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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Not A Blog (George R. R. Martin's blog) has moved

George R. R. Martin's "blog", Not A Blog, has "recently" moved away. NOT A BLOG IS MOVING AWAY... Apr. 13th, 2018 at 10:55 AM Greetings all, Minion Raya here to let you know that ...
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Why was this comment flag rejected?

I marked this comment as 'obsolete' since it related to the future release of a film, but one that is now released. I don't think this can be confirmed until the film is released on streaming or ...
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Dedicated chat room for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II

The eighth installment of the Harry Potter series opens as a play on, I believe, August 1st. J.K. Rowling has stated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II is canon. Therefore, I thought a ...
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TNG TV Night (“The Inner Light”) Recap

Yesterday's TNG Movie TV event in the Mos Eisley chatroom was our single most successful event (yet), even more popular than The Force Awakens and with more chatters than Alien. In total we had no ...
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Why was the Sifo-Dyas question closed as general reference?

Who was Sifo-Dyas? was closed as general reference. The general reference here seems to be the Star Wars Wiki page. Hmm, ok, but the asker evidently expected an answer relating to the movies, not the ...
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Tag Wars: cleaning up redundant media tags

TL;DR: I'm not proposing to burninate all media tags; I'm just proposing to remove them from questions where they really don't belong. Media tags in action We haven't reached a decision yet about ...
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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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Advertising on Amazon Kindle

For some reason today, I had a thought that might be interesting. Would it be worth it to advertize this site on the Special Offers Amazon Kindle? I did a bit of poking around, and found a guide to ...
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Favorite Questions and Answers from third quarter 2018

Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2018 through September 30 2018 (They don't have to be your questions and answers, but it also doesn'...
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RIP Peter Allan Fields, Star Trek screenwriter and producer

Peter Allan Fields, the screenwriter responsible for some of the most poignant and powerful episodes of Star Trek TNG and Star Trek DS9, died this week. Credits included the multi-award winning TNG: ...
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The Great Science-Fiction/Fantasy TV Showdown: The Winner!

Here we are. The end of this great journey. Many worthy series fell, but three remain. Until now. Firefly, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Batman: The Animated Series all fought well. But one ...
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Will there be any more “swag packs”?

A few of the older users have mentioned some site swag that was sent out to high-rep users a couple of years ago (including pens, stickers, t-shirts, etc) to reward their participation. Not that ...
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Contest: Best question about “Der Ring des Nibelungen” gets a prize!

I'm mad and I won't take it anymore. The most sophisticated method of torture known to mankind, masquerading as a SFF work, has no questions on this site! CONTEST TIME! Contest #1: Ask a question ...
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What's wrong with the fonts

In this and many, many more posts (I'm not sure, if this is SF&F specific or SE-wide?): Google Chrome 42.0.2311.152 m.
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Congratulations on being mentioned on Futurama's Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/Futurama/posts/313500278739993 I was browsing Facebook this evening and noticed a link to the SciFi Stack Exchange on Futurama's newsfeed! Congratulations - this should bring ...
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RIP Terry Goodkind

Fantasy author Terry Goodkind, known for his long-running The Sword of Truth series, has died at the age of 72. His agent confirmed his passing to Tor Books and Tor.com. Quoted from Tor Books website ...
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Why was this question about why 'Voldemort became more snakelike' closed as a duplicate?

Regarding this question: Why does Voldemort become more snakelike? The question links to the now marked duplicate here: How did Voldemort's face get disfigured? The question and the post marked ...
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Can we direct people from the [story-identification] tag excerpt to story-id hints?

As you know, many people post story-identification questions with insufficient details, when they would have to spend only a little more effort to write a much better question, if only they got some ...
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Nominate questions for re-open

Now that a consensus is that there shouldn't be any closure of questions that are marked general reference, please nominate your favorite questions for re-open. If you have sufficient privileges, ...
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On flagging and low-quality answers

Possibly due to the Futurama event, we've had a rash of bad answers by drive-by users recently, especially but by no means exclusively on Futurama questions. These answers need curating. There are two ...
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Why was this time-travel Potter question closed?

This question about whether characters can be brought back to life in the Potter universe was closed. None of the closers left a comment explaining why they closed the question. Why was this closed? ...
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Search has failed me. I hang my head in shame

I'm certain we had a question about Star Wars book covers, more specifically about whether there was ever a version of the Star Wars cover/poster that had Leia doing the archetypal Frazetta leg-cling ...
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Are character comparisons appropriate questions?

Are questions of the form: Character A Vs. Character B or What the similarities between these two characters or Was one based on the other? There are a few Star Wars characters I've been ...
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Creation of the DC Extended Universe tag

I noticed that we don't currently have a tag designed to support the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) in the same way that we have a tag for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so I created it. dc-extended-...
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Official presence at HeroesCon - Charlotte, NC - June 22-24

Stack Exchange will be officially attending HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina (June 22-24). We will be there spreading the word about SciFi.SE and, hopefully, meeting all of our local users. We'...
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Jeremy Kemp (Robert Picard in ST:TNG), RIP

British actor Jeremy Kemp died on July 24th of this year. A prolific actor best known for dramatic roles in mini-series and television, he also had a couple of notable Sci-Fi appearances. Kemp ...
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Can this question be undeleted?

With the recent introduction of the Lifejacket and Lifeboat badges—and the disappearance of Tumbleweed—it occurred to me today that I ought to post a meta bounty on my own Tumbleweed question. ...
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Should this GoT question be reopened now that it has an answer?

I am referring to this question: What happened to Jon Snow? The Evidence, as of ADWD / Season 5 When it was first posted (Last August), it didn't have an answer, because neither the book nor the ...
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Bold text on meta seems difficult to distingush from non-bold

This is regular text surrounding some bold text and not really different visually from it. This is regular text surrounding some bold text and not really different visually from it. It seems ...
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Topic of the Fortnight - Oct. 1-14

Topic of the Fortnight: The topic of the fortnight is Fringe. This topic was chosen by Izkata, in our chat room. What can I ask? Questions as they arise from the new season, as well as old questions ...
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In-universe speculation vs. original research

While there are many ways to classify questions, one common way seems to be whether it is looking for a real-world answer or an in-universe explanation. As a believer in the power of community-driven ...
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Zienia Merton (SPACE:1999), RIP

British actress Zienia Merton, known for her role as "Sandra Benes" on the 1970's sci/fi tv series Space:1999 passed away on September 14, 2018. Though best known for her work on '1999, Merton's ...
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RIP Michael Anderson, famed director of Logan's Run

Michael Anderson, the British director who was nominated for an Academy Award for his direction on “Around the World in 80 Days,” and who won a Special Academy Award for innovative special effects for ...
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How can I be notified of upvotes when I have reached the daily reputation cap?

I know that we have a daily cap on reputation gain, but this is not what I'm interested in. Pretty much like the title says, how can I be notified of the upvotes/downvotes in my posts when i have ...
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Question about the (philosophical) implications of “Arrival” in universe (Spoiler)

After watching Arrival yesterday I'm naturally curious about the implications of the plot in universe. I would like to ask a question about what exactly these implications are (speculative or backed ...
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Why was this “general reference” question kept closed?

This question Where did Doc Brown get plutonium from? Was originally closed as "General Reference", presumably because the answer was largely covered in the same scene in the film. Since "general ...
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Help me pick a less Trope-centric title for my question?

Help me pick a less Troper-centric for my question? When was the first instance of Grimmification? Initially, it was: When was the first darker remake of a fairy tale? However, that title got me ...
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Please adopt these answers

The following answers aren't 100% complete and I won't be working on them after today. If anyone likes them, please consider adopting them and improving. Which predictions of the Force Awakens: ...
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Is there any evidence of scifi SE influencing the Force Awakens?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but it would be cool if we could point to specific details of TFA and note influence of questions on scifi SE. If I was writing a new entry of an ...
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Massive tag cleanup

I recently posted a question here about how we should handle tag hierarchies on this site. I pointed out the many ways in which are current use of sub-tags is inconsistent, with many of our sub-tags ...
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Community eval — Feb 2013

Some of you may have noticed we had a community evaluation last week. Here are the results. You can comment in this thread. Ex Sa NI sc  23  16  1  22   Would ...
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PSA: use this nifty Data Explorer query to see how close you are to Taxonomist badge

I haven't seen that query on DataExplorer before (searching for "Taxonomist" in query list). For your pleasure, I present: How close are you to a Taxonomist Badge
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Retagging efforts

I've been doing some re-tagging. Here's a bit of what I've been up to: I created a few new tags, namely magical-items, magical-creatures, and character-development I'm tagging questions related to ...
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Why was this VLQ flag declined despite the post being deleted?

Yesterday I flagged this answer as VLQ (10k link). My flag was declined with: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer However, given ...
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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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Is it possible to update the “How to Ask” block to include our policy on spoilers?

When reviewing a recent question about Westworld, I encountered what turned out to be a spoiler to climax of the season. Our accepted policy on spoilers in titles seems to be "try not to", ...
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Why is this question closed as duplicate?

Were the clone troopers aware of the contents and meaning of Order 66? The question is asking if the clones who followed Order 66 were consciously aware of its contents and meaning. The question it ...
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Bounties for Safehold series questions!

Since I'm bored, and want to re-read Safehold, and want an excuse: From now till January 1, 2016, any questions about David Weber's Safehold series are entered into a drawing to be bountied (and a ...
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Why was the question about All Halo Books List (100702) closed again, after it was re-opened?

Ok, so the question, Is there a list of all Halo-related reading?, was closed and then re-opened, after a bit of discussions in the comments section. The question was then re-closed very soon after. ...