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How did I lose a point of rep in this situation?

On Feb 14 20:01:40Z, this question was asked. At Feb 14 20:08:11Z someone posted a comment asking when the OP saw it. During those 6-7 minutes, I happened to be looking and found a possible answer ...
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“Minor mistakes” rule for editing

What counts as a “minor mistake” for the entry To correct minor mistakes or add updates as the post ages in the editing guidelines? I’ve been trying to improve this answer, which is in general good ...
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In Memoriam: Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest has died. Among other things, he was the author of The Prestige. He actually wrote back to me about my question about whether the body was always dead after the transfer.
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In Memoriam: Carl Weathers

Dead at 76, peacefully in his sleep on February 1st, 2024. Perhaps best known for his breakout role of Apollo Creed in the Rocky films, he was of course also Dillon in Predator and Greef Karga in The ...
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How should a closed question that is a duplicate be updated to point at the duplicate?

This closed question Valérios itching cutscene Evil Within, appears to be a duplicate of this question What is happening during this flashback scene from The Evil Within?. Both questions are ...
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In Memoriam: Gary Graham

Gary Graham has died at the age of 73 on Monday 22 January 2024 of a cardiac arrest. Know for his roles as Soval in Star Trek: Enterprise and Detective Matthew "Matt" Sikes in the Alien ...
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What is the correct way to thank an editor?

I'm French. While I consider myself fully bilingual in comprehension (reading/listening), I'm less good with production (writing/speaking), especially with grammar (due to bad learning process). When ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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In Memoriam: David Drake

David Drake, one of the most prominent mil-sf authors, died December 10th, 2023. His rise to prominence came with the Hammer's Slammers series of futuristic war stories, mostly short stories ...
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In Memoriam: Peter Schickele

Peter Schickele died at home at the age of 88. While most people were familiar with him as the ostensible chronicler of P.D.Q. Bach's compositions, he also composed the score for science fiction film ...
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Should Duplicate Story ID questions be answered or commented?

Is there a best practice for obvious duplicate story ID questions? Specifically is it better to link the duplicate in a comment or provide an answer with that link and the corroborating details? The ...
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Should we "enable a banner to warn about [our] policy on AI-generated content"?

A post on main meta is stating "Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content", so given that it seems to be general consensus on SFF that we ...
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And the Best New User of 2023 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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Should I answer my own question if someone answered in the comments several months ago and still haven't responded to the request to post an answer?

A few months ago, I had written an identification question, to which someone gave a very possible answer in the comments, so I asked them if they could write an actual answer. To this day, they haven'...
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Resolution of Duplicates in the Enderverse

This originally came up in association with Sci fi book where humanoid aliens murder a researcher by killing him and cutting him open, where the answer was determined to be Speaker For The Dead. My ...
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Why was this question reopened when it is clearly asking to identify more than one work?

This question: What are these classic 80's action movies? was closed as "Needs more focus" and then subsequently reopened. This was surprising to me. It's demonstrably asking to identify ...
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Is it good practice to add a better answer to a story-identification question that already has a correct (although brief/lacking) answer

I saw this new question which happens to be about a book from my favourite author. I immediately recognised it and knew exactly what OP's remembered details referred to within the context of the book. ...
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When to ask on SF&F and when to ask on Arqade? [duplicate]

I have a question about Fallout 3 and I don't know if I should ask it on SF&F or Arqade. The question is Why does Moira insists on you getting a mine from Minefield? Should this question be on ...
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Are questions about copyright law on-topic?

We've had several questions about copyright law, specifically when certain properties and concepts will be outside of copyright. When will copyright restrictions expire on Tolkien's works? When ...
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How does one suggest a change to a tag name?

I think the bodies tag name could be improved: perhaps bodies-tvseries, but when I try to suggest that I can suggest a change to the tag description, not the tag name. Do I need an additional ...
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Which versions of Dragon Ball Z count as canon?

Sometimes, I stumble across a question which involves the Dragon Ball Z anime universe, and more often than not, I'm reading information that I have never heard before (and sometimes information which ...
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Reopening a duplicate so you can add an answer, then reclosing it?

This question was asked yesterday: Very old novel about a planet with a living ocean A comment was posted asking whether the answer was "Solaris". OP replied to say that it was, so I closed ...
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RIP Michael F. Flynn

Author Michael F. Flynn, most notable for the Firestar sequence of novels, passed away at the very end of September. Flynn got his start publishing short works mostly in Analog in the mid-1980s, ...
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What is the standard for answering "What was the plagiarised story published by Asimov’s?"?

What was the plagiarised story published by Asimov’s? refers to an essay published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, after the magazine apparently published a story which was later ...
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Is it okay to post obituary posts on meta for those who never were on a Sci-Fi or Fantasy work?

As you may know, obituary posts aren't allowed on Movies and TV Meta SE, and here, the scope is about Sci-Fi & Fantasy works. So is it allowed to post obituaries for well-known filmmakers, actors/...
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Can ChatGPT Answer Story Identification Questions?

Many of the questions asked on Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange have to do with story identification. But if you just need to identify a story, couldn't you just ask ChatGPT or just Google ...
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In this situation, is it appropriate for a respondent to roll back all the edits the OP made to their post?

Two days ago, I asked a question. Specifically, my question was: "Do Starfleet officers get to go on leave during times of war?" I soon received two responses, both of which were clear and ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2023

I ain't no duplicate! Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2023 through September 30th 2023. Your answers will be compiled into a blog ...
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How to dupe-close these questions about The Kingkiller Chronicles

We have at least four story-identification questions with accepted answers on these books, one with the overall series as the answer, two for The Name of the Wind, and one for The Wise Man's Fear. ...
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Here's to the next great adventure, Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon, most remembered in the SFF community for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film franchise, has passed away this morning at age 82. While Michael may have been loud ...
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Is Barbie (2023 film) on-topic? If so, how should we tag questions about it?

I am wondering if the 2023 film Barbie is considered on-topic. The film depicts a fantasy world called Barbie Land, where various Barbies, Kens, and other characters such as Allan live. A significant ...
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Should closed questions return to the front page?

Is there something unexpected going on here? Why do time-travel stories often have the characters "returning" to the future? The linked question was closed three years ago and yet it has ...
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RIP Arleen Sorkin, voice of Harley Quinn

https://www.superherohype.com/news/545532-arleen-sorkin-passes-away-harley-quinn/ Harley Quinn voice actress Arleen Sorkin has passed away at the age of 67. The news was broken by fellow veteran ...
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Why was this question closed as off-topic for "seeking recommendations or open-ended lists"?

This question was closed for "seeking recommendations or open-ended lists", neither of which are true. There is definitely a limit to the depictions asked for, and no recommendation was ...
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Clarification request: does this stack host questions about artistic license for film adaptations?

I posted a comment to Are the knife/sword fights too fast in Dune (2021)?. @AndresF. responded to the comment with a request to post the comment as an answer. I have nothing at all against @AndresF.'...
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Do we gain our reputation back if we undo an accidental down-vote?

I know there is a loss of one reputation when you down-vote a post but the reputation change takes time to show up. If we accidentally down-vote a post and undo it a few seconds later does the ...
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Should we ask to limit the number of Community bumped posts on the front page?

This answer about reasons for Community to bump questions notes that it's possible to impose a limit on how fast/often Community can bump posts: Some sites prevent additional questions from being ...
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Why the massive rep-drop yesterday?

Tons of people across the site lost reputation yesterday (UTC 7/23/23). I lost a measly 20 rep, but some people lost tons more. After losing 11k+ rep, poor Valorum's back down to 660k (oh, the ...
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Shouldn't [the-little-mermaid] include the original as well instead of just the Disney adaptation?

Currently, the usage guidance for the-little-mermaid does not even acknowledge the existence of the original story, reading: For questions regarding Walt Disney's The Little Mermaid. Always use in ...
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Am I allowed to edit an old question I posted that has been closed?

As stated, I asked a question over 5 years ago that was closed due to "Needs to be more focused". Now, the irony is that I was recently in a Half Priced Bookstore, and found the book I was ...
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The Gfycat animated image hosting platform is shutting down

Per a notice on their main page: The Gfycat service is being discontinued. Please save or delete your Gfycat content by visiting https://www.gfycat.com and logging in to your account. After September ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Second Quarter 2023

Updated Blog has been posted. Original Like, you know, whatever! Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from April 1st 2023 through June 30th 2023. ...
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Sci-Fi moderator on AI content strike

As some of you may be aware a new policy came into effect recently, whereby moderators network wide were told to not moderate new content on the site solely on the basis of it being AI generated. If ...
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Profile name has changed unexpectedly?

Not sure if this is the place to ask, but could not anywhere else I could think to use. Logged on today to check the stack and posted a comment and saw that it was from "user92109" Wait, ...
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How should we deal with questions asking about the meaning of words in a sci-fi setting? [duplicate]

We have also seen the questions. So I'm not going to directly link to them here. But what is the consensus on how we should deal with questions that ask for explanations of English language words used ...
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Did we change the voting button formatting?

Recently, I was looking at a question, and these are the voting buttons: I have a page, opened earlier today, which shows different formatting. Was there an intentional change?
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RIP Ray Stevenson, actor in Thor, Rome, Punisher: War Zone

Actor Ray Stevenson passed away recently at the tragically young age of 58. Since his breakout role in 2004's King Arthur, Stevenson had been a genre mainstay, playing supporting roles in G.I. Joe: ...
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RIP Tina Turner

Rock and Roll/Rhythm and Blues icon Tina Turner passed away at her home in Switzerland today, at age 83. Although most knew the "Queen of Rock'n'Roll" for her music career, Science Fiction ...
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Are the Privilege levels in Meta the same as SFF?

I haven't spent much time on the Meta side of things so I'm a little confused on how it works. Obviously it's the same in the sense that users have access to both and all my rep carries over, but what ...
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What part of the "Ruby Rhod appearing on the menu screen of The Fifth Element" question needs more focus?

This is regarding the question: What is the significance of Ruby Rhod appearing on the menu screen of "The Fifth Element" video game? It was closed as "needs more focus" and left ...
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