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Into exile I must go

"Ahch-To". No, you did not need to say "Gesundheit". However, if you didn't, you're getting off light according to Loki. I have grown intensely jealous of a certain elusive Jedi who had taken ...
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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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Updates to the site

You may have noticed some updates to the design lately, they are part of a SE network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: Have sharper / more beautiful design on retina ...
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Is it OK to downvote a question for being uninteresting?

According to the Help Center: Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, well-researched, and useful, while voting down a post signals the ...
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Please do not recommend moving an on topic video game identification question to Arqade!

Story identification questions are perfectly on topic here and in fact we are one of the main sites that have made them work. Video games are also on topic for us and we even have a specific video ...
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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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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Science Fiction & Fantasy's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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Is this site “cliquey”?

In How do we differentiate between religion and fiction? a user observed SFF.se is "cliquey". Valorum - "Let the downvotes be your guide. What you're suggesting is not 'nice' and we're all about ...
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Are story identification questions still appropriate?

Despite Jeff's latest SE Blog post, I think story ID questions should still be ok here. I think there can be good and bad story ID questions, and while the bad ones can fall into the categories Jeff ...
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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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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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Science Fiction and Fantasy Top User Swag

As a thank you for being awesome, if you have at least 1500 reputation (as of Feb 22) and are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://scifi.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all &...
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John Hurt has passed away

John Hurt has died, at age 77. He played many great SFF roles – Kane in Alien (and Spaceballs), Winston Smith in 1984 and the Big Brother-like Sutler in V for Vendetta, Hadden in Contact, Professor ...
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Are too many questions being closed by a moderator alone rather than the community?

The user Zypher has very little reputation, but is able to close questions without reaching the limit because he works for SE. By not letting the community vote (i.e. 5 of the top 17 users) it seems ...
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Is it important to mark spoiler questions as such?

Since most of the questions here are going to be about films, television series and novels, perhaps it would be a good idea to mark spoiler questions with [Spoiler], or a spoiler tag?
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How should we handle “obsolete” answers to old questions (e.g. pre-Disney canon Star Wars questions)?

There is a Star Wars question Was the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star really a design flaw?, which was written in 2011. The top few answers, aside from a joke answer that doesn't actually ...
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Chadwick Boseman never yielded (RIP Black Panther)

Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther" star, has died at 43 Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa in 2018's Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, died today of colon cancer. This ...
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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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How to handle question with many positively-voted answers that misunderstand the question

There's a question asking for an in-universe reason why "Imperial Droids" don't appear in the Star Wars movies outside of Rogue One. The OP asked this because they didn't know what K-2SO's droid type ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Science Fiction & Fantasy's 3rd moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank ...
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How should we handle questions that are about non-SF/F elements in a SF/F work?

The many meta questions regarding scope have quite firmly established that questions must be about a work that is related to sci-fi/fantasy. We have, however, seen dissenting opinion and behavior when ...
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Are questions that try to rationalize technobabble on-topic here? [duplicate]

How can you have a point of origin with only one coordinate? is a good example, and I suspect we'll see many questions asking, say, how is it possible that Tom Paris got to Warp 10 in Voyager when ...
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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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Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on ST:DS9, died today at age 50

Aron Eisenberg, known to SFF fans for his recurring role as the Ferengi Nog in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died today at the age of 50. The cause of death has not been revealed. I personally loved ...
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RIP Rutger Hauer, actor for Roy Batty

Variety reports that Rutger Hauer, actor in Sin City, Batman Begins, True Blood, and other sci-fi and horror films, has died at 75. He will perhaps be best remembered for his role in Blade Runner as ...
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Let's take a moment to congratulate some exceptional users

First off let me say that I am aware that this post is quite late coming but we can all blame our resident moderator Rand al'Thor for that; he has taken longer to get to 100k than I thought. Anyway ...
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What's our policy on questions about fantasy/sci-fi creatures that aren't directly related to a specific on-topic work?

There are multiple questions on the site about fantasy or science fiction creatures that aren't directly related to a specific on-topic work. Most are eventually closed, but they're often quite ...
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Should we change the name of this site to include fantasy?

We've already had one question that has basically decided that if people want to talk about fantasy here, it's okay, but the name sci-fi would discourage them. There have been other hints from other ...
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Does this question comply with the site's policy regarding explicit content?

Currently there's a question open requesting identification of a novel that has as a distinguishing feature a sex scene between two lesbians and a monkey: Science fiction novel: sex scene with a ...
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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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Stephen Hawking, RIP

No introduction is necessary. One of the great minds of our time is gone. Best known for his work, "A Brief History of Time". Awards that he achieve include the Albert Einstein Award, the Wolf Prize, ...
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Let's promote SFF on other sites!

In all the excitement of posting and voting on ads for other sites here on SFF, I almost forgot about the possibility of advertising SFF itself! Similar Community Promotion Ad lists have gone up on ...
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What should we do about suspected plagiarism of SFF.SE content on other websites?

So I'm browsing YouTube and I come across a video titled "Why Wasn't Palpatine Removed as Chancellor after Zillo Beast Attack(Canon) Explain Star Wars" by BessY. It has over 460,000 views. ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers based on opposition to the question?

A recent question was put on hold as "off-topic". The initial question text (as it has changed): Has any story, movie, TV show depicted a spaceport on either of Mars' moons, rather than a ...
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Holy monkeys Batman! That is A LOT of posts!

I think due to what happened here: Congratulations on being mentioned on Futurama's Facebook page!, or most probably here: https://www.facebook.com/Futurama/posts/320014191418612 We are getting ...
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Goodbye, Affable Geek

I have just learned that one of our fellow users, Affable Geek, died this past Valentines Day. His real name was Michael Hollinger, and he was only 43 years old. He was on SF&F the day before he ...
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The many avatars of SFF.SE

As a sequel to The many usernames of SFF.SE, this is the definitive collection of SFF.SE users' profile pictures (avatars) and their meaning or significance. There are some of our most active users ...
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Do we want to continue having a community blog?

Update Currently, due to overwhelming response, the blog is going to be continued. It's going to be a WordPress.org website, hosted on thesffblog.com. Details about contributing are still in the ...
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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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Should meta posts regarding the deaths of figures that are important to SFF:SE be on topic?

Over the past few years we've had several "In Memoriam" posts regarding figures that are of iconic importance to the SFF:SE community. Given that these posts seem to be generally well received by the ...
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Can I see what I earned a secret hat for?

I have earned a nice secret hat, but it has no explanation. Is there any way to see how and why I earned it?
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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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RIP Gene Wolfe, 1931–2019

The prolific science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe is dead at 87. He is probably best known for the "dying Earth" tetralogy The Book of the New Sun and the rest of the Solar Cycle, but his ...
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Why was this flag (about a post containing religious slurs and anti-semitic content) declined by a moderator?

I spotted this gem of an answer to the question 'What do the symbols on the mummy's face mean?' Highlights include; Looks like the heretical language of Enochian (which has zero to do with ...
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Answers that count religious texts as fiction

I understand that questions based on counting religious texts as fiction are off topic here. What about answers (such as this one) which count a religious text (in this case the Bible) as fiction? I ...
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Is it lightsabre or lightsaber (or both)?

I edited this question; Should we rewrite the lightsabre colour question? to reflect what I felt was the accepted spelling of the word "lightsaber" (with an er), only to have my edits rolled back with ...
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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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RIP Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange

Comics artist Steve Ditko has sadly passed away. He began work as a comic inker in 1953 alongside Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and worked for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics before retiring from ...
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Why does the community like hand-drawn red circles?

In the time I've been active on SF&F, I couldn't help but notice comments that compliment screen shots that are annotated with circles, specifically hand-drawn, more especially red, and with a ...
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Are “recommend me” questions allowed? [duplicate]

Are questions of the form "I really liked X series. Could you recommend me some similar works?" allowed?

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