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Why was this “general reference” question kept closed?

This question Where did Doc Brown get plutonium from? Was originally closed as "General Reference", presumably because the answer was largely covered in the same scene in the film. Since "general ...
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What exactly is the standing of information from Memory Alpha?

I understand that there are a few related questions on meta. I understand that we no longer close as "general reference". What I don't understand is, to what degree do we consider Memory Alpha a ...
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Did we effectively burninate General Reference? [duplicate]

I remember a bunch of discussions on the merits, or lack thereof, of the "General Reference" close reason. But in the past 5 months or so, I haven't seen a single question closed as such. Maybe there ...
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Nominate questions for re-open

Now that a consensus is that there shouldn't be any closure of questions that are marked general reference, please nominate your favorite questions for re-open. If you have sufficient privileges, ...
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What References Do Users Want to Accept on SFF Should General Reference Be Eliminated? [closed]

Mark Trapp noted in his comment to Martha here: Other sites other than Wikipedia/IMDB pass your "availability test" and Wikipedia/IMDB fail the "reliability test" (they can, and most assuredly are, ...
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Should we burninate General Reference?

The General Reference closure reason has been a continuing source of contention. I'm still not clear on what it is intended to accomplish (explanations I've seen have ranged from showing that the ...
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Is the answer appearing in the first few results of a Google search sufficient basis for a *potential* General Reference closure?

I know there are previous discussions on this, but they appear to be somewhat contradictory, and it is coming up enough that we should have a clear and current consensus. In the original What sites ...
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Should the question about the cat in chapter 17 of PoA be reopened?

This question has been closed as general reference: Who is the cat in chapter 17 of Prisoner of Azkaban? I think the question deserves downvotes but not close votes. If you see comments there, CVers ...
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Is general reference used inconsistently?

The general reference close reason reads as follows: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed ...
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Should we start considering other reliable Wikis for the ground of general reference? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Wikia.com general reference? For example, if one searches Google for a Star Trek keyword, result from Memory Alpha comes on the first page along with Wikipedia. Memory ...
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Does absence of a reference count as “general reference”?

An interesting conundrum with a recent question: Which Doctor Who episodes were written by Steve Cole? A few people have voted to close it as general reference, but someone points out that the linked ...
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Can we add a URL field to “General Reference” VTC reason?

Similarly to how "Duplicate Q" VTC reason requests you to enter the URL of a duplicate question, can we also have a URL be requested (or even required) when voting a question as a general reference? ...
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Questions that can be answered with ISFDB (or barely more)

The idea of the general reference close reason is that we don't need to duplicate well-known databases of facts such as Wikipedia or IMDB. In an earlier meta thread, we determined that three standard ...
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Is a question “General Reference” if it requires several articles to be answered?

The close reason for General Reference says: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed ...
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Why exactly do we still have a “General Reference” close reason? [duplicate]

In Mark Trapp's recent question about why the Tom Bombadil question was deleted, he mentioned a couple of points that really stood out to me. I never realized this, but apparently Scifi.SE is one of ...
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When and why was the Bombadil question deleted?

There was some discussion a few months ago that the question "Who or what was Tom Bombadil?" is general reference: Why the Tom Bombadil question is not closed as a General Reference? And it was ...
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Why was this question closed as “General reference”?

This question was closed - by a unilateral moderator vote - as "General Reference". https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/12900/what-is-the-origin-and-scope-of-term-legendarium Question was: ...
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Is this General Reference? [closed]

Why was Count Dooku not given the title "Darth"? Googling for "count dooku darth" brings up as the very first link+blurb: Count Dooku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia....
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Why the Tom Bombadil question is not closed as a General Reference?

Agreed, this question is the must voted of the whole site. Who or what was Tom Bombadil? But it fit perfectly the "General Reference" pattern. Typing "Tom Bombadil" in Google lead to Wikipedia and ...
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Why was the Sifo-Dyas question closed as general reference?

Who was Sifo-Dyas? was closed as general reference. The general reference here seems to be the Star Wars Wiki page. Hmm, ok, but the asker evidently expected an answer relating to the movies, not the ...
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Why was the XKCD 902 question closed as general reference?

Who are Darmok and Jalad and what is Kalenda's? (asking for an explanation of XKCD 902) was closed as general reference. I don't understand what the general reference is supposed to be. The top ...
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How have we been using the General Reference close reason?

I'm interested after reading the discussion Introduce a "General Reference" close reason on Meta Stack Overflow. What kinds of questions have been decided "General Reference"? Which have been ...
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Is Wikia.com general reference?

It's fairly clear that Wikipedia is considered general reference (for both SciFi.SE and many other sites). Is wikia.com network considered general reference as well? For example for Harry Potter ...
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What sites should be considered general references?

We have a “general reference” close reason: This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed ...
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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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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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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 ...