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Reopen request for the "Adventure book, possibly published around 25 years ago" question

I'd like to request that this question be reopened, and to respond to the reasons given for its closure. The blue box states that the question "needs details or clarity". I would say that ...
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Would a question about wind effects in "The Permanent Implosion" be on-topic here?

I recently asked a story ID question: Story ID: Oil well fire techniques used against space warp, got a prompt and correct answer with a link to the story, read the story, and i am now curious as to ...
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Should Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman get its own tag?

This may seem a trivially obvious, but I wasn't quite sure. I was writing another Walter M. Miller, Jr. question for the monthly theme just know, but the question was actually about Saint Leibowitz ...
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Would this Dragons question be on-topic?

I was going to post the following question about Dragons in Temeraire, but looking for appropriate tags started to think it might be off topic as science based. Could I get a feeling in the room? In ...
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How can I pose this question, without it being flagged as a duplicate?

I want to ask the following question: What is the dependence between volumes of The History of Middle-earth? This is a very similar to a question already asked, What to read in History of Middle-earth?...
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Is The Clan of the Cave Bear (and related works) on topic?

I just stumbled upon this well-asked and received question about the series of novels of which Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book. While certainly fictional, and predicated upon imaginative ...
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Should the question "What to read in History of Middle-earth?" have been closed?

The question in question: What to read in History of Middle-earth? It's had a little bit of history to it, originally closed as a dupe to: In what order should Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth ...
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Duplicates: “Yesterday Was Monday” versus “A Matter of Minutes”

We seem to have a bit of a tangled situation with [story-identification] questions involving the Theodore Sturgeon short story “Yesterday was Monday” and the 1986 Twilight Zone episode “A Matter of ...
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Are stories set in settings that do not exist, yet which otherwise have no magical or speculative elements, on topic?

I thought this had been discussed before, but I can't seem to find a meta question about it. There was a story-identification question today, to which the answer was Lloyd's Alexander's Westmark ...
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Why has the question "Where did Horace Walpole get the adjective "Gothic" to describe The Castle of Otranto?" been closed as off topic?

This question: Where did Horace Walpole get the adjective "Gothic" to describe The Castle of Otranto? which I asked last night has been closed (although I cannot see by whom). Apart from a ...
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Should this question about list of references go on the main sci-fi and fantasy site?

I looked around the other SE sites and found maybe one other SE site that this question could fall under (Literature), but the help section from both of these sites don't say whether or not its on or ...
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Why was this question about Captain America closed?

My question about fanfic on Captain America was closed, but no explanation was given. It was closed as "off topic" but there are other questions about Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ...
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Who founded Science Fiction and Fantasy?

This seems to be a community-run site, but who founded it?
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Can we reopen the question “When would the Undying Lands become over-populated?”

The question When would the Undying Lands become over-populated? was closed as opinion-based, but it has a definitive answer (never) because of specific things that Tolkien wrote. OP's assumption of "...
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Is this an unpopular type of question?

The question Is a rocket landing on a ship on an ocean literally “something from Science Fiction”? received several down votes in rapid succession. Comments suggest that while it may not be off-topic (...
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Not a dupe closed as dupe

I asked a question specifically looking for a canon source to Vogon Poet's claim that humans are immune to Pokemon attacks. Are humans officially immune to Pokemon attacks? I clearly linked to the ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

Many of my questions, no matter how good they are, are getting trounced by a few people who never leave a comment. It tends to be within a couple tags. It took less than 30 minutes for this group to ...
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Is this question too broad? "What are his wedding vows?"

I'm looking for what The Doctor said for his weddings, some think it's a broad question. For a week now the question seems to be in limbo.
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Is this truly a story-id question?

There's this question which is definitely a valid question. However, it's tagged with story-identification. Is this a valid tag and why? I honestly don't think it matches, but there doesn't seem to be ...
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Help me understand why my Star Trek question is on hold as 'unclear'?

Five people flagged my question from yesterday was "unclear" while not comments to help me understand why. How did one specific torpedo hit the USS Enterprise in one specific episode of Star Trek: ...
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Why is my question "Chronological order of Star Wars Literature" closed for lists of works/recommendations?

I have a question that has bothered me since my question, "Chronological Order of Star Wars Literature", was closed for being off topic. In the note about why it was closed there is this titbit of ...
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Why was the question "Why was Jake and the Never Land Pirates cancelled?" migrated to Movies?

Although cross-posting is frowned upon, it is considered acceptable to re-ask that question on to a new Stack Exchange site if you feel that the answers you received from the earlier time do not meet ...
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Why was this "future works policy" close flag declined as an improper use for flagging?

Note, I do not have close-vote privileges, so instead I have to use flags. The flag menu has an explicit "this question should be closed" submenu. I flagged this question for closure with the custom ...
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Answer-based reopen request

A (somewhat common?) point that is made by Primarily-Opinion-Based close-voters is that we can close questions that we think have never been addressed, and simply reopen them when someone does come up ...
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Is the question "Does Iron Man's repulsor technology violate Newton's Third Law of Motion (in-universe)?" rightfully closed?

See this question: Does Iron Man's repulsor technology violate Newton's Third Law of Motion (in-universe)? It has been closed on the grounds that it's asking for real world "scientific ...
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Can this question be undeleted?

With the recent introduction of the Lifejacket and Lifeboat badges—and the disappearance of Tumbleweed—it occurred to me today that I ought to post a meta bounty on my own Tumbleweed question. ...
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How do we deal with terminology questions that turn out to be mere language questions? [duplicate]

Prompted by this question: Who is "He that flies" in Lord of the Rings? The simple answer from comments "He who flies" is a way of describing someone who is fleeing a battle. It doesn't ...
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Why is this question "primarily opinion-based?"

This question was put on hold as "primarily opinion based." I'm asking about the logic of time-loops in the movie, and received an answer as such. How is that opinion-based?
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How can I make my question about scheduling clear?

I recently asked a question about the scheduling at Hogwarts. The question was quite long, and the argumentation therein may have been confusing. That said, I thought the question itself was pretty ...
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Should the question about the number of rooms in The Burrow be closed as Primarily Opinion-Based?

Based on this Meta post it seems that the feeling is that there should be a dedicated Meta post discussing whether the specific question Why are there so few bedrooms in the Burrow? should be closed ...
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How does this question fail the "related directly to a cited work of fiction" criterion?

The question How is Accio a safe spell? is closed with the following close reason: Questions seeking scientific solutions or explanations are off-topic unless related directly to a cited work of ...
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Are all utopias and dystopias on-topic? [duplicate]

Utopias and dystopias are a genre loosely connected to Science Fiction and Fantasy. They often are set in the future, occasionally involve technology which has not yet been invented, and otherwise ...
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User changed their question into a completely different question. Is this allowed?

I was browsing the question feed just now when I came across this question about Iron Man and Captain America's fight in Civil War. I had it marked as a favourite, which confused me, as I'd never seen ...
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How do I ask this question about a SF author?

Frank Herbert's way of thinking is almost completely inside his books. Between the very few of his writes outside, there is an article resuming what his books are about and how he wrote these books. ...
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Question falsely closed as duplicate

This question about Tolkien's mythology has been falsely closed as a duplicate of a question about one of Peter Jackson's movies. As a Peter Jackson movie is not part of the mythology that Tolkien ...
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Can my question be lifted out of hold status? Can you specifically tell me how to improve it, because I have edited it

I have a question about my Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange post: What's so special about Harry Potter?
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What is unclear about this question?

What does Grin refer to in Harry Potter? Are there any other important references aside from this one: Seamus Finnigan: "The Grin? What's the Grin?" Bem: "Not the Grin, you idiot....
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Please clarify my question on why the audience may have been laughing at a speaker

The question is Laughing at Dr Alexander Murry's presentation. I initially got an upvote, but this was followed by 1 downvote and 4 close votes for "Unclear what you're asking". I have edited between ...
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Shall we delete this old, off-topic but highly viewed, question?

This question was recently bumped by edits: In what order should I read the Robert Langdon books? At first I was going to delete it because it's off-topic for our site, but then I saw the incredibly ...
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Do we still need to keep this thread locked?

I recently noticed What was the first work to posit the equivalence of magic rituals and computer algorithms? being pushed to the front page. Currently, every answer is locked (maybe due to spam edits ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

Consider the below question:- Power of Infinity Stones in the Avengers Infinity War movie Any lay person can also understand what I am asking here and that is: Was the power of infinity stones ...
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What's the problem with this question?

I'm still quite new to StackExchange, and I like this place because here I've got a knowledgable community that can answer my questions. I try to keep my questions neutral in tone and try to avoid ...
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Is this question on topic - Can the T.H.A.N.O.S. theory be completed?

I feel like this may not be an answerable question and more specifically, that it may not be on topic, but I am curious and can not find anything online to satiate my interest... Here is the question ...
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Should we prefer questions with accepted answers when closing identification requests as duplicate?

A couple of days ago, a story ID request was closed as a duplicate of another one. Both have an answer which is correct, according to the querant. But I saw that the one that was closed as a ...
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Is this question about The Great Mouse Detective on-topic?

I asked a question with the story-identification tag. The answer turned out to be that the movie I was thinking of was Disney's The Great Mouse Detective. For some reason, it became a popular network ...
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Can I ask for movies/books related with a particular sci-fi movie? [duplicate]

Since I'm done with the series and books of a sci-fi movie and can't decide whether what story should I read next, can I ask some recommendations of movie or book related to sci-fi? If this is allowed,...
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Why was this question closed as duplicate?

Are human-looking Jedi/Sith like Palpatine and the Skywalkers the same (human) species as non-Force users? This question was recently marked as a duplicate. Two things bother me: This question has ...
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Why can't I use the word "mudblood"?

In the question How does reporting to muggle Prime Minister not violate International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy? I used the word mudblood. This was later changed to muggle-born (with edit ...
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Should we rewrite the 'lightsaber colour' question?

The question Can lightsabers be ochre? has a very comprehensive answer covering all possible lightsaber colours in both canon and Legends. For this reason, other lightsaber-colour questions such as ...
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Why was this question about why 'Voldemort became more snakelike' closed as a duplicate?

Regarding this question: Why does Voldemort become more snakelike? The question links to the now marked duplicate here: How did Voldemort's face get disfigured? The question and the post marked ...
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