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 fan fiction.

What would you change to make it on topic?

  • The problem is, how do we determine which answer is the correctest?
    – Möoz
    May 7 '20 at 23:52
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    @Moöz Green checkmark, or failing that, max votes.
    – Spencer
    May 10 '20 at 22:53

I voted to close as "recommendations", as noted in the closed banner.

Quite simply, while "is there any" questions are usually considered OK(ish)*, I personally draw a line at fanfiction. Anyone can go and put one up, there are dozens if not thousands of fanfics out there, skimming through them to find a plot some user wonders about doesn't fall into what I think this site should be about (story-id questions are another matter).

Personally, I don't really see a legitimate way to make it on-topic.

*Though I personally abhor this policy and think it should be revised.

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    "Are there any" questions are the weasel-worded offspring of recommendation questions. I've no idea why we allow them.
    – Valorum
    May 6 '20 at 6:40
  • What's the difference between this and story-identification?
    – Alex
    May 10 '20 at 2:11
  • @Alex story identification relies on a number of concrete details that the original OP remembers having seen or read in the past. The Good Story ID question contains a lot of information about how to write them. An "is there any" is a flight of fancy of the poster wondering if someone's done something without any real expectation. Admittedly some of the minimalist StoryID questions are little different from this, but those tend to get closed as well.
    – Jontia
    May 14 '20 at 8:11

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