Questions tagged [scope]

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Are questions that just ask for a description of a plot-point on-topic?

So, here’s a question that basically asks “What happens in this recently-released movie that I haven’t seen?” https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/57136/who-dies-in-captain-america-2 Is that on-...
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Questions about production of Sci-Fi works and out-of-universe topics? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question which asks about Foley artists' sound production and techniques used in Star Trek. Is this considered to be on-topic? Obviously including a wider scope such as special ...
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Order of the Stick comics, should we start asking here?

Should we start asking questions about the Order of the Stick universe on SciFi Stack Exchange? The Order of the Stick consists of webcomics, books and supplimentary material drawn by Rich Burlew ...
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Can I ask if a book/movie/TV show is speculative fiction? [duplicate]

I have a few questions about where the line between non-genre and speculative fiction lies. Speculative fiction being the collective term for Sci-fi, horror, fantasy and a few other closely related ...
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Are questions about webfiction on-topic?

I've been avidly reading Worm and Pact, two very good web serials that are about superheroes and demons respectively (a bit of an oversimplification, but close enough). However, although Worm has been ...
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Do we want to remove this line from the 'what to ask'?

Our main site's 'What topics can I ask about here?' page, has this under the 'what not to ask' section: Facts easily found on a reference site: Who played X in Y? However, this line was from the ...
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Should unanswerable questions be downvoted

Should unanswerable questions be downvoted as these have no answer? For instance Can two people master the Elder Wand at one time?
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Is trying to locate a work that I read in the past an appropriate topic for SF&F.SE?

There is a particular Sci Fi book that I read when I was in grade school. I checked it out from my little public library long before I was paying any attention to esoteric things like "titles" and "...
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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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Why are list questions allowed if they're not asking for lists of works?

Why is it that only lists of works are off-topic? See for example this question, which has answers that are just as useless as those to a question asking for lists of works. Surely all questions ...
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Should we add 'off-topic' category for 'News, and current events'?

Source: https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/a/3378/976 Pureferret proposed the idea: add 'off-topic' category for 'News, and current events'? Example questions: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/...
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Are movies like “Twins” or “Junior” on topic, since they contain minor SF elements?

I'm well aware of this question, but the discussion came up on chat and I was encouraged to ask the question on meta. Twins is a 1988 comedy featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as ...
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Do we want a straight migration path to Anime&Manga?

If and when Anime&Manga comes out of beta, do we want to add a straightforward migration path there? I can imagine some overlap, and I can imagine some questions asked here that would receive a ...
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Should we have a special “off-topic” VTC sub-reason “Release date is on IMDB/Amazon”?

We have recently had several questions of a very specific format: Q: Are there plans to make next installment of {movie series X}? A: Yes, the production is confirmed (and optionally, release ...
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Are questions from sci fi animation movies off-topic? [duplicate]

We have many animation movies which have sci fi and fantasy elements as: Megamind The Incredibles Monsters Shrek Wall E, etc Are questions from these off-topic?
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Are questions involving Jack London's Universe off-topic?

Are questions involving Jack London's universe(one in the Call of the Wild and White Fang) off Topic?
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Are questions that ask whether or not there exists a list a list question in and on themselves?

I'm referring to https://scifi.stackexchange.com/q/40610/2565 It asks: Has anyone compiled a list of all of these predictions-come-true? Now, does this fall under our no-lists rule?
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Should this question be cross-posted to Islam.SE?

What is the explanation for the basis of Buddhislamic faith in Dune Universe? Part of the question is clearly in-universe SciFi. But part is also out-of-universe theological. Should this question ...
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Are Life of Pi questions on-topic?

I recently watched the movie and got a couple questions about it, but I'm not sure if it's on-topic. Should I ask the questions on movie.SE only? Does it depend on the questions?
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Is My Little Pony: Equestria Girls on-topic?

MLP:FIM has been discussed before and I think the consensus is that it's on-topic. I've watched a lot of MLP (FIM and the generations before), and now my daughter has exposed me to the latest ...
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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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Why was this question not closed/reopened?

What influence did H.P. Lovecraft have on science fiction? The main part of the question explicitly asks "can HPL be considered SciFi?" The title was edited by Gilles to be ontopic, but it doesn't ...
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Should questions about sex and other adult activities be off-topic?

I'm finding this question highly offensive. Previously this has been unresolved due to a fortunate lack of such questions but thanks to this latest question for bringing it to the fore. Should ...
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What should I do with this write-up?

I have started writing a very interesting (to me at least) question that was asking how was it possible for Batman to eject from the Bat in time to survive the A-bomb blast. The timeline of the movie ...
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Would translation issues count as “behind-the-scenes”?

I was thinking of asking about how the poem about Samson in Stanislaw Lem's The Cyberiad was translated, given the extremely specific constraints for the poem. However, after a modest amount of ...
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Artificially limiting list length to get around “not constructive”

It is very well established (throughout Stack Exchange) that "list questions" are "not constructive". As indicated by the votes (caveat: I just upvoted this answer) for this answer for limited list ...
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A question for English.SE? “oft evil will shall evil mar”

I don't agree with closing https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/36879/what-does-theodens-quote-in-the-two-towers-oft-evil-will-shall-evil-mar-mean as "too localised" - but I also don't think it ...
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What should be our Off-Topic reasons?

Changes are coming to the Question Closing system. The existing Vote To Close reasons are being overhauled. We've already seen some of these changes in the Duplicate Question area. That link above ...
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Are one-sided answerable questions non-constructive? [duplicate]

This question is an example of a question which is answerable with a single example if the answer is yes; but an answer of no would effectively require an exhaustive knowledge of the subject (...
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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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Do my questions belong here, or in Movies & TV or in Anime & Manga? [duplicate]

I posted 2 questions over at Movies & TV regarding DVD releases of some cartoon robots and a cartoon super-hero, which might have been appropriate to ask here, but I was uncertain. I asked about ...
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Are stories from classic literature on topic?

I have a question about "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. On one hand this story seems to clearly be a fantasy story, what with the ghosts and time travel and all. But on the other hand we do ...
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Is the movie Contagion ontopic in SF&F?

Is the movie Contagion ontopic here? And more specifically, questions which are not even remotely about any SF or fantasy aspect, such as this one: What happened to the village in Contagion? I am ...
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Should Person of Interest be on-topic?

I personally think Person of Interest is just barely in the Sci-Fi realm, for being centered around a fictional, near-omniscient automated surveillance network. It also has some themes that overlap ...
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Why was this closed as “non-constructive”?

What were all the occasions where the Star Trek Captains have met each other? The question very clearly indicated that it was about main figures of each show (e.g. Picard/Kirk/etc...) meeting, NOT ...
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Is Haruki Murakami considered fantasy/sci-fi?

Is Haruki Murakami considered fantasy/sci-fi? 1Q84 involves parallel worlds and the supernatural. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle also involves the supernatural and a dream reality. Would questions on ...
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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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Is the movie Interstella 5555 considered “sci-fi”?

Is the movie allowed here? Is it considered more as a movie? Or is it considered sci-fi. I don't really want to gather more downvotes; I just want to know whether or not it's within the scope of the ...
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Do works from L Ron Hubbard that are part of Scientology “canon” count as “religious texts”?

This question about L Ron Hubbard's Revolt in the Stars seems to be close a possible conflict for our policy on religious works. However, I'm not certain, as the whole religion-founded-by-a-science-...
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Is unrealistic anime or manga automatically considered sci-fi/fantasy?

I recently read this question and I gathered from a comment, as all the manga/anime in question was 'unrealistic' (because of the volumes of food eaten) it was considered 'on-topic' even if it didn't ...
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When is it okay to ask about a character's sexual orientation?

We've gotten two questions in the past few hours that ask if a character in a TV show is gay: Is Major Nelson gay in I Dream of Jeannie https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/26429/is-dr-mccoy-gay-...
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Can we ask questions on books written in other languages?

So far, I've only seen questions on English-specific books. Is this a language restriction?
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Should the questions on SFF have to include a mention of the ultimate goal of why you are asking them?

A question of mine just got VTCed with the explanation including a quote from a famous FAQ by Eric S. Raymond "How to Ask Questions The Smart Way": from How to Ask Questions The Smart Way: "If you ...
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What exactly are SFF's rules for “relevant” questions?

A question of mine just got VTCed with the following "explanation" (I don't want to be rude and say "excuse", but I can find gazillions of SFF questions that fit the same criteria which were NOT VTCed ...
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Is Jacqueline Carey's “Kushiel's Legacy” series in scope?

Is Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel's Legacy" series in scope? Is there consensus that it is "Fantasy"? Wiki says "historical fantasy or alternate history" in the series page, and "Fantasy" in the first ...
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Should the questions that ask for “The SOMETHING-est” answer have their answers cleaned up?

We have several questions on SFF which are of the form: What is the work/example that is "QUALITY-iest" for a given objective property. For example, "What is the earliest SciFi book about X", or "...
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Should questions about where to start with a series be on-topic?

After this question was closed: What Star Trek episode to introduce a new viewer? Wikis pointed out this question that remained open: Which Discworld book to start a newbie on There is no doubt ...
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Should we have rules/guidelines for downvotes on duplicate questions?

Prelude: A downvote is supposed - metaphorically - to mean that: The poster did something bad/wrong, and needs to be sent a message to stop doing it The post is bad and needs to be signalled to the ...
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Does a story which is older than the term “sci-fi”, but does contain features commonly associated to the genre, count as sci-fi?

Lately there were a number of questions asking for the earliest works containing examples of some specific tropes, or having certain characteristics. As we go back in time, the concept of sci-fi ...
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Are comic book cover questions off-topic?

I have a question regarding a stamp symbol I've noticed on several marvel comics of mine. It's likely not in-universe related and more of a promotional thing but I'd like to know what it is. Is it ...

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