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Shouldn't a comment-only accept be considered equally much confirmation of an answer's correctness as a formal acceptance?

This meta-question is similar to one already asked. But the older meta-question mentions the case of an answer only found in comments. I'm asking in the case of an answer actually posted, and when the ...
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Are stories that contain crackpot science and/or pseudoscience on topic?

Working our way around the edges of the "real-world science" category, there doesn't seem to be a discussion about crackpot and pseudoscientific ideas. There are a couple of near misses on ...
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December 2021 topic challenge: Elizabeth Moon

This post is for the last SFF.SE topic challenge of 2021, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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How come there's no "rationale" tag?

A lot of questions on the main site have the form of "Why didn't character X do Y at juncture Z?" Or "At juncture X, Why did Y happen?" It seems to me such questions would merit a ...
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What does "Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations. This will help others answer the question" mean?

Could somebody please explain what "Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations. This will help others answer the question" means? I understand what the individual ...
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How can we improve this question about critical analysis of closed time loops?

This question about closed time loops is, I think, at least the third time the author has posted on SF&F (this deleted question being noted as the second one, and an attempt on the Literature SE, ...
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How should we tag M.A.S.K?

I've accepted the option mobile-armored-strike-kommand as that has currently the highest score (+14/-1). Adding a synonym for mask-mobile-armored-strike-kommand (so prefixed with mask) should improve ...
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Should there be a higher reputation bonus for editing?

When you edit and your edits are accepted, you get (to my knowledge) 2 reputation. That's not a whole lot. Now, obviously, the most reputation comes from bounties, answers, and questions, but shouldn'...
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Can you see your own questions or answers in a review queue?

Basically what the title says. Is it possible to see your own posts in a review queue? Of course it's bad practice at the very least to review your own posts or whatever. However I'm trying to figure ...
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Should questions closed for lacking details be voted for re-opening even if the original issue hasn't been addressed?

The two questions that inspired this post (primarily this one here, but also this one) are both story-id questions, and although that's a type of question that does get closed for being unclear, my ...
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What tags should be used alongside story-identification, and similar questions?

I recently noticed a story-identification question with a lot of other tags, and I remember instinctively trimmed them down, as they seemed tangential to the I'd question. I can no longer find that ...
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RIP - Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell is dead at 85 from natural causes. Dean Stockwell, the award-winning actor who was best known for playing Admiral "Al" Calavicci on the popular sci-fi series Quantum Leap, ...
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Are we allowed to have questions about Sherlock Holmes (movies, books, BBC tv show, etc)?

I recently asked a question about the Sherlock Holmes movie from 2008 on the site. It can be found here. However, I was told (look in the comments of it) that it wasn't appropriate for the site. Are ...
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RIP - Kit Berry

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Kit Berry (Kirsten Espensen), author of the wonderful fantasy series of Stonewylde. Gollancz publishers noted her passing in a post dated 1 November 2021,...
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Does SFF have a high threshold for moving comment streams to chat?

I've found that some Stack Exchange sites quickly recommend moving a comment stream to chat after only 5 or 6 comments. But on SFF I've never actually seen this, even when comment streams have a ...
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Why was "Why do vampires hiss?" considered to not be focused enough?

The question Why do vampires hiss? asks: Is there any thought process for [hissing], or any evidence for the choice, or did Bram Stoker just decide that? It's tagged as history-of and trope, and ...
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Tag wiki excerpts starting with "For questions about"

A lot of the tags in the system use the "For questions about..." boilerplate to start the tag, is it worth getting rid of these and/or discouraging the format for new tags?
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November 2021 topic challenge: Samuel R. Delany

This post is for the tenth 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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How should we tag the Dune movies?

We now have a third movie for Dune (ostensibly a movie series... if they ever get the latter parts made). There are questions now being asked specific to this movie. Normally we'd do [dune-2021] or ...
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Wording for fourth (custom) close reason - "Not about science fiction or fantasy"

Now that we have consensus on adding a fourth custom-close reason (and confirmation from Community Manager @Catija that she's happy to do so), we now need to agree on the wording. The original ...
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Cultivated a new tag, Cultivation

Added cultivation after running into yet another story-identification query regarding it. Went ahead and tagged a number of older questions on the topic, although I halted around 5 or so so as to ...
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Would this Dragons question be on-topic?

I was going to post the following question about Dragons in Temeraire, but looking for appropriate tags started to think it might be off topic as science based. Could I get a feeling in the room? In ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2021

Update All the data has been submitted to the post: Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2021 Origin Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered ...
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Can we read about the privacy policy changes somewhere besides meta.se?

Today there's a banner up top that says We changed our privacy policy. Read more. The link goes to meta.stackexchange.com. For...reasons, I don't read meta.stackexchange.com. I even have it blocked ...
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October 2021 Topic Challenge: Gene Wolfe

This post is for the ninth 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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Non English tags, redux

The meta question here gives good reasons why tags should be in English, but the discussion does not cover works that were in a foreign language to begin with. I think this is an edge case that needs ...
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Topic challenge is taking a break in September, returning in October [duplicate]

Apologies that this has only come to light after the September topic challenge post should have been made, but it seems as though this has slipped through the cracks. The moderation team plans to ...
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Does SFF want to keep accepted answers pinned to the top or not?

Context: Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Stack Overflow has just stopped pinning the accepted answer to the top of the list of answers, instead ordering answers ...
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What's with all of the low-quality Wall-e questions?

I've noticed that since August 13th, there have been ten Wall-e questions with an average score of 0.1 each. Two have been closed. These are supposedly from seven different users but 6/7 are from now-...
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Should I correct misremembered details in my question?

Yesterday I asked this question (Polar-dwelling youth finds an offplanet bride, but she dies, but he adopts exiles as his tribe) and today I found out the answer and answered it myself. I have found ...
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How can I pose this question, without it being flagged as a duplicate?

I want to ask the following question: What is the dependence between volumes of The History of Middle-earth? This is a very similar to a question already asked, What to read in History of Middle-earth?...
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Why was I asked to provide information already included in my question?

Who was able to teleport an item into the chest of his loan shark I'm not sure why I was grilled so harshly when I included all the info I could remember that was relevant. How do I know he was a ...
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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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Editing the Tour and Help Centre

Please check the following main meta question about what parts of the Tour and Help Centre are editable in detail. For a quick rundown though: Tour: Introduction paragraph Tour: The "Ask about......
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Favorite Question and Answers from Second Quarter 2021

Oops. A little late, but still good. Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from April 1st 2021 through June 30th 2021. Your answers will be compiled ...
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Why was my question closed as duplicate? [duplicate]

I realize that it has no impact on anything but my question was closed as duplicate despite being asked 3 years earlier, having more answers, being higher upvoted and having more views than another.
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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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Why was my answer deleted?

Earlier today, I answered this question: Why doesn't Worf use contractions?. I returned to find that my answer had been deleted. I am new to this community and terribly confused about why my ...
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Joint SFF/Arqade Topic Challenge: The Elder Scrolls (August 2021)

This post is for the eighth 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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Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 4-week challenge!

I recently learnt that there is a special 100-page, 80th anniversary edition of the Green Arrow comic! In celebration I'm going to put a 500 rep bounty on the highest-scoring question (to be given via ...
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Should the correctness/quality of the accepted answer be a factor in choosing which of two duplicate questions to close?

Let's say there are two duplicate questions. Each are equally broad, and each have a decent number of good answers. (Meta consensus here says to keep the broader question, and failing that, the one ...
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July 2021 Topic Challenge: Rivers of London

This post is for the seventh 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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Is the film Apollo 13 (1995) on topic?

Is the 1995 film Apollo 13 on-topic? The primary plot of the film (the crew of a crippled spaceship struggle to survive and stay on course after a disaster) fits a classic SFF mold, but it is not ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Science Fiction & Fantasy has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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Why was my question about the sentience of androids in "Alien" closed?

My question was closed. Are Androids sentient in the "Alien" franchise? I've responded by adding some additional detail (in this case a better definition of required definition of what I ...
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Was this copyright claim determined to be bogus?

The deleted answer here reads like a copyright infringement notice, although I'm confused as to what could be considered infringing. I did not try following the link... was it detected malicious?
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Let's pick some nice SFF questions to promote on other sites

With the new Community Ads system for 2021, we now have the ability to choose specific questions on SFF.SE (no need to make custom images for them) and get them promoted in the sidebar or topbar of ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Game Identification Questions

I've been a long time lurker. May I say, for all of you answering questions, the amount of SciFi knowledge I have learnt I have a great appreciation for. Do you know what I appreciate more? How you ...
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RIP, actor Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty has died, aged 83, after a very active forty-year career in movies and television. Among his many memorable roles, he was known to superhero fans as Lex Luthor's bumbling sidekick Otis in ...

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