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What does it mean for a question to lack focus?

I asked this question as I was curious if elves were still procreating. The question was simple and obvious, it basically asked birth rates of elves near the destruction of the ring. I did my research,...
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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 ...
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Help me understand why my Star Trek question is on hold as 'unclear'?

Five people flagged my question from yesterday was "unclear" while not comments to help me understand why. How did one specific torpedo hit the USS Enterprise in one specific episode of Star Trek: ...
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What are the limits to changing my own unanswered questions?

If a question has no answers and is closed, an edit will necessarily change some of my original intent. I am the OP, and it just wasn't working. How tightly do I have to stay in the box which didn't ...
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Why is my question “Chronological order of Star Wars Literature” closed for lists of works/recommendations?

I have a question that has bothered me since my question, "Chronological Order of Star Wars Literature", was closed for being off topic. In the note about why it was closed there is this titbit of ...
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Is it possible to bump or promote an edited question to get more eyes on it?

I made my closed question more clear per recommendations and would like some votes. How, if at all, can the edits be promoted or bumped for a new audience?
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How is this question unclear?

How can Jor-El represent entire Kryptonian culture? This question has been closed as "unclear what you're asking". May I know what is unclear about it so that I can improve it? Update: Edited the ...
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Should we re-instate the “many memes” Meta question?

At one point, the "many memes of SFF.SE" question got closed. However, at this point, it seems to be a fully acceptable and standard practice on SE: Meta.SE original Arqade/Gaming IT Security Travel ...
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Why is my question considered opinion-based?

I asked this question that compared the physical strengths of Hodor and the Mountain in GoT/ASoIaF. It was quickly closed as being "primarily opinion-based," but I tried to make clear that I wanted ...
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Is the question “Does Iron Man's repulsor technology violate Newton's Third Law of Motion (in-universe)?” rightfully closed?

See this question: Does Iron Man's repulsor technology violate Newton's Third Law of Motion (in-universe)? It has been closed on the grounds that it's asking for real world "scientific ...
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How do we resolve this supposed dupe situation?

I asked this question: What is Agent Coulson's status as of the end of Endgame? which multiple people insisted is a dupe of Why aren't MCU movies featuring Coulson after Avengers? The ...
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How can I make my question about scheduling clear?

I recently asked a question about the scheduling at Hogwarts. The question was quite long, and the argumentation therein may have been confusing. That said, I thought the question itself was pretty ...
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Should the question about the number of rooms in The Burrow be closed as Primarily Opinion-Based?

Based on this Meta post it seems that the feeling is that there should be a dedicated Meta post discussing whether the specific question Why are there so few bedrooms in the Burrow? should be closed ...
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How can I make my question “Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?” clearer?

I asked why there are differences between the models of communicators shown here: Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ? How can I be more clear?
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How does this question fail the “related directly to a cited work of fiction” criterion?

The question How is Accio a safe spell? is closed with the following close reason: Questions seeking scientific solutions or explanations are off-topic unless related directly to a cited work of ...
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What is unclear about this question?

What does Grin refer to in Harry Potter? Are there any other important references aside from this one: Seamus Finnigan: "The Grin? What's the Grin?" Bem: "Not the Grin, you idiot....
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Why has this question been closed as off-topic?

Once this question was considered on-topic here: If I have the Comixology app, do I need the publisher ones? Today, I asked a similar question: How does unlimited subscription of Marvel Comics work? ...
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Why was this question reopened by a mod?

This question was closed as per the FWP. The question was about a scenario which has not occurred yet, but is extremely likely to occur in the upcoming season. One of our Mods, Rand al'Thor, took ...
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Reopen Question: B'Elanna Torres's Head Ridges

I really don't know why this question was closed as being "primarily opinion-based" Why didn't B'Elanna Torres have her cranial ridges removed? This seems (to me) to be a decent question and ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

Consider the below question:- Power of Infinity Stones in the Avengers Infinity War movie Any lay person can also understand what I am asking here and that is: Was the power of infinity stones ...
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Why was this Shrek question closed?

This question: Was Fiona actually cursed to be a human? in the shrek tag is currently closed. I can't for the life of me work out why it is closed at the moment, never mind closed as off topic with ...
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Please re-open this question about Hulk vs Superman

Hulk vs. Superman - did they ever fight? Who won? While this LOOKS like a Shark-vs-Gorilla, it is actually fully and eminently answerable... because there WERE comics in which Superman fought Hulk: ...
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Why was the question about Sirius Black possibly fathering canine children closed as Primarily Opinion Based by a moderator

A question was asked today about Sirius Black and whether or not he was a "dogfather" as well as a godfather. While initially not perfectly worded and receiving a couple of votes for "unclear what you'...
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Why was this question about maester chains closed?

The question Can a maester's chain include multiple links of the same metal?: A maester can be recognized by the chain he wears around his neck. The links of the chain can be made of every ...
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How can we make this question on-topic? Should we, at all?

Yesterday, this question was asked by a user. "Would the War of the Five Kings have occurred if Ned had refused Robert's request?" The trouble was: It was based on a hypothetical premise i.e. ...
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Should a moderator have reopened this question?

This question; What's the most money actors earned for Star Trek in each era? was asked in August 2015. A few minutes afterwards it was closed as too broad on the grounds that it asks for answers ...
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How does the site pick the reason for closure?

Yesterday I voted to close this question as Off-Topic. However there were already 4 votes to close as Duplicate and so, along with the Dup-link at the top of the question, the Close Reason got set as: ...
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Can we please reopen this question about NuSpock?

This question was originally closed as "Not Constructive", reopened, then closed again as "Opinion-based". Did Spock warn of disasters in the new Star Trek universe? Given that it's unlikely that ...
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Why were these questions about sexual assault in the Harry Potter franchise deleted?

In the past 2-3 days we received 2 practically identical questions: Question #1 Question #2 Both are about sexual assault in Harry Potter. While I think these questions should have been downvoted as ...
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Why has this Animal Farm question been reopened?

This question about Animal Farm has just been reopened by site moderator Rand al'Thor. It was closed in 2015 as off-topic due to 'not being about science fiction or fantasy' in line with the accepted ...
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Doubt about a closure

May I suggest that the closure of this question be reconsidered? In short, it asked whether German SF character Perry Rhodan is known out of German speaking countries. It seems to me a legitimate ...
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Please reopen “Did Maeve choose to go and save her child of her own free will?”

Can we reopen the following question? Did Maeve choose to go and save her child of her own free will? The question is answerable with only the information provided in the episode in question. I ...
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Why was this “general reference” question kept closed?

This question Where did Doc Brown get plutonium from? Was originally closed as "General Reference", presumably because the answer was largely covered in the same scene in the film. Since "general ...
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Should we reopen “general reference” questions as a matter of course?

After the decision was taken to burninate General Reference, the close reason was removed but I keep coming across questions that were closed for this reason. This one, for example. Given that this ...
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Are we consistent when flagging questions as 'too broad'?

Today a general question about vampires* was put on hold as 'too broad'. as no fictional universe was specified. But we also have this question which is pretty recent, with 15 UV's and 2 favs about ...
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May I ask a question about sex or explicit content in A Song of Ice and Fire books?

Some hours ago another user asked a question about Daenerys' color of eyebrows, and I realized that I didn't remember any reference by GRR Martin about her pubis, but, instead, I could remember some ...
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Why the inconsistencies with closed questions?

Why are there inconsistencies with closed question? This question, The Matrix, taking both red and blue pills? is clearly what people would regard as a speculative question as there is no possible ...
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Re-open “What episodes of Doctor Who should I watch first?”

What episodes of Doctor Who should I watch first? is closed as primarily opinion-based But I think that's a mistake: the suggested-order is well established here and I can't see anything else ...
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Who determines if a post should be re-opened?

So who determines if a post should be re-opened? It seems that anyone can close a question, but re-opening is a different story.
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Why was this question about FTL engines closed?

Why was the following question closed? What are the different types and classes of FTL engines? closed as not a real question by Zypher♦ 13 hours ago It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. ...
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Should this Game of Thrones question be closed?

I found this question on Meta: Is the ultimate goal of Stack Exchange really to build a knowledge base for Googlers, not to help individual users (even if they ask good questions)? Although this may ...
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What makes this creature question too broad?

The question in question is this one: Why are vampires not rotten like other undead? I know of no zombie/vampire fiction where this isn't the case. That means a trope/genre type answer should be of ...
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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?

After lurking in this community for some time, I finally made an account on scifi to ask How did Luke's proton torpedoes enter the first Death Star after Red Leader's impacted on the surface?, which I ...
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How is this question too localized?

This question has been closed using the “Too Localized” basis: In The Matrix, why did humans scorch the sky to block sunshine? I want to know how it is too localized. It doesn't look to me like "Was ...
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Should we have an etiquette for NOT “stealing” answers on reopened questions?

I have observed this several times (full disclosure: most recently happened to me. But I considered it a 1*&k move even prior to that event): User observes that a closed question is closed as "...
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This question was closed, even though the fate of these questions is not yet clear

With "How should we handle "any" (list) questions", the highest voted (+9, -3) answer right now (by a mod) is: Since we're debating the issue right now, I'm not going to wield the mod close hammer ...
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Why was the “two Hulk films” question closed?

Please help me understand why this question was closed: Why were there two Hulk origin films within five years of each other? I cannot work it out from the brief close reason: "This question ...
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Why was this question closed as “General reference”?

This question was closed - by a unilateral moderator vote - as "General Reference". https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/12900/what-is-the-origin-and-scope-of-term-legendarium Question ...
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Why exactly was this closed as “not constructive”?

This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, ...
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Should This Question Be Closed?

Within the past couple weeks someone posted this question asking "What's so special about Jules Verne?" At first glance, I wanted to close this question. It seems fully subjective and requires an ...