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How should we handle questions that are about non-SF/F elements in a SF/F work?

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 ...
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Should questions about future works be closed as Primarily Opinion Based?

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 ...
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Can we please have our close reason ("This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy") back?

I feel that this is the right thing to do. As noted in the question, there was a sizeable majority (25:5) in favour of making this a standard close reason. It's a close reason that I've seen ...
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Why are we still arguing over duplicates?

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 ...
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Why would VTC as duplicate be appropriate for a story identification question?

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 ...
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Are works that may or may not just be dreams on topic?

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 ...
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Should questions like "Should I watch/read ..." be closed as opinion based?

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 ...
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Do we want a custom close reason for the Future Works Policy? Revisited

Yes, we should create a new close reason for the Future Works Policy. It’s more useful to have a close reason about a specific reason than for something completely generic. It would also mean we would ...
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Why does the community continue re-opening this particular question?

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 ...
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What does closing a Question as a Duplicate actually do?

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 ...
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Questions seeking scientific explanations - on topic?

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 ...
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Should posts that have more than one question be closed as "Too Broad" or "Unclear"?

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 ...
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Questions that become off-topic because of new policies

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 ...
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Questions that become off-topic because of new policies

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 ...
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If a certain work is found to be off topic, are questions on Sci-Fi elements also off topic?

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-...
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Why was this question about Obi-Wan closed?

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 ...
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Is it permissible for gold badge users to close and reopen questions to clear out inappropriate close votes?

No, I'd say it isn't. First of all you'll note that the feature announcement for the dupehammer doesn't mention it as one of one's duties/perks. Secondly, what exactly is the harm caused by these ...
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Why would VTC as duplicate be appropriate for a story identification question?

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 ...
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Best handling for "dupe groups" within [story-identification] questions?

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 ...
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I found my factual answer but the question is closed as "opinion based." How to open?

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 ...
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How is a question able to be closed by just two people?

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 ...
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New custom close reason: Future Works

Brief description The name shown to flaggers/close-voters when seeking an option in the close menu (currently 21/100 characters): Future works question Usage guidance The description shown to ...
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Can I close this question?

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 ...
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Is there ever a reason to remove on topic content?

Yes, in rare specific mostly objective circumstances. Content that is in violation of "be nice" policy (that can't be edited to remove violation) Content that is in violation of other policies (spam,...
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Should we have a migration path to M&TV.SE now that it has graduated?

This Data Explorer query, when run on Movies&TV, gives us a list of incoming migrations. It's not filtered only on migrations from SciFi, but 99% of them are, so I won't bother forking the query ...
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Should questions about future works be closed as Primarily Opinion Based?

The problem is that we don't always know if any future works are in the making, and if they are, if the question will be answered in them. If we take this to its extreme conclusion, we could only have ...
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Should we add an off-topic close reason for "future works"?

Yes, we should request a custom "future works" closure reason. Many questions that are unsuitable because they have no current answer may become useful in the future, and current closure reasons aren'...
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Should we add an off-topic close reason for "future works"?

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 ...
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How to deal with a Post which has two questions in it and one of which may be a duplicate?

When I spot a multi-question question where one or more parts are already duplicates, I generally do three things; 1) Vote to close as "Too Broad". Note that this is the normal action when two or ...
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