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Are works that aren't SF per se, but have occasional SFnal elements on-topic? (e.g. spy movies)

For example, spy stuff like James Bond, 24, Tom Clancy, have some elements of sci-fi, but are a genre unto themselves. Should we include them in the list of on topic discussions?
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Is Fantasy in spec for this site?

Should fantasy be included in this? I know many people mix them up, and there are definitely cases which can be very hard to distinguish. So, the question remains, should we include Fantasy, or not ...
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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 exclude religious texts, and which?

It's clear that questions about religious texts cause friction. So should we ban questions that are specifically about religious texts? If so, how wide should the ban be: only about the Bible (which ...
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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 we edit the help centre to mention Worldbuilding?

Earlier today I was explaining to the OP of a speculative what-if question why that kind of question is off-topic here and better suited to Worldbuilding SE. I like to support my arguments by links to ...
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What problems does answering a question on this site solve?

All successful SE sites are basically focusing on a problem that someone has, and tries to find a solution by phrasing it as a question and applying answers as solutions. This was originally ...
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Can I ask a question about video game based scifi/fantasy?

As an occasional consumer of Halo books/games, I'm often curious about certain plot points or want to ask questions about that game's universe. Would this be the appropriate site for these questions? ...
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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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What questions are on-topic, and what questions are off-topic?

SciFi.SE's identity is still being defined, and as such there's a lot of unresolved confusion wrapped up in dozens of topics about what types of questions are acceptable. Let's stop creating ...
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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 handle conflicts with the Anime and Movies sites?

There are now Stack Exchange sites about anime & manga and movies & TV. Questions about SF anime, manga or movies could therefore be on-topic on two sites. My understanding is that a question ...
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Should meta posts regarding the deaths of figures that are important to SFF:SE be on topic?

Over the past few years we've had several "In Memoriam" posts regarding figures that are of iconic importance to the SFF:SE community. Given that these posts seem to be generally well received by the ...
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How should we handle questions that are about non-SF/F elements in a SF/F work?

The many meta questions regarding scope have quite firmly established that questions must be about a work that is related to sci-fi/fantasy. We have, however, seen dissenting opinion and behavior when ...
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Are anthropomorphic animals by themselves enough to deem a work fantasy?

The direct cause of my question is this: Why did Remy (the rat from Ratatouille) cook Ratatouille at the end of the movie? I can think of a number of works, from The Wind in the Willows to Flushed ...
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Are questions that try to rationalize technobabble on-topic here? [duplicate]

How can you have a point of origin with only one coordinate? is a good example, and I suspect we'll see many questions asking, say, how is it possible that Tom Paris got to Warp 10 in Voyager when ...
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Should we change the name of this site to include fantasy?

We've already had one question that has basically decided that if people want to talk about fantasy here, it's okay, but the name sci-fi would discourage them. There have been other hints from other ...
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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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Are "recommend me" questions allowed? [duplicate]

Are questions of the form "I really liked X series. Could you recommend me some similar works?" allowed?
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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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Are book / movie / TV series identification questions allowed?

If there are books that I read a long time ago that I'd like to re-read but I've forgotten the author and/or title, may I post a question asking if other users can identify it? The same for movies or ...
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Are Google-able questions appropriate? [duplicate]

I know it's only the first day, but plenty of the questions I've seen so far appear to be easily answered by doing a simple search. "What author wrote Title?", "What actor played ...
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Is Calvin and Hobbes on topic?

This one is quite the edge case. Prompted by this hot SE network question Did Calvin ever realise that Hobbes was not real? Is it on topic for SFF? No He's a Sunday paper comic It's not a fantasy ...
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Gorilla vs. Shark - a Longer Explanation

An issues that has come up recently, that seems to recur every so often, is the question of what constitutes a "Gorilla vs. Shark" question on SF&F. We know such questions are off-topic, ...
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Are questions about Santa Claus on topic?

Is Santa Claus a Fantasy topic? I think yes, but just want to be sure before doing so.
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Is Science Fiction and Fantasy SE the proper place to debate the severity of Nazi Germany's atrocities?

I'm sort of at a loss here. An answer was deleted by users because it was deemed offensive. A moderator undeleted and "improved the grammar" of it and locked it as undeleted. All the while, a ...
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Are fan-fics fair game for this site?

Is it valid to ask about fanfic and other alternate-version sources for science-fiction material on this site?
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Are list questions allowed?

This just started, but there already seems to be a lot of questions that essentially boil down to "Please list stories that X". These questions cannot have a definitive answer, and sometimes you can ...
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Scifi Stack Exchange is now "Science Fiction & Fantasy"

ANNOUNCEMENT: This site has been officially renamed "Science Fiction and Fantasy". While both subjects were generally considered on topic, the fantasy genre is now explicitly integrated into this ...
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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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What's our tolerance for adult content?

Why did T'Pol act like a human woman with Trip? The topic of the question seems fully within the boundaries of the site, but the actual content is a bit not-quite-family-friendly. Is this within ...
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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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Can we please fix the About page to remove "actual problem" and "practical" wording?

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/about Get answers to **practical, detailed questions** Focus on questions about an actual problem you have faced. Include details about what you have tried and ...
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Is the story-ID question that turned out to be about the Axe commercial, on-topic?

A user asked What movie are these gifs from? The answer revealed that they were from an Axe commercial. In it, we see a number of angels walking the street towards a young man who has apparently ...
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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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Is "I am curious about X" sufficient justification for asking questions on SFF.SE?

In my long time here, I have witnessed time and time again people attacking questions (as in, downvoting, VTCing, and/or posting hostile comments or meta content) on the basis of: "Why are you ...
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Are the Donald Duck comics on-topic?

We have already determined that Duck Tales is on topic. Is Donald Duck on topic? There was already 1 question on the Duck universe, How wealthy is Uncle Scrooge in the Don Rosa/Carl Barks universe?, ...
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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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Are questions about Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" considered on-topic?

Are questions about Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" considered on-topic? While I wouldn't necessarily classify them as science fiction or fantasy, they do have some fantastical ...
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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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When does a movie question get migrated to Movies and TV?

I asked this question yesterday: Nolan's Dark Knight: Why would Dent's convictions be overturned? It got moved to Movies and TV by the evening. Now, I've been using mobile exclusively for ...
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Are children's literature and cartoons for children on-topic?

Books and movies intended for children very often contain fantasy elements. They are typically not considered part of the fantasy genre, but rather part of the specific “for children” genre. Does this ...
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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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If a sequel contains SFF content, does that make the original property on-topic as well?

There are a number of vanilla films, books and TV shows that have included science-fiction or fantasy content in sequels. The Oscar™-nominated Weekend at Bernie's had zero fantasy content. The sequel ...
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Where do we draw the line on "opinion-based" questions?

There's been a lot of discussion on whether certain types of questions should be closed or not. In particular, it seems there's some disagreement as to what, exactly, constitutes a question that ...
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Are comic superheroes considered sci-fi?

Would comic book superheroes (the non-magical ones, of course) be considered sci-fi? I'm more of a Marvel fan, so I first think of Iron Man as a prime example in the "yes" camp, but I wonder what ...
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Can we discuss steampunk here?

I definitely think steampunk has a place under sci-fi but wanted to ask before starting any possible discussions.
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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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Is Ducktales on topic?

Is the Disney TV and comic series Ducktales on topic? My question here was closed due to being about anthromorphic animals. However I strongly feel that Ducktales is far more than anthromorphic ...
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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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