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How should we tag questions about the TV series "3 Body Problem"?

At the moment there is a tag, 3-body-problem, being used for the Netflix adaption of The Three Body Problem. We have an existing tag, the-three-body-problem, that is being used for the book series. ...
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List of bounties with no deadlines

I like the list of "bounties with no deadline (which is based on Puzzling and Code Golf equivalents) on Literature, so I am stealing it with attribution; this is almost completely copied and pasted ...
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Roger Corman, legendary (B movie) filmmaker, has died

Roger Corman, low-budget filmmaker who launched many careers, dies at 98 Roger Corman, a low-budget but resourceful Hollywood filmmaker who churned out dozens of laughably ridiculous and ridiculously ...
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Should questions about future works be closed as Primarily Opinion Based?

This is a subject that we've touched upon slightly in the past, but either the questions are based on old close reasons such as "General Reference" and "Too Localized", which are now gone - or they're ...
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Should AI-generated posts be allowed?

As you may be aware, the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT has been getting some negative attention on Stack Exchange as of late, its usage notably being completely banned on Stack Overflow. ...
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Bernard Hill (King Théoden) has died, aged 79. Hail the victorious dead!

Bernard Hill, best known for his roles in Titanic and Lord of the Rings, has died aged 79. Hill's other roles in his decades-long career include the 1976 BBC TV series I, Claudius, an appearance in ...
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Where are all the Wheel of Time questions?

According to a hasty google, the word counts of the below popular fantasy series are as follows: Series Word count (main books only) Harry Potter 1,084,170 LOTR 481,103 The Wheel of Time 4,410,036 ...
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Latest Blog Post: Jack's Bad Movies: Renfield (2023)

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: Jack's Bad ...
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Ray Chan, Marvel art director, has died

Ray Chan, Art Director and Production Designer for Marvel Films, Dies at 56 Ray Chan, the art director and production designer for Marvel Studios who contributed to Guardians of the Galaxy, three ...
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Would this question be ok?

I'm trying to track down a list of "important" science fictions works that I got off the Internet back in mid-late 80s. I remember some details about the list and am hoping that maybe ...
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Changing the dupe target

Long ago I answered this identification question, call it A. Some time later John Rennie answered another question, call it B, which was closed as a duplicate of A. Just now I answered yet another ...
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Do we really need separate tags for the first and second parts of Villeneuve's "Dune"? [duplicate]

Right now we have dune-2021 and dune-2024 for Dune: Part 1 and Dune: Part 2 respectively. Since the parts belong together, and aren't standalone works, I don't believe they deserve separate tags. (...
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Should we "enable a banner to warn about [our] policy on AI-generated content"?

A post on main meta is stating "Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content", so given that it seems to be general consensus on SFF that we ...
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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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Is this a constrained list question?

'Hidden' non white characters in Heinleins work. So racists would identify with them before learning their race I currently have a kneejerk vote in that this is a "list or recommendation&...
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How should we tag the Dune movies?

We now have a third movie for Dune (ostensibly a movie series... if they ever get the latter parts made). There are questions now being asked specific to this movie. Normally we'd do dune-2021 or such,...
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In Memoriam: Joe Flaherty

Joe Flaherty Dead: ‘Freaks & Geeks’ Star Dies at 82 Joe Flaherty died at 82 years old, late on Monday, April 1. The comedic actor had starred in tons of classic movies and shows throughout the ...
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Can I ask a question about video game based scifi/fantasy?

As an occasional consumer of Halo books/games, I'm often curious about certain plot points or want to ask questions about that game's universe. Would this be the appropriate site for these questions? ...
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Is it okay to post obituary posts on meta for those who never were on a Sci-Fi or Fantasy work?

As you may know, obituary posts aren't allowed on Movies and TV Meta SE, and here, the scope is about Sci-Fi & Fantasy works. So is it allowed to post obituaries for well-known filmmakers, actors/...
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In Memoriam: Louis Gossett Jr

One of the great character actors of the past half century has passes away. While he had many memorable roles, my favorite was as one of the three main characters in Enemy Mine. ...
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In Memoriam: Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge, father of the tech singularity, has died at age 79 On Wednesday, author David Brin announced that Vernor Vinge, sci-fi author, former professor, and father of the technological ...
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In Memoriam: Brian Stableford

Brian Stableford, prolific author of over 70 novels (per Wikipedia) recently passed away on February 25th. I first discovered him with his 1982 novel Journey to the Center. (In the trademark DAW ...
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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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Why are we punishing simple questions for "not doing research"?

I ran across this Hot Network Question about Dune, and why the Dune universe folks don't use guns. As someone who never read the books, and has seen the Lynch movie (which also apparently never read ...
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In Memoriam: Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball, died on March 1st, 2024, from an acute subdural hematoma. I can't say that I ever got terribly into Dragon Ball, but he had a huge impact on shonen anime.
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How did I lose a point of rep in this situation?

On Feb 14 20:01:40Z, this question was asked. At Feb 14 20:08:11Z someone posted a comment asking when the OP saw it. During those 6-7 minutes, I happened to be looking and found a possible answer ...
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“Minor mistakes” rule for editing

What counts as a “minor mistake” for the entry To correct minor mistakes or add updates as the post ages in the editing guidelines? I’ve been trying to improve this answer, which is in general good ...
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In Memoriam: Gary Graham

Gary Graham has died at the age of 73 on Monday 22 January 2024 of a cardiac arrest. Know for his roles as Soval in Star Trek: Enterprise and Detective Matthew "Matt" Sikes in the Alien ...
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RIP, Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin, who had a long and fruitful film career, died today. Primarily a comedic actor, he had major roles as the villains in King Kong (1976) and The Great Muppet Caper, as well as smaller ...
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In Memoriam: Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest has died. Among other things, he was the author of The Prestige. He actually wrote back to me about my question about whether the body was always dead after the transfer.
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In Memoriam: Carl Weathers

Dead at 76, peacefully in his sleep on February 1st, 2024. Perhaps best known for his breakout role of Apollo Creed in the Rocky films, he was of course also Dillon in Predator and Greef Karga in The ...
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How should a closed question that is a duplicate be updated to point at the duplicate?

This closed question Valérios itching cutscene Evil Within, appears to be a duplicate of this question What is happening during this flashback scene from The Evil Within?. Both questions are ...
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What is the correct way to thank an editor?

I'm French. While I consider myself fully bilingual in comprehension (reading/listening), I'm less good with production (writing/speaking), especially with grammar (due to bad learning process). When ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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In Memoriam: Peter Schickele

Peter Schickele died at home at the age of 88. While most people were familiar with him as the ostensible chronicler of P.D.Q. Bach's compositions, he also composed the score for science fiction film ...
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In Memoriam: David Drake

David Drake, one of the most prominent mil-sf authors, died December 10th, 2023. His rise to prominence came with the Hammer's Slammers series of futuristic war stories, mostly short stories ...
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Should Duplicate Story ID questions be answered or commented?

Is there a best practice for obvious duplicate story ID questions? Specifically is it better to link the duplicate in a comment or provide an answer with that link and the corroborating details? The ...
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Migrated questions. Is there a badge for that?

Badge suggestion: A badge for for having ten migrated, worthy but slighty out of scope, highly viewed or upvoted questions. Maybe call it the "Golden Goose" badge? Are there any badges for combined ...
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Should I answer my own question if someone answered in the comments several months ago and still haven't responded to the request to post an answer?

A few months ago, I had written an identification question, to which someone gave a very possible answer in the comments, so I asked them if they could write an actual answer. To this day, they haven'...
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And the Best New User of 2023 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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Resolution of Duplicates in the Enderverse

This originally came up in association with Sci fi book where humanoid aliens murder a researcher by killing him and cutting him open, where the answer was determined to be Speaker For The Dead. My ...
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Why was this question reopened when it is clearly asking to identify more than one work?

This question: What are these classic 80's action movies? was closed as "Needs more focus" and then subsequently reopened. This was surprising to me. It's demonstrably asking to identify ...
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What should we do if a Story-ID question acknowledges that they're looking for the same story as another user?

This question is a story-identification: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/151238/looking-for-the-story-when-people-experience-life-in-reverse-like-a-movie-which Normally, questions can't be ...
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Is it good practice to add a better answer to a story-identification question that already has a correct (although brief/lacking) answer

I saw this new question which happens to be about a book from my favourite author. I immediately recognised it and knew exactly what OP's remembered details referred to within the context of the book. ...
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Are questions about copyright law on-topic?

We've had several questions about copyright law, specifically when certain properties and concepts will be outside of copyright. When will copyright restrictions expire on Tolkien's works? When ...
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When to ask on SF&F and when to ask on Arqade? [duplicate]

I have a question about Fallout 3 and I don't know if I should ask it on SF&F or Arqade. The question is Why does Moira insists on you getting a mine from Minefield? Should this question be on ...
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Which versions of Dragon Ball Z count as canon?

Sometimes, I stumble across a question which involves the Dragon Ball Z anime universe, and more often than not, I'm reading information that I have never heard before (and sometimes information which ...
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Reopening a duplicate so you can add an answer, then reclosing it?

This question was asked yesterday: Very old novel about a planet with a living ocean A comment was posted asking whether the answer was "Solaris". OP replied to say that it was, so I closed ...
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RIP Michael F. Flynn

Author Michael F. Flynn, most notable for the Firestar sequence of novels, passed away at the very end of September. Flynn got his start publishing short works mostly in Analog in the mid-1980s, ...
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What is the standard for answering "What was the plagiarised story published by Asimov’s?"?

What was the plagiarised story published by Asimov’s? refers to an essay published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, after the magazine apparently published a story which was later ...

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