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Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from January 1st 2021 through March 30st 2021 (or Smarch 31st).

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 be linking all blog posts that happened within this quarter year. Also the most controversial question of the quarter. Also a sum of all the bounties that were awarded.

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

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    Does anyone have a favourite Q&A based on our topic challenges?
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Mar 25 at 14:15
  • @AncientSwordRage raises hand
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Apr 4 at 14:11
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I quite liked this one. Like my Matrix animals answer, it required a deep dive into the Harry Potter films and a frame-by-frame (if you'll excuse the pun) analysis of the characters who appear in the backgrounds.

Is Harry Potter the only student with glasses?

It also had some great answers (from TheLethalCarrot and MBEllis) that focused on the books and the video games.

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  • As per my usual objection, whoever downvoted needs to be aware that up and downvotes won't be taken into consideration. All you're doing is wasting your energy
    – Valorum
    Mar 26 at 18:12
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Topic challenges

The first quarter of 2021 saw the start of SFF.SE's topic challenge program, with three topic challenges completed during this quarter: Isaac Asimov, Hal Clement, and Cornelia Funke.


Underappreciated posts

New user ferjsoto42yahoocom posted a number of questions and answers about Lewis Carroll's Alice books during March 2021. Most of them were heavily downvoted, for some reason, but I enjoyed learning interesting things from some deep Q&A about a classic of fantasy literature which has been under-appreciated on this site. Favourites include:

I found it very sad that so many interesting Q&A were so poorly received on this site. The SFF community has historically had something of an aversion to self-answers, although they're explicitly allowed by policy, but surely this is an excellent way for an expert in a particular work of sci-fi/fantasy to share their interesting knowledge with us?

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    I can tell why I, at least, downvoted some. The ones that I downvoted seemed to be speculative interpretations of some element of the work that required a number of leaps of logic and often passed over more obvious possibilities. Bill the Lizard is Satan because someone throws a common household object at him? Inkwells are uncommon these days, but in that era they were so common that perhaps it was hardly more unusual than throwing a shoe (would we take all shoe-throwing to be a reference to George Bush?)
    – Adamant
    Apr 4 at 16:21
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    An question that suggested that by noting that the pronunciation of "arm" was "arrum", Dodgeson was not making the cheap and obvious joke about Irish people suggested by the context, but rather referencing a flower? Even though "arrum" is not the same as "arum," the phrase "giant arm" does not appear in the paragraph at all, and the claimed resemblance between the flower and the original illustration is very difficult to see. Frankly, a lot of this seems like pareidolia to me. As with Biblical interpretation, it is easy to underestimate the probability of coincidences.
    – Adamant
    Apr 4 at 16:28
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    The star called Wormwood that corrupted and poisoned the waters of the Earth was definitely a reference to the Chernobyl accident (literally, wormwood in Ukrainian) that poisoned the land and water around it, right? Anyway, add to all that the fact that the author seems to be trying to promote ideas from papers they wrote as a graduate student a decade or more ago, without indicating their affiliation no less. I upvoted the more plausible ones, but downvoted the insufficiently-sourced speculation.
    – Adamant
    Apr 4 at 16:30

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