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Are questions of the form:

  • Character A Vs. Character B

or

  • What the similarities between these two characters

or

  • Was one based on the other?

There are a few Star Wars characters I've been thinking about that have some similarities in their character, but I have a feeling this might not be an appropriate. I guess they could end up list like on one hand, but if they are intentionally similar by design I would think it could be on topic.

First time posting in meta by the way, so this might even be an inappropriate question about an inappropriate question.

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    This is a good question. Not awake enough yet to post anything coherent... But I think the question being good quality with evidence of research, and justification for your assumptions works go a long way. – AncientSwordRage Jan 14 '16 at 7:05
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    I think this would be OK provided it's not opinion-based. Best of all would be "has Lucas/Abrams/the relevant actors/someone involved in the production ever commented on the similarities between characters A and B?" Also OK: "is there any canon evidence that character A was based on character B?" Not OK: "do you think character A was based on character B?" or just "was character A based on character B?" without further detail. – Rand al'Thor Jan 14 '16 at 11:44
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    Yes, what @randal'thor said. If you ask for word-of-god evidence (or any other evidence that can be objectively weighed - e.g. very specific measurable speech patterns) it is unquestionably a good question. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 14 '16 at 15:09
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    If you're simply looking for confirmation that Character A is similar to Character B (amiright?!!!) but without any special expectation that there will be actual evidence that one is based on the other, then the answer is that the question is liable to be on-topic but will get downvoted to Hades. I guess there also needs to be some actual reason to assume one is like the other. – Valorum Jan 14 '16 at 22:40
  • @Richard So if there is some initial evidence to suggest similarities I could ask the question for the purpose of finding further similarities? – Hatandboots Jan 14 '16 at 22:50
  • @Hatandboots - Yes, but beyond the answer "yes, I've found a brief quote from the artist saying that they did/didn't base their character on y", what are you hoping to find out? I'm not saying that trivial questions are bad, but those that provoke trivial answers are bad. – Valorum Jan 14 '16 at 22:53
  • @Richard Hmm well I guess ideally the answer would first confirm A is based on B and then identify further parallels between them. – Hatandboots Jan 14 '16 at 22:56
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    Worth a read blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/08/gorilla-vs-shark – user46509 Jan 24 '16 at 19:51

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