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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What should we do with old meta posts about SE workings that no longer exist?

Where a problem no longer exists because of a change in the way that the SE platform works (rendering the original post obsolete), I'm quite happy for a moderator to just mark them as closed with a ...
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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 ...
Jason Baker's user avatar
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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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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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Under what circumstances does "Community" vote to close as a duplicate?

You can hover over Community's username in the vote to close listing to find out why it voted: This question's author approved a pending duplicate vote. This happens because of this feature: When ...
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Why can't you change your reason to close after making a close vote?

This answer on main meta explains the motivation behind not being able to re-cast a vote to close after retracting it: One important thing to note with this way is that retracting a vote does not ...
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Should we prefer questions with accepted answers when closing identification requests as duplicate?

No Comments are fine to be used for closing as a duplicate, all that matters is that we have confirmation. This is because not all users know that you can accept an answer, especially new users (and ...
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Why is this question put on hold?

I voted to close it for a few different reasons. It's too generic. As it stands, the question is asking whether there has ever been an instance where "a superhero" has killed themselves. This ...
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Why doesn't this question show up in the review queue for Close Votes?

The vote wasn’t there long enough As discussed on the main meta: The default delay is… 15 minutes. No review tasks for the Close or Reopen queues will be created until the oldest pending close ...
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Audience-specific texts for custom close reasons: Scientific Solutions or Explanations

Brief description The name shown to flaggers/close-voters when seeking an option in the close menu: Real-world science question Usage guidance The description shown to flaggers/close-voters after ...
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What part of the "Ruby Rhod appearing on the menu screen of The Fifth Element" question needs more focus?

In its original form this question was ghastly. It was poorly written and barely coherent. Several close votes occurred before I got a chance to edit it. Fifth element ps2 question In 3:00 Why the ...
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Is it okay to post obituary posts on meta for those who never were on a Sci-Fi or Fantasy work?

In a word, no. Per page zero of the Tour. Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It's built and run by you as part of ...
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Re-open "What episodes of Doctor Who should I watch first?"

How about closing it instead as a duplicate of Suggested order to watch entire Dr. Who?, which (although posted later) is more objectively worded and already has an excellent answer? This would leave ...
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