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mobile-armored-strike-kommand Current tag. Unambiguous, but not easily recognised for people who only remember the acronym and not easily discoverable.


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There are two types of "threshold", and neither of them forces a comment stream to be moved to chat, only creates notifications (in two different possible places) that it might want to be moved to chat. Users moving their own comments to chat. When two users (just two) have a sufficiently long conversation in comments (three or four from each user ...


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I'll start off by echoing what Null has said in that this would be a network wide change and so whilst it's perfectly fine to suggest it here, suggesting it over on main meta would get more eyes on it so would be preferable there. That said I'll say that this change shouldn't be made. Having to suggest edits is a temporary "lock" on someone's ...


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m-a-s-k As close as we can get to the acronym. Pretty unambiguous, but not easily discoverable unless the querent guesses how we turned the acronym into a tag.


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If the pseudoscience is presented as factual in the reality of the story, there's no good reason to exclude it, just because it's pseudoscience in our reality. A good example of this would be 'Young Earth Creationism'. There are numerous books purporting that it's factual and all of these are off-topic. There are, however, numerous stories that present ...


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This question was likely closed due to some of the community generally closing questions that do not relate to a single on-topic work. This was based on the old definition of the "Too Broad" close reason which was: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the ...


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No*. There have been literally dozens of adaptations of the original works of Arthur Conan Doyle but none of these, as far as I am aware, have been set in a science fictional setting, and hence none of them would be appropriate for the site or on-topic. *That being said, the character of Sherlock Holmes, and elements of the Conan Doyle stories have been ...


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The official settings are the same on every site, but there are major cultural differences between sites with regard to what kinds of comments are considered constructive and appropriate. Science Fiction & Fantasy is very lenient toward "chatty" comments on questions and answers—things that are not really aimed at improving the main posts (...


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It would be a meta-tag like the old "plot-explanation" tag that was deleted so we don't need it. It would apply to so many questions that it wouldn't help in a search and no one would want to watch the tag. Additionally, no one is an expert at "rationale" in general, though a user can be an expert in characters' rationales for a given ...


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I would suggest an option not mentioned: synonyms. Mods can create them and when you type in the term, they show up. The primary tag really is best for the SE system as mobile-armored-strike-kommand. I propose adding these synonyms to it so you can find it if trying to tag "mask" (i.e. [mask-tv]). Not ideal, but we have some tags like that already (...


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You can't review your own posts/actions, and they won't appear for you as you browse the review queue. But you can check their status if you have a direct link to the review item. As Null mentioned, links to your own suggested edits can be found from your profile. Links to review items for a post (if it went to the First Questions/Answers or Late Answers or ...


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For my money, an on-topic story-id question hangs on one element, and one element alone. Does the question have some sort of identifiable characteristic that can be used to narrow it down, ideally to a single property or at the very least a vanishingly small range of potential properties? "Sci-fi film about a man" There are three identifiable ...


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I voted to close because the question seems confused. As far as I can tell (I grepped the text of Dracula) Stoker never does describe the titular vampire as hissing. So the question is founded on a mistaken premise, and since most of it appears to be about why Stoker portrayed vampires that way, it seems unanswerable. (FWIW, I think I chose needs clarity ...


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(Turning my comments into an answer.) In general, no, but if you have a specific example it may be okay. Referring back to the original question of whether the Doyle Holmes stories were on topic the consensus was that pretty much none of the Sherlock Holmes have any science fiction or fantasy elements whatsoever, making them firmly off-topic for this site. (...


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Here's how I search. Finding possible duplicates: I search for the name of the work. If that's too many results I make it more specific with some of the following: story-identification, is:a, the author's name or year published. No other tags are used consistently enough to be helpful here. Media tags: I use media tags sometimes when searching for ID ...


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As TheLethalCarrot says: The point of wiki excerpts is to give a brief overview of what the tag is used for and how to, or how not to, use it in relation to other tags and asking questions. The tag wiki is really where information about the work/author should go. So the part you are referencing that say "For questions about..." that's really ...


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Walter Michael Miller Jr. A prolific sci-fi short story writer, having had at least thirty published stories, six story collections, an anthology, and two published novels, including his most well-known A Canticle for Leibowitz. There have been two questions using the a-canticle-for-leibowitz tag, and ten other story ID type questions for which A Canticle ...


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Not having voted, or even looked at, the particular questions that inspired this, I will only address the general idea. There are very few actions on the Stack Exchange network that require comments, and that is by design. For various reasons people often can't, or don't want to, leave comments when they take action. Of course, comments explaining actions ...


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Could somebody please explain what "Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations. This will help others answer the question" means? This is a standard piece of text which appears on any question closed under the opinion-based close reason. Another standard piece of text used to explain this close reason is: Many good ...


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List of all questions posted as part of this topic challenge ... add entries in the form https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://scifi.stackexchange.com/users/<user-ID>), dd/12/2021. The highest-voted of these is [question URL], with a score of TBD at the end of December. The most viewed is [question URL], ...


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I don't know if you saw my edit on your original question before you deleted it, but after I made the edit, the question garnered 3 re-open votes and likely would have been re-opened and quite probably answered if it had stayed un-deleted*. I'm getting a little fed up with people closing questions without providing usable information. This statement is ...


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R. A. Lafferty R. A. Lafferty was a US author of sci-fi and fantasy, both novels and short stories, who was: known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. [...] Lafferty's quirky prose drew from traditional storytelling styles, largely from the Irish and Native American, and his shaggy-dog ...


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Nathan Lowell Lowell has written a 6-book SF series that focuses on space trading rather than wars or space navies. This is the "Share" series: Quarter Share, Half Share, Full Share, Double Share, Captain's Share, and Owner's Share. (The author calls these the 'Trader Tales from the Golden Age of Solar Clippers".) These follow the fist-person ...


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P.C. Hodgell and her Kencyrath books. We've had a few questions on the books (and it's come up a few times for story-identification), but I'm sure there's more, and Pat is friendly to people asking questions on her mailing list (although she doesn't always answer them, and she's a bit fuzzy on details of past work in part because she can't read the past ...


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I would say that an answer that specifies a series, and a different answer that specifies a work in that series are not "the same" answer, and normally do not justify closing one as a duplicate. When the series consists of a single novel and a few short works, and the series title is the same as or quite similar to the novel title, then calling it &...


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The old question (which I answered) should NOT have been closed as a duplicate. The OP was not looking for Piers Anthony's Dr. Dillingham series; he was looking for a certain collection of sci-fi stories, ONE of which was about a space dentist, and we agreed that that was a Dr. Dillingham story. I suggested the anthology Young Extraterrestrials but the OP ...


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It's a bit unclear what you're trying to ask, but I think your query here is resolved by a combination of previous meta discussions and their conclusions: Is it desirable to have the community award "acceptance" to answers on abandoned questions? and Petition for acceptance of answer to question by vanished querent and Is there a policy about what ...


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You can't. OP is trying to ask a question that is fundamentally antithetical to our policy against questions that require opinion-based answers, hence why they keep getting closed as opinion-based, both here and when asked on Lit:SE, even despite their more generous view on these sorts of open-ended essay style questions. FAQ: [...] This [questions being ...


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Personally, as someone who posts story-identification fairly often (curse my failing memory...), I habitually add media tags and often do add some of the non-media tags if I feel they're a major part of the story I'm looking for. Part of why I do this is simply because they're there. Part of it is that, especially for the media tags, this serves as a ...


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Time Quintet By Madeline L'Engle. Very popular fantasy series, first book is A wrinkle In Time.


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