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Tips for asking Story Identification questions

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. ...
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KutuluMike (Michael Edenfield) has passed away

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 ...
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RIP Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca Actor

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Is The Truman Show on-topic?

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 ...
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How to find a story-ID answer?

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 ...
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Tips for asking Story Identification questions

Questions must have as much detail as possible, including, but not limited to: Media (short story collection, magazine, novel, TV, film, animated, website)  Was it part of a series? Original year of ...
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Is it acceptable to use unicode fonts for general discourse (Questions/Answers/Comments)?

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.) ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

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Isn't it about time we had a chat about our moderation team?

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 ...
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Is it lightsabre or lightsaber (or both)?

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 ...
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I see Britain, I see France, I see Wonder Woman's... satin tights?

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 ...
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Let's talk about Story ID requests for erotica

They should be allowed. As long as it's SFF, it's fine. We are a site about science fiction and fantasy. And, let's face it... there are very often explicit scenes in SFF. And sometimes there is a ...
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Is it acceptable to use an NSFW word in a question?

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 ...
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Should meta posts regarding the deaths of figures that are important to SFF:SE be on topic?

Yes. The community has already voiced its opinion on these questions. The Christopher Lee post has +33 upvotes, Terry Pratchett +34, Leonard Nimoy +29, Carrie Fisher +41 and Affable Geek +10. ...
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What is the proper etiquette for answering old questions?

By all means, answer it! Unanswered questions are a blight that needs to be fixed! (To more be more specific: if a question hasn't been closed, then old questions definitely need love. There are ...
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Does this Meta policy overrule our Meta?

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&...
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Is it OK to downvote a question for being uninteresting?

Yes, Absolutely, Without Reserve. First of all, at the risk of repeating myself: Users Should Downvote However They Want Downvoting on Stack Exchange is anonymous for a reason. As long as a user is ...
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General chat room: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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 ...
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Back from another year ban. What are the rules for the penalty box?

Mithical's answer is a good general overview, but let me give some slightly more specific comments. There's no strict algorithm for determining ban length; it's at the discretion of the suspending ...
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Can we please not change American to British English and vice-versa?

The simplest rule is that you shouldn't correct overseas spellings. As much as it pains me to say it, both variants of English (US and UK) are equally valid and shouldn't be considered misspellings. ...
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Is it OK to downvote a question for being uninteresting?

It is allowed, but probably not to be encouraged Outside of certain prohibited voting patterns (for example, those that target certain users), people may use downvotes however they choose. On the ...
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How come our main chat, Mos Eisley, got frozen this time?

A year and a half ago, I froze Mos. We don't need to rehash that again here; the linked discussion covers it thoroughly. At the time, we (the employees of Stack Exchange) were of two minds as to ...
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Are answers that state "We Don't Know" acceptable?

Yes. For many questions, "we don't know" is the correct answer - it would be beyond foolish to seek to ban such answers. Of course, a plain "we don't know" without saying anything more than those ...
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Can something be done about unconstructive comments in star-trek-discovery questions?

You're not wrong. Certainly the bulk of these comments aren't especially "nice" and while they aren't directed at the users posting the questions, I can see how they might result in them feeling like ...
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Pronoun trolling - what to do?

The problem with questions like this is that it's basically a live hand grenade waiting for some imbecile to throw themselves upon it. While it seems reasonably clear and common sense that grimble ...
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The many usernames of SFF.SE

I just love cheese. That's it.
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What's the best way to respectfully discuss stories which fictionalize religious subjects?

Basic rules Don’t be afraid to cite religious sources There are fictional works based on any and all religious sources. There are also works of fiction based on non-religious historical accounts, ...
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RIP Stan Lee, Marvel Comics legend

Excelsior. Earth has lost one of its mightiest heroes today. I know just about all of us in the SFF community will be saddened by this loss. If you are ever feeling generous I recommend The Stan Lee ...
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KutuluMike (Michael Edenfield) has passed away

I cannot say that I knew Mike well, but I knew him as he was here on the site and in chat. All I can say is that his presence will be sorely missed, and I would like to extend this Stack's warm wishes ...

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