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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...