, 80th anniversary edition of the Green Arrow comic! In celebration I'm going to put a 500 rep bounty on the highest-scoring question (to be given via ...
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Should the correctness/quality of the accepted answer be a factor in choosing which of two duplicate questions to close?

Let's say there are two duplicate questions. Each are equally broad, and each have a decent number of good answers. (Meta consensus here says to keep the broader question, and failing that, the one ...
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July 2021 Topic Challenge: Rivers of London

This post is for the seventh of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Is the film Apollo 13 (1995) on topic?

Is the 1995 film Apollo 13 on-topic? The primary plot of the film (the crew of a crippled spaceship struggle to survive and stay on course after a disaster) fits a classic SFF mold, but it is not ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Science Fiction & Fantasy 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 ...
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Why was my question about the sentience of androids in "Alien" closed?

My question was closed. Are Androids sentient in the "Alien" franchise? I've responded by adding some additional detail (in this case a better definition of required definition of what I ...
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Was this copyright claim determined to be bogus?

The deleted answer here reads like a copyright infringement notice, although I'm confused as to what could be considered infringing. I did not try following the link... was it detected malicious?
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Let's pick some nice SFF questions to promote on other sites

With the new Community Ads system for 2021, we now have the ability to choose specific questions on SFF.SE (no need to make custom images for them) and get them promoted in the sidebar or topbar of ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Game Identification Questions

I've been a long time lurker. May I say, for all of you answering questions, the amount of SciFi knowledge I have learnt I have a great appreciation for. Do you know what I appreciate more? How you ...
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RIP, actor Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty has died, aged 83, after a very active forty-year career in movies and television. Among his many memorable roles, he was known to superhero fans as Lex Luthor's bumbling sidekick Otis in ...
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Why are [in-memoriam] questions on meta? [duplicate]

It seems that we've decided that in-memoriam should be on meta, with zero in-memoriam (links to main site) questions. In one sense, I get it: it's arguably a question about other questions. But it's ...
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Is The Clan of the Cave Bear (and related works) on topic?

I just stumbled upon this well-asked and received question about the series of novels of which Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book. While certainly fictional, and predicated upon imaginative ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election [duplicate]

The 2021 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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Why do I show up as a "New Contributor" even though I've posted several times?

On my latest post, I still have the "New Contributor" identifier under my user card, even though I have made 8 posts before this including questions. Why is this?
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Should I reveal spoilers in the edit comment?

In this edit, I added a spoiler and that was the main function of the comment (and therefore would have been the comment has it not been a spoiler). Should I reveal what the spoiler is in the comment?...
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Should the question "What to read in History of Middle-earth?" have been closed?

The question in question: What to read in History of Middle-earth? It's had a little bit of history to it, originally closed as a dupe to: In what order should Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Science Fiction & Fantasy is scheduled for an election next ...
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RIP Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle, children's books illustrator, has died. He is best known as the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but he has also made some science fiction books such as Watch Out! A Giant!. And is ...
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June 2021 Topic Challenge: Thaddeus Howze stories

This post is for the sixth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Brace yourself, an election is coming! [duplicate]

Normally, we the mods, would wait for the election day for the announcement that the election is live. However given the circumstances, and the previous meta posts about moderators 'going missing' it ...

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