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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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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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How to ask a good story-ID question?

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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RIP Stan Lee, Marvel Comics legend

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee died at age 95 from causes unknown as of now. Stan Lee Dead at 95 The creator of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and many more superheroes died today, leaving behind a ...
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Have we had ANY professionals participate in SFF?

Are/were there any SFF professionals (writers, or movie people) who posted on this site? By professional, I mean someone who did a paid job involved with producing SFF content.
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RIP Terry Pratchett

I'm incredibly sad to find out Terry Pratchett, possibly my favorite fantasy author, finally passed away. Went into the endless desert. Left early to avoid the rush. Kicked the bucket. I find this ...
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RIP Ursula le Guin

Ursula K. le Guin, one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Her writing career spans six decades, from 1959 right up until ...
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Why was a moderator on our Stack asked to step down?

As we all know by now, Richard is stepping down as a moderator for this Stack. As Richard notes both in his announcement and in chat, he was asked to step down by a community manager. After ...
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Stepping down as Moderator

Over the past few months, I have become increasingly aware that my role as Moderator is conflicting with my and others enjoyment of the site; attracting controversy and acting as a lighting-rod for ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

[Edit: Richard is stepping down. This was NOT the desired outcome, here. At most, I hoped for clarified policies: a learning opportunity, not a blame-and-punishment game. I really hope this question ...
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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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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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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

I'm a sci-fi fan and I joined this site recently. Admittedly, I'm a little shy, but I want to contribute. I'm not always confident about having an interesting question or a correct answer, and this ...
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Goodbye and godspeed, Keen - and thank you for playing a large part in making this site great

For those who aren't aware, Keen has stepped down as moderator and left SF&F. It is up to him to decide whether he wants to share his reasons for leaving, or comment on his departure in any way, ...
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Map of all 2,355 tags

Inspired by this question, I created a map of all tags on the site. I used some software from the same person who made the TagOverflow online tool. This tool uses a data.SE query, so it isn’t limited ...
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RIP Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca Actor

Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy of films, has died at the age of 74. RIP
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RIP Christopher Tolkien

Christopher Tolkien, son and literary executor of JRR Tolkien, has died at the age of 95. Christopher was involved in the creation of The Lord of the Rings, notably drawing the maps in the back and ...
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Carrie Fisher has passed away

I'm very saddened to hear about the passing of Carrie Fisher, [she] drowned in moonlight, strangled by [her] own bra. This is how she wanted it to be reported... In all seriousness she was an ...
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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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RIP Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee, best known for his portrayal of dark and terrible characters such as Count Dracula in six Hammer House of Horror films, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and ...
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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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RIP: Adam West, star of Batman

Adam West, star of the 1960 Batman TV series has passed away at the age of 88. A well-recognised actor who struggled to find regular employment after Batman, West never allowed his shortcomings as an ...
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Unhelpful discussion around suspensions

In the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of discussion from the community about the necessity for community manager and moderator intervention. Whilst we value input from our community, we are also ...
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Game over, man … Game over

On February 25, 2017 Bill Paxton, one of only two actors to have the distinction of being killed by a Xenomorph, a Predator and a Terminator, passed away due to complications from surgery. Sci-fi ...
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RIP Jerry Pournelle

Jerry Pournelle, the first author to write a novel on a computer, passed away September 8th, at the age of 84. He has a long list of science fiction novels, and he has his own tag here on SFF: jerry-...
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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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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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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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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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Let's (finally) take a moment to congratulate some exceptional users

A couple of our users "recently" hit some very impressive milestones and I think a post is in order to highlight their amazing achievements. After taking his sweet sweet time our resident moderator ...
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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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In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy

It is my sad duty to inform the community that Leonard Nimoy has beamed up for the last time. He will truly "Live long and prosper" in all our memories. RIP
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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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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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What's next for chat

The Story So Far (tm): The main chat for Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mos Eisley, has been slowly creeping out of line with the standard expected of all Stack Exchange chat rooms. This has meant that it has ...
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Should we have a policy on questions about adult topics in SFF?

While we have a long-standing policy that it's OK to ask about adult topics here - everything from sex to rape to bestiality - there have also been quite a number of questions in recent years which ...
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Should we edit the help centre to mention Worldbuilding?

Earlier today I was explaining to the OP of a speculative what-if question why that kind of question is off-topic here and better suited to Worldbuilding SE. I like to support my arguments by links to ...
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RIP Rene Auberjonois - Star Trek DS9 Actor and Director

Rene Auberjonois has died at the age of 79. He is best known for his role as Constable Odo in Deep Space Nine as well as directing a number of Star Trek episodes including the critically acclaimed DS9:...
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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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Pronoun trolling - what to do?

Consider this post (edit: now deleted as abusive by the 'community' automated user.) Since it's been edited, here's its original version: Me and my four friends are big MCU fans and we are thinking ...
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The Number 3 question has been answered, please share your story

Story where the number 3 is the monster? Incredibly this question was answered. I want to feature this question as a Question of the Week blog post, so I'd like to get some stories about the many ...
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Isn't it about time we had a chat about our moderation team?

While there doesn't seem to be a specific policy about how active a moderator needs to be, the key principles are that they need to have "active, consistent participation" (https://stackoverflow....
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Is it acceptable to use unicode fonts for general discourse (Questions/Answers/Comments)?

User augustine08282011 has written a number of comments in a weird (unicode?) font that won't display on my mobile device. I flagged it for a moderator to look at, but the flag was declined. Bυт ...
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List of common abbreviations

I've been actively using a few StackExchange sites for some months now, and it seems common for some users (especially the more experienced ones) to use abbreviations in their questions, answers and ...
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What problems does answering a question on this site solve?

All successful SE sites are basically focusing on a problem that someone has, and tries to find a solution by phrasing it as a question and applying answers as solutions. This was originally ...
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Will we ever clean up those ridiculous spoiler-free “The Force Awakens” question titles?

On one hand[1], I appreciate the intent behind trying to de-spoiler TFA questions. However, we don't have THIS deep and wide a level of hiding data for any of the older works, like the other 3 Star ...
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What is the status of our moderator team?

Recent events on the network have led to 3 of our moderators to suspend their activity. We don't need to get into the whys of that here, use main meta for that or look for their posts on main meta. ...
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Why can't I use the word “mudblood”?

In the question How does reporting to muggle Prime Minister not violate International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy? I used the word mudblood. This was later changed to muggle-born (with edit ...
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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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Please avoid trivial edits during Winter Bash

We all love the hats,* and we covet the fashionable scarf of the Timey Wimey hat. But please, make edits that you would be proud of during the rest of the year. Edits should be, as always, either ...

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