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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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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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What's our policy on questions about fantasy/sci-fi creatures that aren't directly related to a specific on-topic work?

There are multiple questions on the site about fantasy or science fiction creatures that aren't directly related to a specific on-topic work. Most are eventually closed, but they're often quite ...
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How well does Inception fit into the Sci-Fi Genre?

I'm trying to work out why Inception fits into the Sci-Fi genre. What elements make it 'on-topic' on a site devoted to science fiction and fantasy?
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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 Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book. While certainly fictional, and predicated upon imaginative ...
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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 video game with non-human characters always considered SF/F?

I saw this recent question about the origins of Pac-man, and while video games are on-topic and the question is not about game mechanics, is it really an on-topic work? The only argument I can make ...
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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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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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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 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 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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Would The Jungle Book be on-topic?

So let's start with the usual argument here that talking animals aren't on-topic, as established in the following meta discussion: Are anthropomorphic animals by themselves enough to deem a work ...
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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 the TV show "Gotham" on topic?

Is the TV show Gotham on topic? In season 1, only one episode contains material that is seriously sci-fi in nature, which according to current guidelines only makes that episode on-topic, not the ...
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Are works that may or may not just be dreams on topic?

The question Is Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a symbol? was recently closed with the reason of unclear what you're asking. The question is unclear, so the final close reason makes ...
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Are questions about writing SFF stories on-topic?

Is this a site for prospective writers to come and ask for significant help writing a book, or should such questions be more appropriately addressed at the Writer's SE site? Specifically, I found this ...
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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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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 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 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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Let's talk about Story ID requests for erotica

At the moment, so long as what we see on SFF is SFW, it is acceptable. However, I'd like to discuss clarifying the scope of what is considered on-topic for SFF. Specifically requests for identifying ...
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Are stories that only appear to contain fantastical elements on topic?

This question concerns a very famous short story by Saki. For much of the story, it appears to be a ghost story with supernatural elements. That there are no ghosts or apparitions involved is the ...
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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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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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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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Is Twin Peaks on topic? [duplicate]

Just wondering if David Lynch's second season of Twin Peaks is on topic at the site? It has science fiction aspects in my opinion -- do others feel the same? If I recall correctly, a question about ...
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Are story identification questions still appropriate?

Despite Jeff's latest SE Blog post, I think story ID questions should still be ok here. I think there can be good and bad story ID questions, and while the bad ones can fall into the categories Jeff ...
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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 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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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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Is the Angry Birds game and movie on topic here?

Ok long story I sort of posted this question on Movies and Tv by accident (got my book marks mixed up :p) so please say nothing about the double up of the question. But here it is... finally in the ...
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What is our actual policy on science questions?

One of the most contentious close reasons we have on the site is the one that designates real-world science questions as off-topic. The close reason is worded as follows: "Questions seeking ...
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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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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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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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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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