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Why are [in-memoriam] questions on meta? [duplicate]

It seems that we've decided that in-memoriam should be on meta, with zero in-memoriam (links to main site) questions. In one sense, I get it: it's arguably a question about other questions. But it's ...
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Is The Clan of the Cave Bear (and related works) on topic?

I just stumbled upon this well-asked and received question about the series of novels of which Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book. While certainly fictional, and predicated upon imaginative ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Should I reveal spoilers in the edit comment?

In this edit, I added a spoiler and that was the main function of the comment (and therefore would have been the comment has it not been a spoiler). Should I reveal what the spoiler is in the comment?...
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Should the question “What to read in History of Middle-earth?” have been closed?

The question in question: What to read in History of Middle-earth? It's had a little bit of history to it, originally closed as a dupe to: In what order should Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Science Fiction & Fantasy is scheduled for an election next ...
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RIP Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle, children's books illustrator, has died. He is best known as the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but he has also made some science fiction books such as Watch Out! A Giant!. And is ...
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June 2021 Topic Challenge: Thaddeus Howze stories

This post is for the sixth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Brace yourself, an election is coming! [duplicate]

Normally, we the mods, would wait for the election day for the announcement that the election is live. However given the circumstances, and the previous meta posts about moderators 'going missing' it ...
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RIP, Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin, who had a long and fruitful film career, died today. Primarily a comedic actor, he had major roles as the villains in King Kong (1976) and The Great Muppet Caper, as well as smaller ...
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Thanks to Kevin and Thaddeus for their years of service as moderators

As some of you have already noticed, this month our site's moderator team lost two of its members. They hadn't been active for a while, and the Stack Exchange Community Team removed their diamonds ...
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Did we just lose *another* moderator? [duplicate]

A quick look at https://scifi.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators would suggest that we're at three mods rather than the usual complement of five four. Anything to report?
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Duplicates: “Yesterday Was Monday” versus “A Matter of Minutes”

We seem to have a bit of a tangled situation with [story-identification] questions involving the Theodore Sturgeon short story “Yesterday was Monday” and the 1986 Twilight Zone episode “A Matter of ...
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Peter Mark Richman (Star Trek, Twilight Zone, many, many others), RIP

Character actor Mark Peter Richman passed away January 21, 2021 at the age of 93. In the sci-fi and fantasy genres, he's probably best remembered as the brusque but cagey Ralph Offenhouse in the Star ...
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Did we just lose a mod? [duplicate]

A quick look at https://scifi.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators would suggest that we're at four mods rather than the usual complement of five. Anything to report?
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May 2021 Topic Challenge: Margaret St. Clair

This post is for the fifth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Now that I know the answer to my closed question, should I reopen it?

My question was closed as opinion-based. Yet, one of the comments (provided by a person who has read the book and hence understood what I was talking about) suggested the answer and, after thinking it ...
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Late acceptances of story-identification answers

This story-identification question was asked on June 16, 2013; I answered it on July 1, 2013; and my answer was accepted today, April 23, 2021, almost 8 years later. Is this a record?
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Looking for feedback on a Looney Tunes episode identification question closed as off-topic

Note: The question is closed as off-topic and deleted, and I want it to remain that way. I just wanted to ask for feedback on why it was closed, so I can avoid doing the same mistakes again (if ...
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Will a bounty still be active even if the user who started it deletes their account?

For example, if someone started a bounty, then deleted their account, would the bounty still be active?
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Is it bad practice to ask a story ID question for something you managed to find just to mark it as a duplicate of another existing question?

So basically, there was this one movie I was remembering from a long time ago. After searching on several search engine, I was able to find it again. Right after, I decided to search the title of the ...
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Should this Tolkien legendarium question have been closed?

Yesterday the question Why did the Orcs bother with the Elves at all? was closed as opinion-based. I voted to reopen it, and commented that I believe there is a definite (quote-supported and fact-...
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April 2021 Topic Challenge: David Weber (Honorverse)

This post is for the fourth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from First Quarter 2021

Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from January 1st 2021 through March 30st 2021 (or Smarch 31st). Your answers will be compiled into a blog post ...
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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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Commenting on a Closed Question

If I ask a question, then, for whatever reason, close it, what does it take, after that, for someone to comment on it? My understanding is that once a question is closed, all comments are locked so ...
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RIP Yaphet Kotto (Alien, The Running Man, etc.)

Yaphet Kotto died on March 15, 2021 at the age of 81. A perennial supporting actor, Kotto had multiple prominent sci-fi/genre roles, including Parker in Alien and the video game spin-off Alien: ...
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Why was this answer downvoted?

My question is motivated by this answer by a new user: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/244573/137989. A score of -3 seems like a great way to drive away new users; how did this happen? Naturally, we ...
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Should there be an “H. Beam Piper” tag?

I would browse this tag. However, there are only 18 hits on "Beam Piper" on the site, and many refer to story identification answers (i.e., not people who know they're looking for H. Beam ...
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RIP Cliff Simon (Stargate SG1 Ba'al)

Cliff Simon was best known in sci-fi circles as the Goa'uld System Lord Ba'al in Stargate SG1. He died in a kiteboarding accident "He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you ...
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Closed as duplicate but not actually answered

How heavy is Mjölnir to Thor? To Capt America? My question was closed as a duplicate. A commenter had linked the supposed answer, but that has since been removed. I had clearly stated that the ...
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RIP Norton Juster, author of “The Phantom Tollbooth”

Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth, tragically passed away from a stroke Monday, March 8th, 2021. The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic example of children's literature, and contributed to my ...
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Can we dupe-close Story IDs when confirmation is given by what looks like the OP’s second account?

You may have seen this: a new user asks a story-identification question, then a second (also new) account gives the answer (or confirms an existing answer, though usually this deleted and transferred ...
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March 2021 Topic Challenge: Cornelia Funke

This post is for the third of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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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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Are questions about SF/F fan forums on-topic?

Recently a question was asked about a website (Baen's Bar) which, as far as I understand, is/was a discussion forum for fans. There was some discussion in comments about whether or not this question ...
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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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Should a question lacking detail and clarity be reopened if we have an answer?

Lately, we've been getting a lot of two line isekai questions, seemingly hit-and-runs where the question is incredibly barebones and we seldom see the person again. For one of them, Manga about a male ...
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Story-id duplicate policy [duplicate]

If we're still following the story-id duplicate policy, then this should not have been closed, tempting though it is. Neither the question nor the proposed duplicate has any answers, much less any ...
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RIP Christopher Plummer

Actor Christopher Plummer died on February 5 2021 (BBC article). He is probably better known for non sci-fi roles, but General Chang was one of the most memorable Star Trek bad guys.
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My question was closed as a duplicate but it's not really a duplicate [duplicate]

This question of mine, Which sci-fi book is this quote from?, was closed as a duplicate of this other question, What is Series Where There is an AI Born on the Solar System-Wide Network. I can see why ...
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February 2021 Topic Challenge: Hal Clement

This post is for the second of SFF.SE's brand-new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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RIP Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan, Croatian-American actress and singer, has just passed away at the age of 65. Her best-known screen role was as the Minbari ambassador in Babylon 5, a role that she played both ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Propose future topics for SFF topic challenges!

SFF Stack Exchange's new topic challenge program has got off to a good start, celebrating the start of 2021 and the 10th anniversary of the site with an Isaac Asimov topic challenge. This topic was ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2020

Update Blog Post Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from October 1st 2020 through December 31st 2020. Your answers will be compiled into a ...
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Remember that time when we had more Star Wars questions than Harry Potter questions?

Did you know that between 2016-12-23 and 2017-07-05, Science Fiction & Fantasy SE had more Star Wars questions than Harry Potter questions? We can thank this to the popularity of the Disney Star ...
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And the Best New User of 2020 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I am continuing this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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Story-ID answers after an accepted one? Are they useful? [duplicate]

Recently, there've been a number of answers to accepted story-identification questions with possible matches to the question. In this case, it's one new user who's doing this to a bunch of questions, ...
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January 2021 Topic Challenge: Isaac Asimov

Welcome to 2021, a new year with new possibilities for SFF.SE. As the site approaches its tenth birthday this month, I'm happy to announce the first of a brand-new series of topic challenges, ...

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