As you may know, obituary posts aren't allowed on Movies and TV Meta SE, and here, the scope is about Sci-Fi & Fantasy works.

So is it allowed to post obituaries for well-known filmmakers, actors/actresses, scriptwriters, etc. who have passed away recently but weren't part of any Sci-Fi or Fantasy work?

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    It seems pretty obviously off-topic; why would you think that wouldn't be the case? Not all posts/questions have a home on SE; that's simply a truism.
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 14:32
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    It's quite rare for you not to be able to find some scifi or fantasy connection, no matter how tenuous.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 14:43
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    "As you know obituary posts aren't allowed on Movies and TV Meta SE" - I didn't know that, but I've learned it now.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 15:11
  • @Randal'Thor Well, I was going to write it as as you may know. But since I also wanted to write about this site too (the very next sentence) I thought it would be rude to use may. Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 15:15
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  • I’m voting to close this question because it's explicitly asking about posting things unrelated to scifi & f at all. By definition thus is neither the site or meta for this.
    – Andres F.
    Commented Oct 26, 2023 at 1:19

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In a word, no. Per page zero of the Tour.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It's built and run by you as part of the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites. With your help, we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question about science fiction or fantasy.

If your question doesn't even tangentially touch on the subject of sci-fi or fantasy, we're not really here for you, even if there's nowhere else in the network. And that goes for Meta-RIP posts too.

That all being said, if you can find any relevant connection, that's entirely fine. They don't need to be a 'sci-fi-or-fantasy actor' exclusively, just someone who's been in something that meets the site topic.

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    I imagine the obituary of an actor or filmaker who is only tenuously related to scifi&f will be heavily downvoted though.
    – Andres F.
    Commented Oct 26, 2023 at 1:18

Valorum mentioned that "any relevant connection" is enough to post an obituary here on SFF Meta. This is in fact the current practice. For example, we have obituaries for Christopher Plummer, Kirk Douglas, Tina Turner, and Albert Finney. While none of these people were primarily famous for their SFF acting work, they each nonetheless had at least one notable (in a Wikipedia sense) SFF acting role. Therefore, I would say that if a recently deceased personality had some involvement in SFF that was notable enough to make their Wikipedia page, they had sufficient involvement to merit an post.

This same rule would also logically apply to writers and anyone else involved in SFF. For example, Mark Twain is primarily remembered today for his realistic novels about childhood in 19th century rural Middle America and not SFF works, but he absolutely qualifies as a notable SFF writer with at least one work involving time travel and alternate history in his oeuvre. Therefore, if he had only recently died, he would absolutely have qualified for a memorial post.

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