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How often is it polite to ask for a story-identification

Ask them as often as you want. Asking a high volume of good quality questions is not only allowed but encouraged. Good content is what these sites thrive on. However, you may want to slow down your ...
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How should SFF's "Ask Question" page be customised?

To be honest there's not too much generic stuff we can really state to give some guidelines when asking considering the broadness of topics asked about it. That said, considering the nature of our ...
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How often is it polite to ask for a story-identification

One every day should be fine. The quality of the question matters more than the frequency. Make sure you include all details, respond to comments. Welcome to the Stack! You've been off to a good ...
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Can I ask questions about works not widely known and maybe even by me?

"Why would character X do thing Y?" sounds off-topic as it's asking for help with writing a story. "Why did character X do thing Y?" is an on-topic type of question as it's asking ...
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How should SFF's "Ask Question" page be customised?

There absolutely has to be a link to the guidelines on asking story-ID questions in there. At the very least, in the sidebar "Draft your question"; but I think a story-identification tag message ...
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How can this question about Inferno be asked on this site?

The question is now closed How can this question about Inferno be asked on this site? Anyone can ask any question they like on the site. The real question is why did no one flag or vote to close ...
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Who has asked the most questions?

Taken from the main meta You can use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) to query sites for information like this. It does require knowledge of SQL to write queries (there is a tutorial under the ...
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Please clarify my question on why the audience may have been laughing at a speaker

The question does not appear to be unclear per my reading of it. The question appears to boil down to "Why are the audience laughing and what/who are they laughing at?" This is a perfectly clear ...
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Would this question be ok?

If you're searching for a specific list, than that would probably count as a question with a single correct answer, about a work related to the genre. Technically it would be an on-topic and ...
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Discourage questions of the form "Is X the superlative?"

The old wording was fine You understood that it wasn't really a yes/no question. Everyone who answered the question understood. I understood. The commenters understood. Even on other, similarly ...
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Why Scifi not allowing me to post a question?

The rate limit here is put in place by the system based on a number of factors, mostly though how well all your recent questions have been received, not just your latest one. How is the length of ...
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Is it bad practice to ask a story ID question for something you managed to find just to mark it as a duplicate of another existing question?

Maybe. It all depends. Scenario A: You write a question that describes scene #1, then flag it as a dupe of an existing question. You write another question that describes scene #2, and flag it as a ...
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How do I improve my question skills?

After a bit of poking around, my view is your questions are polarizing or controversial because they are ones where the reason probably comes after the solution. By that I mean a plot is written that ...
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Can I ask questions about works not widely known and maybe even by me?

Mainly I just want to see what other people are interpreting the story as so I can tell whether or not I am writing in a way that it is easily understandable. Leaving aside the spam issue, the very ...
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Can I ask questions about works not widely known and maybe even by me?

If you need help/advice writing a science fiction or fantasy story, you're probably better off at our sister site Writing Stack Exchange. Check their Help Center before asking a question. (Note: I'm ...
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