Just joined the site a few hours ago and have been barred from asking questions for 2 days - the reason given was that one of my two questions upset the community. It was suggested that I visit links such as "how to ask a question". You guys take yourselves way too seriously; your site is about science fiction not how to cure cancer. I think, in future, I'll just use Google or the Wikis.

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    For more info on why, please see Why are questions no longer being accepted from my account?
    – Möoz
    Jul 23, 2017 at 22:46
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    Yes, we Are a site that takes ourselves seriously, only because it's one that's designed to provide high-quality and definitive answers to questions. We are not a forum or a discussion site. Please don't be offended at the actions of users here. You're welcome to ask for help if you'd like, we're all here to help (even if it doesn't seem like it).
    – Möoz
    Jul 23, 2017 at 22:47
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    Also, note that the same software runs all Stack Exchange sites, not just SF/F. That includes very high-volume sites like Stack Overflow. The question ban you ran into is a feature of the software, regardless of how much or how little "importance" you assign to the topic of the site.
    – KutuluMike
    Jul 23, 2017 at 22:52
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    In future, you definitely should use Google and Wikias before asking here. There's no point at all in asking questions that can be answered by quoting the relevant Wikia article - this doesn't contribute anything new to the knowledge pool, and such questions indeed get downvoted fairly regularly. The Stack Exchange model (as per tour) is better suited for things not covered by Wikias. Jul 24, 2017 at 8:05
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    @Gallifreyan Yes research is always a good thing, but we can't always expect people to find exactly what they are looking or even know about all the wikias out there. Adding correct answers here does add to the knowledge pool, the Stack Exchange pool.
    – Skooba
    Jul 24, 2017 at 16:40
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    it is indeed taken a bit seriously because the idea is that when you go to Google - you'll end up here :)
    – NKCampbell
    Jul 24, 2017 at 18:38

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I'm very sorry to hear that you're not having a good time on your first day with us. Let's have a quick review of your actions so far;

Q. "Genetics and Origins of Mutants/Inhumans" - Rather too vague and immediately identified as a duplicate of one of the site's most viewed questions. I'm pretty sure it came up on your "suggested" questions list when posting which means that you've had to ignore it. If it hadn't been closed as a duplicate, it would have certainly been closed for being too broad.

Q. "Can Wolverine be considered a mutant?" - On the face of it, possibly an interesting question (if you could offer any reason for us to think that he might not be) but a cursory search reveals that he is indeed a mutant and has always been so. Your question suggests a distinct lack of research effort which may account for its downvotes.

A. "Need help finding an old tv-show (80's/90's)" - Your answer here is vague and unhelpful. The OP is asking for an episode to be identified. You've told them the name of an alternative anthology show and suggest that they "google it". This has attracted zero upvotes and three downvotes.

While it's true that we're not curing cancer, your contribution to our little corner of the internet hasn't been particularly well received by the community thus far. The rate limit is intended to give you time to review the site's policies and maybe have a look around at the way in which others are asking and answering questions. It's also there to protect the site from new users (like yourselves) making contributions that aren't helpful and thus attracting even more negative attention.

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    I'd like to add that having a question closed as a duplicate is not a bad thing. It just means that is has been asked before and already has an answer.
    – SQB
    Jul 24, 2017 at 18:59
  • @SQB - Although in this case it was a variety of close reasons. Dupe was merely the one that got to five votes first
    – Valorum
    Jul 24, 2017 at 19:45
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    Of course. Regardless, I think it's important to point out to newbies that closing as a duplicate is not a bad thing. That aspect tends to get lost.
    – SQB
    Jul 24, 2017 at 19:51

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