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Why was migration rejected on this post (SFF to Meta)

Why do people on this site tolerate power users on this forum that debate in bad faith and power trip? Says Migration Rejected. This may have been a poor quality post (easily fixable) but it was ...
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Can I ask a question about important story arcs?

I really want to start reading about New Genesis and Apokolips. Can I ask a question about what graphic novel(s) and/or story arcs I should read to get started?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Are story identification questions with no story on-topic? [duplicate]

On a post I recently put a bounty on, a user said: This might be a better question on the Arqade Stack Exchange -- they do video game identifications. I said: They don’t accept them Then, the ...
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What are the decency standards on stack exchange? [duplicate]

I have a particular question that I want to post that deals with somewhat unpleasant concepts. I do not want to rustle any feathers or step on any toes (I learnt my lesson from my question about ...
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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 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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Cross-canon comparisons are off topic?

Recently I was reading a flame war between two users, and I came across ...asking for a comparison between transport technologies from two different universes, which is off-topic and will be closed ...
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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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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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Is a book recommendation site recommendation question valid?

Are there good services for similar series recommendations? I'm on the fence. Since it's not restricted to fantasy and sci-fi, it's arguably off-topic anyhow, but is asking for a site that offers a ...
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Are book recommendations questions allowed here? [duplicate]

I am looking for books where magic is commonplace (kind of like the Darkblade trilogy). I know other Stack Exchange sites don't allow questions like that, but some have more relaxed rules than ...
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Is a TV film about a guy obsessed with fantasy stories on topic?

I remember a particular TV film where the protagonist becomes obsessed with his inner world of high fantasy and this becomes an important cause of his actions, but there were no other elements of ...
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Are works whose SciFi and Fantasy elements turn out to have been created by conventional means on-topic? [duplicate]

Occasionally, the resolution of a movie is that all the scifi or supernatural elements turn out to be fabricated with some conventional technical tricks. For instance, "ghosts" may have be ...
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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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What's the reasoning behind suggested-order questions being on topic? Aren't they opinion-based?

Related: Acceptability of reading/viewing order questions The reason I ask is, I don't see how these suggested-order questions rise above the level beyond 'primarily opinion based'. The linked ...
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Would questions tagged 'Science-Fiction' in Movies&TV fracture the network? [duplicate]

In the Movies&TV beta site, they have the science-fiction tag. The tag happens to be the 6th most popular tag, and is the most popular 'genre' on the site1. In general when a beta sites start, ...
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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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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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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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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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Is a question about Paul Hoffman's Left hand of God on topic here?

As per the title, I'd like to ask a question about The Left Hand of God. I've found only this question about it, but it's just a story identification question, so I'm not sure I can take the existence ...
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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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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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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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Is this Rick & Morty question on-topic?

This question - although asking about an on-topic work of sci-fi, the question is purely based on a real world question. Should this question be closed as off topic for seeking "Scientific ...
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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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Asking a question about a film that is not fantastic, but its protagonist believes he lives in a tolkienesque fantasy world [duplicate]

The main character is a misfit living with his mother. There are no supernatural or preternatural elements in the story aside from the protagonist's psychosis (he believes that he is living in a ...
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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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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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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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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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Are questions about the backstory of a sci fi or fantasy Lego set on topic here?

Lego frequently comes out with various themed sets with science fiction or fantasy themes, often with a back story. An example would be the Mars Mission sets. As per the Brickipedia page: The ...
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Why is the The Handmaid's Tale on-topic? [duplicate]

I see that there are a few The Handmaid's Tale questions on this site. I have only seen the TV-series, not read the book, and I may recall incorrectly, but I am not aware of any supernatural or ...
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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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Is "Dilbert" cartoon on-topic?

It's a vast media universe (super big comic strip, TV animated series) that has talking intelligent animals (Dogbert, Ratbert), imaginary futuristic technology (advanced AIs and robots), people being ...
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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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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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Is "V for Vendetta" film on-topic?

I'm specifically asking about the film, not the comics.
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Are we consistent when flagging questions as 'too broad'?

Today a general question about vampires* was put on hold as 'too broad'. as no fictional universe was specified. But we also have this question which is pretty recent, with 15 UV's and 2 favs about ...
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Should we be more active in migratintg science questions to other SEs

We have a close reason: "Questions seeking scientific solutions or explanations are off-topic unless they relate directly to a cited work of fiction. There are a number of other Stack Exchange ...
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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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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 date is ...

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