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How to avoid Star Wars spoilers?

Over the next couple of days, most of the world will be able to finally see the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. But, since it's not a global simultaneous release, some regions get to see it ...
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Why was a moderator on our Stack asked to step down?

As we all know by now, Richard is stepping down as a moderator for this Stack. As Richard notes both in his announcement and in chat, he was asked to step down by a community manager. After ...
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Why did our primary chatroom get nuked?

Well, I just came to know that we have got a new primary chatroom with the same name. When I visited the old one, I saw that it was frozen (by @Shog9♦) and there were 37000+ users inside it. This ...
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Pronoun trolling - what to do?

Consider this post (edit: now deleted as abusive by the 'community' automated user.) Since it's been edited, here's its original version: Me and my four friends are big MCU fans and we are thinking ...
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Exactly which features of SFF.SE's magnificent theme will we be losing?

According to the changes outlined here: Left nav, responsive design, and theming next steps We will probably be losing our voting buttons, fave button, possibly our use of Orbitron font, and reduced ...
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What is a Movie Night, really?

From quick browsing across announcements of and discussions about Movie Night Events, I was unable to determine what a movie night really is. Are all participants supposed to find access (rent a DVD, ...
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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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How do I search for questions on the site?

Let's say I want to search for all posts containing a certain word, or maybe not containing a word. Maybe I want to search only under a given tag (or collection of tags), or only for posts by a given ...
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Can you exclude a tag from showing up?

Is there a way to look at all questions that have come up except for ones you don't want to see (i.e. futurama)? Basically can you block yourself from seeing certain tags?
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What is alt text, and how do I write good alt text?

When I upload an image, the image button inserts some text that says "enter image description here". What is that text for, and what should I replace it with?
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Is there a way to hide the HNQ List?

Since there are now two separate SE sites where users are unscrupulously posting Age of Ultron spoilers in their question titles, is there some way to avoid seeing the Hot Network Questions lists, ...
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How to find a quotation?

I often want to answer some question but I have a problem with quotations (and I don't want to just say: "I remember that somewhere was something like..."). Sometimes I have exact quote in my mind (...
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Which question on SFF has the highest number of downvotes?

As the title asks: Which question is the most heavily downvoted on our site? If someone knows of a script that measures this, then by all means point it out to me :-)
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What are standard internet reference sites for SF?

What are standard internet reference sites for science fiction and fantasy?
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Why are short edits discouraged?

When editing a post, I got this message: We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary. Why? I wanted to ...
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What are the rules for when chat messages appear in a user's inbox?

On November the 2nd, a chat message was addressed to me: @TonyMeyer - You have any ideas for articles you need written? I was going to review a book, but I likely won't finish it for another week ...
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When are questions tweeted?

I sometimes notice that questions are promoted on twitter.com, which is shown in the respective edit log. I was wondering what inner logic this follows. Is this done by our beloved StackExchange crew ...
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I earned 100 reputation because I can be trusted on other networks

What does this mean? When I went to see if there was any new questions on Scifi & Fantasy I noticed I had earned reputation, so when i clicked the symbol where it shows how you earn't reputation ...
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Why does the site think my question is subjective?

I recently asked this question on the scifi stack exchange. After I typed the question, I got a blurb that said "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed." I'm ...
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Can we fix Wikia links before they break?

We've had the broken Memory Alpha-links fixed directly on the database. Thank you, @Shog9 and @Catija. Can we do the same for all Wikia links, since wikia.com has moved to fandom.com? There's a ...
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Is asking for the moral of a story on topic?

I'm conflicted about how to interpret the finale of Avatar the Last Airbender and I want to ask others what they think the message of the finale is supposed to be. Is this on topic?
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Is this site supposed to be copying our questions and answers?

I hope this is the right place to post this. If you go to this link you'll see that it is one of my questions, with comments, and answers here on Sci-Fi/Fantasy Stack Exchange. I'm not sure if this ...
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My edits bump the question, can this be avoided?

I just noticed that when I edit my answers, for grammar, clarity or details I just thought of, the question get bumped to the top in the list of active questions. This struck me as impolite ...
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Sudden surge of late answers?

There's been an influx of questions into the late answers review queue - The ones I looked at seemed to have been answered a year or so ago, not now. Unfortunately in looking through them I went ...
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Why am I a teapot?

I've been trying to upload screenshots as an image to ask a question. Has always worked before - at least in other SE sites, and does right now as well. But here I am a teapot - or at least I seem to ...
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What does “user removed” mean and why did I lose reputation?

I just looked at my rep and I got hit with -70 because "User removed". Was someone banned? And I thought after about 5 mins up/down votes were cemented in and couldn't be changed unless an edit to the ...
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How should I review First Posts on topics I am completely unfamiliar with?

I sometimes get first-time posts in the review queue that I cannot really judge, since I have no knowledge of the universe whatsoever (e.g. "Does this question even make sense?" / "Does this answer ...
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What's the largest count of accepted answers in a single day ever achieved on SFF.SE by a single user?

While reading Meta.SO answers related to reaching 200 rep, rep caps and Epic/Legendary badges, I caught an expression "Earn 9 accepted answers and zero upvotes" as one of the means of reaching ...
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Can I do anything about serial or malicious downvoting?

I've heard of it happening to other people but now it's happening to me, a bunch of my old / unrelated questions and answers were downvoted in the space of a few minutes. Do I report it and if so, ...
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Wriggleling Ads on Sci Fi

I just had this wriggleling ads on HNQ. My bad for not using an ads blocker but may you check your ad provider to not spam those "incredible trick". Related: We're testing advertisements across ...
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What's this “Chat with an expert” popup thing?

I got a couple of mini popups asking if I want to "Chat with an expert" (once on SFF, twice on Politics). Is this some new functionality of SE sites? Or a trojan I picked up somewhere?
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User cards (?) seem broken for users with many badges

User cards (not sure what official SE name is) seem to be too small for fitting the info for users with many badges. 2 examples in 1 image: This seems invariant as far as zooming in/out with Ctrl-...
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What does “last seen” refer to?

What sort of events does "last seen" refer to? For example, how is it that a question was "asked 13 minutes ago" while the asker was "last seen 27 minutes ago"? What happened 27 minutes ago to reset ...
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Can you resize images in a question?

I asked this question, but the images I used are rather large. Can you/how can you resize images in the question (short of downloading the image, resizing it on the computer, and re-uploading the ...
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Finding out your Candidate Score

As I'm ill-equipped to be a mod, nobody would vote for me, and other good reasons, I am not nominating myself for the current (or past) elections. Thank you, hold your applause. Still, I am intrigued ...
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Who Do I Contact About Concerns I Have Regarding Moderation?

As the subject line says, I have some specific moderation concerns that I'd like to discuss with an impartial third party (if such a person has that role on SE). I'm hoping everyone will understand ...
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Is there a way to reject/recall your own flags?

I just flagged an answer that, IMO, was not actually an answer since it only gave a short and obvious "out-of-universe" explanation for a question. I flagged it as "should be a comment", only to ...
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Should we rename the tag [2001] to [2001-a-space-odyssey]?

We have the tag 2001 for questions related to Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, used on 20 questions. I propose we rename the tag to the full name of the movie — 2001-a-space-...
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Why doesn't this question show up in the review queue for Close Votes?

The following question has, as I'm writing this, 1 close vote against it.‡ How do the pirate tests in Uncharted 4 get reset? There is a discussion about it in the comments and I disagree with ...
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Why can I not protect a question?

For all the other questions that I checked, I can protect them (20K rep privilege). I wanted to protect this question (because the same user posted two racist answers within minutes of each other (...
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How can I find the most upvoted comment(s) on a site?

I saw one comment today that (deservedly so) was upvoted to +14 in a couple of hours. Is there a way to find all the "good" - meaning highest-upvoted - comments on the entire site? I'd strongly ...
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How to hide list or multi-line text behind anti-spoiler?

This comment (last parts) seems to be explaining everything: (...) it seems, that anti-spoiler can hide only one-line sentence. Breaking sentences into more than one line or trying to hide lists ...
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Is this serial voting?

I got upvotes today on 20 different answers, all very well deserved, but 19 of them came within a span of 15 minutes. Assuming they were all from one account, does that meet the test for "serial ...
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What does closing a Question as a Duplicate actually do?

I know Duplication is a bit of a contentious topic so I've looked around before asking this, but I can't find an answer. If I've missed it I'd appreciate being pointed in the right direction. What ...
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Why is the name of main chat room “Mos Eisley”?

The most active chat room of SciFi.SE is Mos Eisley which has a tagline General discussion for http://scifi.stackexchange.com. Googling the words returns that Mos Eisley is a spaceport on the planet ...
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Tagging Guidelines

Introduction This question is intended to be a collection of information on the tagging system, as it applies to Science Fiction & Fantasy. This includes information on how to tag, when to create ...
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Please, clarify Answer Deletion privilege clauses

Recently, my answer to this question was deleted by the community: After Tony Stark was stabbed mortally, Doctor Strange made a bargain with Thanos. He offered Thanos the Time Stone in exchange of ...
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Why do some questions get 4k views, and some only 80?

For example, this question currently has 3000 views: Science fiction book from 80's or 90's. Cover is man sitting on a throne of bones Whereas this similar one, posted a few hours before, has ...
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Please change my name

Also related UUID displayed instead of username There's a bug where my name is messed up, that's besides the point. Please change my name to 'Alex' (no quotes) because it looks bad. I don't want my ...
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How can I get an answer undeleted once I've edited it to conform to the guidelines?

I answered this question yesterday and my answer was subsequently deleted by DampeS8N. Although there was not a specific reason given for the deletion, I think it might have been that the answer was ...

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