Questions tagged [story-identification]

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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 there a preferred picture size for story ID questions?

Sometimes when I answer a story ID question I'll include a picture of the book cover, typically grabbed from Goodreads or some similar site. I generally try to choose what seems a sensible size for ...
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How to choose the best hub question: a case study

Today, I came across a situation that makes for a very good illustration of the reason for my most recent meta question -- several questions have been asked, answered, and/or accepted about an old TV ...
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Tag warning for story-identification

So I read this Server Fault meta post, which says how to request tag warnings: Open a new meta question under the tag tag-warnings with the proposed text and the tag to which it should be applied. ...
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How to ask a good (Western comics) story-ID question

Copied from Valorum's guide's question on video game identification. We seem to have a pretty regular number of story-ID questions specifically focused on finding half-remembered Western comics. Our ...
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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 a identification question be marked as a duplicate of a question with no accepted answer? [duplicate]

I believe that these two questions have the same answer. Anime: main character equips a horned helmet to fight monsters/criminals, pulls out a sword from his arm Anime: Dying alien robot merge his ...
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Should we allow fan-fiction identification? [duplicate]

I like story-identification. While the questions are sometimes bad, some are really well written and fun to look for. However, fan-fiction identifications are...subpar most of the time. Many are just ...
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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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Would a western video game identification question be on-topic?

There's a video game that takes place in a town in the wild-west that I remember vividly, but I can't find any pics or proof online to be able to post in the Arqade community. Reading the description ...
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Should this question have [novella] and [short-stories], or just [books]?

I was recently looking at questions about short stories that don't have a media tag when I came across this question (emphasis added): I remember reading an amazing short story/novella... I do not ...
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Author tags on story identification questions, when OP has a hunch

This is not a duplicate of Should we tag (solved) story identification questions with the name of the author / property?. In Chat, I asked the other users if this question should have the ray-...
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Story identification titles

Story identification is a big tag here. There are a lot of questions on it. There are a lot of bad questions, and a lot of good questions. One thing that could be improved on many are their titles. ...
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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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Is there a consensus on tagging solved story ID's with the name of the author/story?

There is this meta question, which doesn't have an accepted answer/practice associated with it. I am asking, because this question was edited citing the above example, and promptly re-edited ...
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How do I locate the question I previously asked?

I am new to the site and I do not understand how to locate the question I asked yesterday. Can anyone explain to me how I find my own question and any possible answers to it? Please note that I am ...
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Guardians of the Flame ur-answer unaccepted

Generally, our policy for closing story-id dupes is that only accepted answers can be marked as dupes, or can be marked as the answer that the others are dupes of. The various Guardians of the Flame ...
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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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What do we do about almost duplicate story identification questions, where different editions of a work may differ?

This question: Story about aliens nicknamed 'Eechees' who have created a network of tunnels on Mars, raised an issue about duplicates. (The querent has not confirmed/accepted an answer yet, ...
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Should we have a tag for original web content?

Context Tonight, we discussed in chat how some story-identification questions might use a tag to point out that the story tackled was originally read/watched/heard/whatever online. The discussion ...
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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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How to ask a good (fan fiction) 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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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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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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“Magic Link” for How To Ask A Good Story-ID Question?

A large number of story-ID questions come in with insufficient detail to be usefully answered, and there are several people here who point this out, usually commenting with a link to How to ask a good ...
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Are secondhand story ID questions OK?

Recently, someone asked this: Short story about a starship captain who's only eligible to run for President of the USA if you don't allow for time dilation The asker states that they did not ...
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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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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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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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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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Story Identification and review

In this story identification question there is this answer which in addition to answering the question gives a review of the themes in the book and seems to contain quite a few personal opinions. I am ...
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Can I add a note to my own incorrect story ID answer, explaining why it is incorrect?

Background Over a year ago, a story ID request was asked, about a lone man manning some sort of space station. I answered it, and even though my guess wasn't the actual story the querant was looking ...
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Let's talk about Story ID requests for erotica

At the moment, so long as what we see on SFF is SFW, it is acceptable. However, I'd like to discuss clarifying the scope of what is considered on-topic for SFF. Specifically requests for identifying ...
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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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We have more than 1,200 unresolved [story-identification] questions >3 months old. Is that a problem?

This search returns story-identification questions that are: Positively scored. Completely unanswered. Downvoted and zero-score unaccepted answers do count, unlike the "unanswered" tab. Not (...
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Is it bad form to ask the same story-id question here and elsewhere?

Particularly, in TVTropes' "You Know, That Show" section? I would think the polite thing to do is, do that, but if you do get an answer at B, post it at A and vice versa. Right?
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Would a book collecting predictions fall under the scope of this site's story identification tag?

I am looking for a specific book that I read in my childhood (specifically, between 1986 and 1990), and while it would fall under the concept of "fiction" and indeed "science fiction", I am not sure ...
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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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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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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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Are users allowed to add information when editing a Story-Identification question?

Are users allowed to edit information into a question when they think they are asking about the same story? I have posted a question recently. I asked for the title of the book and the name of the ...
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How often is it polite to ask for a story-identification

I asked for a story-identification and it went big. I gained 113 rep in just 2 days. I have another story-identification question but don't want to look like a rep-farmer who just only asks and ...
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story Identification for non Sci-Fi or fantasy theme?

Is it possible to ask for a story identification where the story itself isn't really sci-fi or fantasy related? For example, a story like a memoir or fiction about old england.. or let's say somebody ...
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Duplicate story-id questions: series vs. publication [duplicate]

What if one story-ID question asks about a series of stories, while another story-ID question asks about a particular story which happens to belong to that series. Are they duplicates? If they are ...
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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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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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Can we direct people from the [story-identification] tag excerpt to story-id hints?

As you know, many people post story-identification questions with insufficient details, when they would have to spend only a little more effort to write a much better question, if only they got some ...
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Best handling for “dupe groups” within [story-identification] questions?

After having joined the site and been visiting regularly for a while, I have discovered many, many cases of duplicate questions (i.e. questions having the same answer, per apparent consensus ...
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How to deal with abandoned potential multiple story identifications?

Sometimes people will ask us to identify multiple stories. In this case, the correct course of action would seem straightforward: leave a comment asking them to edit the question to focus on a single ...
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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.