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Review links for fourth custom close reason

A proposed wording for our "out of scope" close reason is being constructed at this other meta question but it needs some links to be considered ready to go. I've simply linked to the help ...
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How do we deal with a situation where a Story-ID question is a duplicate of more than one work?

I just posted a second answer to my game identification question: Searching for video game like Xevious but with more interesting bosses —the reason being that I discovered that I had combined ...
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Should questions closed for lacking details be voted for re-opening even if the original issue hasn't been addressed?

The two questions that inspired this post (primarily this one here, but also this one) are both story-id questions, and although that's a type of question that does get closed for being unclear, my ...
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Why was "Why do vampires hiss?" considered to not be focused enough?

The question Why do vampires hiss? asks: Is there any thought process for [hissing], or any evidence for the choice, or did Bram Stoker just decide that? It's tagged as history-of and trope, and ...
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Wording for fourth (custom) close reason - "Not about science fiction or fantasy"

Now that we have consensus on adding a fourth custom-close reason (and confirmation from Community Manager @Catija that she's happy to do so), we now need to agree on the wording. The original ...
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Can we please have our close reason ("This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy") back?

Getting a new custom close for our Future Works policy has resulted in one of our existing close reasons being removed. "This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy ...
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New custom close reason: Future Works

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. These included changing the text saying "off-topic" in custom close reasons to "a community-...
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Should the correctness/quality of the accepted answer be a factor in choosing which of two duplicate questions to close?

Let's say there are two duplicate questions. Each are equally broad, and each have a decent number of good answers. (Meta consensus here says to keep the broader question, and failing that, the one ...
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Audience-specific texts for custom close reasons: Lists of Works or Recommendations

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. One of the changes was to introduce audience-specific texts for custom close reasons, so that the OP, close ...
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Audience-specific texts for custom close reasons: Scientific Solutions or Explanations

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. One of the changes was to introduce audience-specific texts for custom close reasons, so that the OP, close ...
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Is it permissible for gold badge users to close and reopen questions to clear out inappropriate close votes?

Sometimes inexperienced users flag story identification questions for closing before an answer is confirmed. Since this is contrary to our policy for such questions, I have recently taken to using my ...
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Are stories set in settings that do not exist, yet which otherwise have no magical or speculative elements, on topic?

I thought this had been discussed before, but I can't seem to find a meta question about it. There was a story-identification question today, to which the answer was Lloyd's Alexander's Westmark ...
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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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What should we do with old meta posts about SE workings that no longer exist?

Occasionally, browsing through old meta posts on SFF, I come across questions about parts of the SE system that no longer exist or no longer function in the way described in those questions. E.g. ...
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Do we want a custom close reason for the Future Works Policy? Revisited

Background This site has a long-standing policy that questions about future works should be closed: if a question is asking specifically about a book/film/episode/comic/etc. that has not yet been ...
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How is a question able to be closed by just two people?

Simple question, how this question able to be closed by just two people?
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What is wrong with this question and why was it closed

Recently I asked a question on here: Why is there such a dislike for the Alien Prequels? It was not well received. What is the issue with it? I mean most discussions involving films will be opinion ...
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Is this question too broad? "What are his wedding vows?"

I'm looking for what The Doctor said for his weddings, some think it's a broad question. For a week now the question seems to be in limbo.
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I found my factual answer but the question is closed as "opinion based." How to open?

I saw what appeared to be an obvious similarity between the Star Trek "Mycelial Network" and Cosmic strings so I posted a question. A couple people assumed the answer didn't exist and closed it. An ...
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Correct close reason for 'discussions'

One of the types of question listed on the don't ask page is; “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______” This is quite similar to the hypothetical what if questions. I want to ...
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Questions about in-world legality and ethicality are primarily opinion-based?

The legal governance of any reality, and the ethical concepts of that reality, I do not believe are a matter of opinion. Pedantically, you can say how we "out here" (the audience) feel about the ...
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Can "Avengers: Endgame" be used to answer MCU TV questions?

After watching Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I came here wondering Where has Deke gone? found the question justifiably closed as unknowable then. But given the events of Avengers: Endgame, I ...
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Is the Primarily Opinion-Based close reason being overused?

Disclaimers This is a long post. You are forewarned. Everything in this post is only based on harry-potter. For the most part that is the only tag that I spend much time with, so I don't know if ...
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Does the size of the list of works matter? [duplicate]

The close reason for lists of work or recommendations reads as follows: Requests for lists of works or recommendations are off-topic as they do not fit our questions and answers format. Feel free ...
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Can my question be lifted out of hold status? Can you specifically tell me how to improve it, because I have edited it

I have a question about my Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange post: What's so special about Harry Potter?
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Please clarify my question on why the audience may have been laughing at a speaker

The question is Laughing at Dr Alexander Murry's presentation. I initially got an upvote, but this was followed by 1 downvote and 4 close votes for "Unclear what you're asking". I have edited between ...
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How precise do the close reasons have to be?

When voting to close a question there are five options you can choose from: The ones that interest me here are the third and fifth choices. While I don't think this is a pervasive issue, I have seen ...
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If a certain work is found to be off topic, are questions on Sci-Fi elements also off topic?

I would like for this question to be reopened: How does Snoopy stay balanced on top of his doghouse? Shouldn't he fall down? Although the meta seems to have concluded that Peanuts are off-topic (...
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What does closing a Question as a Duplicate actually do?

I know Duplication is a bit of a contentious topic so I've looked around before asking this, but I can't find an answer. If I've missed it I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction. What ...
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Should we prefer questions with accepted answers when closing identification requests as duplicate?

A couple of days ago, a story ID request was closed as a duplicate of another one. Both have an answer which is correct, according to the querant. But I saw that the one that was closed as a ...
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Does the future works policy apply to this question?

The question Does this organization still exist? was closed, with a voter citing the future works policy. However, I fail to see how said policy applies. The question is not about a future work, it's ...
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Why are we still arguing over duplicates?

We have had a number of recent meta discussions about what should and should not be closed as a duplicate, most recently Handling questions that will be duplicates once answered. It seems that, ...
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Is there ever a reason to remove on topic content?

In recent discussions there has been an ongoing argument made against removing low-quality content that is otherwise on topic. Since the crux of most of the objections raised against any changes in ...
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Why can we not mark questions as duplicates when the original does not have an answer?

This question: Misanthropic boy given near-omnipotent powers by alien intelligence, proceeds to destroy humanity is a duplicate of this: Bullied boy given immense powers by an alien race who ...
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Why was this question about Obi-Wan closed?

This question has been subject to two rounds of close voting, and is currently closed. The first round was as “primarily opinion-based.” The second was as “unclear what you’re asking.” However, I ...
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Questions that become off-topic because of new policies

I have just come across a 6 year old question in the review queues. Back when this question was asked, it was a perfectly on-topic question, which has been reasonably highly up-voted and received 20,...
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Why is this question still open? [duplicate]

The question Can spaceships really explode in space? very clearly violates our policy on real-world scientific explanations. Why is it still open?
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What do we do with this question that doesn't have a current answer? [duplicate]

I was reviewing when this question came up for closing votation with 3 votes to close. After reading said questions and the comments I'm uncertain on how to vote and would like to ask clarification (I ...
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Can't close question as dupe. Just get error message

In what looks like another example of the same bug (Why can't I close this question as a dupe?) I don't seem to be able to close this question as a duplicate. Young adult novel involving Time-...
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Why was this question closed as duplicate?

Are human-looking Jedi/Sith like Palpatine and the Skywalkers the same (human) species as non-Force users? This question was recently marked as a duplicate. Two things bother me: This question has ...
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Why was this question about why 'Voldemort became more snakelike' closed as a duplicate?

Regarding this question: Why does Voldemort become more snakelike? The question links to the now marked duplicate here: How did Voldemort's face get disfigured? The question and the post marked ...
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Should questions like "Should I watch/read ..." be closed as opinion based?

Sometimes people post questions asking what to read or watch. "Should I read this book?" "In which order should I watch this film series?" "Should I watch the old episodes in this TV series?" "Should ...
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Minor technical issues with off-topic close box

There are some minor technical issues with the off-topic close reasons, which should be trivial to fix. All links are HTTP instead of HTTPS. This includes the migration option to meta. The link to ...
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Why can't you change your reason to close after making a close vote?

I voted to close on this question, Back to the future, A couple of things im confued about. I made a mistake and voted as Not Clear What you are asking, when I wanted to vote as Too Broad, so I ...
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Why is this question put on hold?

Some people have put this question on hold; it has lost its momentum and now will not be a Hot Network Question. It has answers and is absolutely not too broad as there have not been very many ...
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Under what circumstances does "Community" vote to close as a duplicate?

I proposed a possible duplicate for this question and it received four close votes (including mine) with the fifth vote attributed to the Community user. Under what circumstances does the Community ...
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Why is the question about Slytherin speaking Parseltongue closed?

This question, How does Salazar Slytherin speak Parseltongue? [duplicate]. In the comments Valorum, who closed the question, states: So, Valorum states that no one predates Salazar Slytherin, but: ...
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Why does the community continue re-opening this particular question?

Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise? I am quoting my argument here: @Valorum You aren't getting my point. It's the standards I am talking about. Star Trek ...
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In what way is this question unclear?

This question, posted in its entirety below, was recently posted. It rapidly attracted close votes and is currently on hold. While I can see that it's arguably downvote-worthy (do your own damn ...
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Why is this question not closed?

This question "What does Sidious mean?" Should it not fall under this, Primarily opinion-based: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to some ...
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