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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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Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?

This has been on my mind for some time, and I'd actually previously written up something to post here, but I dropped it until the discussion on the following question: What is Tolkien trying to say ...
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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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What's the process for getting a closed question re-opened?

Does one simply wait passively for those who closed it to come back and re-open it -- assuming they are notified of your edits and comments. Or is there a way to actively pursue it's "unclosing?"
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Why are moderators going against consensus on meta?

OK, this does it. This site is officially painful to participate in, thank to blatant moderator abuse. This question: What was this SciFi story? Was first closed, including a mod vote, despite the ...
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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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What to do with adaptation differences questions?

This question is a simple and straight-forward one, what differences are there between the Game of Thrones TV series, and the original books? However, since its asking, it's accumulated 1 general ...
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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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Should some VTC reasons on questions be restricted to people with proven question asking expertise?

PROPOSAL: Restrict certain types of VTC votes on questions to users who have passed a minimal positive threshold of question asking activity. Rationale and Details One of the things in Stack ...
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Why is this question closed?

This question asks if there's going to be a 7th Star Wars film. The asker heard it was going to be made, and seems to be asking for confirmation. The question received many downvotes, and was closed....
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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 is wrong with “broad” questions?

For example, this question https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/1223/terraforming-new-planet-turns-out-its-a-gas-viable This is an interesting question - and could spur a lot of discussion which ...
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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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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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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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How could I have asked the Jews in Star Trek question better?

I wrote a question asking a very specific question: "So my question is, did any of the Star Trek novels ever introduce Jewish characters or Jewish pioneering communities on other planets?" It called ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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Why was this 'is this movie being made' question closed?

One more time. This question asks if a 4th Transformers film is being made. They heard it was being made, and saw some pictures. But a trailer for it just showed footage from the first 3 films. ...
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Why is question #41037 (spaceship repair) closed?

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/41037/spaceship-repair This is a perfect question to generate an insightful synthesis-type answer classifying the repair types and giving mini-examples of ...
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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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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.