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Are non-Googleable list-like questions allowed? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is a dupe: I would like to ask "Are there any other scifi novels with ADHD-diagnosed characters other than Percy Jackson?" I have spent quite a while Googling and have come up with ...
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Why was my flag on this non-answer “disputed”?

This question specifically asks about historic characters created on the holodeck. I was unable to find a definitive list, so I would like to know how many actual Earth history figures have been ...
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Proposal for enforcement of strict policies regarding Comments Deletion

Recently, lots of comments (which were not offensive or spam) got deleted from this question: Why doesn't Chewbacca learn to speak Galactic Basic? And, people are complaining in chat. I also didn'...
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Question about opinion-based answers

I posted a question about the best way to use fictional characters to generate power. I was looking forward to all the comic book wonks battling over the best scenario. But it was put on hold. Is this ...
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How long does it take for a flag to be reviewed?

Again, something which will be marked as a dupe sooner or later: About how long does it take for a mod to review a flag? Because I raised a dupe flag and, after three days, I retracted it because I ...
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Would a primarily opinion-based question with canon answers be on topic?

For example, would a question like 'who is stronger, Dumbledore or Gandalf' be on topic if there would be a canon based answer? (for example, if JKR addressed it in a tweet) I have a specific ...
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Should magical-theory be combined with magic?

I was going through and adding tag wikis for some of the more used tags that don't have wikis and came across the magical-theory tag - it contains 21 questions that all bar one deal with HP (the odd ...
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Should we have a tag for original web content?

Context Tonight, we discussed in chat how some story-identification questions might use a tag to point out that the story tackled was originally read/watched/heard/whatever online. The discussion ...
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Can scifi id questions from movies SE be migrated here? [duplicate]

Since movies SE have decided to ban id question and delete all the existing ones, I'm asking if it's possible to save part of its archive (scifi related questions) by migrating them here? And if it's ...
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Before you Read/Watch question types, should we formalize them?

I've been thinking lately about ways in which we can expand our reach and provide more value to the SF&F community. And I've seen a few questions like this one lately: Are there any redeeming ...
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Exception to the general reference rule?

Currently general reference is one of the standard reasons for closing a question. However, I want to propose an exception to this clause: The question should not be closed, if the general reference ...
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Should these 2 questions be merged?

Should these 2 questions be merged? Is there an official Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing order? Which films should I see before "The Avengers"?
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Answer-based reopen request

A (somewhat common?) point that is made by Primarily-Opinion-Based close-voters is that we can close questions that we think have never been addressed, and simply reopen them when someone does come up ...
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Should we have numbered tag synonyms for each Star Wars film?

As a suggestion, would it be good to have a corresponding number tag for each Star Wars film in the main series (not the anthologies). For example, a synonym for the-phantom-menace tag might be star-...
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Should we remove these spoilers?

Why did Professor X smile before being killed by the Phoenix? has a spoiler right in the title. It doesn't really bother me for some reason, but it might bother other users so I thought I'd bring it ...
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Should we have a single meta question about which movies we will watch?

At present, we decide which movies to watch on a case by case basis, with a new question for each viewing. I propose that we start a single meta question thread and keep it going indefinitely, and ...
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What about subjective questions?

Maybe I should have asked this in the definition phase, but better late than never. I'm considering asking a question which requires a subjective response - something what made left the biggest ...
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Primary Chatroom Name Polling

Please, add a new option as answer (Don't Repeat.. So, please read all answers first). The answer with largest vote would be chosen (this can be checked from time to time in the end of each month). ...
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When is science fiction existing?

I asked a question similar to this https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/34196/depth-of-an-inhabitable-shell-around-the-earth on the SF&F site. I deleted it because I didn't want to ...
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What should happen to post containing the word tl;dr

I have recently seen a lot of post containing tl;dr and I have not until recently understood its meaning. The phrase tl;dr supposedly means "too long; didn't read". If I am mistaken its meaning then ...
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What is the point of questions like Why did fictious character X do Y or How possible that fictious situation Z took place?

Question inspired by: How can every Cubone be wearing its dead mothers' skull? Why did Dumbledore allow Draco Malfoy to return to school in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? and others. ...
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Kylo Ren tag question

I tried to add a kylo ren tag to the site and was shot down multiple times by a moderator. I was told he's not a main character, we don't do character tags, etc. A user here said nasty things to me, ...
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Are questions about Mission: Impossible on topic?

Today we have seen a couple of questions about the latest Mission: Impossible film, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. As a spy film, we have seen characters use gadgets and devices that do not ...
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Why does the community continue re-opening this particular question?

Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise? I am quoting my argument here: @Valorum You aren't getting my point. It's the standards I am talking about. Star Trek ...
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Why is question #41037 (spaceship repair) closed?

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/41037/spaceship-repair This is a perfect question to generate an insightful synthesis-type answer classifying the repair types and giving mini-examples of ...
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Questions about identifying stories are on topic according to the faq!

Please reopen this question, which after editing is on topic according to this FAQ item: Story Identification Why did no users, mods, or repliers inform me or edit it?
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How is a question able to be closed by just two people?

Simple question, how this question able to be closed by just two people?
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Should this question be cross-posted to Islam.SE?

What is the explanation for the basis of Buddhislamic faith in Dune Universe? Part of the question is clearly in-universe SciFi. But part is also out-of-universe theological. Should this question ...
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Proposal: Start some FAQ/category tags

Stack Overflow employs a brilliant tool: FAQ tags. Questions that fall uner a certain category, like common questions about C++, are tagged c++-faq. I think a variation on this would be an ...
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How about a fun competition to end the quarter?

Due to negative community feedback, this idea is no longer on the table Your feedback has been greatly appreciated in this I have revised the proposition to the following: instead of an emphasis on ...
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How is this question too localized?

This question has been closed using the “Too Localized” basis: In The Matrix, why did humans scorch the sky to block sunshine? I want to know how it is too localized. It doesn't look to me like "Was ...
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Why was this question (about Hogwart lessons) reopened?

The question What is the maximum number of O.W.L. classes you can take at Hogwarts? Seems to be almost entirely a duplicate of How did Bill and Percy get 12 OWLs? Which is why I closed it as a ...
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Can any one tell me how to delete my Profile? [duplicate]

I would like to delete my Stack Exchange profile. Can any one tell me how?
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Revisiting list questions… (please read before downvoting)

As I understand it, list questions tend to take over the SE site such that other worthy questions are (relatively?) ignored. Additionally, there are endless answers to them, each of which is partial (...
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Is the question “Does Iron Man's repulsor technology violate Newton's Third Law of Motion (in-universe)?” rightfully closed?

See this question: Does Iron Man's repulsor technology violate Newton's Third Law of Motion (in-universe)? It has been closed on the grounds that it's asking for real world "scientific ...
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Petition for acceptance of answer to question by vanished querent [duplicate]

Collection of youth short stories about aliens 1990-1994ish The highest-rated answer matches on all points. The cover is correct. The stories inside match with what the querent was looking for. Seems ...
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Is it frowned upon to edit questions partially to create certain homepage arrangements?

For example, making not-particularly-important grammar tweaks to this question in order to make the homepage, briefly, have questions concerning red, white and blue at the top?
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Would season tags be useful?

Currently, I'm halfway through the fourth season of Fringe. I like the series and I've asked some questions about it. I'd like to read and answer questions about it as well, however, from what I've ...
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Would be asking for a list of plot holes of some work (with strong restrictions) be acceptable?

I am having a question roughly along the lines of the following in mind: What are the inevitable plot holes in Frank Herbert’s Dune writings? I read the first Dune novels in pretty quick succession ...
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Would this question be acceptable or too subjective?

I think that some science fiction gangster characters were especially good by Ronny Cox (Vilos Cohaagen), Clarence Bodicker (by Kurtwood Smith) and some performances by Ron Silver (in the Arrival and ...
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Televising the books leads to speculative answers

In the Game of Thrones related tags on scifi.stackexchange.com, I have noticed that people have started answering with speculation and unsupported explanations, rather than using facts and quotes. ...
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Why was the question about Sirius Black possibly fathering canine children closed as Primarily Opinion Based by a moderator

A question was asked today about Sirius Black and whether or not he was a "dogfather" as well as a godfather. While initially not perfectly worded and receiving a couple of votes for "unclear what you'...
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Why can I not comment on a post [duplicate]

Why can I not add comments on a post? It says I have to have 50 reputation points. I looked under reputation and it says I do not need any points to comment, please help.
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How to ask a good (Western comics) story-ID question

Copied from Valorum's guide's question on video game identification. We seem to have a pretty regular number of story-ID questions specifically focused on finding half-remembered Western comics. Our ...
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Do we edit tags based on answers?

In particular, for a story-identification question, do we add tags based on the accepted answer?
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Are questions asking for new books to be added as tags acceptable?

I've searched around the meta, but I haven't yet been able to find any consensus on this. Is it okay to post a feature-request asking for a specific book and/or author to have their own tag?
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Improving threshold for asking story-identification

After watching the story-identification tag, I noticed that many questions are of poor quality, simply because the information provided is very minimal. This issue was already discussed here but the ...
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How to help this answer avoid spoiling SW Rebels

A user's answer to Can the Force be used to fly? spoils a surpise from the season 2 finale of Star Wars: Rebels. I edited the spoiler into spoiler tags while still allowing the answer to remain clear ...
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Is the highlight not pronounced enough? [duplicate]

Does anyone else feel the highlight: on the front page for questions in tags you are following for block quotes is not pronounced enough in the new design? I can hardly see it. Votes on the ...
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Why was this question closed? It has an answer. Objective one

Why was this question closed as "opinion based"? Why didn't Vader save Luke this easier way in Return Of The Jedi? James Kahn's novelization was pretty clear on the answer, and it's not in any ...

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