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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...