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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/...
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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 en ...
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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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Are all utopias and dystopias on-topic? [duplicate]

Utopias and dystopias are a genre loosely connected to Science Fiction and Fantasy. They often are set in the future, occasionally involve technology which has not yet been invented, and otherwise ...
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Is Bugs Bunny (as a whole) on-topic?

Pretty much the same question than Are the Donald Duck comics on-topic?, although different characters, as so far, it doesn't seem we discussed either Bugs Bunny or the Looney Tunes on Meta. We have ...
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How do I ask this question about a SF author?

Frank Herbert's way of thinking is almost completely inside his books. Between the very few of his writes outside, there is an article resuming what his books are about and how he wrote these books. ...
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Is a story identification question on-topic if it doesn't include genre defining elements?

I have several times seen people have an issue when asking story identification questions, simply put the details they remember from the story don't make the genre plain to those reading the question, ...
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Are questions related to the history and influences on the SF genre out of scope?

I recently asked a question regarding a specific time frame of the SF/horror genre, and I'm wondering if it is considered on-topic for this forum. The question touches on literary and political ...
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Is The Wicker Man (1973) on topic?

The Wicker Man is a famous British folk musical/horror/erotic thriller film from 1973. (There was a 2006 American remake that I have never seen and which is not that well regarded.) I was wondering ...
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Is The Warriors (1979) on topic?

The Warriors is a 1979 film (with a 2005 home re-release that adds comic book transitions between scenes) that takes place in New York City that is full of peculiar gangs. The setting was, as of the ...
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Is this site just for books?

Is this site just for books, or is it also for movies, TV shows, video games, etc.? For instance, I don't see a lot of questions about children's TV shows (many of which feature magic); so, I thought ...
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What is the scope of fandom information?

Reminder: Please don't VTRO or bring the "meta effect" onto the linked question until a consensus is reached about the true scope of fandom information. From the Help Center > Asking: What topics ...
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If a certain work is found to be off topic, are questions on Sci-Fi elements also off topic?

I would like for this question to be reopened: How does Snoopy stay balanced on top of his doghouse? Shouldn't he fall down? Although the meta seems to have concluded that Peanuts are off-topic (...
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Are the Peanuts comics on-topic?

We've had two questions tagged Peanuts both with well received questions and answers: In Peanuts, do the human characters know what Snoopy's thinking? How does Snoopy stay balanced on top of his ...
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Why was migration rejected on this post (SFF to Meta)

Why do people on this site tolerate power users on this forum that debate in bad faith and power trip? Says Migration Rejected. This may have been a poor quality post (easily fixable) but it was ...
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Is Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and by extension Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on-topic?

When I get back from vacation in two weeks I'd like to ask a question about the significance of the name for the animated show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood which is based on the make-believe characters ...
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What are “future works”?

We have had a long-standing policy of closing "future works" questions as POB. What is unclear, and seemingly disagreed upon is exactly what constitutes a "future work". Is it works that we know for ...
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Would a primarily opinion-based question with canon answers be on topic?

For example, would a question like 'who is stronger, Dumbledore or Gandalf' be on topic if there would be a canon based answer? (for example, if JKR addressed it in a tweet) I have a specific ...
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Is a TV film about a guy obsessed with fantasy stories on topic?

I remember a particular TV film where the protagonist becomes obsessed with his inner world of high fantasy and this becomes an important cause of his actions, but there were no other elements of ...
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Are questions involving marketing campaign characters on-topic?

There's two questions that have been asked in this vein Why does the Trix Rabbit like Trix so much? Did all General Mills Characters always exist in the same universe? The potential problem here is ...
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Is literary analysis on-topic?

Recently, this question was asked: Why does "Brave New World" change perspective so many times in the first (ish) chapter? At the time of writing, it has four close votes for a mixture of "...
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Is South Park on-topic?

South Park (the TV show and related media) have clear SFF elements such as the Crab People, the Marklar civilization, the anal probe aliens, zombies, the mysterious multiple deaths of Kenny, as well ...
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Should questions about fandom response be on-topic?

Should questions about specific aspects of fandom response to a work of sci-fi/fantasy be considered on-topic for SFF.SE? The help centre's on-topic page clearly states that "Behind-the-scenes and ...
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Is this question about The Great Mouse Detective on-topic?

I asked a question with the story-identification tag. The answer turned out to be that the movie I was thinking of was Disney's The Great Mouse Detective. For some reason, it became a popular network ...
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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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Are secondhand story ID questions OK?

Recently, someone asked this: Short story about a starship captain who's only eligible to run for President of the USA if you don't allow for time dilation The asker states that they did not ...
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Is the show Vikings on topic here?

I have a question about the Vikings series made by History channel. This series has some fantasy symptoms (prophets, gods or dead characters that sometimes interact a bit, spectres), but the vast ...
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Ask for related books on topic? [duplicate]

I liked Ready Player One and wanted to know if asking for related books would be on topic or not. Is it? (Have not used this SE in a while)
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Is Monty Python's Flying Circus on topic?

Is the work of Monty Python, as a rule, on topic here? The world, as depicted in Monty Python's Flying Circus is different from the real world in many ways. One can suffer a dangerous fall while ...
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Is it reasonable to ask about the meaning of phrases in a science-fiction work?

Peter Miles is apparently making his way through Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and is asking about the meaning of particular English phrases that are not explicitly about science fiction (although one ...
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Are questions about Coco on-topic?

Are questions about the 2017 Pixar movie Coco on topic? The film is based on the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, and has the main character trapped in the spiritual Land of the Dead for most of ...
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Are questions about the influence of SF works on later non-SF works on topic?

Suppose work A is clear science fiction or fantasy, and work B is not. Would it be on topic to ask about whether an on-topic aspect of A influenced a part of B? For example, would it be on topic to ...
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Can “does this exist” questions be reworded to be on-topic without asking for the first instance?

My understanding (based on this meta question) is that most list questions are off-topic unless the list is finite and narrow in scope. It seems that questions asking if something exists tend to be ...