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29 votes
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How should we handle "any" (list) questions?

The "any" questions invite a list, which is not permitted. But we're currently not dealing with them consistently (or I can't see a pattern). Here's a few examples: Invisibility should cause ...
10 votes
1 answer

Where can I ask questions that aren't Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange questions?

Thank you for your confidence in our abilities! But have you read our FAQ? This site is for questions and answers about science fiction, fantasy and more generally speculative fiction. This is not a ...
32 votes
15 answers

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 ...
12 votes
1 answer

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: ...
23 votes
4 answers

Are Google-able questions appropriate? [duplicate]

I know it's only the first day, but plenty of the questions I've seen so far appear to be easily answered by doing a simple search. "What author wrote Title?", "What actor played ...
3 votes
3 answers

Is a list question within the scope of Sci-Fi SE if it is a relatively small pool of answers?

This question got put on hold recently as being too broad. I voted to have it put on hold, and I stand by it being too broad. The issue I have with this question is not that the number of answers ...
3 votes
1 answer

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?
4 votes
2 answers

Why are list questions allowed if they're not asking for lists of works?

Why is it that only lists of works are off-topic? See for example this question, which has answers that are just as useless as those to a question asking for lists of works. Surely all questions ...
7 votes
5 answers

Should I upvote *and* vote to close?

I sometimes find questions that are not suited for the site (usually because they are list questions), but I find interesting. Often times I upvote the question, and then cast a close vote. Does ...
6 votes
5 answers

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 ...
14 votes
1 answer

What good questions are not about a specific work?

Most of the questions on site are about a specific SF work or universe. That's fine, but it's disappointing to have pretty much only questions of this kind. In particular, most popular works and ...
-3 votes
3 answers

Questions about identifying stories are on topic according to the faq!

Please reopen this question, which after editing is on topic according to this FAQ item: Story Identification Why did no users, mods, or repliers inform me or edit it?
4 votes
2 answers

Should this "list question" really have been closed?

The question: Is there a website that shows which SF book/film awards there are? was recently closed as a list question. I'm happy for this to be closed if it should, but based on the meta question: ...
6 votes
3 answers

When voting to close list questions, which VTC reason should I choose?

When I see a list question, I usually pick the "off topic" reason, as my understanding was they were chosen to be not in this site's scope. In addition, they are explicitly verboten in the FAQ, which ...
24 votes
9 answers

Are "recommend me" questions allowed? [duplicate]

Are questions of the form "I really liked X series. Could you recommend me some similar works?" allowed?

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