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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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How should we handle questions that are easily answered by Wikipedia? [duplicate]

Examples: What is filk and how do I find it? (see Filk) What exactly were the Prophets? (see Prophets) What is the precise definition of 'Steampunk'? (see Steampunk) (and even the super-upvoted) Who ...
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Are fan-fics fair game for this site?

Is it valid to ask about fanfic and other alternate-version sources for science-fiction material on this site?
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Is there an age limit on this site?

I just ran into an answer where the user said they were 9 years old. This got me wondering about the age limit for the site. Is there one? Do we have an official or unofficial minimum age before ...
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Upvoting 'funny' answers

I recently downvoted this highly upvoted answer to a currently very popular question. The answer was written well, and offered an interesting perspective, but I felt it was not very useful to the ...
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Is it appropriate to edit questions for grammar?

How does the community want to respond to questions like: "Is I, Robot Wrote By Isaac Asimov", beyond the issue of Google-able questions? Should they ignore the grammar issues and respond to the ...
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Is it OK to edit an answer just to rescind one's own old vote?

Since the dawn of time the posts came, down through the centuries. Err wrong canon. Long time ago, on a site on a server far far away, we had somewhat lower quality standards. (that applies to my own ...
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Do we want a custom background with the new theme?

So the new theme has launched to beta and is available for testing. One of the most obvious things that is missing is that the site no longer has its star field custom image background. There is a ...
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SciFi and Fantasy Moderator Business Cards

A long long time ago, we printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites ...
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Does “Elephant Vs Terminator” = “Gorilla Vs Shark”?

This question : Is an elephant stronger than a terminator? instantly attracted 5 votes to close for being 'primarily opinion-based'. Several of the commenters made reference to the classic 'Gorilla ...
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RIP Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL 9000

Douglas Rain, who is best known for providing the eerie voice of the amoral HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, died today.
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Why would VTC as duplicate be appropriate for a story identification question? [duplicate]

I keep seeing this over and over and over in the review queue. Yes, story-idents can have identical answers, but this doesn't make them identical questions. Each person asking remembers different ...
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Is it OK for titles to have tags in them?

Inspired by a suggested edit to this post... The suggested edit was to remove the name of the work (Tron: Legacy, in this case) from the question title - because it was already tagged with the name ...
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And the Best New User of 2017 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I have created this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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Are *all* list questions off-topic?

"List questions" are generally off-topic on Stack Exchange sites, and Science Fiction & Fantasy in particular, because they tend to be open-ended, generate debate, have some level of personal ...
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In Memoriam: Mr. Oreo

Mr. Oreo, who was the model for Rocket Raccoon has passed away at the age of 10.
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What caused a spike of traffic on 28 June 2012?

I was looking at the site analytics (25k users only, sorry) while trying to work out whether Winter Bash skews the stats. There are a couple of noticeable spikes in the traffic graph: The spike in ...
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What feeds do we want in the chat room?

In the site's main chat room, there are bots posting all new questions from the main site and the meta site. Are the chat regulars happy with these bots, or would you prefer them to be removed? (No, ...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Tag Them

Currently we have a tag for "Fantastic Beasts" fantastic-beasts whose wiki reads: Use this tag to refer to the fictional book called 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them', the 2016 film of the ...
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Can we please fix the About page to remove “actual problem” and “practical” wording?

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/about Get answers to **practical, detailed questions** Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. Include details about what you have tried and ...
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RIP, Ennio Morricone

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, one of the most prolific writers of motion picture scores, has died at age 91. He was perhaps best know for his work on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, but he ...
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Why was this question about Luke Skywalker ever closed?

Where has Luke Skywalker been? This question is asking "Do we have any evidence of where he's been?" Which is a cut and dried objective Yes/No no question, but it was closed as "primarily opinion ...
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RIP Unshô Ishizuka, Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak, Jet Black, and Joseph Joestar

Unshô Ishizuka passed away on August 13, 2018. He was a prolific Japanese voice actor who voiced many popular characters in anime such as Professor Oak (Pokémon), Jet Black (Cowboy Beebop), and Joseph ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Should Mos Eisley have non-moderator owners, and if so, who?

Update - Based on the vote-counts (as of 18/09/15) we have added users Slytherincess and Praxis to the list of room owners for the Mos Eisley chatroom. If you feel that there is a further need for ...
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Is a facetious comment sufficient evidence of voting irregularities to justify a suspension?

Himarm was suspended today after making a joke that he targeted another user with 100 downvotes. He was obviously kidding, because his profile shows that he has made a total of 107 downvotes in two ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

This (now deleted) "answer" came up in the first posts review. It attempts to answer the question why the Jedi would serve a corrupt republic by trying to draw parallels to the current situation in ...
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List of bounties with no deadlines

I like the list of "bounties with no deadline (which is based on Puzzling and Code Golf equivalents) on Literature, so I am stealing it with attribution; this is almost completely copied and pasted ...
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Is it a conflict of interest for a moderator to review a flag on one of their own posts?

As site users we have the ability to raise flags on questions and answers, which is granted at 15 reputation. Moderators also exist and the Help Center states that: The most common moderator task ...
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Is there an alternate place to ask for story identification for non-sci-fi?

Unfortunately, this is likely an off-topic question, but one which is about said off-topicness. Occasionally, when browsing through story-identification items, one comes upon a request for a story ...
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I haven't read the book/watched the movie/… May I answer a question about it?

This is related to this meta-question about asking questions if you haven't read/watched the source material, but in reverse. I don't think most people would be completely familiar with all the ...
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Proposals for a list of FAQ questions

For the pedants: yes, I realise that "FAQ questions" looks like a tautology, as it means "frequently asked questions questions". But in this context, the word FAQ refers to the tag, so it means "meta ...
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Why don't some people vote?

I was going through the stats, and it appears there are some long time users with substantial rep that don't vote, or vote very seldom. We all like rep. It gives us the privileges and badges that ...
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About destroying the [environment]

I just noticed that we have an environment tag. It's used on 12 questions, 11 of which are ID questions (ten story-identification and one episode-identification), the last one being Where does the ...
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Is “I am curious about X” sufficient justification for asking questions on SFF.SE?

In my long time here, I have witnessed time and time again people attacking questions (as in, downvoting, VTCing, and/or posting hostile comments or meta content) on the basis of: "Why are you ...
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Is community mistaken about “Too Localized” VTC cause?

I asked two questions related with a Bollywood movie, this and this Both have received close votes with cause "Too Localized". It looks to me that CVers have voted to close because they aren't ...
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I feel like I don't have enough options when reviewing low quality posts

Take a look at this answer. It certainly does not "Look OK". I can't edit it because I don't know anything about Halo. I wouldn't recommend deletion because I think the author can improve it. Should ...
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What is SciFi.SE's Elevator Pitch?

With respect to Robert Cartaino's answer on the hilariously-titled question, This site is doomed and will curl up and die — the sunshine-and-hope thread, SciFi.SE needs to come up with an elevator ...
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What can I do when a question has an old, accepted, and +25 voted **100% incorrect answer** contradicted by canon?

I just ran into a question which has an answer that is: 100% canonically wrong (as in, its conclusion is directly fully contradicted by canon) But it's old, has 25 upvotes, and is accepted (and the ...
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Is deleting really wrong answers OK according to the rules?

There are some answers on this site that are just plain out 100% wrong (explained why wrong in the comments, and usually downvoted). We can't flag them for moderators to delete (that usually gets ...
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RIP Stephen Furst, actor for Vir Cotto

On June 17, 2017, Stephen Furst passed away at the age of 63 after complications with diabetes. While most obituaries highlighted his role as Flounder in the movie Animal House, science fiction fans ...
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How should we handle tag hierarchies?

Current Context We seem to have wound up in a position where we have some weird tag hierarchy issues on this site which have lead to inconsistent tagging practices. I'll point out some specific ...
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Do we have a policy on duplicate answers?

What should I do if i see an answer that's basically a duplicate (e.g. 100% of information in it is contained in an much earlier - say by at least an hour - and usually better answer)? Should I flag ...
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Are we really here to solve problems?

The FAQ says: "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face." Really? Are we only meant to ask questions about problems we face? Sounds like a copy / ...
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54 story identification questions incoming from Movies & TV at 23:00 UTC 2017-02-05

This is just a heads-up: per the request of the membership of this site, I'll be moving 54 ID questions from the Movies & TV site to Science Fiction & Fantasy today. What does this involve? ...
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Richard Herd (V mini-series, Star Trek, SeaQuest 2032, etc.)

Veteran character actor Richard Herd passed away in May at the age of 87. He played a wide range of roles both in and out of the sci-fi genre. Some of his more memorable science fiction ...
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Let's take a moment to congratulate some user milestones

Not too long ago I made a couple of posts congratulating some of our highest reputation users hitting some of the big milestones. Recently I've noticed a handful of users have reached some lower but ...
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RIP William Morgan Sheppard: Star Trek, Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Max Headroom, many more

Genre actor W. Morgan Sheppard, veteran of several franchises, died yesterday. Just some of his better known genre roles: Ira Graves (Data's grandpa), TNG: "The Schizoid Man" The Klingon ...
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In Memoriam: Len Wein (1948-2017)

September 10th was marked by the passing of Len Wein, the comic book writer known for his work on Swamp Thing and Wolverine (the two he co-created with various artists), and other things. Although I ...

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