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What should be done about animation media tags?

Should animated-series be retired? animation's guidance is inconsistent with its use; it says that it should be on question about animation techniques, but forty-five of the forty-six questions on it ...
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Please, re-open this question

Why isn't Red Angel simply communicating with normal language instead of giving clues? This question was closed as per our Future Works Policy. The recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery has ...
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Is there a way to search for questions with no accepted answer? [duplicate]

In here and a few other sites I spend a fair bit of time browsing through old questions to see if I can help in answering them. I've found that there a good number of questions classed as 'unanswered' ...
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Is it okay to rollback an edit made by the original author?

Is it legit for an answerer to roll back an edit made by the original author of a question? Here's a link to the question that led to me asking about rollback etiquette. Here's the timeline of edits....
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Posting a dummy answer to enable duplicate closure

Questions that do not have an upvoted answer cannot be used (by non-moderators) to close other questions as a duplicate of. This is the error message I receive when I try to close a question as a ...
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Can we get an [ancillary-sword] tag?

Can we get an [ancillary-sword] tag to go with the ancillary-justice and ancillary-mercy tags?
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Please do not recommend moving an on topic video game identification question to Arqade!

Story identification questions are perfectly on topic here and in fact we are one of the main sites that have made them work. Video games are also on topic for us and we even have a specific video ...
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Why aren’t walking snowmen on-topic?

I asked a question about a game with walking snowmen. It was closed but then reopened when Valorum found a video of the game that shows a “magic” meter. Why are walking snowmen off-topic without ...
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Let's take a moment to congratulate some exceptional users

First off let me say that I am aware that this post is quite late coming but we can all blame our resident moderator Rand al'Thor for that; he has taken longer to get to 100k than I thought. Anyway ...
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Would questions about the latest episode of The Flash be off-topic? [duplicate]

Remember a few years back, when Jeff used the notion of a fight between a gorilla and a shark as the archetypal example of a question that's off-topic on StackExchange? Well, guess what happened in ...
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If a question asks say about Marvel comics, but happens to mention MCU, should the tags still mention MCU?

The tags on this question confused me: In the comics Did Thanos "kill" just sentient beings or all creatures with the snap? It's tagged as marvel-cinematic-universe, even though the ...
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Should this question have [novella] and [short-stories], or just [books]?

I was recently looking at questions about short stories that don't have a media tag when I came across this question (emphasis added): I remember reading an amazing short story/novella... I do not ...
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Meta meta question: How should we discuss whether we should kill some specific tags?

TL;DR of the TL;DR: Some tags suck. We should probably decide what to do with them as a community. How do we talk about all those tags without it being an unsufferable bother? TL;DR: Some users (...
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I am sick and tired of being blocked from reviewing

I am getting sick of repeatedly being blocked from reviewing. I evidently disagree with many other users, including the moderators, about where the cutoff should be drawn for whether response posts ...
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Author tags on story identification questions, when OP has a hunch

This is not a duplicate of Should we tag (solved) story identification questions with the name of the author / property?. In Chat, I asked the other users if this question should have the ray-...
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Are all utopias and dystopias on-topic? [duplicate]

Utopias and dystopias are a genre loosely connected to Science Fiction and Fantasy. They often are set in the future, occasionally involve technology which has not yet been invented, and otherwise ...
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What's it like being a Science Fiction & Fantasy moderator?

Workplace currently have a meta on going which asks a few questions to the moderators, it was also asked back in 2014. Whilst these have been posted alongside elections to give moderator candidates a ...
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Is the Primarily Opinion-Based close reason being overused?

Disclaimers This is a long post. You are forewarned. Everything in this post is only based on harry-potter. For the most part that is the only tag that I spend much time with, so I don't know if ...
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Do we want to require CW answers on (any? some? all?) mass-ID questions?

We've had a number of questions on this site of the form "Here's a picture with dozens of characters/items from sci-fi and fantasy - can you identify them all?" Such questions have generally been ...
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What's up with prominent users editing blatantly off topic posts?

This is in reference to the two posts made by an user yesterday which were heavily downvoted for being blatantly off topic. However, I noticed some users editing those topics when they ought to be ...
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Albert Finney, RIP

Albert Finney (1936–2019) Although not especially known for his science fiction or fantasy work, Finney did play a cryogenically frozen head (of his character from the earlier fantastical serial ...
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In Memoriam: Mr. Oreo

Mr. Oreo, who was the model for Rocket Raccoon has passed away at the age of 10.
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Is Bugs Bunny (as a whole) on-topic?

Pretty much the same question than Are the Donald Duck comics on-topic?, although different characters, as so far, it doesn't seem we discussed either Bugs Bunny or the Looney Tunes on Meta. We have ...
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Is this question correctly closed as a duplicate?

Subject question: Novel with plot element of a water world with multi-armed creatures which communicate by joining arms The accepted answer to it is "Fleet of Worlds" but it's closed as a duplicate ...
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Is it necessary to post a warning whenever linking to tv tropes? [duplicate]

Whenever there's a TV Tropes link in an answer, I always see messages like 'warnings! TV Tropes link' etc. I've visited TV Tropes, and I don't think there's any graphic explicit content (from what I'...
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Please help replace links to non-Stack Imgur images

Salutations, good StackExchange editors. Over the past few weeks, users (including me) helped to replace Flickr links with Imgur links in Slytherincess's questions, as requested here. The campaign was ...
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User changed their question into a completely different question. Is this allowed?

I was browsing the question feed just now when I came across this question about Iron Man and Captain America's fight in Civil War. I had it marked as a favourite, which confused me, as I'd never seen ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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How to find a story-ID answer?

story-identification is a big tag. I've read How to write a good story-ID answer? and How to ask a good story-ID question?, but neither answers my larger question: how do users here find the answers ...
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Does the size of the list of works matter? [duplicate]

The close reason for lists of work or recommendations reads as follows: Requests for lists of works or recommendations are off-topic as they do not fit our questions and answers format. Feel free ...
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Is there a consensus on tagging solved story ID's with the name of the author/story?

There is this meta question, which doesn't have an accepted answer/practice associated with it. I am asking, because this question was edited citing the above example, and promptly re-edited ...
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How do I locate the question I previously asked?

I am new to the site and I do not understand how to locate the question I asked yesterday. Can anyone explain to me how I find my own question and any possible answers to it? Please note that I am ...
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What to Do About Flickr?

Back when the site was relatively new, I used Flickr to post Pottermore pictures to answer questions, when Pottermore was not copy-able. It's been so long that I don't remember which questions I used ...
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RIP William Morgan Sheppard: Star Trek, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Max Headroom, many more

Genre actor W. Morgan Sheppard, veteran of several franchises, died yesterday. Just some of his better known genre roles: Ira Graves (Data's grandpa), TNG: "The Schizoid Man" The Klingon ...
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Temporarily accepting an answer to give it more exposure?

Is there anything wrong with accepting an answer solely to place it at the top of the list for a while, with the intention of then unaccepting it? Oftentimes there might be an answer to a question ...
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How can this question about Inferno be asked on this site?

The novel Inferno written by Dan Brown isn't a science fiction or fantasy novel. So how can anyone ask question about this novel in the Science fiction & Fantasy site? Why was the ending ...
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And the Best New User of 2018 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I have created this honorary post stolen Skooba's honorary post idea from last year based on a simple premise... ...
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2018: a year in moderation

A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in that we amortize the overall moderation cost ...
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Zienia Merton (SPACE:1999), RIP

British actress Zienia Merton, known for her role as "Sandra Benes" on the 1970's sci/fi tv series Space:1999 passed away on September 14, 2018. Though best known for her work on '1999, Merton's ...
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Favorite Questions and Answers from the fourth quarter of 2018

Update The entry as now been posted. Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from October 1st 2018 through December 31st 2018. You can also ...
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Question falsely closed as duplicate

This question about Tolkien's mythology has been falsely closed as a duplicate of a question about one of Peter Jackson's movies. As a Peter Jackson movie is not part of the mythology that Tolkien ...
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Are the Choose Your Own Adventure, as a series, sufficiently on topic?

I have a question in mind about the history of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Most of the books in the series (including the "young readers" spin-offs) have science fiction and fantasy topics. ...
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How/where to ask question that the FAQ says is off-topic?

I'd recently discovered Australian SF writer Greg Egan, and it occurred to me that SF.SE would be a good place to find the answer to a question inspired by his work - not specifically about his work, ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers based on opposition to the question?

A recent question was put on hold as "off-topic". The initial question text (as it has changed): Has any story, movie, TV show depicted a spaceport on either of Mars' moons, rather than a ...
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Why is there a [missing-scene] tag?

While scrolling to the least popular tags, I came across the missing-scene tag, with no apparent questions. Was this tag popular at one point or why does it exist?
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What should we do with [toads-spit]?

I can't think of a punny title, but we currently have 15 questions tagged with toads-spit, while we don't even have a toad. A character tag might make sense here, since he's part of various Marvel ...
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Should Tron have its franchise tag as well?

I've been adding some missing "franchise tags" lately, and I've stumbled upon the Tron related tags, namely tron, tron-legacy and tron-uprising. The tag wiki for tron currently reads: A 1982 ...
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Can my question be lifted out of hold status? Can you specifically tell me how to improve it, because I have edited it

I have a question about my Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange post: What's so special about Harry Potter?
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Why is pointing out a plot hole in a question downvoted? [closed]

Just curious as to why questions that point out plot holes are downvoted so much?
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What is unclear about this question?

What does Grin refer to in Harry Potter? Are there any other important references aside from this one: Seamus Finnigan: "The Grin? What's the Grin?" Bem: "Not the Grin, you idiot....