Should questions about specific aspects of fandom response to a work of sci-fi/fantasy be considered on-topic for SFF.SE?
The help centre's on-topic page clearly states that "Behind-the-scenes and fandom information" is on-topic here (even though some users aren't aware of this or don't grasp what it means - see Why is fandom information treated as if it weren't on topic?), and questions about how fans responded to a particular work are often objectively answerable, especially for popular works which have had massive public fandom response. However, the following questions have had a mixed reaction:
- What was the general critical reaction to Star Trek: The Motion Picture? (closed, reopened, score 25, high-scoring answers)
- Why do Trekkies hate Into Darkness? (closed, reopened, reclosed, score 7, high-scoring answer)
- Do Stephen R. Donaldson's philosophical issues make sense to readers? (closed, three votes to reopen aged away, score 2, no answers)
In the last of these examples, a close-voter stated that questions like these are "not on-topic unless you can demonstrate at least some degree of notability". Interestingly, this idea also came up in another recent meta, with the conclusion that notability requirements are for Skeptics SE, not SFF.
However, this doesn't seem to be a case of simple ignorance of site policy, because at least some of the close-voters on these posts are well aware that fandom information is on-topic. Thus I'm bringing the issue to meta, in an attempt to understand why some of these questions were closed and whether or not they should be reopened. All thoughts and comments welcome!