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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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Does this question comply with the site's policy regarding explicit content?

Currently there's a question open requesting identification of a novel that has as a distinguishing feature a sex scene between two lesbians and a monkey: Science fiction novel: sex scene with a ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

This (now deleted) "answer" came up in the first posts review. It attempts to answer the question why the Jedi would serve a corrupt republic by trying to draw parallels to the current situation in ...
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Why was this question about Luke Skywalker ever closed?

Where has Luke Skywalker been? This question is asking "Do we have any evidence of where he's been?" Which is a cut and dried objective Yes/No no question, but it was closed as "primarily opinion ...
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What kind of proof is necessary when someone claims to be one of the creators of some work?

I'm asking this because of this answer to How did Gordon Freeman survive the entire storyline without a helmet?. The author claims to be one of the creators of the game. He has no other answers or ...
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Why are moderators going against consensus on meta?

OK, this does it. This site is officially painful to participate in, thank to blatant moderator abuse. This question: What was this SciFi story? Was first closed, including a mod vote, despite the ...
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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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Is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on-topic?

Santa's Omniscience in "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" This question was closed by the community within 1.5 hours of being posted, and currently has no votes to reopen. However, as one ...
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Closed as asking for a list when I said I don't want a list

I asked a question and in the body I specifically said that I'm not looking for a list. The first comment said: This is an interesting question, but requests for lists of works are off-topic here. ...
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What's going on with this question?

It seems to be just this question that's doing it for me, and the posted non-answer indicates it's not just me.
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Why is fandom information treated as if it weren't on topic?

From the Help Center > Asking: What topics can I ask about here? Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is for questions targeted towards science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. This ...
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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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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 did a moderator delete this question about a paradox?

What story has someone step on a butterfly in the past and change the future, and what is that effect called? I can see some reasons for it to be closed (as 'Too Broad', per @Mike's comment). But ...
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When and why was the Bombadil question deleted?

There was some discussion a few months ago that the question "Who or what was Tom Bombadil?" is general reference: Why the Tom Bombadil question is not closed as a General Reference? And ...
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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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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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Harry Potter - abuse over celebrity question re-open

This question about whether or not it was a good choice to have Harry Potter stay with the Dursleys (ergo suffering abuse) over staying with a 'normal' wizarding family was closed due to it being '...
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What should I do with a question on a book whose answer I find by “reading with more attention”?

I have been re-reading the LotR and, it being a masterpiece and a huge work at the same time, I felt the need to ask for clarification about a rather specific issue. I got a good answer and accepted ...
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Why is this question (71065) closed?

Star Wars trivia question to identify race It's pretty clear what's being asked (Identify the species based on a fairly sufficient amount of information about it). The answer apparently exists (...
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Should this Game of Thrones question be reopened?

This question was posted today: What is the fight club theory? The OP is asking about a particular fan theory relating to the Game of Thrones TV series, of which they've heard the name but want to ...
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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 about Mom having a chicken farm closed?

I was looking through some questions and saw that this question Did Mom have a chicken farm? was closed as "Not constructive". I don't personally see how this question could "solicit debate, ...
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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 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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Should I delete my (accepted) answer?

I answered Trying to find an episode of “Batman Beyond”, and my answer was accepted. However, the slightly (14 seconds) earlier answer was somewhat better and later was edited to be much better. I ...
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Story identification without possible answer

The way I've always viewed story identification questions is finding the stories that left details in mind and yet the title has slipped and simple google is not helpful. These usually have the "a-ha!"...
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Fate of the question about the Mary Sue-ness of Harry Potter characters

Are any of the characters in Harry Potter books a "Mary Sue"? This question has a number of points against it: It's obviously pretty subjective. It's rather broad, being about all the ...
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Why was the XKCD 902 question closed as general reference?

Who are Darmok and Jalad and what is Kalenda's? (asking for an explanation of XKCD 902) was closed as general reference. I don't understand what the general reference is supposed to be. The top ...
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Why closed as duplicate?

I had asked Would a lightsaber melt or vaporize a bullet?, which is currently closed as a duplicate of Why would a slug thrower be more effective against a lightsaber/Jedi than a blaster? I do not see ...
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Why was the Sifo-Dyas question closed as general reference?

Who was Sifo-Dyas? was closed as general reference. The general reference here seems to be the Star Wars Wiki page. Hmm, ok, but the asker evidently expected an answer relating to the movies, not the ...
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Are all questions about games on-topic as long as they contain some SciFi or Fantasy element?

This question asks for identification of a game containing fantasy elements (a knight fighting skeletons in a graveyard). It was closed as off-topic, then reopened since games in general aren't off-...
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Why was this question closed?

In science fiction, which planet with lifeforms has the largest gravitational force? It's perfectly answerable, with a very clear criteria. It can't have infinite (or too many) answers that are all ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

The answer in question consists of a wall of texts which, to my inspection, does not contain an answer to the original question. I flagged it as not an answer, yet my flag was disputed. So my ...
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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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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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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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Who founded Science Fiction and Fantasy?

This seems to be a community-run site, but who founded it?
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Question put on hold as opinion based; how can I change it?

@Daft and @Richard have marked my post, What were James Dashner's motivations for killing off this character?, as off-topic, as it is more based on opinion than fact. Is there any way I can ...
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Rejection of story-identification edit that adds references demonstrating the correctness of the answer

I suggested an edit which was rejected. I would like some input on whether this sort of edit is desired, and what the recommended course of action would be from here on. The edit: https://scifi....
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Can my question be considered for re-opening?

I asked a question many months ago, Why didn't Geordi and Ro fall through the floor in "The Next Phase" episode of TNG?, and it was closed as a duplicate of How come Patrick Swayze didn&#...
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Why was the “which actors have played Doctor Who” question closed?

A question asking which actors have played Dr. Who was closed recently. The reason the page shows is: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete,...
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What makes my post suitable or unsuitable for this site?

I'm concerned that four people have voted to close my recent question and nine have downvoted it without giving a reason. I'm still relatively new to this branch of SE, and I think my question is as ...
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Is this question a duplicate?

This question probably has the same answer as this other question. (Since the asker has not confirmed the answer, it is not certain that the answer is the same; but the number of TV series from the ...
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Should we retag this question?

Riddle within a fantasy book about 3 men, one with money, one with might and one with a weapon? This question was self-answered. While the OP thought they were looking for a story by Terry Pratchett ...
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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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Is this 'new releases in SF&F' question on topic?

This question has been closed, (not edited) and then reopened, and is now getting close votes again. One user even voted to both close and reopen it. Seems like we don't know what to do with this ...
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Please re-open this question about Hulk vs Superman

Hulk vs. Superman - did they ever fight? Who won? While this LOOKS like a Shark-vs-Gorilla, it is actually fully and eminently answerable... because there WERE comics in which Superman fought Hulk: ...
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Why is this Question Not a Duplicate?

Since November we've had this question ("Are E. T. and Star Wars in the Same Universe?") It was answered with a clear answer that included links and images. It includes the name of the species (...
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Was my protecting this question appropriate?

I saw that a new answer popped up to this old question: What would really happen if you were exposed to space? I'm pretty sure that this question would be closed as off-topic if it were asked today, ...