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Fill the empty tag excerpts

Tag excerpts are very useful. They provide a brief “elevator pitch” for a tag, explaining the meaning for those unfamiliar with a series. At least as important, excerpts and wikis can also help ...
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Gorilla vs. Shark - a Longer Explanation

An issues that has come up recently, that seems to recur every so often, is the question of what constitutes a "Gorilla vs. Shark" question on SF&F. We know such questions are off-topic, but what ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

It's been about a year now, so it is now time for the reboot of the Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will ...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

About two months ago, the user Jared Westover asked a story-identification question: Book with a magic school in the sky. The question drew one answer, which was not accepted. Two days ago, Jared ...
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Is the story-ID question that turned out to be about the Axe commercial, on-topic?

A user asked What movie are these gifs from? The answer revealed that they were from an Axe commercial. In it, we see a number of angels walking the street towards a young man who has apparently ...
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What does “canon” mean?

I'm going to be writing a post for the blog and the subject is: What is canon? And because we're a community, standards of what constitutes canon is going to vary person to person. My goal is not to ...
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What's our tolerance for adult content?

Why did T'Pol act like a human woman with Trip? The topic of the question seems fully within the boundaries of the site, but the actual content is a bit not-quite-family-friendly. Is this within ...
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Editing a question to add details that the querent doesn't want to add

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/posts/161595/revisions This is getting kind of ridiculous. On one hand, it's best to have questions that are conducive to knowing what they're about. On the other hand,...
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What's the etiquette of inserting videos, pictures, or other media into someone else's post?

This topic came up in chat the other day. Is it good form to insert a related, but ultimately unnecessary, animated gif, picture, or some other form of media (say, a YouTube video) into someone else'...
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Are we allowed to ASK about the reason for downvotes?

I understand that voting is anonymous, and that downvoters (or upvoters for that matter) don't have to explain anything to anybody; and that is as it should be. But, is there anything wrong with ...
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Is it okay to ask and answer a story-identification question I already know the answer to? [duplicate]

I remember seeing a movie as a kid, about a boy whose T-shirt gave him super strength, after it was used in some sort of experiment. Right before asking here to help identify it, I decided to give it ...
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Are questions about writing SFF stories on-topic?

Is this a site for prospective writers to come and ask for significant help writing a book, or should such questions be more appropriately addressed at the Writer's SE site? Specifically, I found this ...
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Inactive Moderators (Again)

Null - What a great answer on what it's like to moderate at SFF! I somehow missed it when you originally wrote it - so even though it's been a while, I have a couple comments. I've shared before that ...
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Movie Night! Tuesday the 22nd. Nominate your favourite TERRIBLE sci-fi fantasy film! [duplicate]

Spring is on its way and, along with it, the blockbuster season — that part of the year when we analyze, dissect, and rip apart (and maybe even enjoy) the entertainment industry's newest slate ...
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What can be done to **effectively** combat 100% wrong answers that generate more upvotes than correct answers?

For example, here: Do (weaponized) lasers exist in the Star Wars universe? @Zato posted a what-seemed-at-the-moment-correct answer, which generated tons of upvotes (10) stating "no such examples ...
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Someone took part of my answer and added it to the 'accepted answer'… Is this kosher? [duplicate]

Someone upvoted one of my answers, so I clicked on it to reread what I had written and was shocked to notice that the 'accepted answer' now contains a duplicate of the cover photo that I'd linked to ...
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How do I contribute to the blog?

I've got something really interesting that I'd love to write about for the site blog. How do I go about getting my work there?
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Is it okay to have spoilers in question titles?

I'm currently watching Star Trek TNG. While skimming through the Stack Exchange hot questions list, I saw a question in scifi.SE that spoiled the death of a character. Should I leave a comment telling ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election Results

Science Fiction & Fantasy's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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When is the next Moderator Election?

Having just stumbled across this question, I'm very curious as to when the next Moderator Election will be held. Does anyone have any information?
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When should character tags be created/recreated?

We've recently been going through and cleaning up tags - particularly character tags. One of the criteria we've used to determine whether or not we should get rid of it, is to consider how many ...
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When does a movie question get migrated to Movies and TV?

I asked this question yesterday: Nolan's Dark Knight: Why would Dent's convictions be overturned? It got moved to Movies and TV by the evening. Now, I've been using mobile exclusively for ...
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Congrats to new Moderators!

OK, now that Pearsonartphoto has graciously answered my last question, we know that Moderator elections finised 5 hours ago, and Pearsonartphoto, Gilles and Keen (in random order) won! I'd like to ...
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Do we need [children]?

We have a children tag that is currently on 48 questions. To wit: Offspring that have not yet fully matured or reached the designated stage of adulthood. Of these, fully 43 are story-...
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Is Bugs Bunny (as a whole) on-topic?

Pretty much the same question than Are the Donald Duck comics on-topic?, although different characters, as so far, it doesn't seem we discussed either Bugs Bunny or the Looney Tunes on Meta. We have ...
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Can I add a note to my own incorrect story ID answer, explaining why it is incorrect?

Background Over a year ago, a story ID request was asked, about a lone man manning some sort of space station. I answered it, and even though my guess wasn't the actual story the querant was looking ...
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Tag Wars: The Science Fiction/Fantasy Tag Cleanup Event

Below are links to the various elements of the tag cleanup event. Initial Proposal - Motivation and goals. Target Tag Nominations Round One - Round one tag selection completed 1/15/2016 Tag Cleanup ...
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D.C Fontana, famed Star Trek writer, passed away on December 2nd

Star Trek wouldn't be Star Trek without her. She wrote many of the best episodes, helped develop the universe and gave us that series that we have loved for decades now. More information on Startrek....
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015 [duplicate]

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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What to name our new main chat room (or keep it as it is)

We have recently lost our "main" chat room, Mos Eisley. But that's ok, we have a new one: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Given that this was created by an individual, and in the spirit ...
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May Movie Night Winner: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - 13th May at 10pm UTC (11pm BST, 6pm EDT)

After an exhaustive search for our preferred "Post Apocalyptic" film, we have a firm winner; Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. We'll be watching together on Saturday 13th May at 10pm UTC (11pm BST, ...
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Let's talk about handling spam or rude/abusive posts

I keep a pretty close watch on spam and rude/abusive posts on this site, as much as is possible for a normal user without a diamond here, using the 10k tools and some other things that I use to watch ...
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Can Mods “Take Off Their Hats”?

While moderator positions are voluntary, I've always understood them to be full-time in the sense that there is no time a moderator is temporarily just a regular user. As I've seen it, with great ...
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Let's talk about Story ID requests for erotica

At the moment, so long as what we see on SFF is SFW, it is acceptable. However, I'd like to discuss clarifying the scope of what is considered on-topic for SFF. Specifically requests for identifying ...
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Answering Questions with a Comment

When answering a question, I've noticed that sometimes a sleuth will answer in the comment section with a complete answer, as opposed to with a formal answer. Are there any reasons to do this, and ...
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What is so wrong about TVTropes?

Why so many people uses so many times a bold or an italic font (or both), often with many exclamation points at the end, to warn people, that link is pointing to TVTropes? What is so wrong about this ...
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Why is there a voldemort tag? Is there a criterion for character tags? [duplicate]

It seems unnecessary to create a second tag for Harry Potter questions which include Voldemort. If we are going to do that then where are the Gandalf, Aragorn, Peter Wiggin, R2D2, and Crookshanks tags?...
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I see Britain, I see France, I see Wonder Woman's… satin tights?

So I'm curious on what the community thinks about the latest hot question being edited From Have there ever been 25 or more stars on Wonder Woman's panties? To Have there ever been 25 or more ...
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Do we want to continue having a main site question feed in the general chat room?

It has been brought up lately that our chat has not been the same for some time now, which is mainly expressed in lack of activity when compared to previous periods (60 messages per day versus some ...
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What should our logo and design look like once we are no longer in beta?

Of the 7 essential meta questions for every beta site, there's exactly one that has never been asked here. What should our logo and design look like? Anyone have any ideas? As we are probably getting ...
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Why has this Animal Farm question been reopened?

This question about Animal Farm has just been reopened by site moderator Rand al'Thor. It was closed in 2015 as off-topic due to 'not being about science fiction or fantasy' in line with the accepted ...
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Should subtitles be treated as a credible source on this site?

I see lots of people cite subtitles here. Examples: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/86524/931 https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/83447/931 But, are subtitles officially approved (or, in Star Wars ...
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Is fictional profanity allowed here?

There are many examples of profanity in science fiction. Jeff has said that real-world expletives are not allowed on any StackExchange site (presumably including bowdlerized versions, since the ...
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Is it reasonable to ask about the meaning of phrases in a science-fiction work?

Peter Miles is apparently making his way through Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and is asking about the meaning of particular English phrases that are not explicitly about science fiction (although one ...
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CW answers for story-ID questions where the OP has found the answer?

Here's a common chain of events on SFF.SE: a new user posts a story-ID question the question gets a few comments from other users the OP finds the story they were looking for and says so in a comment ...
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What kind of proof is necessary when someone claims to be one of the creators of some work?

I'm asking this because of this answer to How did Gordon Freeman survive the entire storyline without a helmet?. The author claims to be one of the creators of the game. He has no other answers or ...
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“12 Monkeys” tag

The tag twelve-monkeys applies to both the 1995 film and the later TV series, and its tag wiki says to use tv and movie to differentiate them. The movie and TV series are not actually named "Twelve ...
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Bring the content here

Recently, whenever I found a good SFF answer I wanted to share, I realized that I might as well just share what it linked to because there was no actual content on the page. Take Explanation of ...
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Are the Donald Duck comics on-topic?

We have already determined that Duck Tales is on topic. Is Donald Duck on topic? There was already 1 question on the Duck universe, How wealthy is Uncle Scrooge in the Don Rosa/Carl Barks universe?, ...
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Proposal to modify the policy on answers that cite religious texts

Result / Summary of policy Answers which state or imply that a religious work is fiction should be flagged for moderator attention. Moderators will delete such answers. The only exception in which an ...

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