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Are users allowed to ask questions that deal specifically with fan theories, and that cannot be answered by any concrete evidence?

  • Could you be a bit more specific? What is being asked about the fan theories? – user1027 May 27 '15 at 16:20
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    One thing we see a lot of with fan theories (in general) is just how incredibly attached people become to them, and they're completely unwilling to accept that the theory, or part of it doesn't hold up, and become argumentative when the issues are raised. – phantom42 May 27 '15 at 17:22
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In short: if your question is likely to start a discussion or debate, it's probably off topic. If your question has a "right answer" that're you would recognize when you see it, it's probably on topic.


This is a bit of a grey area on this site, because as a general rule we don't like questions that invite speculation or opinion. So we are probably not the place to ask about a brand new interesting idea that you have about some work of fiction. If you're goal is to "chat" or "discuss" your particular theory with other people, then don't ask a question on the SF&F site.

(You would be welcome and encouraged to pop into our chat room to talk about it, though!)

Having said that, there are a lot of fan theories that are well established and based on extensive examination of the evidence from canon sources. Even though fan theories, by definition, require some speculation, there's a difference (one that's not well defined, unfortunately) between random guessing and informed, reasoned deduction. Theories based on the latter often can generate useful, answerable questions. For example, if you have seen a popular fan theory somewhere else and you don't understand why it makes sense, or what evidence there is to support it, that probably is the kind of question you could ask here.

(As a concrete example, we have a good number of A Song of Ice and Fire questions based on the popular but speculative theory about Jon Snow's parentage.)

If you're genuinely not sure, go ahead and ask. If you make it a clear, well-written question, the worst thing that's likely to happen is it gets closed.

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You're asking two different questions here. You can certainly ask questions about fan theories, such as "Has there been speculation about this?", or "Is there any canon evidence for this theory?". But you can't ask questions that don't have verifiable answers, so be sure to phrase your questions so that they can be answered rather than being a springboard for discussion.

  • How can any kind of question dealing with fan theories have a verifiable answers? Wouldn't a question dealing with fan theories but opinion-based by definition? – Arm0geddon May 27 '15 at 16:58
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    I gave a couple of examples of questions about fan theories that do have verifiable answers. "Has there been speculation about this?" "Yes there has, and here's a link to a discussion." "Is there any canon evidence for this theory?" "Here are some quotations from the text that support it." Those are verifiable answers to questions about fan theories. – Mike Scott May 27 '15 at 17:14

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