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For questions about the closing of questions: whether, when, why, and how questions should be closed.

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Add physics.SE as an option for questions "that don't belong here"

I was reviewing the question https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/31449/is-respawning-technologically-feasible-in-pandora and agreed with one of the comments that it might be better placed (with ...
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Why should this question be split?

The Question So the OP is asking for a plot synopsis to clear up his confusion on some plot points in the novel. That is EXACTLY on-topic according to the FAQ. In fact, it's the very first bullet ...
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Why hasn't the community closed this terrible question?

The question in question. It's a general reference question. It shows no research. It's pretty terrible content all the way around. So can somebody explain why it's open and generating rep? and yes I ...
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VTC on an old question that would now be "Not Constructive"

This is the question in question: How does the theory of subspace work? Normally, I'd expect this to be a Star Trek question, and have no issue with it. Then I saw that star-trek isn't a tag, and ...
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What is the difference between asking these two questions?

Today I saw a question: Who is more powerful: Voldemort or Grindelwald?[closed] that struck me both in its similarity to a previous question Was Voldemort a Better Wizard than Dumbledore? and in the ...
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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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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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Should we start considering other reliable Wikis for the ground of general reference? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Wikia.com general reference? For example, if one searches Google for a Star Trek keyword, result from Memory Alpha comes on the first page along with Wikipedia. Memory ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to handle overzealous closes

(Prompted specifically by How did Chell end up at Aperture?, but this is by no means the first time this has happened.) I am concerned that sometimes questions get closed inappropriately, ...
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How is this question not in line with the faq?

I have this question, What types of keyboard does Neo/Mr Anderson use? It was recently closed as off topic. I've read the faq previously and I think it's clearly on-topic. The faq says what is off-...
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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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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 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 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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When voting to close list questions, which VTC reason should I choose?

When I see a list question, I usually pick the "off topic" reason, as my understanding was they were chosen to be not in this site's scope. In addition, they are explicitly verboten in the FAQ, which ...
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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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Should moderators wait till community made its opinion fully known before closing?

Moderator votes are "binding" - meaning that, while it takes 5 close votes to close a question, a single close vote from moderator will do it no matter how many other people voted before. I would ...
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How have we been using the General Reference close reason?

I'm interested after reading the discussion Introduce a "General Reference" close reason on Meta Stack Overflow. What kinds of questions have been decided "General Reference"? Which have been ...
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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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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 not closed?

Have a look at this question: Are there nice wedding-related quotes in Doctor Who? This is, at the best, a question with no clear answer; at the worst, it's a list question, looking to compile a ...
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How can I fix my unconstructive question?

My first question here was this one: What real-world substance most closely corresponds to mithril? Admittedly it's getting old, but it still bugs me that it got closed. How can I fix it to make it ...
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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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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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Was there an effort to clean up "See Wiki" type questions?

Was there an effort to clean up "See Wiki" basic type of questions on SciFi SE, similar to the effort to clean up "lists" questions? As an example, this one: In the Dune series, why are they not ...
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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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Suggestive Rules, hoop jumping and the need of a rulebook.

This is bugging me for a while, but I would like to raise the flag on a problem we have. We should avoid having "Suggestive Rules", having suggestive rules is far more damageable that a suggestive ...
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Getting clarity on closing of questions

I'm puzzled by some of the close question decisions recently. Here are two examples (the first is my question): Is there anyone like Terry Pratchett in the sci-fi world? Other than Douglas Adams, who ...
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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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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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Are question down-votes discouraged during a beta?

"Questions that are deemed sufficiently off-topic may be closed by the community". At the moment, it seems like questions that are even just a little bit off-topic - or might be off-topic, but hasn't ...
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Why isn't this question a recommendation question?

The question asker didn't say he was interested in reading the books people listed, but what if he was? https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/1156/works-of-science-fiction-featuring-as-of-yet-...
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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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Why was this question about FTL engines closed?

Why was the following question closed? What are the different types and classes of FTL engines? closed as not a real question by Zypher♦ 13 hours ago It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. ...
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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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Is there a time limit for voting to reopen questions?

To cast a reopen vote requires 500 rep (17 users at the moment). If a user reaches 500 many days after the question has be closed, can they still vote to reopen, or must this be done soon after the ...
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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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View close vote privilege

Looking at my privileges, I see one that I've qualified for and one I haven't: View Close Votes, which needs 250 rep Cast Close and Reopen Votes, which needs 500 rep When I look at the former, it ...
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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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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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