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How to ask a good story-ID question?

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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What is our actual policy on science questions?

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 ...
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How to ask a good story-ID question?

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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Should questions about future works be closed as Primarily Opinion Based?

I'll go against my philosophical inclination and say "close them". Why? Closing doesn't mean the question is bad. It just means that it can not be answered as-is. (where as is usually applies to ...
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Is it encouraged to delete your own questions if they have possible duplicates?

No DO NOT DO THIS I'm sorry for shouting, but I've wanted to say this to a few people recently; I got a bit excited. There are a couple of reasons you shouldn't do this: Your question may not end ...
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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

story-identification questions should only be closed as duplicates where both answers are accepted, regardless of the similarity between them. (If the OP posts a "yes this is it" comment, that's as ...
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How do I search for questions on the site?

First of all, go to the search box in the left-hand side of the topbar: You can type any word or collection of words into there to get a list of all posts on the SFF site containing all of those ...
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How to write a good story-ID answer?

As one of the site's top answerers of story-identification questions (by volume), I tend to follow a very simple process when answering. Movie ID Indicate the name of the film Indicate the year of ...
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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

If only one question has a known correct answer, then we should leave the other open. My response to the suggestion that we close ‘obvious’ story ID dupes has always boiled down to “Okay, but why?”. ...
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What is our actual policy on science questions?

I think Mike Edenfield's answer involving the in-universe/out-of-universe one is a good one, but I think there are some ambiguities in the definition and I also disagree with some of the examples ...
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Closing Story-Ident questions as duplicates (where there's no acceptance)

I'll post my answer in the form of a question: I have to question what makes a story ID question a duplicate? Is it the answer? I ask because the name of a book could be the answer to several ...
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Should questions about future works be closed as Primarily Opinion Based?

The problem is that we don't always know if any future works are in the making, and if they are, if the question will be answered in them. If we take this to its extreme conclusion, we could only have ...
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How to ask a good story-ID question?

I think the most important tip for asking about a story is composing a concise title and first paragraph. The title issue has been discussed Consensus on Story Identification titles? and the quality ...
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How do I search for questions on the site?

Questions where you could accept an answer Enter user:me is:question hasaccepted:no answers:1 closed:no into the search box (or click the link). This searches for user:me // posts by you ...
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What is our actual policy on science questions?

Real-World Science With Any Relation To a Work Of Fiction Is On-Topic Any question that relates back to a particular work of science fiction or fantasy, in any way, is on-topic. There is a lot of ...
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List of common abbreviations

A Song of Ice and Fire and/or Game of Thrones Real life people D&D - Dan Weiss & David Benioff, Producers of the HBO adaptation GRRM - George R.R. Martin, writer and creator of the series On ...
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How to write a good story-ID answer?

Any answer should include what and why. What is the answer? Can you identify the exact work? And why is that the answer? Does it match the description given? What In the case of story IDs, the what ...
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How do I search for questions on the site?

I attempt to find questions through using the more unusual Potter words: Fudge, instead of Minister; Galleon instead of money (in this instance, money may be better, it depends; Elder Wand instead of "...
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What's the best way to format quotes?

There's no hard and fast guideline. What I've found works for me is what you've described as #6; placing script quotes into inline boxes (with the > key). I also bold the name of the person ...
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What's the best way to format quotes?

I do not think there is a universal “best” way to format quotes. But honestly I believe formatting of these things can get out of hand and the simplicity of the markdown formatting should be respected....
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What's the best way to format quotes?

It depends. There's not really a clear rule and some of that comes down to personal preference. However, there are some preferred general guidelines for the overall use of SE when it comes to quote ...
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