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As one of the site's top answerers of story-identification questions, I'd like to offer the following suggestions to anyone thinking of posting a question in this tag: No detail is too insignificant. You might think it's ever so obvious that your characters are white or teenagers or whatever, but you still need to tell us. If you don't tell us, we don't ...


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Meme: Warning: TV Tropes Link Originator: Mason Wheeler: July 26, 2011. Cultural Height: No identifiable particular peak usage of this meme. Background: DVK explains the warning provided with a link to TVTropes: don't follow the link or you'll waste half your life in a twisty maze of content TVTropes is in informal encyclopedic wiki cataloging common ...


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Meme: "Time Traveling Robots". Originator: An Internet troll originally going under the name "Rondo", although a wide variety of subsequent usernames were used. Cultural Height: April of 2012 through early 2013 Background: It started innocently enough. A question posted by a new user, asking about the Terminator franchise. Then another, again, seemingly ...


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Someone lay me down a sick beat. We goin' ham. It's mid-2007, not too long ago, when a little nerdy white boy and his buddies go, and sign up for Xbox Live to play some videogames, using Gears of War and Halo as a replacement for dames. Well I'm sitting there just thinking, trying to choose a handle, but my friends names are much better, mine can't hold a ...


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While I agree with the general sentiment of what you've said (e.g. not having protracted discussions about users who aren't present) the main issue is that there is a total lack of information emanating from the Community Managers and Community Moderators when major events occur. It is often down to the users themselves to work out what the hell is ...


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Too soon. Far, far too soon. 43 years old? Shit. For those who aren't familiar with Mike on-site (he became less active in recent years): as well as his Q&A activity getting him to almost 100,000 rep (at the time of writing), he was also one of the most active users in back-end site upkeep stuff, thankless tasks such as ... Organising the great tag ...


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First of all, allow me to be clear - Richard is an active and well-respected member of the community. His contributions and participation as a user are not in question. However, over the course of the last few weeks we have become convinced that he is not as well suited to being a moderator. I will do my best to explain how and why, although out of respect ...


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AAARARRRGWWWH RRRAARRWHHGWWR!


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Congratulations to our new moderators! As a losing candidate, I send my personal congratulations to both Rand al'Thor and Null. I wish you and the entire community the best. I’m sure you’ll both work for the good of the site. I can’t imagine this is an easy role to take on – good luck to you and our entire moderation team – and thanks in advance for the ...


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I am named after the minor planet 14111 Kimamos which in turn is named after a science teacher in West Virginia and not the lady in Michigan who writes romance novels under that name. (Just kidding. Actually user14111 is my real name.)


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This will be downvoted, but let me be the first to say this is the right decision. (I have nothing to do with any recent activity which may have led to this.) As @Richard has said I have become increasingly aware that my role as Moderator is conflicting with my and others enjoyment of the site; attracting controversy and acting as a lighting-rod... This is ...


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Yes Many things make this film on-topic. A few: The giant dome built that a whole (fake) city fits in. It is shown that real lighting storms can be created in it. It’s pretty dystopian. Truman is effectively owned by the company making the show, and they have gotten away for it for 30 years. Even without tech like the dome, dystopias are on-topic here. ...


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From his official twitter feed:


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Moderators are elected to moderate the community, not to actively post. It's not uncommon for a moderator's Q&A activity to go down and taper off entirely. As long as the moderators are monitoring the site and handling situations that pop up appropriately, they are doing the job they were elected to do. The moderation team has the situation well in hand. ...


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Every community in the Stack Exchange network has a single objective: create the world's highest quality, most complete archive of information in whatever topic the site is about. The quality and integrity of the information compiled by this community is the reason this site is here. Titles should be optimized for clarity, ease of understanding and ...


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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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NO. Font styles should not be manipulated in any way beyond the tools given to us by Stack Exchange (bold, italic, block quote, preformatted, etc.) or basic html (strike-through, breaks, etc.) Anything beyond this will most likely cause readability issues, and as you mentioned in the question, may cause it to not display at all. Creativity and ...


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TL;DR, it's Lightsaber not Lightsabre. Usage in canon Outside of a couple of typographical errors in the Phantom Menace script, the sole usage is lightsaber in every single canon article on the databank, every single canon novel and every single factbook. It's also used exclusively as lightsaber in every single EU novel, gamebook and script book. So where ...


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I slammed my fists on the keyboard a few times until I got a result I liked.


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This meme example is a work in progress. Please add details from searching chat, comments and posts Meme: "JKR Math" / "JKR is bad at maths". Originator: TBD (Slytherincess or DVK, likely? My first candidate is this comment from 2011) on main site. PearsonArtPhoto on chat. Cultural Height: You'd need to be good at maths to find local maxima. Background: ...


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It should use the original title containing the word "panties". The question is clearly motivated by the lyrics in the ERB rap -- otherwise why use 25 stars as the cutoff. It should use the same term as the source of motivation. As an alternate middleground, I might suggest the word could be placed in quotes. Justifications of why the quotes are ...


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What makes it "adult-only" material, rather than just "adult"? Lots of things are adult material. Murder is adult material depending on who you ask. I think the Stack Exchange population is generally expected to have a decent enough level of maturity and professionalism to be able to handle adult material. We are not a community of immature people - ...


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In-Universe Explanations — Even Based On Real Science — Are On-Topic Any question that is asking for an answer within the context of a fictional universe, even if that question requires real-world science information, is on-topic. We should not expect content creators to spell out every detail of the science in their works. We can assume that works of ...


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That sucks. Trivia: He was the only cast member on the Peter Jackson movies who actually knew J.R.R. Tolkien. LAWRENCE FRENCH: You actually met J. R. R. Tolkien, didn’t you? CHRISTOPHER LEE: Yes, quite by chance, really. I met him with a group of other people in a pub in Oxford he used to go to, The Eagle and Child. I was very much in awe of him, as you ...


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I'd reckon the closest thing we have to an official, network-wide policy on duplicates is found in the 2010 blog post, "Dr. Strangedupe: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Duplication": Here are my official guidelines on question duplication: Having one "perfect" form of a question that contains every possible answer to every ...


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I hope the new chat room succeeds. It's a great way for users to discuss the site or just have a relaxing chat with each other. In order for the new chat room to succeed, though, users will have to learn lessons from the failure of Mos Eisley and be mindful of the existing guidelines regarding chat etiquette. Some of those guidelines to keep in mind include:...


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I already saw this question and its edit history due to a flag last night, so I've had some time to think about it. Here's my proposal for some general guidelines to cover situations like this. It's OK to use NSFW language if that's an important part of the question. E.g. for story-ID questions like this, if the story used a word which is obscene but also ...


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A couple of weeks ago someone asked the same in chat, and I gave some tips (see transcript). I'll try to whip that up into a more or less clear guide below. Still in writing. Disclaimer: all examples will be answers of mine, as obviously they're the ones I know best. Sorry if it looks like I'm showing off - this is not the intention. Summary: Learn the way ...


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