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What's the best way to respectfully discuss stories which fictionalize religious subjects?

Some science fiction and fantasy stories describe religious subjects in a fictionalized setting. Probably the most obvious example of this is the His Dark Materials trilogy. I imagine that some of ...
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What's it like being a Science Fiction & Fantasy moderator?

Workplace currently have a meta on going which asks a few questions to the moderators, it was also asked back in 2014. Whilst these have been posted alongside elections to give moderator candidates a ...
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RIP Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison, author of many SFF works, passed away June 27, 2018, at the age of 84. He had written a multitude of short stories and novels, as well as TV episodes such as "The City on the Edge of ...
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Can [water] burn?

water We currently have 18 questions tagged [water]. Going through these, I fail to see the value of the tag. No-one is following the tag and I would be surprised if we had any "water experts" within ...
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And the Best New User of 2018 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I have created this honorary post stolen Skooba's honorary post idea from last year based on a simple premise... ...
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Literature is closing — what questions should we migrate here?

Our sister site Literature Stack Exchange is shutting down on May 4th due to a lack of activity. There is some overlap between the two sites: written SF is on-topic on both. So there are questions on ...
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“Magic Link” for How To Ask A Good Story-ID Question?

A large number of story-ID questions come in with insufficient detail to be usefully answered, and there are several people here who point this out, usually commenting with a link to How to ask a good ...
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Tag Overflow – interactive exploration of Stack Exchange tags

(Taken from this Meta.se question and adapted for SFF.) These are the 32 most popular tags, with size proportional to the popularity of the tag. Edges represent the relationship between tags. Width ...
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Can something be done about unconstructive comments in star-trek-discovery questions?

For those unfamiliar, the new Star Trek series, Discovery, has proven controversial for many fans. Unfortunately many SFF users apparently feel the need to express their dissatisfaction every chance ...
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What is up with all the tangential imagery?

I've started to notice a trend in adding tangential imagery to posts: If Galadriel had claimed the One Ring, would Sauron have become her servant, or would have Galadriel become his servant? How long ...
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Is The Truman Show on-topic?

I recently asked this question about The Truman Show. There are three close votes saying it’s off-topic. Is The Truman Show a work of science fiction or fantasy?
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New Design Launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old favicons,...
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Carrie Fisher Memorial Answer Bounty

The passing of Carrie Fisher has hit a lot of science fiction fans hard; obviously, her character was a significant part of the popularity of one of the best science fiction movie franchises in ...
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Should questions about future works be closed as Primarily Opinion Based?

This is a subject that we've touched upon slightly in the past, but either the questions are based on old close reasons such as "General Reference" and "Too Localized", which are now gone - or they're ...
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Are Google-able questions appropriate? [duplicate]

I know it's only the first day, but plenty of the questions I've seen so far appear to be easily answered by doing a simple search. "What author wrote Title?", "What actor played Character?", and ...
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Automatic tag clean up and the long tail

Stack Exchange sites have an automatic tag clean up system that removes tags with only one use after 6 months. However, it seems like this is detrimental to SciFi Stack Exchange, which has a long tail ...
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Suggested edit to post without punctuation marks or sentence separation rejected

I suggested an edit to an answer that completely lacked any punctuation marks (save for two commas), with sentences just chained together without any separation whatsoever: Strategema is not a no win ...
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Why was this Shrek question closed?

This question: Was Fiona actually cursed to be a human? in the shrek tag is currently closed. I can't for the life of me work out why it is closed at the moment, never mind closed as off topic with ...
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Retiring as room owner

I am writing this post to announce that I am retiring as a room owner of our SFF chat room. The reason is simple: I haven't been active in chat for the last 10 months or so. As some of you know, ...
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July Film Night: The Iron Giant, featuring Vin Diesel, this Sunday!

The theme of July's movie night will be: Robots! 🤖 Your film should significantly involve, or be about, robots. At least one of them. Possibly, but not necessarily, giant robots. Mechas are counted. ...
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Topic of the Week Contest [Updated August 29]

This is a quick way to expand the scope of the site and generate new questions and answers. How it works: One topic will be designated each week. Each person who asks a question relating to that ...
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Is Science Fiction and Fantasy SE the proper place to debate the severity of Nazi Germany's atrocities?

I'm sort of at a loss here. An answer was deleted by users because it was deemed offensive. A moderator undeleted and "improved the grammar" of it and locked it as undeleted. All the while, a ...
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Can we please not change American to British English and vice-versa?

Recently, one of my answers was edited. The typo fix is appreciated. The other "fixes" are not. Removing doubled spaces at the end of sentences has no effect on the rendered output, so it just ...
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Are list questions allowed?

This just started, but there already seems to be a lot of questions that essentially boil down to "Please list stories that X". These questions cannot have a definitive answer, and sometimes you can ...
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Are book / movie / TV series identification questions allowed?

If there are books that I read a long time ago that I'd like to re-read but I've forgotten the author and/or title, may I post a question asking if other users can identify it? The same for movies or ...
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Is it acceptable to use an NSFW word in a question?

I can't find a FAQ or anything that spells out a policy on the use of four letter words. Is profanity in direct quotes from source material permitted? from 6 years ago seems to imply direct quotes are ...
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Was I “not very nice”?

Background The following question has been on the "unanswered" list since the 12th June. Sci Fi story about AI and flawed religious interpretation On the 17th June, user Einar Petersen posted the ...
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What should we do about “funny” comments?

Sometimes people post jokey comments under questions and answers. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes not. What should we do about them? It seems (based on this conversation) that moderators are ...
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Should we include 'the' in tag names when the official title starts with 'the'?

As @CreationEdge mentions in this answer, we have many tags where the official title of the work contains the word 'the' in the name but our tag on the site does not. Before the tag character limit ...
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Is Calvin and Hobbes on topic?

This one is quite the edge case. Prompted by this hot SE network question Did Calvin ever realise that Hobbes was not real? Is it on topic for SFF? No He's a Sunday paper comic It's not a fantasy ...
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Why is calling questions “worthless” acceptable on this site?

Why is calling questions "worthless" acceptable on this site? The last instance was yesterday (when my R&A flag on such a comment was denied), but this wasn't the first nor even second time I saw ...
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Why are these joke question & answer allowed?

I understand this question and its accompanying answer were made in jest: What is JK Rowling "bad" at? I have a sense of humor, but unfortunately the question is blatantly off-topic (and ...
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Are moderator flags private?

I recently used the "flag a moderator" function to raise a concern about another user's posts. I was quite surprised to see that flag openly posted into a chatroom, along with my username and a ...
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Inappropriate ads on this site

There are ads on this site that say Find single matures in your area Why?
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What is the correct usage of individual works tags vs. author tags vs. franchise tags?

As part of the cleanup effort to eliminate some of the more "meta" tags, there are a lot of questions that are about a specific work of fiction, and should be tagged as such, but for which no tag yet ...
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What is our policy on new redundant answers to old questions?

I flagged an answer today. The key factors were: It was posted almost four years after the question was posted and received an accepted answer. It was just one line which merely rephrased what the ...
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RIP Syd Mead - concept artist in Blade Runner & Tron

Syd Mead, legendary futurist and concept artist in Blade Runner and Tron, among other works, has died at the age of 86. He was considered by many as one of the fathers of the cyberpunk genre. RIP ...
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Who are our top 50 news magazines?

Congratulations to scifi.stackexchange.com on being one of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2013! Link
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RIP Verne Troyer, star of Austin Powers

Verne Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has died at the age of 49. In addition to his iconic role, he also portrayed the original Griphook in Harry Potter and the ...
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Resigning as Mos Eisley room owner

Well, it'll always be Mos Eisley to me, seeing as I chatted there from 2012 to 2017. Old habits are hard to break! I am resigning as Room Owner of the current SFF chatroom -- it's just not the same. ...
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Futurama Week + Q&A Event on July 11th!

SciFi.SE has partnered with Comedy Central to promote Futurama's upcoming season. We're declaring Futurama the topic of the week for the next week and, after that, we're launching a special Futurama ...
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Scifi Stack Exchange is now “Science Fiction & Fantasy”

ANNOUNCEMENT: This site has been officially renamed "Science Fiction and Fantasy". While both subjects were generally considered on topic, the fantasy genre is now explicitly integrated into this ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Once again, in connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates ...
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Tag Wars Episode I: Harry Potter and the Tag Cleanup

This is part of of the Tag Cleanup Effort discussed here. Discussions on the mechanics of this process are being had in the Tag Cleanup chatroom and will be posted in this meta question once they've ...
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Should all questions without explicit canon answers be closed?

The question How was the Basilisk so stealthy? was closed as Not Constructive. Based on the wording of the question, I don't know that I 100% agree with that, but I get the argument. This comment ...
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Should “trivially easy to find” be a benchmark for moderating the site? [duplicate]

It's subjective, isn't it? What's easy to find for one might not be for another. Who gets to decide what's easy to find? The twenty-something with vast experience using the internet and frequent ...
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Is there a community consensus on using the biohazard-like image for marking questions with “Accepted answers”?

This was raised as one of the topics on the general question dealing with site design. I'm not sure we have arrived at any sort of consensus. So I'd like to clarify the matters via a separate ...
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How to find a story-ID answer?

story-identification is a big tag. I've read How to write a good story-ID answer? and How to ask a good story-ID question?, but neither answers my larger question: how do users here find the answers ...
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Are questions about Santa Claus on topic?

Is Santa Claus a Fantasy topic? I think yes, but just want to be sure before doing so.
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To spoiler or not to spoiler, June 2014 edition

Question #59239 (spoilers for Deathly Hallows) has been the subject of back-and-forth edits over whether spoiler information (specifically, the death of a particular character) should be included in ...

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