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In this instance, the answer was likely downvoted because it's extremely poor. Only the first sentence answers the question being asked (e.g. "How did James get the cloak?"), and even then it's just a statement without any evidence to back it up, repeating information that's contained in other, better answers above it. At this point, and for the ...


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Brief description The name shown to flaggers/close-voters when seeking an option in the close menu: List/recommendation question Usage guidance The description shown to flaggers/close-voters after choosing this close reason: This question seeks recommendations or an open-ended list of works. Recommendation requests are off-topic, as questions should be ...


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A lot this may not matter any longer as the OP seems to have deleted their account. It seems reasonable to close the question in first go-around, maybe not as "opinion based" but as "needs detail or clarity". There was definitely confusion in the comments about what was being asked and the OP seemed to be going around in circles. However, ...


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Closed questions are blocked from new answers, not from new comments. When your question is closed, it's still visible on the question lists, and nobody can answer it properly, but they can still provide feedback in comments. Closing a question usually takes five users with 3k+ rep, or one diamond moderator (with a couple of special cases around duplicate ...


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If you close a question (which as the OP you can only do single-handed if it's a duplicate-closure reason), people can still comment on it, regardless of whether they have close/reopen privileges (they only need the comment privilege, which is obtained at 50 rep). Fortunately - otherwise how would we debate whether questions should be reopened or not, ask ...


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A cursory glance at the site's 18 uses of "Beam Piper" reveals precisely zero questions about the works of H. (Horace? Herbert? Henry?) Beam Piper. As you've indicated, the majority of mentions are story-ID questions (where re-tagging with the author's name would be inappropriate) and "first example of" questions. Noting that we don't ...


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List of all questions posted as part of this topic challenge Did Weber base People's Republic of Haven on post-revolution France? by DVK-on-Ahch-To, 05/04/2021. Did the Troll intend UK-Argentine war? by DVK-on-Ahch-To, 05/04/2021. Is each Hyper layer a discrete and singular space? by Jontia, 06/04/2021. ... add entries in the form https://scifi....


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I quite liked this one. Like my Matrix animals answer, it required a deep dive into the Harry Potter films and a frame-by-frame (if you'll excuse the pun) analysis of the characters who appear in the backgrounds. Is Harry Potter the only student with glasses? It also had some great answers (from TheLethalCarrot and MBEllis) that focused on the books and the ...


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Topic challenges The first quarter of 2021 saw the start of SFF.SE's topic challenge program, with three topic challenges completed during this quarter: Isaac Asimov, Hal Clement, and Cornelia Funke. The first one produced five questions from four distinct users (Clara Diaz Sanchez, Rand al'Thor, therxv, SuperCreff). My favourite was When was the origin of ...


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I am offering a bounty of 100-200 each for answers to the following questions: Short story where Earth was entirely paved over Aliens have seeded a world with needlers that inject a RNA-type virus into their users to program them with xenophobia Aliens run a BBS to conduct anthropological investigation of Earth


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Gene Wolfe Gene Wolfe's works are rich in references to other traditions and authors (Greek and Roman Mythology, and Rudyard Kipling's works are some of the obvious influences). His writing style means that much of the action is implicit. I think this makes for some interesting questions about his work.


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