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Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why.

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Is Friday the 13th on topic here?

Is Friday the 13th on-topic here? As it's a slasher/horror franchise. From Wikipedia: Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that, as of 2016, comprises twelve slasher films, a ...
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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 ...
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Is the Nolanverse Batman on-topic on SFF:SE?

On several occasions I've seen users decrying the Nolan Batman as being little more than spy-fi with little or no fantasy or science-fictional content. Is the 'Dark Knight trilogy' on topic for SFF:...
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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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Would an objective system for determining whether a work is on-topic or not be useful?

There have been numerous debates on what we consider on-topic for this site. To show some prime and highly debated examples: Are anthropomorphic animals by themselves enough to deem a work fantasy? ...
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Is a question too broad if there are multiple ways to back up a correct answer?

This question is trying to get some clarification for why Are there in-universe reasons reason why Dany wouldn't start her conquest in Dorne? would have been closed. Here's the actual question: ...
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Is Super Mario Bros on topic here?

Recently there have been a couple of questions about Super Mario Bros on the site. How did the Mario Brothers discover/enter the Mushroom Kingdom? What is Mario's full name? To me this seems ...
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Is Zootopia on topic on SFF:SE?

We now have a couple of questions about the hit film Zootopia (AKA Zootropolis). In chat, there have been several references to this earlier question: Are anthropomorphic animals by themselves enough ...
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Can we get a more specific definition of what this site considers “too broad”?

Currently, the close reason (which is standard for all SE sites) has a description of: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add ...
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When did we decide to add “too broad” to the close reasons?

A simple enough question, hopefully with a simple answer. When was the discussion held (and presumably the decision taken) that questions on SFF:SE should relate to a single canon universe?
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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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Is it on-topic to give religious texts as answer for “first appearance” [duplicate]

I've read the metas concerning religious texts and concluded that it would be fine to use them as answers if one does not claim they are fiction. Is that correct? Context: In this question I've ...
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Is Clash of the Titans considered on topic for Science Fiction and Fantasy?

There don't seem to be any tags on SFF.SE for Clash of the Titans. It seems to be in the fantasy realm, but I don't want to post an off-topic question. Is Clash of the Titans considered fantasy?
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Is “who has died in X” considered a poor list question?

I recently asked Who died in A Song of Ice And Fire? and Who died in Harry Potter?. These received mixed reception: The Harry Potter question received 2 upvotes, but has received 4 VtC as "too broad", ...
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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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Are 'pure' horror works on topic? And if so, why?

We seem to have a number of questions under the horror tag relating to works that contain no discernible science fiction or fantasy content. Title of horror novel book where the villain is actually ...
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Does this forum deal with the “non-canon” Star Wars Universe

Can I ask questions about the "non-canon" Star Wars Universe on this forum? For Example: "How old was Jacen Solo when he died?" That question has nothing to do with the movies and Disney has ...
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Is “Penguins of Madagascar” on-topic?

This question has experienced several rounds of closing and reopening: Was Dr. Octavius Brine inspired by Octodad? The close justification is that the film is off-topic, with the reasons cited ...
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Do current users want the ability to re-visit older site policies?

We have many old meta questions that restrict, corral, or allow content on this site. Things like spy-fi, what's on or off topic, fan-fics, etc. Many of these policies were made and voted on before ...
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Why is fandom information treated as if it weren't on topic?

From the Help Center > Asking: What topics can I ask about here? Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is for questions targeted towards science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. This ...
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Is this request for a translation on topic?

There's about 15 seconds of speech in Russian in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The subtitles on the DVD don't show what they're saying. I didn't see any other requests for translation with the ...
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Improving threshold for asking story-identification

After watching the story-identification tag, I noticed that many questions are of poor quality, simply because the information provided is very minimal. This issue was already discussed here but the ...
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DC ComicTournament Bracket?

I recently asked a question (Has Batman ever fought Hawkman?) the pertained to a single battle of a tournament that was constructed by a kids comic book (I don't remember which one of the top of my ...
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Can I ask about a connection between Marvel and The Princess Diaries?

Disney's The Princess Diaries has princesses, princes, and castles in it, so some might say its sort of fantasy. However the real reason I ask is that I want to ask about a possible connection between ...
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Policy on questions about which genre or subgenre a given work is in?

Back in 2011, in a long discussion which I still haven't read through fully to see whether it's up to date, it was decided that genre-classification questions were off-topic. Do we want to revisit or ...
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Is Charlotte's Web on-topic?

I never really thought of Charlotte's Web by E.B. White as fantasy (and definitely not science fiction), but it's definitely not realistic; now that I am thinking about it, I realize that it has many ...
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Is League of Legends on topic?

League of Legends is a MOBA (multi-player online battle arena) type computer game. It's set in the fictional world of Runeterra and sports several regions, ranging from Human Medieval(ish) to Magic ...
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Would this question about practical jokes by the Star Trek crew be on-topic?

I want to ask a question about practical jokes played by the members of the Star Trek TOS crew - namely, how many were there, and what were they. My question is, is this question, which would involve ...
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How do I reply to a moderator deleting my answer on a false premise?

I wrote an answer to question Who wrote about an energy free space elevator?. The question is asking for scientific writers - which may indicate science-fiction writer using real science, or actual ...
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Are fanfic identification questions on-topic on SFF? [duplicate]

I'm wondering whether fanfic identification questions (i.e. story-identification style questions that are about a fan fiction; note that, normally, the question author would know what particular work ...
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Translations of fictional languages to English

Specifically, when the fictional language is used in places outside of the works they appear in: What does this elvish text from UC Irvine say? is okay Grammar and quality check for a Klingon ...
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Is *Lord of the Flies* generally classified as SF?

In this question, @user14111 refers to the book Lord of the Flies as being typically classified as science fiction. I remember reading it years ago, and having seen a movie adaption, but hadn't ...
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Are Andy Griffiths's bum/butt books on-topic?

Yes, you did read that title right... Does Andy Griffiths's bum/butt series fall within the scope of this site? I'm not sure if the fact that bums are sentient and can function separately from the ...
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Is Zoolander sci-fi?

Do Zoolander and its sequel constitute as sci-fi? There are certainly strong elements of sci-fi, including: Zoolander using a psychic power to stopping a throwing star from killing the Prime ...
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Are release date questions still off-topic?

I was reviewing this question and it seems to me that this meta question should apply, and that the question would be off-topic as too localized. However, when trying to flag it as such, I found that ...
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When is science fiction existing?

I asked a question similar to this https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/34196/depth-of-an-inhabitable-shell-around-the-earth on the SF&F site. I deleted it because I didn't want to ...
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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 questions about on-topic organizations or outlets related to on-topic properties on-topic?

Sorry, I know that question is difficult to follow. The specific case I'm asking about would be about the history of the leadership (editting, hosting, and ownership) of the Escape Pod podcast. For ...
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Are “where to watch/read/buy” questions on topic, and if not, shouldn't that be mentioned in the FAQ? [duplicate]

A couple of hours ago I was the first to flag "What is the availability of full episodes of the Shannara Chronicles on the MTV website for non-MTV subscribers?" as off-topic. However, afterwards I ...
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Laine Liska’s—and everybody and their cousins’—attitude toward Star Wars

Inspired by What has been Harrison Ford's attitude toward Star Wars? and What has been Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars? and Kenny Baker's attitude toward Star Wars Who can ever ...
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What should we do with a tag that's used only for questions closed as off-topic but not deleted?

I just discovered that we have a james-bond tag. This surprised me, as community consensus is that James Bond is off-topic. So I went to burninate the tag ... and discovered that it's used on two ...
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Are Easter Egg questions off topic?

There are at least 3 new questions related to Easter Eggs for The Force Awakens. What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?” What are the parallels between The ...
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Is “Man in the high castle” on topic?

I've not seen all of the series but from what I have seen nothing seems particularly fantastical or science-fiction-y, the premise is that somehow the Axis won the war and have dominated the world. I ...
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Are “does this appear in canon and if so, where” questions on-topic?

I have recently asked a few questions on Star Wars: Are old-order storm trooper helmets sight restrictive? Did any Jedi in the Old-Republic employ prostitutes The basic formatting of these ...
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Are Toy Story questions on-topic?

I've noticed there are a few Toy Story questions on the site. There are also the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 tags. Should they be closed for being off-topic? I fail to see how Toy Story is sci-fi or ...
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Are questions about Black Mirror on topic?

The TV series Black Mirror is, according to WikiPedia: (...) a British television anthology series (...) that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...
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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 questions about SF-related websites on topic?

We know that books, short stories, graphic novels, TV shows, movies, and computer games are on-topic. What about websites? Specifically, I was wondering about the history and etymology of ...
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Do we allow Fan Fictions? [duplicate]

I just stumbled upon a question tagged with hp-methods-of-rationality and I found that there are handful of questions on that tag. Do we allow Fan Fictions? If yes, can I discuss a fan fiction told ...
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Does sci-fi have extremely low standards for questions compared to other stackexchanges?

I have noticed recently that a lot of questions that get asked are extremely easily answered with 10 seconds of Google. Examples include: What horse or horses played Shadowfax? Who is the head of ...

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