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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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February 2022 topic challenge: R. A. Lafferty (held jointly with Literature SE)

This post is for the second SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Should questions in SciFi StackExchange about the meaning/use of Adverbs/Prepositions in Harry Potter start being deleted? [duplicate]

I've started noticing too many questions in SciFi StackExchange about the meaning of adverbs/prepositions, mainly in Harry Potter tag. With a simple search with relevant tag, someone would always see ...
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Can speculations be accepted as answer?

Well, frankly, the title stands for itself, but in short, can speculations supplied with enough evidence hinting at the speculation be accepted as an answer? Examples: "USA" in the address ...
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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 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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Why is there a Disciplined badge as well as Peer Pressure?

I understand the value of the Peer Pressure badge. If a post has a negative score, it means it is not a valuable one and deleting it by oneself cleans up the forum. But why give a badge for deleting ...
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Latest Blog Post: Favorite Questions and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2021

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: Favorite ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2021

Update The post is now live. Favorite Questions and Answers from Fourth Quarter 2021 Origin Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from October 1st 2021 ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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What's supposed to be the style for initials, as for instance HP Lovecraft?

I recently asked about "HP Lovecraft", with no stops in the initials. I've seen that style in many another post here but I've also seen "H.P." In the case of my post, I think ...
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And the Best New User of 2021 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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December 2021 topic challenge: Elizabeth Moon

This post is for the last SFF.SE topic challenge of 2021, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Which story ID question should we close as a duplicate?

This old question Story where the hero ends up having his eyelids removed and being hooked up to some kind of virtual reality machine has a good answer but it was only accepted via a comment under the ...
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January 2022 topic challenge: Walter M. Miller Jr

This post is for the first SFF.SE topic challenge of 2022, in which the site's community is encouraged to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Should Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman get its own tag?

This may seem a trivially obvious, but I wasn't quite sure. I was writing another Walter M. Miller, Jr. question for the monthly theme just know, but the question was actually about Saint Leibowitz ...
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How do we deal with a situation where a Story-ID question is a duplicate of more than one work?

I just posted a second answer to my game identification question: Searching for video game like Xevious but with more interesting bosses —the reason being that I discovered that I had combined ...
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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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Is it okay to edit a question to match the answers given?

I asked a question, and received some answers that had completely misinterpreted the question I was asking. I could edit the question to be more clear, but seeing as it already has answers that seems ...
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RIP Anne Rice - Interview with the Vampire

Anne Rice has passed away at 80. I loved the Interview with the Vampire series when I was a teen, and I loved the movie back when Tom Cruise wasn't nutty and Brad Pitt was new to Hollywood. Anyhow, ...
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Should the doctor-octopus tag refer to both Otto and Olivia Octavius?

The doctor-octopus tag wiki says it is supposed to be used to refer to the character of Doctor Octopus (Doc Ock for short). However, in various Marvel titles, Doctor Octopus has been both Otto ...
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How far back should spoilers be marked for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? [duplicate]

Marvel titles are coming out quite frequently these days; between movies and shows, content is moving very quickly. How far back should we mark spoilers on content? Is there a standard of "x ...
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Is it okay to delete tags off of questions that the tags were created for if the tags will likely not become relevant?

When going to the new tags page (a common place for me to look for tags to edit), lots of tags are vague and have been created on questions. Is it considered okay to edit these questions for the ...
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How to give a bonus to an answer that was not accepted after the question was closed

I recently asked a question about (not) reading Shakespeare in class. Two correct answers arrived within a few seconds of each other. It also rapidly appeared that the question was a dupe. I wanted to ...
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Wording for fourth (custom) close reason - "Not about science fiction or fantasy"

Now that we have consensus on adding a fourth custom-close reason (and confirmation from Community Manager @Catija that she's happy to do so), we now need to agree on the wording. The original ...
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November 2021 topic challenge: Samuel R. Delany

This post is for the tenth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Are stories that contain crackpot science and/or pseudoscience on topic?

Working our way around the edges of the "real-world science" category, there doesn't seem to be a discussion about crackpot and pseudoscientific ideas. There are a couple of near misses on ...
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What constitutes the same answer for story-identification questions?

If two story-identification questions both have the same answer, and that answer has been confirmed (on each question) by the querent in the form of acceptance or a confirmatory comment, one of the ...
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Shouldn't a comment-only accept be considered equally much confirmation of an answer's correctness as a formal acceptance?

This meta-question is similar to one already asked. But the older meta-question mentions the case of an answer only found in comments. I'm asking in the case of an answer actually posted, and when the ...
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Does SFF want to keep accepted answers pinned to the top or not?

Context: Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Stack Overflow has just stopped pinning the accepted answer to the top of the list of answers, instead ordering answers ...
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How should we tag M.A.S.K?

I've accepted the option mobile-armored-strike-kommand as that has currently the highest score (+14/-1). Adding a synonym for mask-mobile-armored-strike-kommand (so prefixed with mask) should improve ...
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How can we improve this question about critical analysis of closed time loops?

This question about closed time loops is, I think, at least the third time the author has posted on SF&F (this deleted question being noted as the second one, and an attempt on the Literature SE, ...
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What does "Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations. This will help others answer the question" mean?

Could somebody please explain what "Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations. This will help others answer the question" means? I understand what the individual ...
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How come there's no "rationale" tag?

A lot of questions on the main site have the form of "Why didn't character X do Y at juncture Z?" Or "At juncture X, Why did Y happen?" It seems to me such questions would merit a ...
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Should there be a higher reputation bonus for editing?

When you edit and your edits are accepted, you get (to my knowledge) 2 reputation. That's not a whole lot. Now, obviously, the most reputation comes from bounties, answers, and questions, but shouldn'...
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Can you see your own questions or answers in a review queue?

Basically what the title says. Is it possible to see your own posts in a review queue? Of course it's bad practice at the very least to review your own posts or whatever. However I'm trying to figure ...
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What tags should be used alongside story-identification, and similar questions?

I recently noticed a story-identification question with a lot of other tags, and I remember instinctively trimmed them down, as they seemed tangential to the I'd question. I can no longer find that ...
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Should questions closed for lacking details be voted for re-opening even if the original issue hasn't been addressed?

The two questions that inspired this post (primarily this one here, but also this one) are both story-id questions, and although that's a type of question that does get closed for being unclear, my ...
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Tag warning for story-identification

So I read this Server Fault meta post, which says how to request tag warnings: Open a new meta question under the tag tag-warnings with the proposed text and the tag to which it should be applied. ...
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Are we allowed to have questions about Sherlock Holmes (movies, books, BBC tv show, etc)?

I recently asked a question about the Sherlock Holmes movie from 2008 on the site. It can be found here. However, I was told (look in the comments of it) that it wasn't appropriate for the site. Are ...
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RIP - Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell is dead at 85 from natural causes. Dean Stockwell, the award-winning actor who was best known for playing Admiral "Al" Calavicci on the popular sci-fi series Quantum Leap, ...
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RIP - Kit Berry

I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Kit Berry (Kirsten Espensen), author of the wonderful fantasy series of Stonewylde. Gollancz publishers noted her passing in a post dated 1 November 2021,...
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What's our policy on questions about fantasy/sci-fi creatures that aren't directly related to a specific on-topic work?

There are multiple questions on the site about fantasy or science fiction creatures that aren't directly related to a specific on-topic work. Most are eventually closed, but they're often quite ...
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Does SFF have a high threshold for moving comment streams to chat?

I've found that some Stack Exchange sites quickly recommend moving a comment stream to chat after only 5 or 6 comments. But on SFF I've never actually seen this, even when comment streams have a ...
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Why was "Why do vampires hiss?" considered to not be focused enough?

The question Why do vampires hiss? asks: Is there any thought process for [hissing], or any evidence for the choice, or did Bram Stoker just decide that? It's tagged as history-of and trope, and ...
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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 ...
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Tag wiki excerpts starting with "For questions about"

A lot of the tags in the system use the "For questions about..." boilerplate to start the tag, is it worth getting rid of these and/or discouraging the format for new tags?
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October 2021 Topic Challenge: Gene Wolfe

This post is for the ninth of SFF.SE's new series of topic challenges, encouraging the site's community to take part together in asking and answering questions on a particular topic each month. ...
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Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2021

Update All the data has been submitted to the post: Favorite Question and Answers from Third Quarter 2021 Origin Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered ...
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Can we please have our close reason ("This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy") back?

Getting a new custom close for our Future Works policy has resulted in one of our existing close reasons being removed. "This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy ...

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