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How to proceed when a question (with bounty) appears to have “We don't know” as answer?

I added a bounty for a question in order to find the canonical answer. @Valorum found a plausible answer, however, as the wiki didn't referenced it, the answer was shared. The bounty will end in 6 ...
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New Posting Notices for Closed Questions

As you may have seen in the sidebar, Stack Exchange is apparently overhauling what's posted when questions are closed. I'm not certain how any of this will impact us, but this answer does point out ...
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Are post deletions always undeclared?

My post was deleted within 40 minutes of being posted, no comments or indications as to why. If there is a reason for deleting content, would it be wise to let the poster know what (if anything) they ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

Many of my questions, no matter how good they are, are getting trounced by a few people who never leave a comment. It tends to be within a couple tags. It took less than 30 minutes for this group to ...
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This answer is in canon. Please review the “opinion based” decision

There is a black-and-white answer somewhere that I am looking for, some think it involves guessing and I don’t see how that could be because a nearly identical event was well documented in canon later ...
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Is this question too broad? “What are his wedding vows?”

I'm looking for what The Doctor said for his weddings, some think it's a broad question. For a week now the question seems to be in limbo.
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Pronoun trolling - what to do?

Consider this post (edit: now deleted as abusive by the 'community' automated user.) Since it's been edited, here's its original version: Me and my four friends are big MCU fans and we are thinking ...
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What are the limits to changing my own unanswered questions?

If a question has no answers and is closed, an edit will necessarily change some of my original intent. I am the OP, and it just wasn't working. How tightly do I have to stay in the box which didn't ...
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Is this truly a story-id question?

There's this question which is definitely a valid question. However, it's tagged with story-identification. Is this a valid tag and why? I honestly don't think it matches, but there doesn't seem to be ...
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I found my factual answer but the question is closed as “opinion based.” How to open?

I saw what appeared to be an obvious similarity between the Star Trek "Mycelial Network" and Cosmic strings so I posted a question. A couple people assumed the answer didn't exist and closed it. An ...
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What is the status of our moderator team?

Recent events on the network have led to 3 of our moderators to suspend their activity. We don't need to get into the whys of that here, use main meta for that or look for their posts on main meta. ...
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Is the Joker movie on-topic here?

I am mostly asking out of curiosity to know better our community's standards. Joker (2019) is a movie by Todd Philipps with Joaquin Phoenix narrating the origin story of Batman's nemesis. Are ...
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What can we do to encourage new users not to give up so fast?

I've noticed a recurring phenomenon: New user apparently created an account to ask a specific question (often, story-identification). New user disappears after a day or two, not having received an ...
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Correct close reason for 'discussions'

One of the types of question listed on the don't ask page is; “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______” This is quite similar to the hypothetical what if questions. I want to ...
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Are duplicate questions encouraged?

To improve meta search efficiency does SE encourage a "substantially reworded question" which has a common answer? To such a point that I could create a question myself and mark it duplicate for this ...
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How do I improve my question skills?

I seem to be experiencing a rash of deeply polarized voters. If they were voting for or against me personally, I could understand. But if these votes are cast for my content I would like to find ...
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How to handle editing abuse

My question has a 100 point bounty and the best-voted answer keeps rolling back my edits to hide the non-canonical nature of their answer obscure. SE defines Star Trek canon on its info page: [star-...
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How to narrow the scope of my question and define the topic

Many large franchises have multiple tags and hyphenated tags. If I want to define the scope of my topic as one subset of the franchise, do I use tags or another method? Example: Assume my question is ...
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Help me understand why my Star Trek question is on hold as 'unclear'?

Five people flagged my question from yesterday was "unclear" while not comments to help me understand why. How did one specific torpedo hit the USS Enterprise in one specific episode of Star Trek: ...
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How to handle thuggery?

When you say something one person disagrees with, they scroll through your entire list of questions and blindly downvote you. I tend to want to just ignore it but how does the site recommend handling ...
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Why is my question “Chronological order of Star Wars Literature” closed for lists of works/recommendations?

I have a question that has bothered me since my question, "Chronological Order of Star Wars Literature", was closed for being off topic. In the note about why it was closed there is this titbit of ...
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Questions about in-world legality and ethicality are primarily opinion-based?

The legal governance of any reality, and the ethical concepts of that reality, I do not believe are a matter of opinion. Pedantically, you can say how we "out here" (the audience) feel about the ...
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Is the producers' choice of language off topic?

If someone asks why a film was produced in English instead of Japanese (for example only), is that considered "behind the scenes" or is it off topic?
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Can we fix broken Memory Alpha links?

It appears that at some point in the recent (distant? I don't know) past, Memory Alpha changed its domain from memory-alpha.wikia.com to memory-alpha.fandom.com. Given the copious number of times ...
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Who can exercise owner privileges when a question's owner moves on?

Can a question enter limbo when the asker moves on and just stops their activity on SE? An owner can bounty, accept, un-accept, and exercise other owner privileges on their own question. Do these ...
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Should answer edits strive to preserve the owner's intent given answers are living documents? [duplicate]

The simple fact is that answers change. Especially in this SE where new content and plot lines are constantly adding knowledge. So an answer to the Marvel Fantastic Four franchise (to pull a random ...
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Can we rein-in unnecessary edits?

I do not make very many questions or answers, but I notice that almost all of them are edited by the same user. Sometimes these edits are trivially useful, but often they are completely unnecessary. ...
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Is it possible to bump or promote an edited question to get more eyes on it?

I made my closed question more clear per recommendations and would like some votes. How, if at all, can the edits be promoted or bumped for a new audience?
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Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on ST:DS9, died today at age 50

Aron Eisenberg, known to SFF fans for his recurring role as the Ferengi Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died today at the age of 50. The cause of death has not been revealed. I personally loved ...
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What parts of science-fiction/fantasy concept albums (and rock operas) are on-topic?

I think that science-fiction and fantasy concept albums with a clear-ish, consistent story, such as Drones by Muse and The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance, are on-topic. However, I’m not sure ...
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Favorite Questions and answers from third quarter of 2019

Update Posted - Highlights from 2019 – 3rd Quarter Original Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2019 through September 30th 2019. ...
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Rename [aladdin-disney] to [aladdin-1992]

We now have aladdin-2019, but we've got a lot of potential tag confusion with aladdin-disney (which is now vague). For the sake of clarity and consistency, we should rename the tag to [aladdin-1992] ...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

About two months ago, the user Jared Westover asked a story-identification question: Book with a magic school in the sky. The question drew one answer, which was not accepted. Two days ago, Jared ...
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Why is the The Handmaid's Tale on-topic? [duplicate]

I see that there are a few "The Handmaid's Tale" questions on this site. I have only seen the TV-series, not read the book, and I may recall incorrectly, but i am not aware of any supernatural/...
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Why do “identify all of these characters” questions get downvoted?

Many of the "name all of these characters" questions get several downvotes. Who are the 378 mutants in this image? Can you identify each character and spacecraft in this Star Trek TNG 30th ...
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How should we tag questions about Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)?

I want to ask a question about the Marvel character Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), but I don't know how it should be tagged. Multiple characters have been called Ms. Marvel in the comics. It originally ...
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Am I misusing the “Not An Answer” flag?

I have had about a dozen Not An Answer flags on this site disputed or declined. In most if not all of those cases I thought that it was pretty straightforward why the post was not an answer, and in ...
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Can we please un-chain these dupes on meta?

We semi-recently decided that chains of duplicates are bad, and we want to make "duplicate hubs" instead of chains. I assume this applies to both main and meta, because there's no obvious reason to ...
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Is The Truman Show on-topic?

I recently asked this question about The Truman Show. There are three close votes saying it’s off-topic. Is The Truman Show a work of science fiction or fantasy?
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Let's take a moment to congratulate some user milestones

Not too long ago I made a couple of posts congratulating some of our highest reputation users hitting some of the big milestones. Recently I've noticed a handful of users have reached some lower but ...
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Artist-ID from artwork sample or artwork description. On-topic?

There is some specific Fantasy artwork (1980 or earlier era) for which I would like to find out who was the artist. The style is extremely distinctive and I remember back in the day such imagery was ...
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How long does it take for a tag synonym to be approved?

A while-ish ago, I suggested a tag synonym here. After this while-ish, it's still stayed at 0 votes. While this could mean that its upvotes and downvotes canceled out, I really doubt that because it ...
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How is this question unclear?

How can Jor-El represent entire Kryptonian culture? This question has been closed as "unclear what you're asking". May I know what is unclear about it so that I can improve it? Update: Edited the ...
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Why was the question “Why was Jake and the Never Land Pirates cancelled?” migrated to Movies?

Although cross-posting is frowned upon, it is considered acceptable to re-ask that question on to a new Stack Exchange site if you feel that the answers you received from the earlier time do not meet ...
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Jeremy Kemp (Robert Picard in ST:TNG), RIP

British actor Jeremy Kemp died on July 24th of this year. A prolific actor best known for dramatic roles in mini-series and television, he also had a couple of notable Sci-Fi appearances. Kemp ...
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Is there a preferred picture size for story ID questions?

Sometimes when I answer a story ID question I'll include a picture of the book cover, typically grabbed from Goodreads or some similar site. I generally try to choose what seems a sensible size for ...
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Why is my question considered opinion-based?

I asked this question that compared the physical strengths of Hodor and the Mountain in GoT/ASoIaF. It was quickly closed as being "primarily opinion-based," but I tried to make clear that I wanted ...
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Are works whose SciFi and Fantasy elements turn out to have been created by conventional means on-topic? [duplicate]

Occasionally, the resolution of a movie is that all the scifi or supernatural elements turn out to be fabricated with some conventional technical tricks. For instance, "ghosts" may have be en ...
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RIP Rutger Hauer, actor for Roy Batty

Variety reports that Rutger Hauer, actor in Sin City, Batman Begins, True Blood, and other sci-fi and horror films, has died at 75. He will perhaps be best remembered for his role in Blade Runner as ...
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Is it OK to ask about quality and reviews

Say I want to watch a television show or a movie. Their genre is definitely suitable for this site. Now I read some reviews and comments which seem pretty weird to me. Is it OK to ask about this as ...