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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

Every community in the Stack Exchange network has a single objective: create the world's highest quality, most complete archive of information in whatever topic the site is about. The quality and ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

Personally, I reckon: This is SE, not a clickbait site like Buzzfeed. Titles should be as clear and searchable as possible. Clickworthiness is no valid criterion for question quality. There's no ...
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Should we have a policy on questions about adult topics in SFF?

The rules are fine as-is. Reference: Should questions about sex and other adult activities be off-topic? What's our tolerance for adult content? But phantom, there are so many arguments! Hey, I ...
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Must questions be asked in English?

Yes, all questions must be asked in English. If you are having trouble with a particular word or phrase, you might be able to get help with it on the English Language Learners SE site.
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Should we edit obviously wrong questions?

Since the edit (if done properly) would not change the fundamental basis of the question, I see no harm. The OP clarified his question in a comment I am questioning why he was even given a ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

Disclaimer: I'm far from a regular visitor here. I saw this question in the HNQ, and my interest was piqued, so I clicked on it. I imagined a Skeptics-style question, but in different context, but ...
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When the answer to a question may have changed is there a way to recommend a review?

To get an updated answer There's a bounty reason for that: To get the OP to review acceptance There's no certain or by-design way of doing this. Just ping them in a comment (assuming they're still ...
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Questions about science fiction technologies that have real world origins

The idea that if a technology exists in the real world questions about it are automatically off-topic is just bizarre. As William Gibson has said, "The future is already here — it's just not very ...
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Story identification without possible answer

Yes, it's fine. Good answers explain themselves. Often our story ID answers omit this bit, but that's a fault of existing answers, not a justification for future ones. A good answer to this question ...
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Should we have a policy on questions about adult topics in SFF?

Adult content is on-topic, but does need to treated with more scrutiny. I think the question body here hits on the two points I agree with most... Notability and Good Faith. To see what I think the ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

From what I can see, you really have two separate concerns: Should question titles be "clickbait-y", with an eye towards improving view/vote count? Richard's conduct I have thoughts on each of these,...
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Is there ever a reason to remove on topic content?

Yes, in rare specific mostly objective circumstances. Content that is in violation of "be nice" policy (that can't be edited to remove violation) Content that is in violation of other policies (spam,...
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Are questions about “thinking too much about it” bad in this site?

In my humble opinion, your Avatar question was always going to suffer from downvotes. You're essentially asking for an atomic-level scientific explanation of something that's only really explainable ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

(I feel like my answer is more like a long comment, but I wasn't sure which of the other answers it would fit on.) I think "Were the moon landings faked?" is misleading and it would be better if the ...
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Should we edit obviously wrong questions?

When you spot an obvious error, you should absolutely correct it, ideally as soon as possible in order to prevent the OP from suffering from drive-by downvotes (from users who've stopped by to ...
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Why would "I searched everywhere but couldn't find the answer" be kept in a question?

The downvote tooltip states: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful The edit in question was removing: I've searched both google and the site but looks ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

I think this question is kinda loaded, since I don't consider the title to be click-bait and only "misleading" as a sunday newspaper comic joke. That is to say, it's a slight misdirection, in that ...
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Should we have a policy on questions about adult topics in SFF?

We already have such a policy: If a question is on an adult topic, it's on-topic. No ifs, ends or buts. Also, "weird" "urges" is entirely in the eye of the beerholder. Some people like Carey and ...
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Story Identification : Close questions where the OP isn't helping?

By metrics, this is a minor problem now, and could become a major problem in the future. Story Identification questions account for nearly twice that of any other question type on the site, and are ...
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Should this be a clickbait site, or should we stand by SE standards of question quality?

I think there are quite a few misconceptions around your question, so lets get to them: Your assertion that the title it "clickbait" is misleading. The generally accepted meaning of "clickbait" is a ...
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Does sci-fi have extremely low standards for questions compared to other stackexchanges?

Open 'em all*; let votes sort 'em out. *except for things that are actually off-topic or out of scope Originally, we closed such questions as "General Reference", but we had a problem where we could ...
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Should we have a policy on questions about adult topics in SFF?

Questions should be more than just the poster's speculation I think we can all agree this deleted question is terrible I've been lead to believe that their is a scene in either the book or the movie ...
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Are questions about “thinking too much about it” bad in this site?

The issue here is a question of answerability. It is true that there may be some canonical source that can answer a question, there may even be an exact explanation in some third-party or even ...
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Story Identification : Close questions where the OP isn't helping?

Yes, we should at least close them (and eventually, delete). If the ID question is vague enough as to not be able to be correctly answerable, it's NOT a good fit for SE site, no matter how much fun ...
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Is there ever a reason to remove on topic content?

This seems to me like a disagreement among the user base that goes beyond how the moderation tools were designed. As I'm sure you are aware, the moderation tools are reputation based. Reputation is ...
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Story Identification : Close questions where the OP isn't helping?

I agree with DVK, but I'd like to be a bit more specific and add some conditions. I don't think (or don't know if) these are enforcible through SE itself, so they're more what you'd call "guidelines" ...
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Are questions about “thinking too much about it” bad in this site?

If a question is downvoted but not closed that means it's unpopular, but not unfit for the site. Some citizens of the site may feel it's worthy of downvoting for whatever reason (they think it's not ...
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How is question quality determined, for review etc?

Post quality seems to be defined according to the criteria in this main meta post: Heuristics for detecting a bad answer? Word checks contains word "help" contains word "test" or ...
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