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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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The many usernames of SFF.SE

What's the story behind your username? If you are one of us folks whose username is not your actual name, what is the story behind it? I'll go first.
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Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2020

Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2019 through September 30th 2020. Your answers will be compiled into a blog post like previous ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Laughing Gas by P.G. Wodehouse science fiction?

The British comedy writer P. G. Wodehouse wrote a book entitled 'Laughing Gas', in which a upper class British gentleman, and a boy both go into the dentist at the same time and both are given ...
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Latest Blog Post: Tenet (2020)

NB - Newcomers, the contents of this question are completely replaced with each blog post. Don't get confused if you see you've already voted but don't recognize the post! Latest Blog Post: Tenet (...
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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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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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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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Ways to improve and promote Science Fiction and Fantasy

Over the past few months, or almost a year now, since I saw Arqade's call for input I've been thinking of ways that we can do the same here on SFF. So taking and tailoring the questions from that post ...
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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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KutuluMike (Michael Edenfield) has passed away

KutuluMike (known to some as Michael Edenfield) passed away. I don't have a lot of details. A few people noticed he had been MIA from things for over a month. We reached out and learned he had been ...
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How should the planetary tag be used?

The word planetary is defined as: Adjective Of, relating to, or belonging to a planet or planets. Of or relating to the earth as a planet. So it makes sense that planetary has ...
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Questions regarding viewing order based on episodes to avoid

I recently asked a question about the viewing order of TNG, in regards to a few criteria, but primarily in regards to viewing order and avoiding low-quality episodes. Given that it already has 3 close ...
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Aggregate Reviews and Subjective Viewing Order Questions

This meta question no longer refers to a question that has anything to do with quality-based viewing order recommendations. This question is now the primary focus of quality-based viewing order ...
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Am I allowed to answer my question and 2 days later accept it if I received some (minimal) help from someone else?

In this thread 90’s or older story about photographs that show the future I explained my reasoning to help others to find the answer to my "story-identification" question: there was a phrase ...
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Selecting an example for the Tour page's example question

It would appear that at some point in time the Tour lost its example question: it somehow has become ineligible and so has defaulted to the default unicorn example. Now, whilst the default is actually ...
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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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Richard Herd (V mini-series, Star Trek, SeaQuest 2032, etc.)

Veteran character actor Richard Herd passed away in May at the age of 87. He played a wide range of roles both in and out of the sci-fi genre. Some of his more memorable science fiction ...
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Paul Darrow (Blake 7's Kerr Avon), RIP

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/06/04/paul-darrow-actor-cherished-science-fiction-fans-role-sardonic/ Kerr Avon was one of the best antihero characters in science fiction. Darrow was ...
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How should SFF's “Ask Question” page be customised?

The "Ask a question" wizard is now live network-wide: The new ask page is now live on the network!. Ours is very plain right now, but parts of it are customisable: (shortened; see the main Meta post ...
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Can the story-identification tag be used for questions asking for movie identification?

I had asked a movie identification question on the Movies.SE site, but quickly I was told that the tag isn't on-topic there anymore. Can I use the story-identification tag on this site, Science ...
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Is it OK to downvote a question for being uninteresting?

According to the Help Center: Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, well-researched, and useful, while voting down a post signals the ...
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Do Moderators get paid?

I am just curious - do mods on this site get paid? What's the use if you (a moderator) are not getting paid? If you are indeed getting paid, can you elaborate on what's your salary?
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Is a book recommendation site recommendation question valid?

Are there good services for similar series recommendations? I'm on the fence. Since it's not restricted to fantasy and sci-fi, it's arguably off-topic anyhow, but is asking for a site that offers a ...
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Is it ok for me to keep a humorous but non-essential part of a question?

A while back, I asked this question: How long is the Long Bridge of Volantis? Since the question is very short and clear, and in what I perceive to be a somewhat fun/jovial spirit of scifi.SE, I added ...
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RIP, Grant Imahara

Unfortunately, this is not a myth to be busted, Grant Imahara has passed away today at 49 years old (reportedly from a brain aneurysm). Grant was best known for his role on the Discovery Channel's ...
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Why was my edit to this answer rejected?

I asked the following question, to which an answer was posted by Shamshiel. The answer was detailed and mostly fine, but I suggested some changes, adding chapters to all the Lord of the Rings sources ...
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Is it OK to ask a question in the form “Are there any sci-fi books featuring this plot element”?

Is it ok to ask a 'plot element' question? Something such as, "Are there any sci-fi books where a future Earth uses the gold standard'?
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Request for sandbox-review of possibly controversial question. WoT

Here is the substance of my proposed question (maybe I can ask it in Meta?): WARNING - This contains spoilers for the Wheel of Time series. In Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, there are constant ...
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Can we have a defined format for answers to 'first/earliest' type questions?

There's a well defined format for code golf questions over at Programming Puzzles & Code Golf Mouse-2002, 4 bytes. That's 4 bytes of pure, sweet ASCII. ... Sample question I'd propose a similar ...
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RIP, Ennio Morricone

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, one of the most prolific writers of motion picture scores, has died at age 91. He was perhaps best know for his work on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, but he ...
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Favorite Questions and answers from first and second quarter of 2020

Update Post is published. Original Apparently I forgot to do the first quarter favorites, I don't know if it was the pandemic or the earthquake, but something threw me off. Please link to your ...
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Why was this question edited after 4 years?

Why was this question edited after nearly 4 years? What was the purpose? It does not seem to serve any purpose what so ever? What was the reason?
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OK to include a dodgy site in a mention of search results?

Regarding Manga where a guy drops his phone in water. After fixing it, he can buy items from another world I get removing my initial link to the copyright-infringing site, but I genuinely only found ...
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RIP, Sir Ian Holm

A legend of an actor has passed on this morning. Most known in the SFF community as Ash in Alien and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy but his work spanned decades and genres. ...
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Do we need an 'artificial gravity' tag?

I just noticed a few recent edits adding the artificial-gravity tag to questions about artificial gravity. A few of these questions already featured the gravity tag. I don't really see why we'd need ...
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Increasing representation of black SF characters and authors: Ideas and discussion

In the context of the recent protests over racial disparities in policing and societal racism, in the US and throughout the world, which have led to consideration and action by many companies, ...
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Science Fiction & Fantasy is now using CommonMark

Stack Exchange is migrating to CommonMark and moving away from Markdown. Science Fiction & Fantasy has been scheduled for migration tomorrow, 2020-06-16. This is mainly an announcement of this ...
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Why would VTC as duplicate be appropriate for a story identification question? [duplicate]

I keep seeing this over and over and over in the review queue. Yes, story-idents can have identical answers, but this doesn't make them identical questions. Each person asking remembers different ...
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RIP Dennis “Denny” O’Neil

Dennis O'Neil, an American comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his ...
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Is there an alternate place to ask for story identification for non-sci-fi?

Unfortunately, this is likely an off-topic question, but one which is about said off-topicness. Occasionally, when browsing through story-identification items, one comes upon a request for a story ...

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