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RIP Colin Cantwell

Concept artist Colin Cantwell has passed away at the age of 90. Cantwell contributed to films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and WarGames, and also wrote two sci-...
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Would this specific modification to this question make it answerable on this site?

The question How is fission drive possible? was closed for being about real-world science, because it seemed to ask about how fission drives worked in general. Would it become answerable if it were ...
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RIP Patricia McKillip

She died May 6 at the age of 74, after a long career of fantasy novels, being nominated forb both the Hugo and the Nebula, and has her own tag: patricia-mckillip
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James Olson, RIP (Andromeda Strain, Moon Zero Two, several tv scifi movies/series)

American actor James Olson passed away at age 91 on April 7, 2022. On the big screen, he played prominent roles in the cult sci-fi films The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Moon Zero Two (1969). He also ...
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Is Thomas the Tank Engine on-topic?

Thomas is a talking tank engine. He lives on an island called Sodor and basically drives around having minor adventures with his friends and moving passengers and freight. Are the Thomas stories on-...
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May 2022 topic challenge: Cliff McNish

This post is for the fifth SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Why was this migration blocked?

This question was migrated from Movies:SE to our site. It appears perfectly on-topic. Can anybody identify these Marvel characters? It was subsequently answered and was seemingly on its way to ...
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About closing "first example" questions as duplicates

My question was actually provoked by the treatment of this question but let me make up a fictitious example to sharpen and clarify the issues. Suppose someone posts a question asking for the first ...
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When are questions about characters in trailers Future Works?

I just had my question about the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer downvoted into oblivion and closed. What's baffling is that it was closed as a "future work". From the original meta BAD ...
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(where) does the tour/help pages state that opinion-based *answers* are deprecated?

It's easy to find information that will tell site users that questions that attract opinion-based answers are bad ("good subjective bad subjective", the tour ("Avoid questions that are ...
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Favorite Questions and Answers from First Quarter 2022

Update posted Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from January 1st 2022 through March 31th 2022. Beep Boop Beep beep I am not a duplicate, ...
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Should a querent be able to identify their question as the dupe of a question that has a matching unaccepted answer?

Ran into Story about students stuck in a black and white universe as a result of following some breadcrumbs from the Literature SE, and I noticed that What is this story I'm trying to remember, ...
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Reopen request for the "Adventure book, possibly published around 25 years ago" question

I'd like to request that this question be reopened, and to respond to the reasons given for its closure. The blue box states that the question "needs details or clarity". I would say that ...
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Would a question about wind effects in "The Permanent Implosion" be on-topic here?

I recently asked a story ID question: Story ID: Oil well fire techniques used against space warp, got a prompt and correct answer with a link to the story, read the story, and i am now curious as to ...
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April 2022 topic challenge: Neverwhere

This post is for the fourth SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Review links for fourth custom close reason

A proposed wording for our "out of scope" close reason is being constructed at this other meta question but it needs some links to be considered ready to go. I've simply linked to the help ...
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Contending duplicate hubs for "Les maîtres du temps" aka "The Masters of Time"

A relatively popular story ID subject (with six confirmed answers and several additional probable answers) has something of a mess with respect to duplicate management. The first time that this was ...
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I spotted a misspelled tag. Can it be edited or does it have to be burninated?

The OP of a recent question misspelled their new tag kate-and-leopald but of course it should be kate-and-leopold. I nearly retagged it but at the last minute realized a mod might be able to rename it....
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Why does [age-of-sigmar] say to always add [warhammer-40k]?

In the tag excerpt (added by TheLethalCarrot): Always use in conjunction with the warhammer-40k tag. Age of Sigmar is a sequel (but completely different cosmology) to Warhammer Fantasy. It is no ...
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RIP Priscilla Tolkien

Priscilla Tolkien, last surviving child of JRR Tolkien, has died at the age of 92. The news comes from Lady Margaret Hall college in Oxford: The college announces with regret the death of Priscilla ...
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March 2022 topic challenge: L. E. Modesitt Jr

This post is for the third SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Do negative comments towards a work follow our guidelines?

Fairly often, I'll see a comment (or line in question or answer) that is unabashedly critical of the work in question in a way that I would not consider constructive. Some examples of how these ...
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What names from Star Wars are often misspelled?

I've created a query to search for commonly misspelled names from Tolkien's Legendarium. Since Millennium Falcon seems prone to being misspelled as well, as well as "Wookiee", we may want to ...
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What other names from Tolkien's Legendarium are often misspelled?

I've created a query to find posts that misspell Silmarillion or Silmaril. It seems we've corrected most of them now. (I think DavidW deserves a mention here, who has done a lot of these corrections.) ...
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RIP Douglas Trumbull, special effects wizard for 2001, Blade Runner, and more

Douglas Trumbull died on Monday. He was a legendary special effects creator, who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner, among other films—mostly from ...
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Happy 90th Birthday to Our Favorite Ubiquitous Movie Music Composer: John Williams

Composer John Williams rules the music cinematic world for his unique and catchy music compositions. Tomorrow (2-8-22) he will be 90 years old - congratulations to Mr. Williams! I'll list some of his ...
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Is there a reason why so many sites have the same number of referrals?

I was taking a stroll through some site analytics today and something caught my eye in the traffic sources, that many (11 exactly) SE referring sites have exactly 776 visits. This seems to continue ...
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What's going on with the view layout?

Over the last couple of days, the layout of the site has changed drastically and in small ways after that. What's happening? Was there an announcement? They are convenient changes, anyway, but was ...
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Seeing as downvotes are used to signal that a question is not well written, should you upvote or downvote a poorly written question you've edited?

On various poorly written questions, I've edited to make clearer and better which can end up producing a better and well-written question. However, if the original question was poorly written, should ...
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February 2022 topic challenge: R. A. Lafferty (held jointly with Literature SE)

This post is for the second SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Should questions in SciFi Stack Exchange about the meaning/use of Adverbs/Prepositions in Harry Potter start being deleted? [duplicate]

I've started noticing too many questions in SciFi Stack Exchange about the meaning of adverbs/prepositions, mainly in Harry Potter tag. With a simple search with relevant tag, someone would always see ...
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Can speculations be accepted as answer?

Well, frankly, the title stands for itself, but in short, can speculations supplied with enough evidence hinting at the speculation be accepted as an answer? Examples: "USA" in the address ...
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Why is there a Disciplined badge as well as Peer Pressure?

I understand the value of the Peer Pressure badge. If a post has a negative score, it means it is not a valuable one and deleting it by oneself cleans up the forum. But why give a badge for deleting ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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And the Best New User of 2021 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I am continuing this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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Which story ID question should we close as a duplicate?

This old question Story where the hero ends up having his eyelids removed and being hooked up to some kind of virtual reality machine has a good answer but it was only accepted via a comment under the ...
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What's supposed to be the style for initials, as for instance HP Lovecraft?

I recently asked about "HP Lovecraft", with no stops in the initials. I've seen that style in many another post here but I've also seen "H.P." In the case of my post, I think ...
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Should Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman get its own tag?

This may seem a trivially obvious, but I wasn't quite sure. I was writing another Walter M. Miller, Jr. question for the monthly theme just know, but the question was actually about Saint Leibowitz ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2021

Update The post is now live. Favorite Questions and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2021 Origin Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from October 1st 2021 ...
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How do we deal with a situation where a Story-ID question is a duplicate of more than one work?

I just posted a second answer to my game identification question: Searching for video game like Xevious but with more interesting bosses —the reason being that I discovered that I had combined ...
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January 2022 topic challenge: Walter M. Miller Jr

This post is for the first SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Is it okay to edit a question to match the answers given?

I asked a question, and received some answers that had completely misinterpreted the question I was asking. I could edit the question to be more clear, but seeing as it already has answers that seems ...
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Is it okay to delete tags off of questions that the tags were created for if the tags will likely not become relevant?

When going to the new tags page (a common place for me to look for tags to edit), lots of tags are vague and have been created on questions. Is it considered okay to edit these questions for the ...
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Should the doctor-octopus tag refer to both Otto and Olivia Octavius?

The doctor-octopus tag wiki says it is supposed to be used to refer to the character of Doctor Octopus (Doc Ock for short). However, in various Marvel titles, Doctor Octopus has been both Otto ...
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How far back should spoilers be marked for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? [duplicate]

Marvel titles are coming out quite frequently these days; between movies and shows, content is moving very quickly. How far back should we mark spoilers on content? Is there a standard of "x ...
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RIP Anne Rice - Interview with the Vampire

Anne Rice has passed away at 80. I loved the Interview with the Vampire series when I was a teen, and I loved the movie back when Tom Cruise wasn't nutty and Brad Pitt was new to Hollywood. Anyhow, ...
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How to give a bonus to an answer that was not accepted after the question was closed

I recently asked a question about (not) reading Shakespeare in class. Two correct answers arrived within a few seconds of each other. It also rapidly appeared that the question was a dupe. I wanted to ...
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Shouldn't a comment-only accept be considered equally much confirmation of an answer's correctness as a formal acceptance?

This meta-question is similar to one already asked. But the older meta-question mentions the case of an answer only found in comments. I'm asking in the case of an answer actually posted, and when the ...
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Are stories that contain crackpot science and/or pseudoscience on topic?

Working our way around the edges of the "real-world science" category, there doesn't seem to be a discussion about crackpot and pseudoscientific ideas. There are a couple of near misses on ...
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December 2021 topic challenge: Elizabeth Moon

This post is for the last SFF.SE topic challenge of 2021, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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