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. Commented Jan 12, 2011 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. Commented Jan 12, 2011 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?


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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