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. Although there are a small number of downvotes, they're outweighed by an average of ten to one.
Additionally, they've each successfully faced down close votes (...
Directly from the help page What's Meta?
What is "meta"? How does it work?
Meta Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is the part of the site where users discuss the workings and policies of Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange rather than discussing science fiction or fantasy itself. It is separated from the main Q&A to reduce ...
On a case-by-case basis
Ultimately, there is no exact test we can use to determine if an figure deserves to be commemorated, any more than we can judge whether any other class of announcement (such as a convention) is relevant to the community. We have to use our best judgment with respect to notability and relevance, and only post memorial notices for ...
Meta is the site we're currently on: a second website attached to the Science Fiction & Fantasy website which is called Science Fiction & Fantasy meta, and whose purpose is for questions and answers about the website. The main site is for questions and answers about science fiction and fantasy. Since your question was about the workings of the ...
I [...] don't have time to jump through hoops [...]
While you have already received an excellent answer, I'd like to address the gist of your question, or at least how it came across to me.
Besides hosting questions and answers, this site is home to a community. You'll find that most sites that allow for interaction between its users, will see some form of ...
For the same reason as you'd accept an answer on the main site. Basically, accept an answer if it solved your question.
If you post a support question, accept the answer that solves your problem by telling you how to do whatever it was you wanted to do.
If you post a feature-request or bug report, you might get an answer from a developer or moderator, ...
No. The meta is for questions about Meta.SFF itself, and as such is a good tag to have.
For instance, this tag is used for discussions about tags on Meta.SFF (Do we really need film/TV Show/Franchise tags in meta?, What's with all the closure tags?), bug reports specific to Meta (SSL Certificate Still Invalid, Cannot see my total reviews), and policy ...
This (probably) isn't a bug.
This issue was raised recently on MSE; in a comment on one of the answers, animuson said:
The message didn't change. You were probably looking at your profile on Meta, which doesn't retrieve the sub-reason from the parent site and just doesn't display one.
I'm honestly not sure whether this is considered a bug or a by-design....
Meta is the place to discuss the workings of the site itself. Inherently questions on Meta are not about a franchise or work.
This is why Meta has one of four required tags (support, feature request, bug, and discussion).
According to main meta
A question can also be rejected by the target community after it has already been migrated if it gets closed (except as a duplicate) or deleted on the target site.
The question was closed on SFF meta (as "unclear what you're asking") so the migration was rejected. I've re-opened and unlocked the question.
I'm afraid I don't see how they can be on topic
I assume this will not be a popular answer considering the positive votes gained by the posts listed in the question. I realise that there is a desire to mourn the deaths of beloved members of the SFF community, and I sympathise with it. However, there are many places to do that.
This site has rules that ...
It’s because it’s (basically) locked
You can’t edit the post because it has been merged, yes. Thus the remaining stub post has been locked.
As detailed here, hovering over a locked post on meta will produce precisely that error. Similarly here. As mentioned in the comments on the first post, it seems that the system interprets any edit made under less-...
Questions like this should generally be closed under the first off-topic reason:
This question does not appear to be about Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange or the software that powers the Stack Exchange network within the scope defined in the help center.
While I won't go so far as to say the primarily-opinion-based reason should never be ...
No, there is no need for a dedicated css meta tag. CSS is for styling a web page... in other words, for the design of Meta.SciFi. There is nothing the tag can be appropriately used for that is not also covered by design, whose description lists:
For questions regarding the design elements of the main and meta sites e.g. CSS issues
The tag ...
We don't create meta profiles for users until they actually go to meta. So, if you've never visited, you'll not have a link to the profile, since it doesn't exist!
Once you visit (assuming you're logged in), it should always be there.
Similar question was asked previously on our main meta site.
At least as of right now, visiting meta sites over SSL is "not supported". The most recent information I could find on meta.SE was from last year, and there doesn't appear to have been any change since then.
The technical problem is the way the domain names are formatted breaks the wildcard SSL certificates. The certificate is for *.stackexchange.com, ...
This tag is for questions about Meta.SFF itself - certainly a valid topic of discussion for the meta site (since there isn't a scifi.meta.meta.stackexchange.com). It's not even being used inappropriately - I've checked through the last 30 questions with the tag, and all of them are about the meta site except one which was actually migrated here from ...
Meta links have been switched to scifi.meta.stackexchange.com, and now have a valid HTTPS certificate. See this post on main meta. This should probably be status-completed now (but my flag requesting it was declined :/).
statistics → site-statistics
Done. There were only a few questions with each of these tags, and both seem to be used identically.
css → design possibly. If these should not be synonyms, then the tag wiki excerpt for design could use some clarification.
I'll let someone else handle this one, since I don't know enough about website design to even know ...
Here are a couple that I really like:
the theme entries at the Science Fiction Encyclopedia
"If you like this, then you'll like that" at the Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide.
And the specialized entries are merely parts (great parts, but just parts) of awesome resources.
P.S. One partial way around the ban on list questions is to ask for a first ...
I believe a "Memes" wiki could be useful to this site if it will help new users understand some of the particular references that may be found here. It might help people feel more a part of the community if there were less things the community did that they found incomprehensible.
Looking at some of the examples posted above, I'd say that as long as we ...
Usefulness of "Plot hole" answers/comments
The meta question has 2 well-recieved answers (with similar high level content), one at +11 votes and one at +10 votes, over a period of over a year.
Usually, in-universe answers are preferable to "no info in canon" or "plot hole" answers.
Bare "plot hole" answers are obvious and usually ...
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