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How to write a good story-ID answer?

Our top tag is story-identification, with nearly 6000 questions and nearly 7000 answers, many of which are new users' first contributions to the site. Many of these new users need some guidance on how ...
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How to ask a good story-ID question?

Our top tag is story-identification, with nearly 6000 questions, many of which are new users' first posts to the site. Many of these new users need some guidance on how to ask a story-ID question well ...
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How do I search for questions on the site?

Let's say I want to search for all posts containing a certain word, or maybe not containing a word. Maybe I want to search only under a given tag (or collection of tags), or only for posts by a given ...
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Is it encouraged to delete your own questions if they have possible duplicates?

If I post a question after searching and determining it hasn't been asked. And later find out, on my own or by a fellow user that the question is a possible duplicate. Is it encouraged to delete the ...
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What's the best way to format quotes?

I can't seem to find a clear and consistent way to quote things. "May the Force be with you." May the Force be with you. "May the Force be with you." Am I supposed to use quotation marks if I'...
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What is our actual policy on science questions?

One of the most contentious close reasons we have on the site is the one that designates real-world science questions as off-topic. The close reason is worded as follows: "Questions seeking ...
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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

It has been widely discussed and seems to be generally agreed that where two story-identification questions have an accepted answer that is the same, one should be closed as duplicate of the other. ...
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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 *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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List of common abbreviations

I've been actively using a few StackExchange sites for some months now, and it seems common for some users (especially the more experienced ones) to use abbreviations in their questions, answers and ...
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Should we exclude religious texts, and which?

It's clear that questions about religious texts cause friction. So should we ban questions that are specifically about religious texts? If so, how wide should the ban be: only about the Bible (which ...
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What is the policy for spoilers?

Is there any official policy for mandatory use of the spoilers features? Or is just a courtesy/fully voluntary? I didn't see anything on the FAQ. Is there any particular action that should be taken ...
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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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Where can I ask questions that aren't Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange questions?

Thank you for your confidence in our abilities! But have you read our FAQ? This site is for questions and answers about science fiction, fantasy and more generally speculative fiction. This is not a ...
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Is there an RSS feed for new questions?

I checked the FAQ and don't see one mentioned. I love to use RSS to keep up to date on when new questions are posted.
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What are standard internet reference sites for SF?

What are standard internet reference sites for science fiction and fantasy?
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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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Are works that aren't SF per se, but have occasional SFnal elements on-topic? (e.g. spy movies)

For example, spy stuff like James Bond, 24, Tom Clancy, have some elements of sci-fi, but are a genre unto themselves. Should we include them in the list of on topic discussions?
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Can I ask a question about video game based scifi/fantasy?

As an occasional consumer of Halo books/games, I'm often curious about certain plot points or want to ask questions about that game's universe. Would this be the appropriate site for these questions? ...
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What's the process for getting a closed question re-opened?

Does one simply wait passively for those who closed it to come back and re-open it -- assuming they are notified of your edits and comments. Or is there a way to actively pursue it's "unclosing?"
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