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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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How to find a story-ID answer?

story-identification is a big tag. I've read How to write a good story-ID answer? and How to ask a good story-ID question?, but neither answers my larger question: how do users here find the answers ...
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Does the size of the list of works matter? [duplicate]

The close reason for lists of work or recommendations reads as follows: Requests for lists of works or recommendations are off-topic as they do not fit our questions and answers format. Feel free ...
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Is there a consensus on tagging solved story ID's with the name of the author/story?

There is this meta question, which doesn't have an accepted answer/practice associated with it. I am asking, because this question was edited citing the above example, and promptly re-edited ...
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How do I ask this question about a SF author?

Frank Herbert's way of thinking is almost completely inside his books. Between the very few of his writes outside, there is an article resuming what his books are about and how he wrote these books. ...
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How do I locate the question I previously asked?

I am new to the site and I do not understand how to locate the question I asked yesterday. Can anyone explain to me how I find my own question and any possible answers to it? Please note that I am ...
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What to Do About Flickr?

Back when the site was relatively new, I used Flickr to use to post Pottermore pictures to answer questions, when Pottermore was not copy-able. It's been so long that I don't remember which questions ...
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Why is my daily rep at 199 when I have “dead rep”?

So I had a couple good answers yesterday and were fortunate enough to receive a large number of up-votes. I continued along with daily activities that did include some down votes on answers. My total ...
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RIP William Morgan Sheppard: Star Trek, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Max Headroom, many more

Genre actor W. Morgan Sheppard, veteran of several franchises, died yesterday. Just some of his better known genre roles: Ira Graves (Data's grandpa), TNG: "The Schizoid Man" The Klingon ...
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Temporarily accepting an answer to give it more exposure?

Is there anything wrong with accepting an answer solely to place it at the top of the list for a while, with the intention of then unaccepting it? Oftentimes there might be an answer to a question ...
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How can this question about Inferno be asked on this site?

The novel Inferno written by Dan Brown isn't a science fiction or fantasy novel. So how can anyone ask question about this novel in the Science fiction & Fantasy site? Why was the ending ...
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And the Best New User of 2018 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I have created this honorary post stolen Skooba's honorary post idea from last year based on a simple premise... ...
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2018: a year in moderation

A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in that we amortize the overall moderation cost ...
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Zienia Merton (SPACE:1999), RIP

British actress Zienia Merton, known for her role as "Sandra Benes" on the 1970's sci/fi tv series Space:1999 passed away on September 14, 2018. Though best known for her work on '1999, Merton's ...
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Favorite Questions and Answers from the fourth quarter of 2018

Update The entry as now been posted. Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from October 1st 2018 through December 31st 2018. You can also ...
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Question falsely closed as duplicate

This question about Tolkien's mythology has been falsely closed as a duplicate of a question about one of Peter Jackson's movies. As a Peter Jackson movie is not part of the mythology that Tolkien ...
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Guardians of the Flame ur-answer unaccepted

Generally, our policy for closing story-id dupes is that only accepted answers can be marked as dupes, or can be marked as the answer that the others are dupes of. The various Guardians of the Flame ...
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Are the Choose Your Own Adventure, as a series, sufficiently on topic?

I have a question in mind about the history of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Most of the books in the series (including the "young readers" spin-offs) have science fiction and fantasy topics. ...
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How/where to ask question that the FAQ says is off-topic?

I'd recently discovered Australian SF writer Greg Egan, and it occurred to me that SF.SE would be a good place to find the answer to a question inspired by his work - not specifically about his work, ...
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My edit was refused but why?

I edited https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/109808/1924 with the following: Changed the lyrics to the correct Unicode characters. It's written in ASCII while the original is not. Changed the ...
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Can I add linebreaks to comment? How?

I often feel that it would make my comment much more clear if there is some line-break. For example, I sometimes want to add two different points in one comment and I would like to separate them as a ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers based on opposition to the question?

A recent question was put on hold as "off-topic". The initial question text (as it has changed): Has any story, movie, TV show depicted a spaceport on either of Mars' moons, rather than a ...
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Why is there a [missing-scene] tag?

While scrolling to the least popular tags, I came across the missing-scene tag, with no apparent questions. Was this tag popular at one point or why does it exist?
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What should we do with [toads-spit]?

I can't think of a punny title, but we currently have 15 questions tagged with toads-spit, while we don't even have a toad. A character tag might make sense here, since he's part of various Marvel ...
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Should Tron have its franchise tag as well?

I've been adding some missing "franchise tags" lately, and I've stumbled upon the Tron related tags, namely tron, tron-legacy and tron-uprising. The tag wiki for tron currently reads: A 1982 ...
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Can my question be lifted out of hold status? Can you specifically tell me how to improve it, because I have edited it

I have a question about my Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange post: What's so special about Harry Potter?
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Why was the background color changed to white (or near-white) on the Sci-Fi SE page?

Whoa, what happened? We used to have a darker background, much easier on the eyes.
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Why is pointing out a plot hole in a question downvoted? [closed]

Just curious as to why questions that point out plot holes are downvoted so much?
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What is unclear about this question?

What does Grin refer to in Harry Potter? Are there any other important references aside from this one: Seamus Finnigan: "The Grin? What's the Grin?" Bem: "Not the Grin, you idiot....
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What is the significance of the strike-through Sow in this Greyjoy sigil?

I was just reading this question - Why did Aegon I Targaryen join the alliance against Volantis? In one of the answers, and its linked image there is a a strike-through "Sow" replaced with the word "...
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What to build with [lego]?

Currently our lego tag (and related tags) are a mess something that can probably be fixed fairly easily given that there are around thirty questions overall (this query, courtesy of @SQB, yields 32 ...
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Ignored tag still shows up in HNQ?

I recently added harry-potter and fantastic-beasts to my ignored tags. I haven't seen the movie yet and I don't want to get any spoilers from question titles. While the questions successfully ...
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Please clarify my question on why the audience may have been laughing at a speaker

The question is Laughing at Dr Alexander Murry's presentation. I initially got an upvote, but this was followed by 1 downvote and 4 close votes for "Unclear what you're asking". I have edited between ...
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“Yearling badge” reputation?

I was checking over the requirements for the "Yearling" badge after I earned it on the main science fiction site. It says "active member for a year with at least 200 reputation. If someone has only ...
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Is it acceptable for the community to use an answer as Community wiki when it is not marked as such?

Specifically I am talking about this question, the answer to which is getting a lot of suggested edits from new users along with some from veteran users. The question's nature is kind of too-broad (...
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Why was my flag declined because the mods were “already aware of this user's struggle”?

Note: This question is asking the moderators to explain why my flag was declined. I don't want people answering to guess why it may have been declined but the actual reason. Recently a user had some ...
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What tags do we want to feed from M&TV?

We have a feed from Movies & Television into our main chat room, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Since the URL for the feed is limited in length, which tags from M&TV are we ...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Tag Them

Currently we have a tag for "Fantastic Beasts" fantastic-beasts whose wiki reads: Use this tag to refer to the fictional book called 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them', the 2016 film of the ...
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Was Shog9 reprimanded for his use of bad language here?

I see that the chat "Mos Eisley" was canceled due to a few users. But what concerns me is the language of a mod for the site, namely Shog9. Being that I was I banned at the time (I have been banned a ...
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Bad or down-voteable questions on Sci-Fi Stack and its consequences?

This seems to be a big issue for people here when deciding what is good and what is not. From what I can gather this is what constitutes a bad or not very good question on this site. A question with ...
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Why don't people who answer questions upvote them?

OK, people answer questions because, They want rep They want recognition They want something else So when a question is asked, if that question becomes a Hot Network Question their answer will ...
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Is a story identification question on-topic if it doesn't include genre defining elements?

I have several times seen people have an issue when asking story identification questions, simply put the details they remember from the story don't make the genre plain to those reading the question, ...
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RIP Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000

Douglas Rain, who is best known for providing the eerie voice of the amoral HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, died today.
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RIP Stan Lee, Marvel Comics legend

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee died at age 95 from causes unknown as of now. Stan Lee Dead at 95 The creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and many more superheroes died today, leaving behind a ...
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What is the yellow background on some questions?

Some questions have a yellow background to them, what is the meaning of this?
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Why is it that people are persistent on critiquing a question in comments?

I don't understand the people critiquing a question in the comments such as, You have miss-understood what is happening here Your question premise is all wrong That is not what is really going on ...
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Do the individual episodes of Black Mirror warrant their own tag?

black-mirror I've been adding tags for individual episodes of Black Mirror, when it came to my attention that not everybody wants them to have their own tags. I've stopped tagging the remaining ...
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Can [water] burn?

water We currently have 18 questions tagged [water]. Going through these, I fail to see the value of the tag. No-one is following the tag and I would be surprised if we had any "water experts" within ...
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Question about an animated movie similar to Dr Strangelove: would it be on topic?

I'm trying to find the title of this animated movie, but I'm dubious if I can post the question in the main thread (the subject is similar to Dr Strangelove, so it is very borderline). So the ...
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Should this title edit be rolled back?

New user Eyeball asked a question with the not entirely coherent title "I am looking for a book of short stories by Isaac Asimov written by other authors" which prompted these comments (among others): ...

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