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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

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 blog post like previous ...
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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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Forums for open-ended discussion?

I like the SE format, and I like the fact that it focuses on clearly defined questions and discourages open-ended discussion. However, sometimes I want to engage in open-ended discussion, like in the ...
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How to handle answers edited to add something that appears to infringe copyright

Back in 2016, someone asked a story ID question about a novel, which was answered, and in April of 2018 I added an answer mentioning a short story by the same author which I thought fit the ...
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To what extent can I edit an unfocused question to improve its focus?

A while back, somebody asked a question that actually contained three related, but fairly distinct subquestions. This question was subsequently closed a few days later on account of being too ...
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Who is getting Swag?

On the main meta, there is a post about swag returning. Who is getting what swag?
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Announcing a Topic Challenge program for SFF.SE

There's a lot of things coming up to celebrate. It's Christmas! It's Hanukkah! It's Kwanzaa! It's New Year! It's the end of 2020 at last! It's the tenth birthday of SFF.SE! It's ... time to start ...
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Are stories set in settings that do not exist, yet which otherwise have no magical or speculative elements, on topic?

I thought this had been discussed before, but I can't seem to find a meta question about it. There was a [story-identification] question today, to which the answer was Lloyd's Alexander's Westmark ...
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RIP Jeremy Bulloch. Original trilogy Boba Fett actor

Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who portrayed Boba Fett in the original trilogy Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 75. In addition to his iconic role as the bounty hunter Fett, he also starred in ...
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Are joke comments not wanted?

I posted a comment on this question yesterday: Are self-sealing stem bolts a Star Trek in-joke? It was meant as a joke, and I don't think it was offensive. The last I looked, it had about 20 upvotes. ...
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What is the proper etiquette for answering old questions?

While searching for questions/answers regarding a particular character, I came across a question that I considered answering. The question is still open, relevant, and doesn't have an accepted answer, ...
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What will we do once the tables have turned?

Tables will be added to the SE network shortly. Feature Preview: Table Support Can we identify any posts on our Stack that would benefit from actual tables? I remember seeing quasi-tables being used ...
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RIP: Hugh Keays-Byrne (Toecutter + Immortan Joe)

Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played the role of Toecutter AND Immortan Joe from the Mad Max series (36 years apart!) has passed away on the 1st of December, 2020. Tributes are flowing in. https://twitter....
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Can I ask questions about works not widely known and maybe even by me?

I write stories. They're pretty bad. Can I ask questions about them on the main sci-fi and fantasy SE? I would try not to do much advertising, and since I am in no way getting paid for having people ...
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Ben Bova, science fiction giant, dead at 88

Tor.com article Scientist, Hugo Award winner, and prolific science fiction author and editor Ben Bova passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the age of 88, Tor.com is able to confirm. The author ...
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Should I delete my answer to a closed question?

So I answered a question and shortly after the question was closed because it was opinion-based. Should I remove my answer? I answered the question neatly and precisely, and I can't find anything ...
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I have many questions about a specific chapter in a book. Do I ask this as multiple questions or as one? [duplicate]

I'm currently reading through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Chapter 9 has left me with such confusion that I have somewhere in the region of 7 questions worth of content to ask about. They ...
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When should I assume that a question isn't about sci-fi? [duplicate]

Basically, I recently stumbled on a story identification question that lacks sci-fi element in the way it's described (though until OP specifies whether or not it did or didn't have any sci-fi element,...
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RIP, David Prowse [duplicate]

David Prowse, actor of Darth Vader in the first Star Wars film, has died today at the age of 85 after a short illness. He was long known as the actor of Darth Vader, but had a different voice actor ...
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RIP David Prowse, the original hulking Darth Vader

It's been 37 years since Darth Vader died on-screen, and it's with great sadness that actor David Prowse has also passed away at the age of 85. His impressive stature (6 ft 6 in) and bodybuilding ...
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Someone only upvoted my question once I accepted their answer (probably). Is this proper conduct?

On a question, I asked there was only one answer posted. It didn't really completely answer my question, so I did some further research and answered my own question. I accepted my answer because it ...
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Why was this Star Trek and slavery question locked?

Why was this question locked? The moderation banner at the top of the page on that question states: “Locked for 7 days. There are disputes about this question’s content being resolved at this time. ...
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(How) should we mark the 10th anniversary of SFF.SE?

Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange started on 11 January 2011, which means the site is less than two months away from being a decade old! That's a pretty big milestone, so do we, as a ...
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Deleting huge chunks of a content without author's permission

A new user asked this question. The question is a valid question but it contains large amount of ranting. Even worse, it had a "if it were me" part, which is almost always unhelpful in this ...
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Why has the question “Where did Horace Walpole get the adjective ”Gothic“ to describe The Castle of Otranto?” been closed as off topic?

This question: Where did Horace Walpole get the adjective "Gothic" to describe The Castle of Otranto? which I asked last night has been closed (although I cannot see by whom). Apart from a ...
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Why was this question closed as 'needs to be more focused'?

This question (not mine) asks, essentially, what witches and wizards thought about how Harry had survived Voldemort in the years between Voldemort's first defeat and Harry's reappearance. It was ...
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I wonder if we are a bit too quick to close story-id questions with accepted answers as duplicates

The reason I say this is that story-id questions seem to frequently make the hot network questions list and closing them rips them back off the HNQ again. If someone has put a lot of effort into ...
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There can only be one, RIP Sir Sean Connery

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90. Best known for his role as James Bond, which is not considered Sci-Fi or Fantasy, however he did star in many SFF films such as Zardoz, Highlander, Indiana ...
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What does it mean for a question to lack focus?

I asked this question as I was curious if elves were still procreating. The question was simple and obvious, it basically asked birth rates of elves near the destruction of the ring. I did my research,...
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Is Evil on-topic, either partially or completely?

The show Evil deals with the adventures of a group of investigators whom the Catholic Church has charged with investigating reports of supposed divine or diabolical activity, and who also occasionally ...
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What are distinctions between manga, manhua and manhwa as they relate to this site? How to know which to use, and how to tag?

In comments under this answer to Who is “Nine Lives Man”? (Push Comic) bronze sculpture I'd originally thought that manhua was an automatic spelling corrector's interpretation of a word meant to be ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2020

Update The question is now closed and the blog post has been created. Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2019 through ...
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Why was this question migrated?

Why was the question Short Story with “All Odd Numbers Are Prime” Joke migrated to Literature? The question stated it was from Analog, which is an SF magazine, and indeed it was because it's the short ...
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RIP Terry Goodkind

Fantasy author Terry Goodkind, known for his long-running The Sword of Truth series, has died at the age of 72. His agent confirmed his passing to Tor Books and Tor.com. Quoted from Tor Books website ...
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Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82

Diana Rigg who played Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has passed away at the age of 82 She was also known for her role as Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo in James Bond 007's On Her Majesty's Secret ...
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What should we do with old meta posts about SE workings that no longer exist?

Occasionally, browsing through old meta posts on SFF, I come across questions about parts of the SE system that no longer exist or no longer function in the way described in those questions. E.g. ...
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Should I translate the quotes in my answer?

I recently answered a question on SF.stackexchange; the story which required identification was originally written in Italian and seems to have never been translated to English. However, it was ...
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Norm Spencer: voice of Cyclops has passed away

Norm Spencer, Voice of Cyclops in X-Men: The Animated Series, Has Died: The X-Men community around the globe suffered a sad loss this week, as news broke that actor Norm Spencer had passed away. ...
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Chadwick Boseman never yielded (RIP Black Panther)

Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther" star, has died at 43 Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa in 2018's Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, died today of colon cancer. This ...
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RIP Joe Ruby, creator of Scooby-Doo

Animation writer and executive Joe Ruby, who created cartoon series including “Scooby-Doo” along with his partner Ken Spears, died of natural causes Wednesday in Westlake Village, Calif. He was 87. ...
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Priority for duplicate questions and answers? [duplicate]

The question Sci-fi book about “the Wall” and a group of schoolchildren who fight the dark forces who roam north of it was asked in 2012, and answered in 2012, and the answer accepted in 2012. The ...
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Should this question about list of references go on the main sci-fi and fantasy site?

I looked around the other SE sites and found maybe one other SE site that this question could fall under (Literature), but the help section from both of these sites don't say whether or not its on or ...
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Prioritising our bugs and requests for CM review

Title shamelessly stolen from Arqade, body cribbed/stolen from same question Some time ago, a proposal was announced on Meta Stack Exchange to address the growing workload of the CM team, and for them ...
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Do we want a custom close reason for the Future Works Policy? Revisited

Background This site has a long-standing policy that questions about future works should be closed: if a question is asking specifically about a book/film/episode/comic/etc. that has not yet been ...

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