Related to the question Could there be a sequel to Freedom

I really think it is very interesting to know if there will be a sequel, but I think questions like that one only result in vague/speculative answers.

So what do you think? Should those questions be allowed?

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These are forum-style speculation questions, and should be closed.

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    I agree. Even on a forum, they wouldn't have an answer. – Goran Jovic Jan 12 '11 at 13:02

Some of these questions have definite answers. If you ask "Could there be a sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge?", then the answer is, "It's called The Children of the Sky, and it's scheduled for publication later this year", which seems like a pretty useful and non-speculative answer.

So I don't think we can ban questions with speculative answers, since the person asking the question is likely to have no way to know whether or not it's speculative.

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    That's not could, that's will. In other words, the solution, in my mind is that we need to crack down on speculative answers more than we do speculative questions. – LessPop_MoreFizz Jan 12 '11 at 16:17

They are clearly not answerable. They can't even make it into a wiki like: What are some good stories about X or written by Y?

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If the question has an answer, such as "Yes ... there will be a sequel and it will be on such and such date," then it's all good. Mere speculation is not and I think the problem, as has been noted, is more with the answer than the question.

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