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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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Can the “this question is closed” text include a pointer to chat?

Some of the questions that have been closed lately are closed because they're off-topic even though they're still relevant to sci-fi/fantasy fans such as ourselves. For these sorts of 'good ...
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Harry Potter - abuse over celebrity question re-open

This question about whether or not it was a good choice to have Harry Potter stay with the Dursleys (ergo suffering abuse) over staying with a 'normal' wizarding family was closed due to it being '...
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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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Why is this question (71065) closed?

Star Wars trivia question to identify race It's pretty clear what's being asked (Identify the species based on a fairly sufficient amount of information about it). The answer apparently exists (...
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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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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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Why was the question about Mom having a chicken farm closed?

I was looking through some questions and saw that this question Did Mom have a chicken farm? was closed as "Not constructive". I don't personally see how this question could "solicit debate, ...
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Questions about science fiction technologies that have real world origins

This question recently got closed because the sci-fi technology being asked about is a real technology, or we assume it is based on the answers and comments given in the question. Now I cast the ...
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Fate of the question about the Mary Sue-ness of Harry Potter characters

Are any of the characters in Harry Potter books a "Mary Sue"? This question has a number of points against it: It's obviously pretty subjective. It's rather broad, being about all the ...
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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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Why closed as duplicate?

I had asked Would a lightsaber melt or vaporize a bullet?, which is currently closed as a duplicate of Why would a slug thrower be more effective against a lightsaber/Jedi than a blaster? I do not see ...
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Why was this question closed?

In science fiction, which planet with lifeforms has the largest gravitational force? It's perfectly answerable, with a very clear criteria. It can't have infinite (or too many) answers that are all ...
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Answering question we know will get closed

This question was asked a couple minutes ago, as well as this and this here. They are all obvious candidates for closure (proof by the fact that they were...), but I feel compelled on some of them to ...
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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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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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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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What makes this question not constructive, but these others OK?

I recently read this question about how the basilisk from Harry Potter could be so stealthy. It struck me in its similarity to a number of other questions about the basilisk, namely: How did the ...
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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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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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Is this 'new releases in SF&F' question on topic?

This question has been closed, (not edited) and then reopened, and is now getting close votes again. One user even voted to both close and reopen it. Seems like we don't know what to do with this ...
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Can closed questions still earn badges?

I've asked a couple (OK. A few) questions that have been closed. I've noticed that they still seem to gather additional "views". Can closed questions still earn badges? And, no, I'm not sure if I ...
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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 is this Question Not a Duplicate?

Since November we've had this question ("Are E. T. and Star Wars in the Same Universe?") It was answered with a clear answer that included links and images. It includes the name of the species (...
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What is “subjective” for scifi.stackexchange.com?

After asking my question about Stargate Universe, I saw a related question that had been closed for being "Subjective and Argumentative": https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/431/what-was-the-...
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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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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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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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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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Why was this time-travel Potter question closed?

This question about whether characters can be brought back to life in the Potter universe was closed. None of the closers left a comment explaining why they closed the question. Why was this closed? ...
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Why was this question about hot button issues in Star Wars closed?

Why was this question about politically hot button issues in Star Wars closed? It seems little different than other questions about sprawling works, yet those questions remain open.
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Why was this question about social attitudes towards SF closed?

I would like to understand why the question How to deal with people who think that scifi and fantasy is childish? was closed. What do the people who voted to close (or anyone else) have against it? ...
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How to reduce duplicate questions on a growing site?

I posted a question that has been repeatedly asked. I did try to search before I posted but on a site like this one where there is a long history of questions on the subject it was a bit too much to ...
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Have we changed the rules on children's cartoons?

We once decided not to permit children's cartoons that were not specifically about Sci-Fi: Are children's literature and cartoons for children on-topic? In the last 24 hours a question on this topic ...
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Was the question closed as General Refence?

I just came across this question, and it was closed as "off-topic". It appears from the comments that it was closed essentially as General Reference or Too Trivial, both of which I thought had been ...
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Some assistance, please

I am not disputing the closure of my question on end-of-humanity SF and politics, but how could I edit it so that it falls within the rules of this Exchange? Seems I'm not the only one interested, it ...
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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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Some questions being closed to quick. [closed]

There seems to be a fair number of questions be closed, that are not that subjective. Too much hastiness is damagaing. Some questions are being closed before it's being understood w Like this. What ...
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How does getting credit for flagging work?

Since I've been on the site and learned what is an appropriate form of question and what's not I've done my part to flag questions not appropriate for the site. And most of the questions I flag are ...
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Should controversial questions that mods deem 'unhelpful' be closed and temporarily archived in meta?

A recent question was deleted off the face of SE (asking about Star Wars). This was clearly a popular question, but potentially unhelpful for the site. If the concensus that such questions are unfit ...
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Should we have a “That's the joke” close reason?

Primarily for use on Futurama questions, but could be more generally useful for other comedy science fiction. In Neutopia why didn't the Borax Kid teleport in Scruffy? We get 4 or 5 of these a ...