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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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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 ...
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Getting clarity on closing of questions

I'm puzzled by some of the close question decisions recently. Here are two examples (the first is my question): Is there anyone like Terry Pratchett in the sci-fi world? Other than Douglas Adams, who ...
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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 ...
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Is the recommendations tag the new list tag?

I'm operating under the understanding that we generally don't allow list questions unless it provides some real value to the site. It seems that the lists in particular that are discouraged are ones ...
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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 ...
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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?
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How to ask a question that others have closed?

I am brand new to sci-fi books, beyond childrens books, so I don't know of really any resources to find out about books to read. So the question i want to ask is. Is there a list somewhere on the ...
Buddy Lindsey's user avatar
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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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A first look at questions so far

Six days into the private beta, I've taken 100 questions more or less at random and came up with: 22 “list works containing X” 20 trivia questions (that are only interesting to people who've read/...
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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 ...
3 votes
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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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