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Is it duplicate question or answer? [duplicate]

This question was closed on the grounds it was a duplicate. However, the question listed as its duplicate did not give any of the same criteria for the work. The answer was the same, but there are a ...
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Up-votes percentage

I want to suggest a feature to come to StackExchange. I have seen this feature in Reddit for example. They have both the post score (difference of up-votes and down-votes) and up-votes percentage (for ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to do if a user does mass minor edits to push old questions where user has the accepted answer?

I'd guess that this user does this kind of edits to gain more points for these very old answers. They edit one letter or add one tag to the question and so they come up to the top although they did ...
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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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How about revisiting our policy about “is there any” questions being OK?

Since 2012, SFF's policy on "Is there any...?" questions is that they are suitable for this site; see How should we handle "any" (list) questions?. However, in some recent comments, meta ...
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Why was this question about Captain America closed?

My question about fanfic on Captain America was closed, but no explanation was given. It was closed as "off topic" but there are other questions about Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ...
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Inactive Moderators (Again)

Null - What a great answer on what it's like to moderate at SFF! I somehow missed it when you originally wrote it - so even though it's been a while, I have a couple comments. I've shared before that ...
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RIP Eugene Dynarski - TV and Film actor

Variety reported on 26th April that Gene Dynarski has died at the age of 86 on February 27 2020. Although perhaps most closely associated with various non genre TV series from the 1960's/1970's, Gene ...
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Can the author of a paywalled article quote their own paper without explaining how the contents answer the question?

This question Where is Gormenghast? has an interesting answer on it. The author of a (paywalled) article that supposedly answers the question has posted to say that their article answers it, but hasn'...
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RIP Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan was an Indian actor who left us today. With no backing, he climbed the success stairs based on raw talent. From a memorable supporting role in the Indian fantasy series Chandrakanta to a ...
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Who founded Science Fiction and Fantasy?

This seems to be a community-run site, but who founded it?
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Are Questions About Vocabulary/Definition On Topic? [duplicate]

I don't mean meta questions like defining science fiction vs fantasy, I mean questions about definitions of unfamiliar terms in works of science fiction. Ordinarily I would think first of the English ...
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General Question About Dupes [duplicate]

This question could maybe be applied to any SE page, in theory, but I've seen a certain type of situation pop up on SFF several times: Are two questions with the same answer considered duplicates, ...
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Is asking about imaginary movies considered good questions here?

I have some ideas for future moviemaking. Can I discuss about them here?
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Is Richie Rich on-topic?

Richie Rich, the star of 50+ comic serials, multiple TV shows (and at least one truly terrible film) is famously the world's richest boy and scion to a vast fortune. But someone merely being ...
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Alberto Uderzo RIP: fantasy (Getafix and his magic potion) and laughter were his gifts

I read in the news today that at the age of 92, Alberto Uderzo passed away from a heart attack. He and René Goscinny brought us Astérix and Obélix, those zany and funny Gauls, and a variety of Roman ...
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Is Mad Max (1979) science fiction?

I've seen several SF&F question comments asking the poster if what they were asking about was really science fiction. Some were (but neededmore detail), some weren't, some were edge cases. So, as ...
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Why was this question closed as off-topic while a very similar one was left open?

This question was asked and closed today as off-topic due to being a "lists of works or recommendations" question. In the comments, the author asks why his question was labeled off-topic while this ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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 we make this answer about autism acceptable to all people with autism?

I am seeking with this meta post for help with this answer to "First account of autism in speculative fiction" specifically the last sentence being problematic. The problem with the answer is, it made ...
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Editing old posts with no improvement whatsoever

Within the context of editing posts (questions and/or answers), SF&F regulations here state that: Some common reasons to edit are: to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes to clarify the meaning ...
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Can we reopen the question “When would the Undying Lands become over-populated?”

The question When would the Undying Lands become over-populated? was closed as opinion-based, but it has a definitive answer (never) because of specific things that Tolkien wrote. OP's assumption of "...
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What should the [video-games] tag cover?

The guidance for the video-games says: For questions about the plot or backstory of a game with science-fiction/fantasy elements.... Having answered a couple of game identification questions ...
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Do we need a tag for the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer?

I just realized I have at least four different story-identification questions involving the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer. Does it make sense to add a tag for it? If so, ought it to be color-computer? ...
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Is this an unpopular type of question?

The question Is a rocket landing on a ship on an ocean literally “something from Science Fiction”? received several down votes in rapid succession. Comments suggest that while it may not be off-topic (...
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Why were these flags declined?

Some of the comments to this question are conversational, and some are even irrelevant to the post. I don't understand how the first comment even relates to the question (it sounds like a comment to ...
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Who moderates the high end users? [closed]

I was going through the protected questions and I see that the user TheLethalCarrot is doing a lot of the protecting which is disproportionate compared to anyone else. The issue I have is that there ...
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RIP Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas has died, at the age of 103. Although he was probably best known for conventional dramas such as Spartacus, Lust For Life, and Paths of Glory, he also appeared in his share of science ...
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How to downvote a comment?

I was looking this question Why did Mace Windu and the Jedi Council refuse to raise Anakin to the rank of Master? But the only way to downvote a comment is to flag it. That seems very counter ...
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RIP Terry Jones

Terry Jones - actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, and director - has died just short of his 78th birthday. He was of course most famous for his work as part of Monty Python, starring in roles such ...

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