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Sorry about that. The question has now been re-closed. But since you asked why, here's the full sequence of events: Hamlet originally posted the question on the old Literature Stack Exchange, back in 2011. (Notice that the answer is from someone with a greyed-out username, as happens with migrated posts.) When the old Literature Stack Exchange was closed ...


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Mooz wrote in a comment, If someone asked "Who was Palpatine's last apprentice?", and someone answers "It was Anakin Skywalker" and specifically mentions that "Anakin is Luke's father, by the way", then that is what makes the question of "Who was Luke's father" a dupe of "Who was Palpatine's last apprentice?" This is so completely wrong it hurts. If this ...


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First, I want to address this issue. We're expecting users who ask a question parse out potentially unrelated questions and scroll through answers possibly consisting of mostly unrelated content that may somewhere touch on the answer to their question, rather than receiving an answer that is tailored to, and directly addresses their question. Why? The ...


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I can understand why the question may have been closed as POB in the first round. It wasn't a "great" question and did seem to invite specuation. However, that was fixable by a simple edit (which you did). It still was not a great question, but there was no reason for the question to be closed as "not about science fiction or fantasy". Shrek is clearly an ...


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In regards to the question above, I don't think this should have been deleted. It's neither pornographic nor prurient and it's unlikely to lead to the posting of inappropriate content (although we may need to keep an eye on answers/comments to make sure that nobody steps over the line), especially since the OP is interested in the written word, rather than ...


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I voted to close because I felt that it was not a real question asked in good faith. Are there any instances of [random controversial issue in real world politics] in [random science fiction or fantasy series] ? This is not a good question. It's more about the wedge issue than the science fiction. It's never asked because there is reason to believe that ...


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If your question is unanswered and unvoted upon, there are (theoretically) no limits whatsoever to changing any aspect of that question including, but not limited to, the tags, the property, the question itself or any other part of it. If you're intending to utterly revise it, however, you would probably be better creating a new question and deleting the ...


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In its original form, the question was quite poorly written. It wasn't immediately clear what the questioner was asking, nor was it apparent what was being asked and it was rightly closed as being "unclear": "Enter the name of an intelligent race , which is housed in a human hand , can live many thousands of years and tell me what is her talent" ...


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Speculative questions aren't necessarily off-topic: in-universe speculation and extrapolation is on-topic. It depends on how much speculation is required. Some speculative questions are off-topic while others are on-topic: There are good speculation questions and bad speculation questions. I invite you to read the section “What kind of questions should ...


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The idea that if a technology exists in the real world questions about it are automatically off-topic is just bizarre. As William Gibson has said, "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." Of course the idea that science fiction is about futuristic technology is equally problematic... Questions about technology may or may not be ...


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The problem with Shark vs. Gorilla questions isn't that they ask to compare two different things. It's that there's no factual/rational basis to compare on, since there's no in-universe information to base the answer on - only personal subjective opinion. The reason the questions you highlighted aren't "Shark vs Gorilla" and not off-topic is that they have ...


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The only prevention advice I can give you is to read over your question before submitting, and make sure that both the title and body are: Asking the question you intended to ask Asking the same question Quite clear about the question you're asking For the third bullet, something I've seen other users do (and which I've done as well) is to write a one-...


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I did raise a flag on the first question, because the question seemed really iffy (introducing a controversial topic with minimal effort on a vague premise of "someone said") and I thought a moderator ought to look at it. The fact that it looks like the same person introduced the question again after they didn't get the answer they wanted raises my hackles ...


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The question wasn't put on hold by any admins (they're called moderators on Stack Exchange) — it was voted so by regular users. How The Stack Exchange Theory of Moderation is that the users moderate. The moderators (who can be appointed or elected) only are called upon for issues users can't handle. Based on what I saw of your account, you're still ...


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This question has come up in the review queue again and I have voted to leave closed. The "too broad" close reads as such (which was changed fairly recently IIRC). Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help ...


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The arguments you raise (machines being "less dependent on nature" and that they could discover new power sources) don't in any way alter the answer given by the movie. They're basically accusations of it being a plot hole. If you read the answers to the meta discussion on plot holes I just linked, you'll see that the discussion is primarily about ...


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It's a different question, which has a different answer, and it should be reopened (again). The original question is basically saying "Coulson was resurrected in MCU TV, why isn't he in the other MCU films", and the answer is "because it'd be complicated to explain to the film-only audience". This question is "Endgame has cameos from nearly everyone, why not ...


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I support re-opening the Harry Sue question, as I stated in my comments at the original post, which Gilles has linked to above. I'll repeat what I said here: I think this is a great question for a Fantasy site -- what better subject to discuss than the fantastical elements of our favorite fiction characterizations? This is not a subjective question (...


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Well, since no one else has offered a suggestion.... I suggest that our policy should be that in situations where the community has not been able to develop a clear consensus, we should err on the side of being welcoming to new users, and leave the questions open. What determines a clear consensus, or lack thereof, is a bit harder to define. However, I ...


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No, they're still not on-topic. I flagged that question for migration to Movies and TV where it belongs.


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I don't think your question falls under the category of Unclear What You're Asking. I don't think I've ever seen an episode of Star Trek, but I was able to understand the question. In fact, both other answers to this Meta question contain (at least the beginnings of) an answer to the main site question, which itself would seem to indicate that the question ...


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We should always keep in mind that the point of this SE site is different than StackOverflow or ServerFault. We're not asking questions because we need the answer. No difficult problems are at stake. I think that we should weed these questions down to a single answer, and mark it CW. Protect it so that you don't get additional answers. The only thing ...


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@Mooz - I'm thrilled to learn there is a canon answer to my question and, in light of that, I would love to see it be reopened. Thanks for heading up the charge. I am continually astonished when questions are quickly closed as "opinion based" when I know for a fact there is a canon answer from the books, from J.K. Rowling, or from Pottermore (I'm using Harry ...


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Anyone who can vote to close can also vote to reopen. Voting to reopen works in more or less the same way as voting to close: five users with 3k+ reputation are enough to reopen any closed question, and moderator votes are binding (as are gold-tag-badge-holder votes when it comes to duplicate questions). This is covered in the help centre: What if I ...


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Because to err is human. There's no automated system to close off-topic questions, or even to bring them to the attention of those who can vote to close them. Moderation of questions - deciding which to close, which to leave open, and so on - is done by the community, following the guidelines established on meta. So if there are inconsistencies, it's all due ...


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Echoing my comment on the original question, although notability isn't something we generally check for, I felt that the total absence of any good reason to think that such a thing had happened (and the slightly prurient tone of the question) was sufficient to mark it for both closure and deletion. I'm voting to delete. Given the lack of notability in the ...


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From main meta: the rule is as follows. If the last close vote was cast by a hammer (moderator, or gold tag badger closing as duplicate), their close reason is displayed. If one close reason outweighs the others in number of votes cast, that one is displayed. If there's a tie in votes between two or more close reasons, the reason for the last vote cast (out ...


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This question, whilst it's asking about the same sprawling works as various other question on star-wars, this one in particular seems to be asking about several, loosely grouped topics. Consider: Is an answer which states only examples of abortion able to be correct? Would an answer of just 'Yes', or 'Yes, in book X' be sufficient for the OP? Would it be ...


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