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What does it mean for a question to lack focus?

I asked this question as I was curious if elves were still procreating. The question was simple and obvious, it basically asked birth rates of elves near the destruction of the ring. I did my research,...
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Why is my question getting downvoted?

For some reason my question had a struggle, because it got a downvote. Later, I updated the question by doing a comparison, but that just made it worse and it got another downvote without any ...
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Is Evil on-topic, either partially or completely?

The show Evil deals with the adventures of a group of investigators whom the Catholic Church has charged with investigating reports of supposed divine or diabolical activity, and who also occasionally ...
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What are distinctions between manga, manhua and manhwa as they relate to this site? How to know which to use, and how to tag?

In comments under this answer to Who is “Nine Lives Man”? (Push Comic) bronze sculpture I'd originally thought that manhua was an automatic spelling corrector's interpretation of a word meant to be ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2020

Update The question is now closed and the blog post has been created. Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2019 through ...
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Why was this question migrated?

Why was the question Short Story with “All Odd Numbers Are Prime” Joke migrated to Literature? The question stated it was from Analog, which is an SF magazine, and indeed it was because it's the short ...
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RIP Terry Goodkind

Fantasy author Terry Goodkind, known for his long-running The Sword of Truth series, has died at the age of 72. His agent confirmed his passing to Tor Books and Tor.com. Quoted from Tor Books website ...
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A question was chosen as a Hot Network Question simultaneously 26 times, according to the revision history

Why is this chapter called “The Lightning Struck Tower”? was chosen as a Hot Network Question. Not very odd, but what is odd, as you can see, is that this action was recorded 26 times. I checked the ...
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Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82

Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82 She was also known for her role as Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo in James Bond 007's On Her Majesty's Secret ...
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Why was I asked to review “a first post”? What are the consequences for ignoring the task?

I have received an notification on scifi Stack Exchange demanding me to "review" what was labelled as a "first post". What I saw was a question I have found to be mostly ...
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What should we do with old meta posts about SE workings that no longer exist?

Occasionally, browsing through old meta posts on SFF, I come across questions about parts of the SE system that no longer exist or no longer function in the way described in those questions. E.g. ...
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Should I translate the quotes in my answer?

I recently answered a question on SF.stackexchange; the story which required identification was originally written in Italian and seems to have never been translated to English. However, it was ...
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Norm Spencer: voice of Cyclops has passed away

Norm Spencer, Voice of Cyclops in X-Men: The Animated Series, Has Died: The X-Men community around the globe suffered a sad loss this week, as news broke that actor Norm Spencer had passed away. ...
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Chadwick Boseman never yielded (RIP Black Panther)

Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther" star, has died at 43 Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa in 2018's Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, died today of colon cancer. This ...
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RIP Joe Ruby, creator of Scooby-Doo

Animation writer and executive Joe Ruby, who created cartoon series including “Scooby-Doo” along with his partner Ken Spears, died of natural causes Wednesday in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 87. ...
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Guidelines for “migration”

I have seen a question on the main site that I believe should be migrated1 to another site on the network. What are the guidelines for migrating it to another site? General Guidance 1 Here migration ...
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Priority for duplicate questions and answers? [duplicate]

The question Sci-fi book about “the Wall” and a group of schoolchildren who fight the dark forces who roam north of it was asked in 2012, and answered in 2012, and the answer accepted in 2012. The ...
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Should this question about list of references go on the main sci-fi and fantasy site?

I looked around the other SE sites and found maybe one other SE site that this question could fall under (Literature), but the help section from both of these sites don't say whether or not its on or ...
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Prioritising our bugs and requests for CM review

Title shamelessly stolen from Arqade, body cribbed/stolen from same question Some time ago, a proposal was announced on Meta Stack Exchange to address the growing workload of the CM team, and for them ...
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How much rep do you need to be able to edit tags more easily?

On a site on which I have a high rep score, I am able to edit tags easily using the "Edit tags" button: However, on this site (at time of writing), I have < 3000 rep, which is not enough ...
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Do we want a custom close reason for the Future Works Policy? Revisited

Background This site has a long-standing policy that questions about future works should be closed: if a question is asking specifically about a book/film/episode/comic/etc. that has not yet been ...
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Richard Herd (V mini-series, Star Trek, SeaQuest 2032, etc.)

Veteran character actor Richard Herd passed away in May at the age of 87. He played a wide range of roles both in and out of the sci-fi genre. Some of his more memorable science fiction ...
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Can the story-identification tag be used for questions asking for movie identification?

I had asked a movie identification question on the Movies.SE site, but quickly I was told that the tag isn't on-topic there anymore. Can I use the story-identification tag on this site, Science ...
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KutuluMike (Michael Edenfield) has passed away

KutuluMike (known to some as Michael Edenfield) passed away. I don't have a lot of details. A few people noticed he had been MIA from things for over a month. We reached out and learned he had been ...
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Selecting an example for the Tour page's example question

It would appear that at some point in time the Tour lost its example question: it somehow has become ineligible and so has defaulted to the default unicorn example. Now, whilst the default is actually ...
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Is a book recommendation site recommendation question valid?

Are there good services for similar series recommendations? I'm on the fence. Since it's not restricted to fantasy and sci-fi, it's arguably off-topic anyhow, but is asking for a site that offers a ...
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Do Moderators get paid?

I am just curious - do mods on this site get paid? What's the use if you (a moderator) are not getting paid? If you are indeed getting paid, can you elaborate on what's your salary?
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Is it ok for me to keep a humorous but non-essential part of a question?

A while back, I asked this question: How long is the Long Bridge of Volantis? Since the question is very short and clear, and in what I perceive to be a somewhat fun/jovial spirit of scifi.SE, I added ...
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RIP, Grant Imahara

Unfortunately, this is not a myth to be busted, Grant Imahara has passed away today at 49 years old (reportedly from a brain aneurysm). Grant was best known for his role on the Discovery Channel's ...
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Why was my edit to this answer rejected?

I asked the following question, to which an answer was posted by Shamshiel. The answer was detailed and mostly fine, but I suggested some changes, adding chapters to all the Lord of the Rings sources ...
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Is Laughing Gas by P.G. Wodehouse science fiction?

The British comedy writer P. G. Wodehouse wrote a book entitled 'Laughing Gas', in which a upper class British gentleman, and a boy both go into the dentist at the same time and both are given ...
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Request for sandbox-review of possibly controversial question. WoT

Here is the substance of my proposed question (maybe I can ask it in Meta?): WARNING - This contains spoilers for the Wheel of Time series. In Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, there are constant ...
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Is it OK to ask a question in the form “Are there any sci-fi books featuring this plot element”?

Is it ok to ask a 'plot element' question? Something such as, "Are there any sci-fi books where a future Earth uses the gold standard'?
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RIP, Ennio Morricone

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, one of the most prolific writers of motion picture scores, has died at age 91. He was perhaps best know for his work on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, but he ...
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Why was this question edited after 4 years?

Why was this question edited after nearly 4 years? What was the purpose? It does not seem to serve any purpose what so ever? What was the reason?
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OK to include a dodgy site in a mention of search results?

Regarding Manga where a guy drops his phone in water. After fixing it, he can buy items from another world I get removing my initial link to the copyright-infringing site, but I genuinely only found ...
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RIP, Sir Ian Holm

A legend of an actor has passed on this morning. Most known in the SFF community as Ash in Alien and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy but his work spanned decades and genres. ...
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How to post a question if I can't find a matching tag?

I'd like to post a question asking about apparent discrepancies in a series of fantasy novels (the Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz, to be specific). I can not find an appropriate tag, and am not ...
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Science Fiction & Fantasy is now using CommonMark

Stack Exchange is migrating to CommonMark and moving away from Markdown. Science Fiction & Fantasy has been scheduled for migration tomorrow, 2020-06-16. This is mainly an announcement of this ...
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Increasing representation of black SF characters and authors: Ideas and discussion

In the context of the recent protests over racial disparities in policing and societal racism, in the US and throughout the world, which have led to consideration and action by many companies, ...
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RIP Dennis “Denny” O’Neil

Dennis O'Neil, an American comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his ...
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Favorite Questions and answers from first and second quarter of 2020

Update Post is published. Original Apparently I forgot to do the first quarter favorites, I don't know if it was the pandemic or the earthquake, but something threw me off. Please link to your ...
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What is a review in Science Fiction and Fantasy?

What is writing a review on SFF:SE? I'm not sure why, but there's a new icon in the top , along with the inbox, reputation, help, and "other sites" icon. It has "queues" for reviews and other things. ...
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What to do if a user does mass minor edits to push old questions where user has the accepted answer?

I'd guess that this user does this kind of edits to gain more points for these very old answers. They edit one letter or add one tag to the question and so they come up to the top although they did ...
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Ways to improve and promote Science Fiction and Fantasy

Over the past few months, or almost a year now, since I saw Arqade's call for input I've been thinking of ways that we can do the same here on SFF. So taking and tailoring the questions from that post ...
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How do I answer a question on Stack Exchange?

I don't see any button that says answer this question. How do I do it?
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How about revisiting our policy about “is there any” questions being OK?

Since 2012, SFF's policy on "Is there any...?" questions is that they are suitable for this site; see How should we handle "any" (list) questions?. However, in some recent comments, meta ...
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Why was this question about Captain America closed?

My question about fanfic on Captain America was closed, but no explanation was given. It was closed as "off topic" but there are other questions about Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ...
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Inactive Moderators (Again)

Null - What a great answer on what it's like to moderate at SFF! I somehow missed it when you originally wrote it - so even though it's been a while, I have a couple comments. I've shared before that ...
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RIP Eugene Dynarski - TV and Film actor

Variety reported on 26th April that Gene Dynarski has died at the age of 86 on February 27 2020. Although perhaps most closely associated with various non genre TV series from the 1960's/1970's, Gene ...

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