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Should questions asking about the future of a franchise, series, or literary work (groupings) be permitted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do we deal with questions about rumors and release dates? Recently, even I asked, questions referring to the future or the "future plans of" have been showing up hear and ...
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What is the limit for questions about ongoing series?

Questions about events in an ongoing series might get a definitive answer once the next book comes out or the next episode airs. What questions are too time-sensitive, and what questions are ...
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Are questions about Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle allowed on this site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Spy movies/ books: On topic? Are questions about Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle allowed on this site? Stephenson is usually labeled as a science fiction writer, but I'm not ...
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What's the procedure when a question is not answerable (yet)? [duplicate]

Ok not to be intentional subjective but what do I do? In my question In the Doctor Who universe, who is the mysterious lady who carries the blue journal? I find that I'm told an answer is not yet ...
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Are shopping questions on topic?

Is asking where something sci-fi/fantasy can be obtained on topic? What about asking about out of print (and whatever that is called in TV/film) items? Is it ok to ask where a copy if a work could be ...
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Subtitles/Translations On or Off topic?

Spanish subtitles for Tron: The next day Are there any better English translations of Solaris available, beyond the original translation from French? Particularly on the first link, there seems to be ...
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Talking about sci-fi is off topic?

Hi everyone. Yesterday, I opened a question "Talk about the Doctor Who episode 'The Impossible Astronaut'". It was promptly down-voted and I was pointed to the FAQ. I was left in disbelief that ...
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What good questions are not about a specific work?

Most of the questions on site are about a specific SF work or universe. That's fine, but it's disappointing to have pretty much only questions of this kind. In particular, most popular works and ...
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Are “upcoming-books” questions considered on-topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do we deal with questions about rumors and release dates? An example is: Future Malazan novels by Steven Erikson? At first glance, I would argue that such questions ...
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Are speculations about history on-topic?

Are questions that ask “what would the world be if X had (not) happened” on-topic for this site? What about the closely related “what would need to have changed for X to become true”? Example: ...
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Which mediums can be the basis of questions?

I could not find the information anywhere, so I was wondering whether there is any restriction on the kinds of medium whose works can be discussed here? Books, TV, Movies seem to be fair game but what ...
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Do questions concerning topics that are not exclusively SFF related, but are found in SFF, on or off topic?

This is in relation to the following question: Historical basis for the character of the fool While this is not an element that is exclusive to SFF, it certainly is not an uncommon element in ...
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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 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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Would a poll on the most influential hacker movies be appropriate?

Not all hacker movies are science-fiction, but a large percentage of them are. Would this poll be appropriate for the site?
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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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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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Acceptability of reading/viewing order questions

There are quite a few reading-order questions (I added the tag; it should perhaps include viewing-order in some way, but I couldn't think of a suitable word). Personally, these questions seem ok: ...
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Sci-fi technology: On topic?

Is discussing any futuristic technology on topic? I'm talking about themes that might exist in a sci-fi book, but haven't necessarily been written yet. A few examples are: How to best defend the ...
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Getting clarity on closing of questions

I'm puzzled by some of the close question decisions recently. Here are two examples (the first is my question): Is there anyone like Terry Pratchett in the sci-fi world? Other than Douglas Adams, who ...
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Are speculation questions fair game for this site?

Are questions similar to ones posed here http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WMG/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality considered appropriate for this site?
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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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How do we deal with questions about rumors and release dates? [duplicate]

I just noticed this question: Has anyone heard any rumors about the third book in Scott Sigler's “Infected” series? While I sympathize with users being curious about release dates, but especially ...
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What sort of Sci-Fi SE would appeal to Isaac Asimov or Robert Heinlein?

Our current trajectory seems to be to restrict this site to mere trivia questions both in and out of various science fiction universes. Who wrote this story? Why did character X in universe Y do Z? ...
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What is wrong with “broad” questions?

For example, this question https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/1223/terraforming-new-planet-turns-out-its-a-gas-viable This is an interesting question - and could spur a lot of discussion which ...
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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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Why does the community think identify what movie/show and actor was in questions are good?

So I saw that The Ashley Judd question got re-opened after a massive edit, I think that is a good thing and part of the proccess. However, I think this is a very sad statement from the community as ...
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Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction and StackExchange - making it work?

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/1040/the-ages-old-question-in-an-encounter-between-the-federation-and-the-empire-who I asked that question very much on purpose. I'm sure if I look at the ...
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What topics should be discussed here? [duplicate]

There are many people who don't seem to like the quality of questions that are on this site, and there's probably a half dozen questions on Meta about should something be on topic for this site. ...
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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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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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A first look at questions so far

Six days into the private beta, I've taken 100 questions more or less at random and came up with: 22 “list works containing X” 20 trivia questions (that are only interesting to people who've read/...
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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 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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Are post-apocalyptic settings SciFi? [duplicate]

What are post-apocalyptic stories? Are they SciFi, or more Fantasy or something of it's own? Examples that come to mind are Metro 2033 and Mad Max.
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What is and what isn't considered science fiction?

Note: This site is now Science Fiction & Fantasy. All speculative fiction, including alternate history, are considered on-topic. Following up on: Should questions about "Is X science ...
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Are questions about alternate history on or off topic?

... even when the device used to achieve timeline divergence didn't involve time travel and similar.
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Would Jericho be considered science fiction?

I mean, there is nothing scientifically impossible or not yet possible in the series. On the other hand, it definitely is fiction and it has a small amount of science.
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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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Should questions about “Is X science fiction” be off-topic? [closed]

We've already had a couple of questions asking if something can be considered science fiction, and questions of this kind seem very unlikely to produce interesting or informative answers. I think they ...
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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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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 Character?", and ...
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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 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 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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