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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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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 even badges specifically for providing good answers to old questions.)


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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 to his family and other loved ones.


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I got to know Mike best in a slack group he had set up a few years ago for some site members to chat together. I'm sure some of the older users knew him a lot better than me, but all the interactions I can remember having with him were positive. He will be missed.


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Yes Community Managers reach out to moderators when they have been inactive for more than six months. Moderators have the option to either resume moderating or let us know that they would like to step away from moderating responsibilities and we then notify the other moderators. In this particular instance I was pulled into something pressing before I had a ...


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Mike was one of the reasons why I enjoyed posting on this site so much! In my early days (2013), seeing his posts that were so well-written and insightful inspired me to post better and actually put effort into this site. We even had a small rivalry to see who could post faster/better as we were both interested in similar works. His hard work and dedication ...


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He has sailed into the Undying Lands


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Actually, Diana Rigg's best know role among genre fans was, by far, Emma Peel from The Avengers. She also had a wonderful turn in The Great Muppet Caper.


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For this specific case I removed the image because it wasn't relevant at all and to be honest I don't even understand how it was meant to be humorous: it was just a bridge with some buildings on. It didn't add anything to the question and only really, in my opinion, detracted from it. I also think your title here is a bit misleading, humorous is subjective, ...


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Wakanda Forever!


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Sean Connery played both of England's most legendary characters: King Arthur in First Knight, and Robin Hood in Robin and Marian (little known but well worth watching). I wonder if he was the only film actor to play both of these roles.


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Mike was a great supporter of the blog. He contributed a lot of articles. The ones I think that stand out are: A Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse A Guide To The DC Cinematic Multiverse Gorilla vs. Shark? Not so fast…


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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 have to do less explaining about the Future Works Policy when closing as Opinion based for it and how it works if it’s qualified as a proper reason. On top of ...


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He was long known as the actor of Darth Vader, but had a different voice actor used over his voice, due to his accent (a distinctive west country accent that did not make him sound very menacing as a dark Lord of the Sith). It has been reported that he was close to rival bodybuilder competitors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (from TV's Incredible ...


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You have now completed your trip, courtesy of the Phantom Tollbooth. We trust that everything has been satisfactory, and hope you understand why we had to come and collect it. You see, there are so many other boys and girls waiting to use it, too. It's true that there are many lands you've still to visit (some of which are not even on the map) and wonderful ...


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Looks like it. The previous record was about 7 years. Short story about two brothers leading an expedition to the prehistoric past, one (Orren? Owen?) is killed and erased from history Our overall record of over 8 years hasn't been broken, though. What evidence supposedly supports Tau as related to the Necrontyr? Here's the top 15 at the time of answering (...


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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 pending close votes? At worst the question gets closed, then one can dupehammer into reopening, which is fine and in line with the feature's purposes. More likely, ...


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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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I can think of another important one. One that has been lying dormant for a while. Unfortunately, it does need attention from SE and isn't something we can just do off our own backs. A re-improved site theme.


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In reference to his namesake: That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.


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In response to your second question about which to use and how to tag, I think we should keep the current state of affairs. The manga tag is mostly (173/183) applied to story-identification questions. Adding manhwa and manhua tags wouldn't make it easier to either answer or find those questions, so I think it would be counter-productive. The user posting ...


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I was unaware that this had been closed and have voted to undelete it (and will vote to reopen it when that happens). Looney Tunes is on topic. I can't see that this is 'too broad'. You're asking us to narrow down an episode from less than a few hundred, where a specific character does something. There can't possibly be more than one (or at best a few) ...


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Moderators do not get paid, they are elected volunteer members of the community trusted with extra powers to help curate the site. I can’t speak for others clearly, and I am not a moderator myself, but people do it to help the site out, because they enjoy it and because they want the site to succeed. The only people who get paid are Stack Exchange employees ...


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I was just discussing Holm with my kids a couple days ago. His other fantasy and science fiction roles included Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element and the voice of Chef Skinner in Ratatouille. In other genres, I remember him particularly for his small role in Branagh's Henry V (where he turned a rather comic role from Shakespeare's script into a ...


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General Case In the general case I would say it is usually preferable to translate the quotes, even if it is just using an online service. However, when doing so (and this is a practice I've seen done around the site) you should leave the quote from the original language and include the translated one too. That way it helps everyone and people can spot ...


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Nothing to do with slavery being a touchy issue. If you check the revision history, you'll see that the OP was repeatedly editing replies to comments into their post and rolling back attempts to remove them. Situations like this, commonly known as "rollback wars", usually require a moderator to step in and lock the post at a particular version ...


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Since I was the user that made the edit let me address your points in this post in order. Firstly, the reason I made the edit in the first place is because providing the link on its own isn't great as the link may die at any time, in fact it's actually dead for me at the moment. This means that no one would now be able to read the review to work out if the ...


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I would argue that they are, although we should probably apply some sort of 'notability test' in practice if people start asking questions about very small websites or individual chatrooms. In this instance the forum in question is directly attached to a publisher's website that specialises in publishing purely science fiction and fantasy, the forum itself ...


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And yet, even as he thought of all these things, he noticed somehow that the sky was a lovely shade of blue and that one cloud had the shape of a sailing ship. The tips of the trees held pale, young buds and the leaves were a rich deep green. Outside the window, there was so much to see, and hear, and touch—walks to take, hills to climb, caterpillars to ...


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