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Discourage questions of the form "Is X the superlative?"

A recent question was of the form "Is X the superlative?" I want to suggest we change such questions to ask "What is the superlative?" as a matter of policy. The question attracted ...
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How should I phrase this question to avoid getting it closed immediately?

I asked this question very recently. It seems that people are confused as to whether I'm asking about science fiction or real life--but even before anyone answered the question, I had two close votes. ...
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Future Works policy on The Rings of Power, a TV show that has not yet finished its first season

Currently, we have two questions asking about a comparison of the TV show, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, to its source material: How close is Amazon's 'The Rings of Power' to ...
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Would this site have better expertise for this question about Voyager than Movies & TV stackexchange does?

I asked this question at the Movies & TV stackexchange: https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/118433/how-did-voyager-know-the-pilot-was-a-he It got an okay answer, but it seems more ...
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Why is this question too broad?

In this comment, it is proposed that that because "this is technically three different questions" the question should be closed. It seems to me that the question is about the interpretation ...
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Should we use the [rings-of-power]?

Amazon Prime just released a new major show called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. We already have rings-of-power as a tag, referring to the in-universe objects of the same name, with over ...
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How should we tag questions about the TV show, House of the Dragon?

I've recently asked a question about the TV show, House of the Dragon, and suggested a tag wiki for house-of-the-dragon. User DavidW edited my question to also have game-of-thrones and has added a ...
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Is this story-ID question (featuring traditional roles with opposite genders) on topic?

In a recent story identification question a user was looking for a movie that, based on their description, was standard fiction with the exception that all the characters were opposite genders from ...
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September 2022 topic challenge: the Deryni series

This post is for the ninth SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, 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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Are new answers to existing questions included in the topic challenge?

The topic challenge is described as follows (see this month's topic challenge): we should all try to either read one or more of the Time Quintet stories and ask interesting questions about them, or ...
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My question was closed as asking two questions but I'm only asking one

I asked a question about Cosmetic surgery and crime in Star Trek which has been closed as not focused and a comment stating that it's asking two questions. I'm slightly confused as I'm only asking one ...
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Why is the question "what character is unbeatable or most powerful" not objective?

Why is the question "what character is unbeatable or most powerful" not objective? Why is it "opinion based?" What is it about it that makes it subjective?
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Is WWE on topic here?

Some of the World Wrestling Entertainment characters (such as The Undertaker and Kane) are clearly supernatural. There are probably more if we dig around enough into the earlier days of the WWF (World ...
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Canonical duplicate for Mushroom Planet books

There are several story-identification questions for Elamor Cameron's "Mushroom Planet" series of books. More than one of these has an accepted answer, and none of them are closed as a ...
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August 2022 topic challenge: Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet

This post is for the eighth SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, 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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Hailing frequencies closed: RIP Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek's Uhura)

Nichelle Nichols, best known for playing Nyota Uhura (most commonly just "Uhura") on Star Trek: The Original Series, has passed away at age 89. In a message posted to Facebook, her son ...
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RIP Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93, according to the BBC and The Guardian. Probably best remembered for his role in The Railway Children, Cribbins also appeared in two formats of Dr Who: alongside ...
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David Warner (Star Trek, Tron, The Omen, many more), RIP

David Warner passed away on July 24th, 2022 after losing his fight with cancer. A prolific actor, Warner had many memorable roles both in and out of the sci-fi genres. Trek fans will know Warner from ...
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July 2022 Topic Challenge: Nnedi Okorafor

This post is for the seventh SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, 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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Are questions about the personal lives of authors, actors, directors and other staff off-topic? [duplicate]

The title is my entire question. I couldn't find it explicitly listed in either what's on-topic or in what questions should be avoided. If the decision were mine, I'd consider it off-topic, but ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Second Quarter 2022

Update Blog Post Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from April 1st 2022 through June 30th 2022. enter the following capatcha to prove you ...
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Can I post pictures from the artwork (manga, manhua etc), when answering questions with #story-identification tag? [duplicate]

When people ask to help them identify the story, they might not need any of that. But people who never read the story or remember it too vaguely usually find it difficult to understand the thought ...
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Should [ms-marvel] be split since there's now a tag for the TV show?

Currently, the ms-marvel tag is written for the comic. I created a ms-marvel-2022 tag for my question about the show. Did I jump the gun in doing that? Is invoking the marvel-cinematic-universe tag ...
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Back from another year ban. What are the rules for the penalty box?

What are the rules for the Penalty Box? Specifically, what is not written in the rules. What determines the ban time span? Are you assigned strikes that determine your ban time? Is there a way to ...
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Where, Exactly, can the Works Searched for by This Exchange be Found?

There's a constant stream of story identification threads, and inevitably answers appear with paragraphs from the text to verify the story that's been looked for. Yet, when I click the link to the ...
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What was spammy, rude or abusive about this answer?

This answer was marked as 'spam or rude or abusive and is therefore not shown' What was the first song you ever learned? Was it like mine, the top movie kind? What kind of dream did you have last ...
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Should there be a what-if separate Stack Exchange from the main Sci-fi and fantasy Stack Exchange?

Where would questions about What-If scenarios go?
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removal of down votes from reopened questions?

In this question there was some ill informed views that cast it in bad light, namely suggesting the basic question was wrong and I should perhaps review the film and, also, that it was a possible ...
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June 2022 topic challenge: Naomi Novik

This post is for the sixth SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, 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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Are questions asking about the value of an object on-topic?

We have a question about the real-world value of a collectible item. It relates to an on-topic work, and questions about memorabilia are at least sometimes on-topic. It currently appears to be on its ...
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When to flag a potential duplicate?

I am somewhat confused by the duplicate flag. If one tries to flag a question as a duplicate, a comment is automatically added (in the flagger's name) asking the OP whether the proposed duplicate ...
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What exactly is not clear with this question?

Which Sci-Fi work first showed this Black Hole graphics for FTL travel? In this question, what exactly is not clear? There are FTL drives which use black holes, but I am looking for its subset in ...
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RIP Colin Cantwell

Concept artist Colin Cantwell has passed away at the age of 90. Cantwell contributed to films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and WarGames, and also wrote two sci-...
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Would this specific modification to this question make it answerable on this site?

The question How is fission drive possible? was closed for being about real-world science, because it seemed to ask about how fission drives worked in general. Would it become answerable if it were ...
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RIP Patricia McKillip

She died May 6 at the age of 74, after a long career of fantasy novels, being nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula, and has her own tag: patricia-mckillip
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James Olson, RIP (Andromeda Strain, Moon Zero Two, several tv scifi movies/series)

American actor James Olson passed away at age 91 on April 7, 2022. On the big screen, he played prominent roles in the cult sci-fi films The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Moon Zero Two (1969). He also ...
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Is Thomas the Tank Engine on-topic?

Thomas is a talking tank engine. He lives on an island called Sodor and basically drives around having minor adventures with his friends and moving passengers and freight. Are the Thomas stories on-...
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May 2022 topic challenge: Cliff McNish

This post is for the fifth SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, 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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Why was this migration blocked?

This question was migrated from Movies:SE to our site. It appears perfectly on-topic. Can anybody identify these Marvel characters? It was subsequently answered and was seemingly on its way to ...
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About closing "first example" questions as duplicates

My question was actually provoked by the treatment of this question but let me make up a fictitious example to sharpen and clarify the issues. Suppose someone posts a question asking for the first ...
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When are questions about characters in trailers Future Works?

I just had my question about the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer downvoted into oblivion and closed. What's baffling is that it was closed as a "future work". From the original meta BAD ...
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(where) does the tour/help pages state that opinion-based *answers* are deprecated?

It's easy to find information that will tell site users that questions that attract opinion-based answers are bad ("good subjective bad subjective", the tour ("Avoid questions that are ...
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Favorite Questions and Answers from First Quarter 2022

Update posted Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from January 1st 2022 through March 31th 2022. Beep Boop Beep beep I am not a duplicate, ...
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Should a querent be able to identify their question as the dupe of a question that has a matching unaccepted answer?

Ran into Story about students stuck in a black and white universe as a result of following some breadcrumbs from the Literature SE, and I noticed that What is this story I'm trying to remember, ...
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Reopen request for the "Adventure book, possibly published around 25 years ago" question

I'd like to request that this question be reopened, and to respond to the reasons given for its closure. The blue box states that the question "needs details or clarity". I would say that ...
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Would a question about wind effects in "The Permanent Implosion" be on-topic here?

I recently asked a story ID question: Story ID: Oil well fire techniques used against space warp, got a prompt and correct answer with a link to the story, read the story, and i am now curious as to ...
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April 2022 topic challenge: Neverwhere

This post is for the fourth SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, 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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Review links for fourth custom close reason

A proposed wording for our "out of scope" close reason is being constructed at this other meta question but it needs some links to be considered ready to go. I've simply linked to the help ...
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Contending duplicate hubs for "Les maîtres du temps" aka "The Masters of Time"

A relatively popular story ID subject (with six confirmed answers and several additional probable answers) has something of a mess with respect to duplicate management. The first time that this was ...
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Why does [age-of-sigmar] say to always add [warhammer-40k]?

In the tag excerpt (added by TheLethalCarrot): Always use in conjunction with the warhammer-40k tag. Age of Sigmar is a sequel (but completely different cosmology) to Warhammer Fantasy. It is no ...
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