An issues that has come up recently, that seems to recur every so often, is the question of what constitutes a "Gorilla vs. Shark" question on SF&F. We know such questions are off-topic, but what exactly qualifies a question to fall into that category?

Besides numerous discussions in comments on specific questions, there have been two previous meta discussions on this topic:

Inconsistency in Gorilla vs Shark closing?

Does "Elephant Vs Terminator" = "Gorilla Vs Shark"?

Part of the problem, I feel, is that people are basing their idea of what "Gorilla vs. Shark" means (as far as SE goes) on Jeff Atwood's rather famous post; however, Jeff's post doesn't always apply to the SF&F site.

I have, with the encouragement and assistance of a number of other users, put together a follow-up to Jeff Atwood's post, that is more applicable to our site. It's too long to post as a question or answer or on meta. Therefore, I think having it on the SF&F blog would give us a good, common place to link to when discussing and explaining close/no-close decisions on such questions.

In order for this to work, though, the blog post needs to reflect not just one person's interpretation of our close policy, but a genuine community consensus. So, I have put a draft of the post on my personal blog, and invite and encourage people to review it, to make sure it is an accurate representation of how the community wants to deal with these types of questions.


Any and all corrections, enhancements, or other feedback are welcome! (Please ignore any style problems -- Wordpress and Blogspot do not seem to get along very well.)

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    Great work on the post mate. TL;DR - not everything that asks for a comparison is S vs G. My take home message was that we shouldn't be so quick to close as a knee jerk reaction.
    – Möoz
    Jun 24 '15 at 1:16
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    As soon as the community signs off on this post we'll publish it to the blog. Jun 24 '15 at 14:19

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