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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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Editing the Tour and Help Centre

Please check the following main meta question about what parts of the Tour and Help Centre are editable in detail. For a quick rundown though: Tour: Introduction paragraph Tour: The "Ask about......
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Favorite Question and Answers from Second Quarter 2021

Oops. A little late, but still good. Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from April 1st 2021 through June 30th 2021. Your answers will be compiled ...
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Why was my question closed as duplicate? [duplicate]

I realize that it has no impact on anything but my question was closed as duplicate despite being asked 3 years earlier, having more answers, being higher upvoted and having more views than another.
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New custom close reason: Future Works

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. These included changing the text saying "off-topic" in custom close reasons to "a community-...
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Why was my answer deleted?

Earlier today, I answered this question: Why doesn't Worf use contractions?. I returned to find that my answer had been deleted. I am new to this community and terribly confused about why my ...
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Joint SFF/Arqade Topic Challenge: The Elder Scrolls (August 2021)

This post is for the eighth 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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Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 4-week challenge!

I recently learnt that there is a special 100-page, 80th anniversary edition of the Green Arrow comic! In celebration I'm going to put a 500 rep bounty on the highest-scoring question (to be given via ...
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Should the correctness/quality of the accepted answer be a factor in choosing which of two duplicate questions to close?

Let's say there are two duplicate questions. Each are equally broad, and each have a decent number of good answers. (Meta consensus here says to keep the broader question, and failing that, the one ...
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July 2021 Topic Challenge: Rivers of London

This post is for the seventh 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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Is the film Apollo 13 (1995) on topic?

Is the 1995 film Apollo 13 on-topic? The primary plot of the film (the crew of a crippled spaceship struggle to survive and stay on course after a disaster) fits a classic SFF mold, but it is not ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #5 on Science Fiction & Fantasy has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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Why was my question about the sentience of androids in "Alien" closed?

My question was closed. Are Androids sentient in the "Alien" franchise? I've responded by adding some additional detail (in this case a better definition of required definition of what I ...
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Was this copyright claim determined to be bogus?

The deleted answer here reads like a copyright infringement notice, although I'm confused as to what could be considered infringing. I did not try following the link... was it detected malicious?
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Let's pick some nice SFF questions to promote on other sites

With the new Community Ads system for 2021, we now have the ability to choose specific questions on SFF.SE (no need to make custom images for them) and get them promoted in the sidebar or topbar of ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Game Identification Questions

I've been a long time lurker. May I say, for all of you answering questions, the amount of SciFi knowledge I have learnt I have a great appreciation for. Do you know what I appreciate more? How you ...
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RIP, actor Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty has died, aged 83, after a very active forty-year career in movies and television. Among his many memorable roles, he was known to superhero fans as Lex Luthor's bumbling sidekick Otis in ...
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Why are [in-memoriam] questions on meta? [duplicate]

It seems that we've decided that in-memoriam should be on meta, with zero in-memoriam (links to main site) questions. In one sense, I get it: it's arguably a question about other questions. But it's ...
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Is The Clan of the Cave Bear (and related works) on topic?

I just stumbled upon this well-asked and received question about the series of novels of which Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book. While certainly fictional, and predicated upon imaginative ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election [duplicate]

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Should I reveal spoilers in the edit comment?

In this edit, I added a spoiler and that was the main function of the comment (and therefore would have been the comment has it not been a spoiler). Should I reveal what the spoiler is in the comment?...
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Should the question "What to read in History of Middle-earth?" have been closed?

The question in question: What to read in History of Middle-earth? It's had a little bit of history to it, originally closed as a dupe to: In what order should Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Science Fiction & Fantasy is scheduled for an election next ...
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RIP Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle, children's books illustrator, has died. He is best known as the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but he has also made some science fiction books such as Watch Out! A Giant!. And is ...
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June 2021 Topic Challenge: Thaddeus Howze stories

This post is for the sixth 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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Brace yourself, an election is coming! [duplicate]

Normally, we the mods, would wait for the election day for the announcement that the election is live. However given the circumstances, and the previous meta posts about moderators 'going missing' it ...
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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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Thanks to Kevin and Thaddeus for their years of service as moderators

As some of you have already noticed, this month our site's moderator team lost two of its members. They hadn't been active for a while, and the Stack Exchange Community Team removed their diamonds ...
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Did we just lose *another* moderator? [duplicate]

A quick look at https://scifi.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators would suggest that we're at three mods rather than the usual complement of five four. Anything to report?
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Duplicates: “Yesterday Was Monday” versus “A Matter of Minutes”

We seem to have a bit of a tangled situation with [story-identification] questions involving the Theodore Sturgeon short story “Yesterday was Monday” and the 1986 Twilight Zone episode “A Matter of ...
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Peter Mark Richman (Star Trek, Twilight Zone, many, many others), RIP

Character actor Mark Peter Richman passed away January 21, 2021 at the age of 93. In the sci-fi and fantasy genres, he's probably best remembered as the brusque but cagey Ralph Offenhouse in the Star ...
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Did we just lose a mod? [duplicate]

A quick look at https://scifi.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators would suggest that we're at four mods rather than the usual complement of five. Anything to report?
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May 2021 Topic Challenge: Margaret St. Clair

This post is for the fifth 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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Now that I know the answer to my closed question, should I reopen it?

My question was closed as opinion-based. Yet, one of the comments (provided by a person who has read the book and hence understood what I was talking about) suggested the answer and, after thinking it ...
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Late acceptances of story-identification answers

This story-identification question was asked on June 16, 2013; I answered it on July 1, 2013; and my answer was accepted today, April 23, 2021, almost 8 years later. Is this a record?
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Looking for feedback on a Looney Tunes episode identification question closed as off-topic

Note: The question is closed as off-topic and deleted, and I want it to remain that way. I just wanted to ask for feedback on why it was closed, so I can avoid doing the same mistakes again (if ...
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Will a bounty still be active even if the user who started it deletes their account?

For example, if someone started a bounty, then deleted their account, would the bounty still be active?
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Is it bad practice to ask a story ID question for something you managed to find just to mark it as a duplicate of another existing question?

So basically, there was this one movie I was remembering from a long time ago. After searching on several search engine, I was able to find it again. Right after, I decided to search the title of the ...
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Should this Tolkien legendarium question have been closed?

Yesterday the question Why did the Orcs bother with the Elves at all? was closed as opinion-based. I voted to reopen it, and commented that I believe there is a definite (quote-supported and fact-...
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April 2021 Topic Challenge: David Weber (Honorverse)

This post is for the fourth 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 First Quarter 2021

Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from January 1st 2021 through March 30st 2021 (or Smarch 31st). Your answers will be compiled into a blog post ...
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Audience-specific texts for custom close reasons: Lists of Works or Recommendations

Last year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. One of the changes was to introduce audience-specific texts for custom close reasons, so that the OP, close ...
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Commenting on a Closed Question

If I ask a question, then, for whatever reason, close it, what does it take, after that, for someone to comment on it? My understanding is that once a question is closed, all comments are locked so ...
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RIP Yaphet Kotto (Alien, The Running Man, etc.)

Yaphet Kotto died on March 15, 2021 at the age of 81. A perennial supporting actor, Kotto had multiple prominent sci-fi/genre roles, including Parker in Alien and the video game spin-off Alien: ...
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Why was this answer downvoted?

My question is motivated by this answer by a new user: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/244573/137989. A score of -3 seems like a great way to drive away new users; how did this happen? Naturally, we ...
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Should there be an "H. Beam Piper" tag?

I would browse this tag. However, there are only 18 hits on "Beam Piper" on the site, and many refer to story identification answers (i.e., not people who know they're looking for H. Beam ...
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RIP Cliff Simon (Stargate SG1 Ba'al)

Cliff Simon was best known in sci-fi circles as the Goa'uld System Lord Ba'al in Stargate SG1. He died in a kiteboarding accident "He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you ...
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Closed as duplicate but not actually answered

How heavy is Mjölnir to Thor? To Capt America? My question was closed as a duplicate. A commenter had linked the supposed answer, but that has since been removed. I had clearly stated that the ...
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RIP Norton Juster, author of "The Phantom Tollbooth"

Norton Juster, author of The Phantom Tollbooth, tragically passed away from a stroke Monday, March 8th, 2021. The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic example of children's literature, and contributed to my ...

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