Questions tagged [story-identification]

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How to ask a good story-ID question?

Our top tag is story-identification, with nearly 6000 questions, many of which are new users' first posts to the site. Many of these new users need some guidance on how to ask a story-ID question well ...
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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

It has been widely discussed and seems to be generally agreed that where two story-identification questions have an accepted answer that is the same, one should be closed as duplicate of the other. ...
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Should we tag (solved) story identification questions with the name of the author / property?

If an identification question has an accepted answer, it would make sense to tag it with the author's name. Or should we not tag it and leave it as a sort of trivia question for others?
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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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How to write a good story-ID answer?

Our top tag is story-identification, with nearly 6000 questions and nearly 7000 answers, many of which are new users' first contributions to the site. Many of these new users need some guidance on how ...
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Is it okay to ask and answer a story-identification question I already know the answer to? [duplicate]

I remember seeing a movie as a kid, about a boy whose T-shirt gave him super strength, after it was used in some sort of experiment. Right before asking here to help identify it, I decided to give it ...
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Tip box for Story ID questions

Editing a question on Movies & TV.SE, which was tagged identify-this-movie (their equivalent of story-identification, I saw this awesome little reminder box pop up automatically, reminding OPs to ...
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Consensus on Story Identification titles?

Lately, it seems like a significant number of edits on Story Identification queries have less to do with clarifying the query and more to do with one's personal views on what should be in the title. ...
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Extra answers after an identification question has been correctly answered

Suppose a story identification question (such as this one) has been satisfactorily answered. Is it a good idea to propose another very good match for the question? Should the question be treated as ...
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How much dystopia is needed to be on-topic? [duplicate]

I have an idea for an ID question, but I'm not sure it's on-topic. I think it's set in the near future, in kind of a dystopian-esque country, but pretty much everything else was normal, and the ...
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How to find a story-ID answer?

story-identification is a big tag. I've read How to write a good story-ID answer? and How to ask a good story-ID question?, but neither answers my larger question: how do users here find the answers ...
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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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What should we do with a story-identification question where the asking user has been deleted?

On the question I am looking for the author of a trilogy the OP user13147 seems to be deleted. So there is no hope to identify this "Sci-Fi trilogy" as the user cannot respond. How should we handle ...
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Rename the story-identification tag?

All identification questions are currently lumped under one tag: story-identification. Would it make more sense to separate out the different media and have identify-this-story, identify-this-movie, ...
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How to ask a good (video game) story-ID question

We seem to have a pretty regular number of story-ID questions specifically focused on finding half-remembered video-games stories. Our top tag is story-identification (with over 10,000 questions) and ...
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Is there an alternate place to ask for story identification for non-sci-fi?

Unfortunately, this is likely an off-topic question, but one which is about said off-topicness. Occasionally, when browsing through story-identification items, one comes upon a request for a story ...
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Can I ask about identifying a sci-fi puzzle book?

I was thinking of posting a "story identification" question regarding a series I use to read as a child. I do not think any book continued from the other, but there was a constant theme of a space ...
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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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What constitutes the same answer for story-identification questions?

If two story-identification questions both have the same answer, and that answer has been confirmed (on each question) by the querent in the form of acceptance or a confirmatory comment, one of the ...
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When should comments be used to determine a dupe story-id?

The general policy for closing story-ids as dupes was determined to be that they're only a dupe if the OP accepts an answer. Later, that answer was edited (based on a comment side discussion) to ...
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I'm asking a Story-ID question. Should I include spoilers?

I plan to ask a story-id question shortly. So far I've described elements from the plot and a description of the characters but what should I do about spoilers? Obviously asking "Space opera, ...
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Is it good that Story Identification questions are so well rewarded?

NOTE: Due to the fact that people seem to be completely mis-reading this question, I'll quote the last paragraph up front: Just to be clear, I'm not against the concept of story identification ...
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Could we cover hints for asking story-identification questions in the help center?

We get a lot of story-identification questions. Many of these are asked with too few details. When this happens, we have to ask the user explicitly to edit the question later. This comes up often,...
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Appropriateness of seeding an identification question [duplicate]

I was about to ask a TV series identification question that I'd had for years. I tried one last bout of googling, and after varying keywords quite a bit, I found a candidate title, which didn't look ...
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What should we do about tags on story-id questions?

Often, in posting a story-identification question, a user will add a tag that has to do with one element of a story that they remember. e.g., A story about a werewolf that tries to eat lettuce will be ...
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Short but not too broad?

How short can a story identification question be and still be reasonably answerable? For example: Firemen set fires, burn books Sex-changing time-traveller is his own mother and father Columbus has ...
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How to ask a good (anime) Story-ID question?

We've seen an influx of anime and manga story-id questions since Anime:SE stopped accepting them in 2016. Our top tag is story-identification with over 10,000 questions and we already have an ...
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Story Identification : Close questions where the OP isn't helping?

I noticed on Movie:SE that they have a rule regarding abandoned story-identification questions; Identification questions are of limited use to other users of the site, and are asking people to ...
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Is a story identification question on-topic if it doesn't include genre defining elements?

I have several times seen people have an issue when asking story identification questions, simply put the details they remember from the story don't make the genre plain to those reading the question, ...
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Why do some one line story identification answers get so many upvotes?

I'm puzzled why sometimes very short answers to story identification questions get upvoted so highly. Sometimes there is only a title - with no justification as to why that is the correct answer. This ...
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How to ask a good (fanfic) Story-ID question?

We seem to have a pretty regular number of story-ID questions specifically focused on finding half-remembered fan-fiction stories. Our top tag is story-identification with over 10,000 questions and ...
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Checklist for story identification [duplicate]

Another interesting story identification question has been added but I think it is missing plenty of details. Would it help to have a checklist of items for people adding identification questions, e.g....
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54 story identification questions incoming from Movies & TV at 23:00 UTC 2017-02-05

This is just a heads-up: per the request of the membership of this site, I'll be moving 54 ID questions from the Movies & TV site to Science Fiction & Fantasy today. What does this involve? ...
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Do “story-id” questions actually bring in new users that stick around?

The story-identification questions do an excellent job as a way to bring in new users, which is important for us to continue to function as a community. While the core regular users are important, a ...
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Can I ask a story-identification question about a book I didn't read?

During my quest to find new books to read, I stumbled upon an interesting young adult fantasy series but I forgot to bookmark the page or save that info somewhere. However, the series had a very long ...
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Which ID questions do we want from Movies & TV? [duplicate]

Our sister site Movies & TV has decided to ban ID questions. All of their thousands of existing ID questions are now closed and locked, and many of them are slated for deletion over the coming ...
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What to do with the [author-identification] tag?

The author-identification tag is a mess. Most of the questions under them are apparently just asking to identify a work (or series or collection) of sci-fi or fantasy. Most of them are also tagged ...
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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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Can somebody walk me through how to research these Identify these story-ID questions? [duplicate]

Is there any way to research and identify story-identification questions? We have 2303 unanswered ID questions and while I wouldn't mind putting in the research effort, I have no idea where to start ...
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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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Why was an older, accepted story ID question closed as a duplicate of a newer one without acceptance?

This older question from July, which has an accepted answer, was closed as a duplicate of this question from today, which does not. That seems wrong.
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What are the criteria that make for “better” quality questions and answers for story identification questions?

I spend a lot of time patrolling for duplicates in story identification questions. One issue that repeatedly comes up are the differing definitions of "quality" held by various users when deciding ...
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Can scifi id questions from movies SE be migrated here? [duplicate]

Since movies SE have decided to ban id question and delete all the existing ones, I'm asking if it's possible to save part of its archive (scifi related questions) by migrating them here? And if it's ...
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Should “Story identification” be mentioned in the question as well?

Apart from the "story-identification" tag, shouldn't OPs mention the same in the question title so that it is easier to spot? I ask this because I see several questions with only the tag but nothing ...