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Are we now allowing list questions that are long or that change over time?

List questions were barred for a specific reason, and it's not the word "list" in them, but specific incompatibilities with SE Q&A format (specifically, that the question will result in endless, ...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

Answers are not just for the original questioner If you are asking a question, you are certainly free to say that you prefer brief, concise answers. You can reward brief, concise answers with up ...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

It is not a list, it is research! By showing why you came to a conclusion, through the exploration of different avenues, is the way great answers are built. The "list" reduces comments saying "Hey ...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

Why list answers are provided People like lists This is an easy thing to understand, as far as formatting is concerned, lists provide an easy way to: Break up your sentence and paragraph structures ...
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Is Asking For Work on a Very Niche (Not Easily Researched) Specific Topic Not Allowed?

The central premise of stackexchange is not, to replace google, but to provide pairings of high quality questions to single correct answers. Any "recommendation" is already going to be primarily ...
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Is Asking For Work on a Very Niche (Not Easily Researched) Specific Topic Not Allowed?

Your question wasn't facing closure because it was a list question, but because requests for works on a specific theme/style/subject are strictly off-topic on SFF:SE (and have been since its inception)...
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Is Asking For Work on a Very Niche (Not Easily Researched) Specific Topic Not Allowed?

There are several problems with such a question. Note that that when I say "problems," that does not imply that the question is "bad." Indeed, in my opinion it is a very interesting question. However,...
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Why are so many questions unnecessarily answered with lists? And how to prevent it?

If you can't say something new, say something better (and more is always better). Consider this, there is a question you know the answer to, but none of the 3 existing answers say what you think the ...
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