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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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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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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“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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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CW answers for story-ID questions where the OP has found the answer?

Here's a common chain of events on SFF.SE: a new user posts a story-ID question the question gets a few comments from other users the OP finds the story they were looking for and says so in a comment ...
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How to ask a good (anime/manga) 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (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 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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I mixed two stories in a story-identification question. Found one of them. What do I do now?

In this question I initially had two story plots mixed together. I've since discovered this error and know one of the stories but not the other. Do I now: leave this alone and wait for an answer edit ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is my story identification question on-topic considering the plot?

I have been trying to identify a movie that my dad told me about once. Unfortunately since the movies SE doesn't accept story id questions anymore, I want to know if I can ask my question here. The ...
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New user guidelines or markers for the ratio of story ID questions to other types?

I'm extremely new here, 15 days in, and I've read that most new users ask a lot of story identification questions. I certainly have. A story ID question brought me here in the first place. I checked ...
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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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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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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 ...