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Is the game Settlers of Catan on-topic?

I recently saw the question How big is the sun (in the world of Catan)? which plays into something I long believed: that Catan was another world. That would make the game SFF-nal. But Wikipedia says ...
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Why are we punishing simple questions for "not doing research"?

I ran across this Hot Network Question about Dune, and why the Dune universe folks don't use guns. As someone who never read the books, and has seen the Lynch movie (which also apparently never read ...
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When to ask on SF&F and when to ask on Arqade? [duplicate]

I have a question about Fallout 3 and I don't know if I should ask it on SF&F or Arqade. The question is Why does Moira insists on you getting a mine from Minefield? Should this question be on ...
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Are questions about copyright law on-topic?

We've had several questions about copyright law, specifically when certain properties and concepts will be outside of copyright. When will copyright restrictions expire on Tolkien's works? When ...
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Is it okay to post obituary posts on meta for those who never were on a Sci-Fi or Fantasy work?

As you may know, obituary posts aren't allowed on Movies and TV Meta SE, and here, the scope is about Sci-Fi & Fantasy works. So is it allowed to post obituaries for well-known filmmakers, actors/...
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Is Barbie (2023 film) on-topic? If so, how should we tag questions about it?

I am wondering if the 2023 film Barbie is considered on-topic. The film depicts a fantasy world called Barbie Land, where various Barbies, Kens, and other characters such as Allan live. A significant ...
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Clarification request: does this stack host questions about artistic license for film adaptations?

I posted a comment to Are the knife/sword fights too fast in Dune (2021)?. @AndresF. responded to the comment with a request to post the comment as an answer. I have nothing at all against @AndresF.'...
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Are questions about pornographic material allowed? [duplicate]

I came across this question on review tasks. So are such type of questions allowed on the site? I mean technically the OP does say that it has sci-fi elements such as the presence of a cyborg and ...
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Is this story-ID question (featuring traditional roles with opposite genders) on topic?

In a recent story identification question a user was looking for a movie that, based on their description, was standard fiction with the exception that all the characters were opposite genders from ...
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Is WWE on topic here?

Some of the World Wrestling Entertainment characters (such as The Undertaker and Kane) are clearly supernatural. There are probably more if we dig around enough into the earlier days of the WWF (World ...
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Are questions about the personal lives of authors, actors, directors and other staff off-topic? [duplicate]

The title is my entire question. I couldn't find it explicitly listed in either what's on-topic or in what questions should be avoided. If the decision were mine, I'd consider it off-topic, but ...
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Would this specific modification to this question make it answerable on this site?

The question How is fission drive possible? was closed for being about real-world science, because it seemed to ask about how fission drives worked in general. Would it become answerable if it were ...
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Is Thomas the Tank Engine on-topic?

Thomas is a talking tank engine. He lives on an island called Sodor and basically drives around having minor adventures with his friends and moving passengers and freight. Are the Thomas stories on-...
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Would a question about wind effects in "The Permanent Implosion" be on-topic here?

I recently asked a story ID question: Story ID: Oil well fire techniques used against space warp, got a prompt and correct answer with a link to the story, read the story, and i am now curious as to ...
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Should questions in SciFi Stack Exchange about the meaning/use of Adverbs/Prepositions in Harry Potter start being deleted? [duplicate]

I've started noticing too many questions in SciFi Stack Exchange about the meaning of adverbs/prepositions, mainly in Harry Potter tag. With a simple search with relevant tag, someone would always see ...
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Are stories that contain crackpot science and/or pseudoscience on topic?

Working our way around the edges of the "real-world science" category, there doesn't seem to be a discussion about crackpot and pseudoscientific ideas. There are a couple of near misses on ...
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Are we allowed to have questions about Sherlock Holmes (movies, books, BBC tv show, etc)?

I recently asked a question about the Sherlock Holmes movie from 2008 on the site. It can be found here. However, I was told (look in the comments of it) that it wasn't appropriate for the site. Are ...
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Would this Dragons question be on-topic?

I was going to post the following question about Dragons in Temeraire, but looking for appropriate tags started to think it might be off topic as science based. Could I get a feeling in the room? In ...
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Is the film Apollo 13 (1995) on topic?

Is the 1995 film Apollo 13 on-topic? The primary plot of the film (the crew of a crippled spaceship struggle to survive and stay on course after a disaster) fits a classic SFF mold, but it is not ...
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Is The Clan of the Cave Bear (and related works) on topic?

I just stumbled upon this well-asked and received question about the series of novels of which The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book. While certainly fictional, and predicated upon imaginative ...
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Are questions about SF/F fan forums on-topic?

Recently a question was asked about a website (Baen's Bar) which, as far as I understand, is/was a discussion forum for fans. There was some discussion in comments about whether or not this question ...
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Is a question about Paul Hoffman's Left hand of God on topic here?

As per the title, I'd like to ask a question about The Left Hand of God. I've found only this question about it, but it's just a story identification question, so I'm not sure I can take the existence ...
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When should I assume that a question isn't about sci-fi? [duplicate]

Basically, I recently stumbled on a story identification question that lacks sci-fi element in the way it's described (though until OP specifies whether or not it did or didn't have any sci-fi element,...
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Should this question about list of references go on the main sci-fi and fantasy site?

I looked around the other SE sites and found maybe one other SE site that this question could fall under (Literature), but the help section from both of these sites don't say whether or not its on or ...
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Is a book recommendation site recommendation question valid?

Are there good services for similar series recommendations? I'm on the fence. Since it's not restricted to fantasy and sci-fi, it's arguably off-topic anyhow, but is asking for a site that offers a ...
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Is Laughing Gas by P.G. Wodehouse science fiction?

The British comedy writer P. G. Wodehouse wrote a book entitled 'Laughing Gas', in which a upper class British gentleman, and a boy both go into the dentist at the same time and both are given ...
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Is it OK to ask a question in the form "Are there any sci-fi books featuring this plot element"?

Is it ok to ask a 'plot element' question? Something such as, "Are there any sci-fi books where a future Earth uses the gold standard'?
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How about revisiting our policy about "is there any" questions being OK?

Since 2012, SFF's policy on "Is there any...?" questions is that they are suitable for this site; see How should we handle "any" (list) questions?. However, in some recent comments, meta ...
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Is Richie Rich on-topic?

Richie Rich, the star of 50+ comic serials, multiple TV shows (and at least one truly terrible film) is famously the world's richest boy and scion to a vast fortune. But someone merely being ...
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Is Mad Max (1979) science fiction?

I've seen several SF&F question comments asking the poster if what they were asking about was really science fiction. Some were (but neededmore detail), some weren't, some were edge cases. So, as ...
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Santa animation questions...which category [duplicate]

I want to find info about an old Santa and reindeer cartoon that lasts maybe 4 minutes. Where should I post the question please?
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Is the Joker movie on-topic here?

I am mostly asking out of curiosity to know better our community's standards. Joker (2019) is a movie by Todd Philipps with Joaquin Phoenix narrating the origin story of Batman's nemesis. Are ...
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How to narrow the scope of my question and define the topic

Many large franchises have multiple tags and hyphenated tags. If I want to define the scope of my topic as one subset of the franchise, do I use tags or another method? Example: Assume my question is ...
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Is the producers' choice of language off topic?

If someone asks why a film was produced in English instead of Japanese (for example only), is that considered "behind the scenes" or is it off topic?
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What parts of science-fiction/fantasy concept albums (and rock operas) are on-topic?

I think that science-fiction and fantasy concept albums with a clear-ish, consistent story, such as Drones by Muse and The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance, are on-topic. However, I’m not sure ...
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Why is the The Handmaid's Tale on-topic? [duplicate]

I see that there are a few The Handmaid's Tale questions on this site. I have only seen the TV-series, not read the book, and I may recall incorrectly, but I am not aware of any supernatural or ...
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Is The Truman Show on-topic?

I recently asked this question about The Truman Show. There are three close votes saying it’s off-topic. Is The Truman Show a work of science fiction or fantasy?
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Artist-ID from artwork sample or artwork description. On-topic?

There is some specific Fantasy artwork (1980 or earlier era) for which I would like to find out who was the artist. The style is extremely distinctive and I remember back in the day such imagery was ...
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Are works whose SciFi and Fantasy elements turn out to have been created by conventional means on-topic? [duplicate]

Occasionally, the resolution of a movie is that all the scifi or supernatural elements turn out to be fabricated with some conventional technical tricks. For instance, "ghosts" may have be ...
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Is asking about Sci-Fi games on-topic? [duplicate]

According to the Help Center: What topics can I ask about here? Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is for questions targeted towards science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. This includes ...
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Should biographies of sci-fi/fantasy authors be on-topic?

I saw this question about Tolkien, a biographical movie about J.R.R. Tolkien. While I haven't seen the film, apparently it's not fantastical or anything. However, the question is open with no close ...
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Would my question be allowed on this site?

I asked a question on the Movies & TV site that was closed because it was a "list question". I understand that interpretation, but it's technically a Yes/No question. Is Firefly the only Sci-Fi ...
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How do we deal with terminology questions that turn out to be mere language questions? [duplicate]

Prompted by this question: Who is "He that flies" in Lord of the Rings? The simple answer from comments "He who flies" is a way of describing someone who is fleeing a battle. It doesn't ...
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Why is my question perfectly fine but another on basically the same thing locked?

I asked a question about translating some Elvish with no research effort or anything. It's stayed open for a while, and is not contentious on its on-topic-ness. Enter this question. It is locked, but ...
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Is the "The Wizard of Oz" movie actually on-topic? [duplicate]

At the end of The Wizard of Oz (the movie) However, we have (according to this query) around 10 questions about the movie. Why is this movie on-topic here?
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Should we allow fan-fiction identification? [duplicate]

I like story-identification. While the questions are sometimes bad, some are really well written and fun to look for. However, fan-fiction identifications are...subpar most of the time. Many are just ...
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How does this question fail the "related directly to a cited work of fiction" criterion?

The question How is Accio a safe spell? is closed with the following close reason: Questions seeking scientific solutions or explanations are off-topic unless related directly to a cited work of ...
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Are story identification questions with no story on-topic? [duplicate]

On a post I recently put a bounty on, a user said: This might be a better question on the Arqade Stack Exchange -- they do video game identifications. I said: They don’t accept them Then, the ...
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Would a western video game identification question be on-topic?

There's a video game that takes place in a town in the wild-west that I remember vividly, but I can't find any pics or proof online to be able to post in the Arqade community. Reading the description ...
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Would questions about the latest episode of The Flash be off-topic? [duplicate]

Remember a few years back, when Jeff used the notion of a fight between a gorilla and a shark as the archetypal example of a question that's off-topic on StackExchange? Well, guess what happened in ...
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