Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from April 1st 2016 through June 30 2016 (They don't have to be your questions and answers.).

Your answers will be compiled into a blog post like previous quarterly posts.

I will be using DavRob60's queries for a baseline, but I really appreciate people voicing the ones they really enjoyed. Maybe you feel like you answered one really well, even if it didn't receive a lot of votes. Let me know about it.

This time I will also be linking all blog posts that happened within this quarter. Might be nice for people to see those.

  • Is there some way you could search for all bounties awarded since 2016-04-01? Those (at least the ones not on very old answers) are usually worth to mention, because at least the person who posted the bounty found the question or an answer their favorite. – b_jonas Jul 5 '16 at 12:35
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    There were 124 bounties awarded this last quarter, so probably too many to mention, however I'll note the number and rep total in the post. – Jack B Nimble Jul 5 '16 at 14:40
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    For anyone interested, The full blog post for Highlights from second Quarter of 2016 can be found here – Aegon Jul 12 '16 at 11:05

I'll break convention and nominate a meta question:

  • Map of all 2,137 tags

    I like this question because it makes our tagging look awesome. Our messy tagging that's been known to cause arguments also creates a tag map with clusters of tags and surprising connections all over the place. Sites that enforce cleaner tagging sometimes have tag maps that look more sterile. Scroll through the tag map and revel in our messy tagging!


I think that Does Aragorn wear pants? is as important as whether Balrog have wings (or fuzzy slippers).

I also like Why is the Star Wars universe not a post-scarcity economy?, although I might be seen as biased since I have the high vote on it.

Lastly, Why have most Superhero movies ditched the "Secret Identity"? was entertaining to see how various people answered it on Word of God, sociological, and story-telling levels.

  • Nothing biased about liking your own questions/answers. – Jack B Nimble Jun 21 '16 at 14:29


Why didn't Harry use the right-hand-rule (or other methods) to solve the Triwizard maze?

We have over 3000 questions. One that is genuinely thought-provoking is a rare find.


What are the advantages that come with knighthood?

This is a truly comprehensive answer.

Did maps in Middle-Earth have west on the top?

I seriously did not imagine any in-text answer to this question could exist, but this answer proved me wrong, and showed that Tolkien put much more thought into map orientations (or should I say occidentations?) than I gave him credit for.



  1. What do people in Westeros Eat during winter?

The amount of effort put into this Question is truly amazing. Loved reading it.

  1. Did Sansa Play Jon?

Not really high voted but a very well thought Question.


  1. Why did Saruman attack Helm's Deep instead of Edoras?

I really enjoy reading answers which include maps and battle strategies, based in canon info of the franchise.

  1. Game of Thrones - Confusing Geography

Embarrassing entry because this is one of mine and not high voted either. But since we are talking about enjoying stuff so what the heck, I really enjoyed writing this answer and creating maps for it.

There are some other very good questions but I suppose 4 entries are enough.


The other Jonas (before he changed his name) gave several impressive answers:

Other highlights of the quarter:

  • ARGH! Posted this too late. – b_jonas Jul 5 '16 at 15:14
  • @amaranth: that's close enough for me to count as "the other Jonas". "Jonah" is the name of a biblical prophet, and "Jonas" is a variant for that name when it's transferred through Latin. – b_jonas Jul 5 '16 at 19:15



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    @user14111 - not to be rude, but what would REALLY improve the site is if everyone stopped belittling the specific type of questions they personally find uninteresting. Live and let live. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jun 21 '16 at 3:45
  • @user14111 - touché! :) I have definitely mellowed out about my opposition to ID Qs, since the early days - I still agree with Atwood's reasoning about them, but I stopped seeing them as detrimental to the site pretty early on. Ironically, I'm quite a fan of story-ID answers, mostly over the level and breath of expertise, knowledge and familiarity required to do them. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jun 21 '16 at 3:53
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    @user14111 - also, to set the record straight, I never advocated deleting them. My most strident complaint about them was that (1) people upvote them far higher than their worth appears to me personally, out of sheer bike-shedding; and (2) sometimes we get so many of them, that they crowd out non-ID questions from front page. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jun 21 '16 at 4:03
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    @user14111 - I don't think your opinion is common. I know of may be 5 people tops who'd quit the site if ID questions were prohibited, one of whom already did. I'm pretty sure there would be far more people who'd quit the site if ONLY ID questions were allowed. Mind you, I quit the site (in part) because synthesis/analysis questions aren't allowed, so what do I know? – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jun 21 '16 at 4:19
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    My suggestion is that if people don't like a specific kind of question, they should use the "ignore-tag" function. – Valorum Jun 21 '16 at 8:50
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    I suspect this answer was downvoted more because of who posted it than because people think the linked posts are bad. Have an upvote to compensate: I'm not a great fan of self-promotion, but they are good questions and answers. – Rand al'Thor Jun 21 '16 at 10:58
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    @randal'thor - Meh. Jack posts the results regardless of votes so downvoting is pretty worthless. – Valorum Jun 21 '16 at 11:35
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    I guess whatever was happening here was resolved. Since I'm only asking for favorites, and that is personally subjective, all entries are used. Additionally, I'm not asking for least favorites, because I'm not interested in people complaining about posts and propagating that. Occasionally I will shorten someone's list, but that is usually due to overlap between the top results or other posts (to eliminate redundancy). – Jack B Nimble Jun 21 '16 at 16:09

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