The question: Is there a website that shows which SF book/film awards there are? was recently closed as a list question.

I'm happy for this to be closed if it should, but based on the meta question: Are list questions allowed?

This question doesn't have a googable answer and isn't a poll.

Should it really have been closed?

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    Voting to reopen. This may be a "list" like question, but it generates GREAT content for the site and the internet, and doesn't seem to generate too many "Me too" answers. Mar 8, 2012 at 19:55

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I might be open to editing this question to something like the following, then reopening:

What awards specifically track SF books and movies? How can I find lists of works that have received these awards?

Unlike our garden variety list-of-works question, the list is somewhat manageable and the criteria for inclusion are mostly clear. Still, the list is very long, longer than I'd imagined, and that's a bad sign.

Asking for sites that list awards is too far removed. Stack Exchange is not a repository of pointers, it's a repository of knowledge.

I don't feel very strongly about this.

A wiki would be the ideal format, really.

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The tag has no wiki summary, can you help us create it?


  • I think you hit the key complaint I have about the question when you say that asking for sites that list awards is too far removed. As it is worded now, its arguable that it isn't even a scifi question, but rather a question about websites (that happen to host scifi-relevant information).
    – Beofett
    Mar 9, 2012 at 20:21
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    @Gilles - could you please expand on your 3rd paragraph? I hold a 180 opposite opinion - I feel that having a pointer to a "professionally" (or designatedly) maintained list is a lot better than having a list SFF.SE would have to maintain, especially if the most important elements of the list are also included in the answer (or a snapshot at the time). Mar 11, 2012 at 14:24
  • @DVK So you look for a list of SF awards and find a link to a link to a link to a link to a link to a list of SF awards. Happy? We don't want to contribute to that madness (especially considering the probability that one of these links is dead). I remember Joel wrote strong words about this somewhere, can't find the place now though.
    – user56
    Mar 11, 2012 at 18:05
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    @Gilles - a mite of strawman there? I'm perfectly happy to prohibit any answers that are links to links; and definitely will delete any dead link answers if I ever see one (only happened to see one in my entire SO career). Also see my addendum - I would STRONGLY prefer a link to a list to ALSO have a "best of" exerpt or even a "as of" snapshot. P.S. You didn't address my "not up to date list from 1 year ago" concern. Mar 11, 2012 at 18:06
  • @DVK Then have both. In the tag wiki. Is anyone against closing this question and moving the content to the awards tag wiki?
    – user56
    Mar 11, 2012 at 18:12
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    @Gilles - Do people know to find this info by going into tag Wiki? I most certainly didn't tumble onto the fact that tag wikis existed for a fairly long while. Q&A is a lot more visible/accessible IMHO. How do you feel about keeping the question around (and open) BUT migrating the answer contents into a tag wiki and linking that from a single "community" answer? Mar 12, 2012 at 8:41

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