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I agree with PearsonArtPhoto, questions should not be closed on the grounds that they don't have a canon answer, and I want to specially emphasize one particular point: the only way to know a question is unanswerable given canon is to know all canon in a universe, an unreasonable bar to set for most topics asked about here. Even I have seen questions here ...


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Before I get to my real answer, two things: No, we absolutely should not migrate questions off this site if they are on-topic. There are plenty of cases in the Stack Exchange network where site scopes overlap and the rule, as far as I am aware, is always to leave the question on the site where it was asked unless it's overtly off-topic. We need to be ...


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I'll go against my philosophical inclination and say "close them". Why? Closing doesn't mean the question is bad. It just means that it can not be answered as-is. (where as is usually applies to question text, but COULD also apply to the question's ecosystem). Closing is NOT PERMANENT. So, we could - and likely will - have a lifecycle of: BAD workflow - ...


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I personally think that both questions are not constructive, since they are IMO cross-universe questions. While they may have been mentioned in DW episodes, the questions clearly are talking about bringing in elements of established canon outside of DW to argue for/against their point. A lot of established fiction is supposed to take place in "our" ...


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Absolutely not. Half of the questions on this site do not have a canon answer, which would be detrimental to close them all. And making the determination as to if there is a canon answer before asking is extremely difficult as well. However, I do think if there is a question that is way out there, and should be closed. Of the questions you asked, there is ...


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Why is this issue so contentious? Apparently, people have strong feelings over duplication. Some people feel that duping practice on SFF is far too restrictive, that many questions are getting closed which should really have remained open - it's natural that they'd be annoyed when a question is (in their view) unfairly closed. Other people are voting to ...


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The underlying concept, I think, is that closing as Duplicate isn't meant to be seen as censure. It just wants to mean "I have an answer for you, and it's over there". It's not a slap on the wrist for a user not doing his homework, because, as you say, with wildly differing questions, the asker will never be able to find the duplicate, even if it fully ...


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In your question you've missed an important distinction, which is between reading-order questions and recommendation questions. A plain "Should I read this book?" is essentially a recommendation question and completely opinion-based, but all your other example questions, and all the actual examples you link to, are reading-order questions which can be ...


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Fantasy elements being part of a dream or series of dreams, or even potentially being dreams, is not justification for closure. I do agree that Anthony Grist's Scrubs example is a valid indication of something that is off-topic, but only because the fantasy/dream sequence is not a major part of the show's theme. However, the idea that any work that could ...


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Duplication is a type of closure, but it's less punitive than other types. We close questions as duplicates. The option to mark it as a duplicate is found under the list of vote-to-close options, for users with 3k+ rep who have the vote-to-close privilege (although if you're a lower-rep user flagging for closure, then "should be closed" and "...


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That specific question should be closed. It was NOT asking about "Is this true in-universe?" (as Keen's answer implies). It asked: "This is shown to be true in-universe. Can that really happen out of universe?" This is even confirmed by the exact wording of the question's subject: ... really last for thousands of years? as well as the body: My ...


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I don't think there's any policy around this; I've seen both. That being said, on a purely personal level, I favour "Too Broad" The problem with multiple-questions-in-one is just what it says on the tin: there are too many questions, which makes it more difficult for a single "best" answer to emerge. That seems like the very definition of being "too broad",...


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I can't speak for those who voted to reopen, but my personal opinion is that your argument is fundamentally flawed. What you seem to be saying is that there's simply no objective way to determine that what counts as a light-year in the Star Wars fictional universe is the same as a light-year in the Star Trek fictional universe. I'd argue that this approach ...


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Close them I would argue to close them. They no longer fit our current policy, so it doesn't make any sense to leave them open for new answers. They will remain accessible and searchable, and no one loses rep over it.


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I'll restate what @Beoffet said. TL;DR: If a user personally feels that the answer to the question is obvious, downvote the question. Do NOT close. If a user can't find a conclusive proof that the answer is obvious for EVERYONE (example: the ST3 Pon Farr question wasn't obvious to me despite having seen the movie, so it clearly isn't everyone), that user ...


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I agree with the previous answers, but I just wanted to mention a reason why this should be the policy. Leaving old off-topic questions open threatens to set a bad precedent. If questions like this were left open just because they were on-topic at the time of asking, then new users would see highly-voted and unclosed "real world science" questions and ...


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In the past, we've exempted talking animals from topicality. I propose we extend that to all cartoon physics, unless otherwise on-topic. For example, all of the following questions would be off-topic: How can the characters in Spongebob light a fire underwater? How can the Loony Tunes characters survive the exploding piano joke? How does Charlie Brown get ...


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This question does not pertain to Science Fiction or Fantasy We've gotten a couple that would fall under this: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/23303/effects-of-emp-in-hypothetical-superconductor-based-devices-equipment (Real-life theoretical physics question) One I vaguely remember that seemed like it would have fit better on Biology.SE, but ...


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To repeat myself, even though it was quoted in the question: Why is it not sufficient to say "if a question is trivial, boring, and demonstrates little to no research, downvote it"? Note that the hover-text for downvoting states quite clearly that a question or answer should be downvoted when it "does not show any research effort" or "it is unclear or not ...


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If there is a policy that questions are duplicates if there is an existing answer to a different question that answers them, then I think this policy is incorrect. If there is an answer to a question which answers a different question, then I am inclined to mark that answer down. Clearly a question and answer site is at its most useful if people can find ...


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The duplication target should always be the better question1 First, it’s probably worth noting that selecting the better question as a duplication target is both SE consensus (as well as the consensus on this site) and the recommendation of the Community Team. There are a few reasons to close the newer question as duplicate This has been touched on before in ...


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It should be reopened To be clear: this is not a good question. But that is not, and hasn’t ever been, reason to close something. Close votes are not super-downvotes. The motivations expressed for closing aren’t really right: I’ve voted to close as unclear. Dathomir isn’t a race, it’s a species. If we can close for this, we could close for someone ...


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Maybe you could edit your question so the meta bits about "I don't know how this is opinion-based" are taken out, and it focuses on the question? As it is, your original question is kind of lost in a pseudo-rant. Also, you could respond to the comments there and provide some more reasoning behind why you think there is a connection. Your quotes in the above ...


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User TheLethalCarrot has a gold tag badge in that tag. Gold Tag holders can close a duplicate on their own. Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders "You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for." and if you hover over the gold badge, you'll be provided with an ...


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I'll start off with the following suggestion, though I'm not sure it's as inclusive or exclusive as we want. Suggestions for improvement are, of course, encouraged. Questions asking for news or rumors about future works are off-topic as they invite guesses and speculation, and may become invalid if and when the work is released.


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While I am normally one to encourage the marking/closing of duplicates, I am in agreement that story-identifications should be the exception – and always vote to leave them open when those questions come up in my review queue. While two story identification questions may seem to be duplicates due to similar details, that doesn't necessarily mean that the ...


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Lists aren't always a bad thing, especially when the list is finite, preferably fairly short, and restricted to a single universe or franchise. This question seems to fall well within the limits of an acceptable list. The list is short, certainly finite, absolutely limited to one universe/franchise, and there is an acceptable answer.


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No I really like the idea of having a custom close reason for this, but I am strongly opposed to having a custom off-topic close reason for this policy. Questions closed under the future-works policy are not off-topic. They're perfectly desirable questions1 that were just asked X days/weeks/months/years too early for our liking. Using the same hammer for ...


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