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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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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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We shouldn't do this Anakin being Darth Vader is a spoiler and per meta spoilers don't "age away" so we shouldn't be having our tags contain a spoiler. It also provides quite a nice distinction between the two sides of the person. Anakin and Vader are not really the same person, from a certain point of view, and so it helps distinguish between which part ...


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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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The original 1979 BBFC Rating guideline for this film gives us a pretty good indication of its suitability for this site. In short, it's a dystopia and is set in the future. Either of those would make it a solid match. A chilling futuristic fantasy set, as the opening caption tells us, "a few years from now," in an anonymous wasteland of roadways ...


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I'm not sure it's spam but it really seems to run up against the link-only rule Is there even one tiny speck of information there? No. Even the title of the page being linked to would have provided something to go on, but that was entirely too much work. So let me be clear: this sort of response is not an answer. If you see this, flag it. Moderators, if you ...


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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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You have several options: Do nothing As the questioner you never have an obligation to do anything with answers. When you receive any answer you can choose to comment on it, vote on it, flag it, or accept it, but you don’t have to do any of those. Here too you can do nothing if you so desire. Upvote both and accept the better one Usually two answers won’t ...


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The consensus in the discussion seems clear in that the suggested edit improved the post, hence it should have not be rejected. One of the reviewers was kind enough to offer their explanation for rejecting the edit: they mistakenly thought that the post was a question, and not an answer; given that, their rationale was to reject the edit because it was not ...


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Challenges Topic Challenges run on some various sites across the network, for example on Literature, and are a good way to bring in traffic, certainly to low traffic tags. They are featured in the side bar in an "Upcoming Events" section and help promote certain things. Something I've seen around the network but mostly on Movies & TV are answer ...


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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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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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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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Wakanda Forever!


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For Tolkien nerds, like us and many on this site, Christopher Tolkien is best known for the editing work he did on his famous father's Middle-earth stories. For those who've only read JRR Tolkien's books without knowing about all that, Christopher and his brothers actually appeared in one of their father's works of fiction: Anyway, just when Rover was ...


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“Any” questions generally receive a few downvotes and there certainly is a group of users that don’t like them, myself included. The problem is whilst they were ruled to be on topic they are essentially a poor loophole to just being a list question which are off topic. These types of questions almost always receive several answers that are “yes, here’s one ...


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My objection was never to "said to have" terminology, but rather to the absence of any discussion of severity in the edits. My original wording was classical (that is, fairly severe) autism—not milder forms of autism spectrum disorder and I think that mention of severity is quite important for understanding the statistic I mentioned regarding autism and ...


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Richie Rich is on topic here. Richie Rich: The Poor Little Rich Boy (the 1956 Harvey Comics serial) did initially start out as a semi-realistic depiction for the first few tens of comics, but then rapidly descended into fantasy and science fiction with the regular appearance of a range of fantastical inventions. Richie Rich #25 Richie Rich #28 By the ...


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No, not on this site. This site, Science Fiction & Fantasy, is for questions and answers about existing works of science fiction or fantasy, either specific books/films/etc. or questions about the genre as a whole. Maybe somewhere else, depending on the question. Your query is very vague, so it's hard to know exactly what you intend to ask. If it's a ...


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Users did in essence. Sites on Stack Exchange are created by going through Area 51 (or at least were). If enough users like the proposal and participate on the site that it gets enough content and traffic the site is created. You can see the original proposal for Science Fiction and Fantasy on Area 51 here. If you're interested you may want to look at the ...


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First and foremost, thank you for sharing your thoughts on what is like to be a moderator even if it was not here. I remember in my early days on the site what a pleasure I had reading your answers (that is also when I learned what "irregular voting patterns" were) and interacting with you in chat (and still do). You clearly walk the talk in how you approach ...


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These edits are improving the posts so there is no action to be taken except, maybe, saying thank you for taking the time to do it. Wookiee and Wookieepedia are commonly misspelled and I know the editor in this case is going through correcting these typos. In your examples he also corrects old wikia links to the new fandom ones: a useful edit as we don’t ...


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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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A quote from J. R. R. Tolkien's Letter #66 to Christopher Tolkien, from 6 May 1944: Keep up your hobbitry in heart, and think that all stories feel like that when you are in them. You are inside a very great story! (The story behind the letter is an interesting one, and the full letter is a worthwhile read - but this is not quite the right context for it....


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TL;DR: I disagree that all "is there any...?" questions are suitable for this site, and propose the following: Close "is there any work featuring XYZ" questions as recommendations or too broad; Leave open "What is the first work featuring X" questions (no change here); Leave open "Is there any" questions which are set in a specific universe; Only if the ...


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User TheLethalCarrot has a gold tag badge in that tag. Gold Tag holders can close a duplicate on their own. Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders "You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for." and if you hover over the gold badge, you'll be provided with an ...


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