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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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Are book vs movie question welcomed?

I did a little research in Meta and am surprised this question hasn't come up (unless is lies dormant and unfound by me). Is ok to ask the specific question "Whats the difference between the book/...
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Shouldn't this question be closed as Off Topic?

While browsing today, I noticed the question What influence did H.P. Lovecraft have on science fiction? I realize it's as old as the hills, effectively, but I distinctly remembered seeing in the FAQ ...
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Can a question about SF&F writers be in-scope?

I’ve got a question I’d like to ask about the activity of a group of SF writers (Asimov & Heinlein prominent among them) during WWII. It seems to me that this community is where I’m most likely ...
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Are questions about a slightly adult SciFi comic acceptable?

The specific webcomic series in question is http://rosalarian.com/lesbianpirates/?p=2143 ("I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!!") Are the questions about it acceptable? (provided ...
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How do we handle questions based on incorrect premise?

How do we handle questions based on incorrect premise? E.g. questions asks "Why did X happen in work Y", when in fact X never happened in work Y. Specific example is Where did Doc Brown get ...
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Movie Magic (or how do we answer stupid questions)

I titled this post as Movie Magic, as this really pertains to the movies only and indirectly to any answer that can be given :p Since a lot of SciFi and Fantasy movies take place: on another planet ...
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Are My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic questions welcome here?

So, as some of you have noticed, I've been asking a lot of questions about friendship-is-magic on the site lately. It's because I've been watching the show in a marathon session on my breaks, after ...
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Are real world speculation questions still on topic?

This question links to this question which, in the comments links to this meta discussion about what is and isn't on topic here on SciFi.se.com. My question, as the title states, is whether real ...
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Are speculative science questions on-topic?

The first sentence of the site FAQ says: Science Fiction and Fantasy - Stack Exchange is for questions targeted towards science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. To me, that should include ...
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Are questions on series which are answered by upcoming episodes “time localised”?

Prompted by a question about the Game of Thrones TV series: What did Melisandre (the red woman/priestess) give birth to? The scene being questioned about is at the end of one episode, and the ...
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Why are humorous questions off topic?

Regarding this question: What was this SciFi story? I have read a SciFi book a while ago, and would like to find the author. The book featured two robots, who were seeking to find their owner so they ...
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Migration policies

Following this question, it became evident that there is 2 stackexchange beta that particularly overlaps scifi.stackexchange scope : https://movies.stackexchange.com/ https://literature.stackexchange....
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Are questions about when stories are set not fit for Sci-fi & Fantasy SE?

I recently asked a question about when Beauty and the Beast was set, it has since been moved to the Movie and TV SE site, here. Are questions of this sort not fit for this SE site?
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Specific question about what Children's Literature is on topic (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs)

This question (and its related tag) is about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs which Wikipedia classifies as a children's picture book (and a related movie). Some books and movies "intended for ...
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Why was this question closed as “General reference”?

This question was closed - by a unilateral moderator vote - as "General Reference". https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/12900/what-is-the-origin-and-scope-of-term-legendarium Question ...
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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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This question was closed, even though the fate of these questions is not yet clear

With "How should we handle "any" (list) questions", the highest voted (+9, -3) answer right now (by a mod) is: Since we're debating the issue right now, I'm not going to wield the mod close hammer ...
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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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Are questions asking for specific generic SFF resources on-topic

I saw several questions over the time that ask for: "Looking for web sites/databases serving as genre-wide compendiums of XXX" On one hand, these are, by form, arguably off-topic due to being "list" ...
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Is this Q on-topic?

Is there a difference between a spaceship and a starship? I'm tempted to close as "General Reference" as it stands.
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Do we want to cover the legality of science fiction?

Specifically, I'm talking about the following question, but let's extend it to any kind of law questions somehow related to science fiction. Public domain for Star Wars? I'm not quite willing to ...
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Are questions on finding material on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are shopping questions on topic? https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/10605/where-can-i-find-spring-1153#comment19165_10605 There seem to be similar questions on the ...
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Are questions looking to simply prove or disprove a premise with a yes/no answer a good fit for our site?

Recently, the question Was Eric Flint's 1632 the ONLY prominent SF&F work/universe where some (approved) fan fiction is officially considered canon? was asked. The question asked for a single ...
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Is frontier medicine in House, M.D. on topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Spy movies/ books: On topic? House, M.D. is clearly neither science fiction nor fantasy (even though this io9 article begs to differ), but some individual episodes have ...
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Is this General Reference? [closed]

Why was Count Dooku not given the title "Darth"? Googling for "count dooku darth" brings up as the very first link+blurb: Count Dooku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia....
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Changing a List Question to Something Workable?

I have questions I'd like to ask on SF&F, but the problem is they're list questions. Some are for my own reference, which means they are useful to me for my writing (which is my work). Others, ...
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Is The A-Team on-topic?

Perhaps some clarification is appropriate. The series features many components that you usually find in science fiction (maybe also in fantasy, but I've no clue about that). The setting is typically ...
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Are questions like this on-topic?

How many of Philip José Farmers books were actually banned in the United States? I see at least two problematic areas (neither are 100% clearly off topic, but not sure): The question is not ...
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Are questions about fanfics on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are fan-fics fair game for this site? Are questions about fanfics based on SF&F works on topic? If so, are story identification questions about fanfics based on SF&F ...
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Interesting trivia questions to which you already know the answer

Is it acceptable to post questions to which we already know the answer if it is a particularly interesting and obscure science fictional factoid? For instance today I found out that the origin of the ...
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Are questions about fictional use of fusion reactors better asked in physics or sci-fi stack exchange?

I'm curious about fictional use of fusion power (obviously any use of a fusion reactor is currently fictional as man hasn't had success in building a self-perpetuating one yet). My concern is that if ...
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How have we been using the General Reference close reason?

I'm interested after reading the discussion Introduce a "General Reference" close reason on Meta Stack Overflow. What kinds of questions have been decided "General Reference"? Which have been ...
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Automatically sci-fi topics?

Do some topics make something ‘de-facto’ sci-fi? For example is any story that involves time travel by default considered sci-fi? Other topics that might fit this question extra-planetary space ...
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Are questions whose answers would determine if a work could be categorized as sci-fi considered on-topic?

A question about the show Dexter has been asked that essentially questions whether there is a sci-fi/fantasy element to a show generally regarded as "regular" fiction. Is this appropriate for this ...
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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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Why was this question about the Old Testament closed as off-topic?

The question How could Noah fit all those animals into the Ark? was closed as off-topic. I don't understand why. It's asking for an explanation of a plot detail in a work that surely qualifies as ...
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What are our boundaries?

A few weeks ago, I noticed the first questions that gave me pause, thinking, should we allow these? But they kind of fit, so I didn't do anything to get in its way. Could the Planeteers use their ...
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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 Wikia.com general reference?

It's fairly clear that Wikipedia is considered general reference (for both SciFi.SE and many other sites). Is wikia.com network considered general reference as well? For example for Harry Potter ...
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Why was this time-travel Potter question closed?

This question about whether characters can be brought back to life in the Potter universe was closed. None of the closers left a comment explaining why they closed the question. Why was this closed? ...
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Should we revise our book recommendation policy?

As per our FAQ, recommendations are off-topic. Historically, we started off allowing them, but eventually banned them. At the time, it seems that our analysis was that most recommendation requests ...
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Are questions about science fiction/fantasy itself not considered on topic?

I'm rather confused as to why my most recent question is being voted to be closed. Even some of the answers are saying it will be closed. But why? Do questions HAVE to be about specific sci-fi/...
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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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Are questions about current, or near-future science/technology on-topic?

Questions discussing fictional advanced technology are on-topic. So, we have questions asking about phasers in Star Trek, or ZPMs in Stargate. But what about science/technology that isn't decades/...
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Is anime on-topic?

We're Science Fiction & Fantasy. We deal with all forms of speculative fiction. Does this automatically include anime? If so, will this change if the Anime & Manga proposal launches? We've ...
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Are questions about specific detail in the book (non-obscure) on-topic?

I am specifically referring to "What exactly is the circumstance of this specific event in book X". An example would be: How did Ender kill this character? Basically, the type of question that are ...
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Exception to the general reference rule?

Currently general reference is one of the standard reasons for closing a question. However, I want to propose an exception to this clause: The question should not be closed, if the general reference ...
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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 questions about special effects techniques be allowed on Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange?

I was wondering if questions about special effects techniques be allowed on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange? For example, questions like What techniques did the artists use in the ...

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