I don't understand why we're asking these questions over and over again, when our guidelines seem to be broadly inclusive. Most of the time when these questions are asked, the answer is a very firm, "Yes".
These are from this month:
And going (slightly) further back:
Is Clash of the Titans considered on topic for Science Fiction and Fantasy?
Is "Penguins of Madagascar" on-topic?
Is League of Legends on topic?
Are Andy Griffiths's bum/butt books on-topic?
Are questions about Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" considered on-topic?
Those are from this year alone.
Here are the 4 similar questions that received a "No" instead:
For further reference, over 150 of all meta questions are about what's on-topic. This makes it incredibly difficult to get an easy or consistent answer. Of those, 1/4 have been asked in the last 6 months alone.
Many of the answers repeat the same ideas or concepts, in different words or number of words, usually varying only to tackle specific examples.
This confusion seems a bit contrary to our standing policy, specifically:
This is a rather inclusive policy. I think being inclusive will generate less friction (better have a few questions that purists can just snub, than cause bad feelings by closing borderline questions). This isn't to say you shouldn't vote to close if you feel that a borderline question is on the wrong side of the border, but please explain your reasoning when you cast your close vote.
Several of these questions are being asked in meta after questions about the works already exist and have been opened plenty long enough for users to close them, which would seem to indicate that they're already on-topic per policy.
So are these questions really helping us, or are we just rehashing the same ideas over and over again, because what we have now is getting lost or hard to find?
When our answers are spread out over many questions, and reception on individual answers varies, it can confuse our general community stance. (Why does one "Yes" get +2 and another +20?, for instance)
Should we rewrite our existing policy to make it more clear, without changing the meaning? Can we make it more visible so users can easily get their question answered in one definitive place?
The information is already here, how do we make it accessible?