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Are works that aren't SF per se, but have occasional SFnal elements on-topic? (e.g. spy movies)

For example, spy stuff like James Bond, 24, Tom Clancy, have some elements of sci-fi, but are a genre unto themselves. Should we include them in the list of on topic discussions?
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What questions are on-topic, and what questions are off-topic?

SciFi.SE's identity is still being defined, and as such there's a lot of unresolved confusion wrapped up in dozens of topics about what types of questions are acceptable. Let's stop creating ...
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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

It has been widely discussed and seems to be generally agreed that where two story-identification questions have an accepted answer that is the same, one should be closed as duplicate of the other. ...
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What is the policy for spoilers?

Is there any official policy for mandatory use of the spoilers features? Or is just a courtesy/fully voluntary? I didn't see anything on the FAQ. Is there any particular action that should be taken ...
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Tips for asking Story Identification questions

Our top tag is story-identification, with nearly 6000 questions, many of which are new users' first posts to the site. Many of these new users need some guidance on how to ask a story-ID question well ...
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Topic of the Week Contest [Updated August 29]

This is a quick way to expand the scope of the site and generate new questions and answers. How it works: One topic will be designated each week. Each person who asks a question relating to that ...
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Should we always close the newer question as the duplicate?

Preferably, when closing a duplicate, this happens before any answers have been given to the dupe-to-be. However, it can happen that only after editing of the question and multiple answers, it turns ...
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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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Should we burninate General Reference?

The General Reference closure reason has been a continuing source of contention. I'm still not clear on what it is intended to accomplish (explanations I've seen have ranged from showing that the ...
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What is the correct usage of individual works tags vs. author tags vs. franchise tags?

As part of the cleanup effort to eliminate some of the more "meta" tags, there are a lot of questions that are about a specific work of fiction, and should be tagged as such, but for which no tag yet ...
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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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Vote on 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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What is our actual policy on science questions?

One of the most contentious close reasons we have on the site is the one that designates real-world science questions as off-topic. The close reason is worded as follows: "Questions seeking ...
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Are *all* list questions off-topic?

"List questions" are generally off-topic on Stack Exchange sites, and Science Fiction & Fantasy in particular, because they tend to be open-ended, generate debate, have some level of personal ...
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Are anthropomorphic animals by themselves enough to deem a work fantasy?

The direct cause of my question is this: Why did Remy (the rat from Ratatouille) cook Ratatouille at the end of the movie? I can think of a number of works, from The Wind in the Willows to Flushed ...
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How do we handle conflicts with the Anime and Movies sites?

There are now Stack Exchange sites about anime & manga and movies & TV. Questions about SF anime, manga or movies could therefore be on-topic on two sites. My understanding is that a question ...
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Design for Science Fiction & Fantasy

I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all sites ...
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How should we handle "any" (list) questions?

The "any" questions invite a list, which is not permitted. But we're currently not dealing with them consistently (or I can't see a pattern). Here's a few examples: Invisibility should cause ...
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Are list questions allowed?

This just started, but there already seems to be a lot of questions that essentially boil down to "Please list stories that X". These questions cannot have a definitive answer, and sometimes you can ...
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Should all questions without explicit canon answers be closed?

The question How was the Basilisk so stealthy? was closed as Not Constructive. Based on the wording of the question, I don't know that I 100% agree with that, but I get the argument. This comment ...
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Should we exclude religious texts, and which?

It's clear that questions about religious texts cause friction. So should we ban questions that are specifically about religious texts? If so, how wide should the ban be: only about the Bible (which ...
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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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Tag Wars Episode I: Harry Potter and the Tag Cleanup

This is part of of the Tag Cleanup Effort discussed here. Discussions on the mechanics of this process are being had in the Tag Cleanup chatroom and will be posted in this meta question once they've ...
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Does this Meta policy overrule our Meta?

This answer references this Meta:SE post, claiming that that Stack Exchange policy is to close questions only if the questions themselves are duplicates, not if an answer to one question contains an ...
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The many memes of SFF.SE

Just like our mother site we need a repository of our Memes : It has become a more frequent occurrence where new users will be confronted by an engrained meme and be left sitting there scratching ...
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Should we do away with the media tags (books, novel, TV, movies, etc.)?

It's quite clear to me that all the media tags are meta tags: they can't stand on their own, at least on open questions, and they're not tags you'd search for. Moreover, they're applied only spottily. ...
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I haven't read the book/watched the movie/... May I ask a question about it?

I would like to ask a question about a book or short story that I haven't read, or about a movie or TV series that I haven't watched, or about a radio program that I haven't listened to, etc. Is that ...
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Should we tag (solved) story identification questions with the name of the author / property?

If an identification question has an accepted answer, it would make sense to tag it with the author's name. Or should we not tag it and leave it as a sort of trivia question for others?
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Why are questions considered duplicates although they ask different things?

I'm all for closing redundant questions as dupes, and we do seem to have series of questions asking similar things, but observe question number one: I am not interested in the movies, just the TV ...
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Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?

This has been on my mind for some time, and I'd actually previously written up something to post here, but I dropped it until the discussion on the following question: What is Tolkien trying to say ...
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What's our tolerance for adult content?

Why did T'Pol act like a human woman with Trip? The topic of the question seems fully within the boundaries of the site, but the actual content is a bit not-quite-family-friendly. Is this within ...
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Star-Wars character tags

There's the r2d2 and c-3po tags that appeared recently. Those are a subset of the star-wars tag. Before I (or we) start to re-tag all star-wars question with a character tags I would like to discuss ...
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Is Fantasy in spec for this site?

Should fantasy be included in this? I know many people mix them up, and there are definitely cases which can be very hard to distinguish. So, the question remains, should we include Fantasy, or not ...
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What is and what isn't considered science fiction?

Note: This site is now Science Fiction & Fantasy. All speculative fiction, including alternate history, are considered on-topic. Following up on: Should questions about "Is X science ...
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General tagging practices [duplicate]

What are our general tagging practices? A few current practices are: Questions about a specific tv show, universe or well-known work: dune, battlestar-galactica Questions about a specific author, or ...
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Are fan-fics fair game for this site?

Is it valid to ask about fanfic and other alternate-version sources for science-fiction material on this site?
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Why is there a voldemort tag? Is there a criterion for character tags? [duplicate]

It seems unnecessary to create a second tag for Harry Potter questions which include Voldemort. If we are going to do that then where are the Gandalf, Aragorn, Peter Wiggin, R2D2, and Crookshanks tags?...
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Is it encouraged to delete your own questions if they have possible duplicates?

If I post a question after searching and determining it hasn't been asked. And later find out, on my own or by a fellow user that the question is a possible duplicate. Is it encouraged to delete the ...
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The Big Edit Event (is finished)

Now that we have a broad consensus on having an edit event to deal with the broken links caused by the HTTPS update, we now need to coordinate the event itself. UPDATE #2 The Big Event is now (...
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How should we handle questions that are easily answered by Wikipedia? [duplicate]

Examples: What is filk and how do I find it? (see Filk) What exactly were the Prophets? (see Prophets) What is the precise definition of 'Steampunk'? (see Steampunk) (and even the super-upvoted) Who ...
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Is it reasonable to ask about the meaning of phrases in a science-fiction work?

Peter Miles is apparently making his way through Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and is asking about the meaning of particular English phrases that are not explicitly about science fiction (although one ...
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How should we handle tag hierarchies?

Current Context We seem to have wound up in a position where we have some weird tag hierarchy issues on this site which have lead to inconsistent tagging practices. I'll point out some specific ...
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Is it okay to have spoilers in question titles?

I'm currently watching Star Trek TNG. While skimming through the Stack Exchange hot questions list, I saw a question in scifi.SE that spoiled the death of a character. Should I leave a comment telling ...
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How do I contribute to the blog?

I've got something really interesting that I'd love to write about for the site blog. How do I go about getting my work there?
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When should character tags be created/recreated?

We've recently been going through and cleaning up tags - particularly character tags. One of the criteria we've used to determine whether or not we should get rid of it, is to consider how many ...
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How do we deal with questions about rumors and release dates? [duplicate]

I just noticed this question: Has anyone heard any rumors about the third book in Scott Sigler's “Infected” series? While I sympathize with users being curious about release dates, but especially ...
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Are answers that state "We Don't Know" acceptable?

I know there have been some posts that already state that providing an answer of "We Don't Know" can be acceptable provided that the answer still follows the site guidelines of a good answer (i.e. ...
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Do we need a sci-fi and a fantasy tag?

Back in the beginning, I asked the question "Do we need a sci-fi tag?". We went for no, I purged sci-fi from the existing questions, and we kept killing the thing whenever it reared its ugly head ...
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Migration Paths

Which sites do you think we need to have migration paths to, now that we are promoted? Migration paths are an easy way to send a question to another site, without requiring it to be flagged by a ...
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What sites should be considered general references?

We have a “general reference” close reason: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed ...
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