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Should questions about future works be closed as Primarily Opinion Based?

This is a subject that we've touched upon slightly in the past, but either the questions are based on old close reasons such as "General Reference" and "Too Localized", which are now gone - or they're ...
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Should all questions without explicit canon answers be closed?

The question How was the Basilisk so stealthy? was closed as Not Constructive. Based on the wording of the question, I don't know that I 100% agree with that, but I get the argument. This comment ...
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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 are questions considered duplicates although they ask different things?

I'm all for closing redundant questions as dupes, and we do seem to have series of questions asking similar things, but observe question number one: I am not interested in the movies, just the TV ...
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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 Character?", and ...
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How should we handle questions that are about non-SF/F elements in a SF/F work?

The many meta questions regarding scope have quite firmly established that questions must be about a work that is related to sci-fi/fantasy. We have, however, seen dissenting opinion and behavior when ...
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Are works that may or may not just be dreams on topic?

The question Is Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a symbol? was recently closed with the reason of unclear what you're asking. The question is unclear, so the final close reason makes ...
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Culling list and recommendation questions

After many discussions, it has been decided that questions calling for lists of works (or authors, etc) or more or less personalized recommendations are not acceptable. The site FAQ has been adapted ...
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Close Reason: This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network

While voting to close this question, I considered the close reason "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network". But when I clicked that, the only option it gave me was that ...
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What type of "behind the scenes" questions are on-topic?

The question regarding how they created the hole in Robert Downey Jr's chest was recently migrated to the Movies stack exchange. I agree that it is probably a better fit there, but as of last night, I ...
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Should we close questions for being "too trivial"?

Historically, it was decided that it was not required to have read a book/watched a movie to ask a question. This, of course, led to its own issues: the dreaded General Reference. Of course, as a ...
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Are too many questions being closed by a moderator alone rather than the community?

The user Zypher has very little reputation, but is able to close questions without reaching the limit because he works for SE. By not letting the community vote (i.e. 5 of the top 17 users) it seems ...
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Why would VTC as duplicate be appropriate for a story identification question? [duplicate]

I keep seeing this over and over and over in the review queue. Yes, story-idents can have identical answers, but this doesn't make them identical questions. Each person asking remembers different ...
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What should be our Off-Topic reasons?

Changes are coming to the Question Closing system. The existing Vote To Close reasons are being overhauled. We've already seen some of these changes in the Duplicate Question area. That link above ...
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Should we ever close a question as "Primarily Opinion Based" on meta?

What are the "must read" comics/issues from the following publishers? received a close vote with the reason "Primarily Opinion Based". But on meta, we're asking for opinions. Shouldn't that ...
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Should we add an off-topic close reason for "future works"?

Current status: we do not have consensus to pursue this under the present system (which only allows custom off-topic close reasons). We may re-visit this if the system is changed to allow a custom ...
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Should we have a migration path to M&TV.SE now that it has graduated?

According to a comment by a mod, the Movies & TV stack is about to graduate. This is confirmed by a mod on M&TV.SE. Movies & TV has graduated! Since there has been some manual migration to ...
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Why was the "which actors have played Doctor Who" question closed?

A question asking which actors have played Dr. Who was closed recently. The reason the page shows is: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete,...
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Can we get a more specific definition of what this site considers "too broad"?

Currently, the close reason (which is standard for all SE sites) has a description of: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add ...
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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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Why doesn't this question show up in the review queue for Close Votes?

The following question has, as I'm writing this, 1 close vote against it.‡ How do the pirate tests in Uncharted 4 get reset? There is a discussion about it in the comments and I disagree with ...
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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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What constitutes the same answer for story-identification questions?

If two story-identification questions both have the same answer, and that answer has been confirmed (on each question) by the querent in the form of acceptance or a confirmatory comment, one of the ...
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What is the limit for questions about ongoing series?

Questions about events in an ongoing series might get a definitive answer once the next book comes out or the next episode airs. What questions are too time-sensitive, and what questions are ...
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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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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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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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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 general reference used inconsistently?

The general reference close reason reads as follows: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed ...
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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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Do we have room for a custom close reason for future works?

We have had a long-standing policy that questions asking about material from unproduced future works should be closed until such time as they are answerable. The meta consensus was that we should ...
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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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Can we please fix the About page to remove "actual problem" and "practical" wording?

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/about Get answers to **practical, detailed questions** Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. Include details about what you have tried and ...
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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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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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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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Can we be consistent with "Is X a Timelord" questions?

I know the "Is X a Timelord" discussion gets a bit old, but I think we should come up with a consistent scheme. As far as I know the first question of this kind was asked by TangoOversway: Is Santa ...
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Close vote motivation

Since the site is still undergoing the phase where some definitions are not clear, there can be some questions about which it may not bel clear if such questions belong or not. I would thus propose ...
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Is there a way to undo voting to close a question?

If I've voted to close a question, and realise that I was mistaken, is there a way to undo this? (Assume that the question is not closed yet). Clicking on close again just tells me that I've already ...
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What are the good ways of avoiding a "promotes a pet theory" question?

"Where do we draw the line on "opinion-based" questions?" lists several likely ways for a question to go astray and become "bad subjective". One of the main ones listed is: "promote a pet ...
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Is asking where to purchase something on topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are shopping questions on topic? This question was recently asked, and I don't think it's on topic here. Its asking for a list of places to buy something There's no real ...
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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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Blind closevoting?

Consider the revisions of a question about dual-phased lightsabers I asked. It has been posted, downvoted, upvoted, edited a few times, commented on, closed and finally reopened. I'm not here to ...
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Are release date questions still off-topic?

I was reviewing this question and it seems to me that this meta question should apply, and that the question would be off-topic as too localized. However, when trying to flag it as such, I found that ...
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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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Story Identification : Close questions where the OP isn't helping?

I noticed on Movie:SE that they have a rule regarding abandoned story-identification questions; Identification questions are of limited use to other users of the site, and are asking people to ...
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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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Is this General Reference? [closed]

Why was Count Dooku not given the title "Darth"? Googling for "count dooku darth" brings up as the very first link+blurb: Count Dooku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia....
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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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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 ...