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What questions are on-topic, and what questions are off-topic?

SciFi.SE's identity is still being defined, and as such there's a lot of unresolved confusion wrapped up in dozens of topics about what types of questions are acceptable. Let's stop creating ...
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Topic of the Week Contest [Updated August 29]

This is a quick way to expand the scope of the site and generate new questions and answers. How it works: One topic will be designated each week. Each person who asks a question relating to that ...
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Are list questions allowed?

This just started, but there already seems to be a lot of questions that essentially boil down to "Please list stories that X". These questions cannot have a definitive answer, and sometimes you can ...
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Are questions looking to simply prove or disprove a premise with a yes/no answer a good fit for our site?

Recently, the question Was Eric Flint's 1632 the ONLY prominent SF&F work/universe where some (approved) fan fiction is officially considered canon? was asked. The question asked for a single ...
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Are *all* list questions off-topic?

"List questions" are generally off-topic on Stack Exchange sites, and Science Fiction & Fantasy in particular, because they tend to be open-ended, generate debate, have some level of personal ...
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How should we reach out to new users?

The first time I made a positive contribution to Wikipedia (years ago), within minutes a senior user left a comment on my user page welcoming me to the community and thanking me for my contribution. ...
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Culling list and recommendation questions

After many discussions, it has been decided that questions calling for lists of works (or authors, etc) or more or less personalized recommendations are not acceptable. The site FAQ has been adapted ...
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Closed as asking for a list when I said I don't want a list

I asked a question and in the body I specifically said that I'm not looking for a list. The first comment said: This is an interesting question, but requests for lists of works are off-topic here. ...
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Inconsistency in Gorilla vs Shark closing?

We've discussed Gorilla vs Shark. The majority seemed to conclude that we don't like those kind of questions. Right now we have a question that was just closed for this reason: Can Wolverine beat The ...
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Is this an unpopular type of question?

The question Is a rocket landing on a ship on an ocean literally “something from Science Fiction”? received several down votes in rapid succession. Comments suggest that while it may not be off-topic (...
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How about revisiting our policy about "is there any" questions being OK?

Since 2012, SFF's policy on "Is there any...?" questions is that they are suitable for this site; see How should we handle "any" (list) questions?. However, in some recent comments, meta ...
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Are we now allowing list questions that are long or that change over time?

I've noticed a few list questions recently. I think it was started last year by the super popular: Which 2015 technologies were correctly predicted by Back to the Future II? More recently I've seen: ...
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Why has this question been deleted?

I posted this question, Does any science-fiction handle the ethics of teleportation ("kill and clone")? a long time ago and it was closed. Now it seems to have been deleted. Why?
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We need to take a look at list questions

The F.A.Q. doesn't actually forbid list questions, instead forbidding a specific subset of those questions. However, the fact remains that we are NOT a reference site. This format (Q & A) is never ...
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What is our position on closure when the community appears to be split?

Discussion in comments on this question have raised an interesting point: Our community seems to be fairly evenly split on how we should handle "are there any" questions. Yet the question was closed....
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