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Update

The article has now been posted.

Highlights from 2017 – 4th Quarter


Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from October 1st 2017 through December 31 2017 (They don't have to be your questions and answers, but it also doesn't matter if you want to self promote your own stuff.).

Your answers will be compiled into a blog post like previous quarterly posts.

I will be using DavRob60's queries for a baseline, but I really appreciate people voicing the ones they really enjoyed. Maybe you feel like you answered one really well, even if it didn't receive a lot of votes. Let me know about it.

I will also be linking all blog posts that happened within this quarter.

Also if there was a meta post you feel should be spotlighted those are also acceptable.

I would like to go on record that there are no cats in America, and the streets are paved with cheese.

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Favorite Quesion

@DisturbedNeo's question about the Origin of Shark Repellent was very interesting, and @FuzzyBoots' response was surprising and educational. I did not expect such a thing to be

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based on something in real life.

Favorite Answer

My Lady @Bellatrix's answer to my question about Transfiguration and Animagi was very detailed and well thought out. It was also the only one to directly answer my question right at the top, which made it convenient and was appreciated.

Honorable Mention

@jpmc26's MIB question and the top answers put up good arguments and were very fun to read.

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    I’m so glad you liked my answer enough to nominate it! :D – Bellatrix Jan 8 '18 at 23:29
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    @Bellatrix And it wasn't simply because you're my Mistress. Honest. ;D – DCOPTimDowd Jan 9 '18 at 18:56
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    I’m honored! ;) – Bellatrix Jan 10 '18 at 0:07
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*blows own horn*

I'm rather proud of this self-answer that I wrote to my question Was the mythology in "Moana" based on an established myth?. I spent over 4 hours researching this answer, and learned more about Polynesian mythology than I ever thought I'd know. I wasn't expecting to write a self-answer when I wrote the question, but I thought I'd take a shot at it after seeing it go HNQ. It also conveniently gave me a few hats for Winter Bash 2017 :D

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    Didn’t take you to the top though *also blows own horn* – Edlothiad Jan 5 '18 at 0:37
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    Nice one. Liked your answer better than the actual movie, which i quit after 20 min. – user68762 Jan 5 '18 at 7:03
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Question

I'm going to go with Loki's question "Why did the Voyager Doctor have to scrub in?", largely because it's asking about an event that looks like a simple writing error but that turned out to be incredibly subtle foreshadowing.

Answer

Tooting one's own trumpet, I'm going to say that my answer to "Is Luke Skywalker actually a Jedi?" was one that I enjoyed writing. It's a deceptively simple question but one that deserved a proper answer. This is also the poster-child for my contention that if something's worth doing, it's worth doing with massive overkill

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