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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can we add a URL field to “General Reference” VTC reason?

Similarly to how "Duplicate Q" VTC reason requests you to enter the URL of a duplicate question, can we also have a URL be requested (or even required) when voting a question as a general reference? ...
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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 was: ...
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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 ...
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Best handling for “dupe groups” within [story-identification] questions?

After having joined the site and been visiting regularly for a while, I have discovered many, many cases of duplicate questions (i.e. questions having the same answer, per apparent consensus ...
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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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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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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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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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What's our position on questions of the form “Are there any plans for a new series of X?”?

Today I came across two old questions (both by the same user and posted on the same day, oddly enough) which are very similar in form but have been treated very differently: https://scifi....
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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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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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Could you recommend a list of questions that wouldn't be closed right away? [duplicate]

The FAQ has boilerplate advice about questions and the area 51 questions are starting to get closed. I'm not really sure what to ask anymore. I think this is the first site of this type, the most ...
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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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How to deal with a Post which has two questions in it and one of which may be a duplicate?

The questions are following: How is The Wall bypassed? How did Gared (Night's Watch man) get back from behind The Wall? The first question is more general in nature while the second question was ...
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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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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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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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Are duplicate questions on different SE sites considered “exact duplicates”?

I noticed on Pureferret's question What happened to the Heroes from Diablo 1?, C. Ross mentions that the exact same question was asked on Gaming.SE. I don't think that means the question should be ...
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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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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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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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Should posts that have more than one question be closed as “Too Broad” or “Unclear”?

As a rule posts should only contain one question. When we see a post that asks more than one question we ask the OP to rewrite the question to edit the the post to only have one question. If the post ...
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Should we add 'off-topic' category for 'News, and current events'?

Source: https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3378/976 Pureferret proposed the idea: add 'off-topic' category for 'News, and current events'? Example questions: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/...
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Question put on hold as opinion based; how can I change it?

@Daft and @Richard have marked my post, What were James Dashner's motivations for killing off this character?, as off-topic, as it is more based on opinion than fact. Is there any way I can ...
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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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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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Is question 39423 (origin of “reaping” souls) on-topic?

I just got a vote to close as off-topic on this question with the following comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about a fantasy or sci-fi character or plot ...
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Questions that can be answered with ISFDB (or barely more)

The idea of the general reference close reason is that we don't need to duplicate well-known databases of facts such as Wikipedia or IMDB. In an earlier meta thread, we determined that three standard ...
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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 was this “Rules of Acquisition” question closed?

Maybe I'm hyper-sensitive to this, but I'm smelling a bias against certain users who seem to have a name in common with a certain time-travelling robots troll (maybe it's even the same user, but I can'...
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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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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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How to handle “What are [character name] force powers?” type questions?

Those questions look like : I'm trying to write a Powers and Abilities section for [character name] on Wookieepedia, but [random excuse]. blah blah blah ... could someone do the work for me? We ...