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Why would “I searched everywhere but couldn't find the answer” be kept in a question?

Why keep some useless noise in a question? For sure, we don't accept taglines as ruled by: Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?. But why keep stuff ...
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Is there ever a reason to remove on topic content?

In recent discussions there has been an ongoing argument made against removing low-quality content that is otherwise on topic. Since the crux of most of the objections raised against any changes in ...
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Should we have a policy on questions about adult topics in SFF?

While we have a long-standing policy that it's OK to ask about adult topics here - everything from sex to rape to bestiality - there have also been quite a number of questions in recent years which ...
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When the answer to a question may have changed is there a way to recommend a review?

The following question: Why does Captain Lorca care about scattered pockets of negative mass? Was was asked mid-way through Discovery's first season. Now that season one is over I'm wondering if ...
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Should we edit obviously wrong questions?

Why was Benjamin Sisko appointed captain of DS9 given that he has a foul temper with poor emotional control? Benjamin Sisko is prone to emotional outbursts. He has a foul temper and has poor ...
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Does sci-fi have extremely low standards for questions compared to other stackexchanges?

I have noticed recently that a lot of questions that get asked are extremely easily answered with 10 seconds of Google. Examples include: What horse or horses played Shadowfax? Who is the head of ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

[Edit: Richard is stepping down. This was NOT the desired outcome, here. At most, I hoped for clarified policies: a learning opportunity, not a blame-and-punishment game. I really hope this question ...
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Is a list question within the scope of Sci-Fi SE if it is a relatively small pool of answers?

This question got put on hold recently as being too broad. I voted to have it put on hold, and I stand by it being too broad. The issue I have with this question is not that the number of answers ...
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Story identification without possible answer

The way I've always viewed story identification questions is finding the stories that left details in mind and yet the title has slipped and simple google is not helpful. These usually have the "a-ha!"...
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Story Identification : Close questions where the OP isn't helping?

I noticed on Movie:SE that they have a rule regarding abandoned story-identification questions; Identification questions are of limited use to other users of the site, and are asking people to ...
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Are questions about “thinking too much about it” bad in this site?

I've seen a couple of questions (one of mine, one of other's) that was downvoted or simply not well received because they were about thinking too much about some detail in some work. But that confuses ...
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Questions about science fiction technologies that have real world origins

This question recently got closed because the sci-fi technology being asked about is a real technology, or we assume it is based on the answers and comments given in the question. Now I cast the ...
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Must questions be asked in English?

Must all the questions be asked in English? If a question was asked in another language, would it be translated?
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Difference between Up-Voting and starred “Favourite Questions”?

I'm quite new to the site and one mechanism is rather unclear to me. The Help system clearly states Voting up a question or answer signals to the rest of the community that a post is interesting, ...
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Are one-sided answerable questions non-constructive? [duplicate]

This question is an example of a question which is answerable with a single example if the answer is yes; but an answer of no would effectively require an exhaustive knowledge of the subject (...
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What makes my post suitable or unsuitable for this site?

I'm concerned that four people have voted to close my recent question and nine have downvoted it without giving a reason. I'm still relatively new to this branch of SE, and I think my question is as ...
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What should be done to the question which contain wrong spoiler?

A few months ago I read this Twilight question, which contains the wrong spoiler for the ending of Breaking Dawn Part 2. At that time I hadn't watched the film, but I read the spoiler, and I believed ...
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How to comment on “There is no in-universe answer”/“plot hole” answers lacking any evidence?

Sometimes a question is asked to which the answer is posted stating "There is no in-universe answer" (aka "it's a plot hole"). Such answers in and of themselves are OK in general, but as discussed in ...
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How to comment on answers lacking citations

What is some good boilerplate for a comment on a post that lacks citations or references? When you see a post that appears to be pure conjecture, not backed up by or referencing the source material, ...
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Do we need to justify a “Does show X ever make references/crossovers to show Y” questions?

I don't consider this a particularly controversial question unless it's plainly stupid (Does The Incredible Hulk take place in the same universe as 2001 A Space Oddysey). For those of you that are ...
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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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Can I ask a story-identification question about a book I didn't read?

During my quest to find new books to read, I stumbled upon an interesting young adult fantasy series but I forgot to bookmark the page or save that info somewhere. However, the series had a very long ...
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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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Do I need to provide peer-reviewed articles proving the answer I wish to find before I ask the question?

Check out this comment. An acceptable question would have been: "This is a peer reviewed literary analysis from a reputable source, showing this, that and thus example that the writing style ...
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I haven't read the book/watched the movie/… May I ask a question about it?

I would like to ask a question about a book or short story that I haven't read, or about a movie or TV series that I haven't watched, or about a radio program that I haven't listened to, etc. Is that ...
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Can I ask a question about the story flow of a fantasy series?

I recently started reading a long and popular fantasy series. I've reached about 50% of the first book (or so says Kindle) and I'm so and so about it. I was wondering if it's ok to ask a question ...
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What should I do with a question on a book whose answer I find by “reading with more attention”?

I have been re-reading the LotR and, it being a masterpiece and a huge work at the same time, I felt the need to ask for clarification about a rather specific issue. I got a good answer and accepted ...
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Should questions about where to start with a series be on-topic?

After this question was closed: What Star Trek episode to introduce a new viewer? Wikis pointed out this question that remained open: Which Discworld book to start a newbie on There is no doubt ...
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What's with the time travelling robots?

I often see comments like "Oh no, time travelling robots again" on story identification questions. Why? What's the history behind that? Why is it an issue? Tried to search, but haven't found anything ...
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Can I post a good screenshot for my favorite sci fi show?

What are the rules to posting screenshots to our favorite tv show? For example, I'm attaching one now for Star Gate. Could I possibly preface it with, "what are they thinking in this shot?" Is there ...
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Are we really fit to give judgement on what is 'canon'?

This question: Can any new information be canon if J.R.R. Tolkien is dead? Led me to ask this question: Who can determine what is 'canon' Which brought up an interesting point. In many cases ...
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Are book vs movie question welcomed?

I did a little research in Meta and am surprised this question hasn't come up (unless is lies dormant and unfound by me). Is ok to ask the specific question "Whats the difference between the book/...
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Please have introductory material on the Answerama front page [closed]

The Answerama front page doesn't say anything about what Answerama is. Please add: A link to the about page A link to the FAQ Ideally, some kind of one-line summary right there on the page that tries ...
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Holy monkeys Batman! That is A LOT of posts!

I think due to what happened here: Congratulations on being mentioned on Futurama's Facebook page!, or most probably here: https://www.facebook.com/Futurama/posts/320014191418612 We are getting ...
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How is question quality determined, for review etc?

I want to make a data query that looks for archaeology eligible posts, but I also want to try and narrow it down to posts that need editing and not just random posts. How is the 'quality of post' ...
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Constructive Futurama Questions?

I was wondering what requirements or guidelines we should put up for Futurama questions to be constructive, to avoid bergs of questions being closed. One of the great aspects of the show is that it ...
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What can we do to encourage more questions with research effort?

I'm starting to see more and more questions on this site with little to no research effort. Is there anything else I can do besides downvote and make a polite comment about it? Questions on SE are ...
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How do we handle questions based on incorrect premise?

How do we handle questions based on incorrect premise? E.g. questions asks "Why did X happen in work Y", when in fact X never happened in work Y. Specific example is Where did Doc Brown get ...
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Should we encourage plain English over acronyms / memes / techie jargon?

I realize that most of the regulars on this site (including me) are quite savvy in technical terms, in-universe lingo, and Internet-speak. But not everyone who looks for answers on this site may be. ...
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Are questions without enough data 'unanswerable'?

Are questions like my latest one about The Borg unanswerable because there is not enough data to answer? Is "We don't know there isn't enough information" not a good enough answer?
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Is a question like “is this [self-made graphic] correct/spot the errors [in said graphic]” acceptable?

If I were to create something analgous to xkcd's Movie Narrative Chart for some other story, would posting as a question to ask 'is this correct' appropriate? I could see it being closed as being too-...
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Is it welcome to ask questions, just to dump complete excerpts from some place else as answers?

I'm referring to this question that was quickly answered by the OP with a copy-n-paste excerpt from a wiki that directly answers the question. Should such questions be encouraged? Please ignore for a ...
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How can I delete my user account from the scifi stack? Also, how to meet the quality standards?

I am an active member of SO sites but I want to delete my account from this site, scifi.stackexchange.com. How can I do that? I have tried to delete my questions from this site, but it's giving me ...