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Bad or down-voteable questions on Sci-Fi Stack and its consequences?

This seems to be a big issue for people here when deciding what is good and what is not. From what I can gather this is what constitutes a bad or not very good question on this site. A question with ...
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Why don't people who answer questions upvote them?

OK, people answer questions because, They want rep They want recognition They want something else So when a question is asked, if that question becomes a Hot Network Question their answer will ...
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Is a story identification question on-topic if it doesn't include genre defining elements?

I have several times seen people have an issue when asking story identification questions, simply put the details they remember from the story don't make the genre plain to those reading the question, ...
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RIP Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000

Douglas Rain, who is best known for providing the eerie voice of the amoral HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, died today.
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RIP Stan Lee, Marvel Comics legend

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee died at age 95 from causes unknown as of now. Stan Lee Dead at 95 The creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and many more superheroes died today, leaving behind a ...
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Why is it that people are persistent on critiquing a question in comments?

I don't understand the people critiquing a question in the comments such as, You have miss-understood what is happening here Your question premise is all wrong That is not what is really going on ...
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Do the individual episodes of Black Mirror warrant their own tag?

black-mirror I've been adding tags for individual episodes of Black Mirror, when it came to my attention that not everybody wants them to have their own tags. I've stopped tagging the remaining ...
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Can [water] burn?

water We currently have 18 questions tagged [water]. Going through these, I fail to see the value of the tag. No-one is following the tag and I would be surprised if we had any "water experts" within ...
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Question about an animated movie similar to Dr Strangelove: would it be on topic?

I'm trying to find the title of this animated movie, but I'm dubious if I can post the question in the main thread (the subject is similar to Dr Strangelove, so it is very borderline). So the ...
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Should this title edit be rolled back?

New user Eyeball asked a question with the not entirely coherent title "I am looking for a book of short stories by Isaac Asimov written by other authors" which prompted these comments (among others): ...
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What is the point of questions like Why did fictious character X do Y or How possible that fictious situation Z took place?

Question inspired by: How can every Cubone be wearing its dead mothers' skull? Why did Dumbledore allow Draco Malfoy to return to school in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? and others. ...
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Who are the top users in our tags?

After a recent discussion over in TREU with another user I wondered if there was a way to find out who the top users in our tags are. I know we can do this by going to the Top Users tab of the tags ...
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What do we do about almost duplicate story identification questions, where different editions of a work may differ?

This question: Story about aliens nicknamed 'Eechees' who have created a network of tunnels on Mars, raised an issue about duplicates. (The querent has not confirmed/accepted an answer yet, ...
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Are questions related to the history and influences on the SF genre out of scope?

I recently asked a question regarding a specific time frame of the SF/horror genre, and I'm wondering if it is considered on-topic for this forum. The question touches on literary and political ...
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Favorite Questions and Answers from third quarter 2018

Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2018 through September 30 2018 (They don't have to be your questions and answers, but it also doesn'...
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Is 'It was never mentioned/explained' a valid answer? [duplicate]

Fans will often be curious or even obsess over tiny details and minutiae that the creators of whatever we are fan of never gave an explanation to, whether it was in-universe or out-of-universe, for ...
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Is there a way to flag a user with an offensive name?

I flagged the answer left in this case, but the answer has now been deleted and the user left behind. And more generally is there a better way of doing this? User in question is this one.
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Fighting answers in comments! [duplicate]

There is an astonishing amount of answers in comments here. Some of them gathered around 20 to 50 upvotes, and clearly provide a partial or full answer - and that isn't what the stack is for! What ...
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Should we allow or indicate non-English titles for SFF works along the English title?

While movies tend to retain their original titles worldwide, with a bit of leeway in the translation, TV series and books translated in other languages often have titles that are far removed from the ...
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What should the new background/theme look like?

As some of you probably know SFF is losing it's lovely star field and practically all elements that make SFF so recognisable when the new theme launches out of beta. After a bit of discussion with @...
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Halo by Tom Maddox vs. Halo franchise

As I had found out the title of the book I was seeking was Halo, I just ran a quick search for halo to see if there were other questions about this work by Tom Maddox... and found out that Halo is ...
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RIP Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars

Star Wars Producer Gary Kurtz has died at the age of 78. In addition to helping to convince the studio to fund Star Wars in the first place, he was also producer and second-unit director for Star Wars:...
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RIP Al Matthews, star of Aliens

Al Matthews, best known for his depiction of Gunnery Sergeant Apone in the film Aliens, has passed away at the age of 75. In addition to his iconic role he also appeared in a range of other science ...
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Yes, you can enable traditional triangle-in-circle post vote button graphics on new site design on Sci Fi SE

When Stack Exchange announced the recent design updates (with the left sidebar) to the SE websites, users immediately complained about how SE is going to abolish per-site customized voting button. SE ...
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Do we want a custom background with the new theme?

So the new theme has launched to beta and is available for testing. One of the most obvious things that is missing is that the site no longer has its star field custom image background. There is a ...
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Frequently Asked Questions

Of course you've taken the Tour, read the entire Help section, and know our Code of Conduct by heart. But have you read the Frequently Asked Questions here on meta, that will help you make better use ...
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What should be the scope and usage guidance excerpt for The Adventures of Pinocchio?

So a new tag was created the-adventures-of-pinocchio (1 question asked). As of now there is no usage guidance for it. The adventures of Pinocchio has a whole list of adaptations in all forms of ...
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Are The Adventures of Pinocchio on-topic?

Are The Adventures of Pinocchio a fantasy and therefore on-topic?
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Science Fiction & Fantasy's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. 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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Would the 1988 comedy “Young Einstein” be on-topic for the site?

The 1988 comedy "Young Einstein" is a whimsical take on Albert Einstein. Much about the scientist is changed up and the film has a very slight steam-punk aspect to it both period-wise (early 1900s) ...
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Is this question Rude?

Here's the question (spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War): Why did this work? The underlying idea of this question is that a person cannot love an adopted child as much as a natural child, and then, ...
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Shall we delete this old, off-topic but highly viewed, question?

This question was recently bumped by edits: In what order should I read the Robert Langdon books? At first I was going to delete it because it's off-topic for our site, but then I saw the incredibly ...
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Do we still need to keep this thread locked?

I recently noticed What was the first work to posit the equivalence of magic rituals and computer algorithms? being pushed to the front page. Currently, every answer is locked (maybe due to spam edits ...
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Is The Wicker Man (1973) on topic?

The Wicker Man is a famous British folk musical/horror/erotic thriller film from 1973. (There was a 2006 American remake that I have never seen and which is not that well regarded.) I was wondering ...
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Should we have a tag for original web content?

Context Tonight, we discussed in chat how some story-identification questions might use a tag to point out that the story tackled was originally read/watched/heard/whatever online. The discussion ...
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What can be done about (new) users who don't take feedback regarding community expectations/standards on board?

We have a relatively new user (their profile currently says they've been a member for 16 days) who seems to be particularly interested in Harry Potter, and has asked a number of questions about the ...
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Is there a preferred way to designate an episode of a TV show?

This is not an important question but I always wonder when I type a question about an episode of a TV show: How should one format the episode number of a TV show? Here are some examples, among many ...
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Should we have numbered tag synonyms for each Star Wars film?

As a suggestion, would it be good to have a corresponding number tag for each Star Wars film in the main series (not the anthologies). For example, a synonym for the-phantom-menace tag might be star-...
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Is The Warriors (1979) on topic?

The Warriors is a 1979 film (with a 2005 home re-release that adds comic book transitions between scenes) that takes place in New York City that is full of peculiar gangs. The setting was, as of the ...
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Taking advantage of voter availability

It is fairly clear that there are users here from various time zones. With different groups having different times of sleeping, working, etc. there are times when you can predict fairly well which ...
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Why was my flag (“un-make this answer Community Wiki”) refused?

This answer was posted a few days ago. The OP decided to make it into a Community Wiki answer because they wanted to "disown" it because they felt that their answer... "isn't worth the votes". ...
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RIP Unshô Ishizuka, Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak, Jet Black, and Joseph Joestar

Unshô Ishizuka passed away on August 13, 2018. He was a prolific Japanese voice actor who voiced many popular characters in anime such as Professor Oak (Pokémon), Jet Black (Cowboy Beebop), and Joseph ...
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Adding quotes to others' answers - when is it acceptable?

I feel bad bringing this up because I think TheLethalCarrot has been doing a good job at fixing up a lot of old questions and answers with relevant quotes, but in Fantasy book where the "wizards&...
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Why is it discouraged to ask a question that requires long answer?

I'm asking in pure curiosity. According to the tour, you shouldn't ask a question if it has: [...] too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer However, by the (...
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Reopen Question: B'Elanna Torres's Head Ridges

I really don't know why this question was closed as being "primarily opinion-based" Why didn't B'Elanna Torres have her cranial ridges removed? This seems (to me) to be a decent question and ...
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Why was this question reopened by a mod?

This question was closed as per the FWP. The question was about a scenario which has not occurred yet, but is extremely likely to occur in the upcoming season. One of our Mods, Rand al'Thor, took ...
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How can I easily follow all works by an author?

The Problem I'd like to follow all questions on works of one of my favourite authors, Ray Bradbury, but there's currently no way for me to do so. Constraints Our policy is to not put an author tag ...
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How much commentary and opinion is appropriate in a story identification answer?

There was a minor disagreement about this answer of mine, so I thought we should discuss it here. How much opinion commentary is appropriate in the answer to a story ID question? Or, put another way:...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

Consider the below question:- Power of Infinity Stones in the Avengers Infinity War movie Any lay person can also understand what I am asking here and that is: Was the power of infinity stones ...