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What's going on with this question?

This is " Zalgo text". Basically a way of misusing unicode characters. ...
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Reopening a duplicate so you can add an answer, then reclosing it?

Unilaterally reopening a question to answer it and then unilaterally closing it again is not an appropriate use of one's unilateral closing and reopening privileges. The privilege is not meant to give ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

I've noticed that you have a strong tendency to go on the offensive when anyone makes a comment that you disagree with. You comment-flood them with multiple responses explaining why they're wrong, and ...
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Reopening a duplicate so you can add an answer, then reclosing it?

The question's timeline shows that it was re-opened on 2023-11-04 at 23:14:10Z, answered at 23:15:25Z, and re-closed with the same duplicate target at 23:18:17Z by the same user -- a span of just over ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

There is an answer buried in that wall of text: So back to question, why would a Jedi serve a corrupt democracy? well why are our leaders doing the same thing in real life? because generations of ...
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Why is fandom information treated as if it weren't on topic?

Historically, (and incorrectly) because a number of people believe that since the question does not have anything to do with a SF/F element of the work, it is off-topic. However, every time the ...
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User changed their question into a completely different question. Is this allowed?

It's entirely inappropriate for OP to completely rewrite their question into an entirely different question, especially when the existing question had upvotes. It invalidates the comment-chain It ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

Although I can't comment on the particular moderator's reasons for declining the NAA flags, I agree with the decision; despite all the noise, there is an answer in there: why would a Jedi serve a ...
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Why did a moderator delete this question about a paradox?

Update #2 The question has now been mod-hammered open by moderator Thaddeus Howze. Update #1 The question, having initially been deleted by moderator Thaddeus Howze, has now been undeleted by ...
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Why does the community continue re-opening this particular question?

I can't speak for those who voted to reopen, but my personal opinion is that your argument is fundamentally flawed. What you seem to be saying is that there's simply no objective way to determine that ...
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Is this an unpopular type of question?

“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 ...
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What to do when you know the answer to a question closed for needing more details

You've pretty much hit the nail on the head. Commenting that you think you know the answer is fine. Commenting with the answer is even better as you might get a response from OP to confirm it (in ...
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Who founded Science Fiction and Fantasy?

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 ...
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Why can't I use the word "mudblood"?

Even though it is a made up word, it does not follow the Be Nice policy. This policy also applies to public figures. In specific I think this hits the nail on the head: Don't be a jerk. These are ...
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Do we still need to keep this thread locked?

The reason rejected spam edits used to be a problem is because even when rejected they were still publicly visible and spammers would use that as proof to their clients they had successfully spammed ...
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Is "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on-topic?

Yes. in this instance the song (and its source-poem) are thoroughly on-topic given that they're a fantasy that merely happens to have a christmassy setting. Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939, ...
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What's going on with this question?

A pair of accounts were created to post this mess. As @Richard states, it's "Zalgo text" (Stack Overflow has an explanation here). I've deleted both accounts. From this SE meta post, the ability to ...
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What's the problem with this question?

Let's start with the good. The question itself is perfectly well written in high quality English, is correctly tagged and has a sensible title which matches the body question, all of which are why I ...
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Why it's so hard to please the admins here on this site?

The question wasn't put on hold by any admins (they're called moderators on Stack Exchange) — it was voted so by regular users. How The Stack Exchange Theory of Moderation is that the users moderate....
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Duplicates: “Yesterday Was Monday” versus “A Matter of Minutes”

You're not wrong. This question (1) is asking about the short story. The other two questions (2, 3) are asking about the TV episode. 2 and 3 are clearly duplicates of each other. 1 isn't, so I've un-...
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Why was this flag disputed?

Arguably this lump of text "if like I said elves have dominant traits that would have a higher chance to pass through each generation instead of the human ones then technically Aragon would ...
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Why was the question "Why was Jake and the Never Land Pirates cancelled?" migrated to Movies?

I'm not a mod so I can't speak for the exact reasons this happened but looking at it, it does makes sense. Consensus appears to be do not cross post 99% of the time with the only times being ...
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Why was the question "Why was Jake and the Never Land Pirates cancelled?" migrated to Movies?

it is considered acceptable to re-ask that question on to a new Stack Exchange site if you feel that the answers you received from the earlier time do not meet your requirements or expectations. ...
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Can anything be done about prolific blind question bashing?

I've downvoted some of your questions but not the ones you mention here. I rarely comment when I downvote because the purpose of downvotes is not primarily to give the OP feedback, it's to give ...
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Would this Dragons question be on-topic?

It depends. As written, it's not entirely clear what your specific question is. If you're wanting to know whether the growth cycles of this author's fictional dragons were based directly on a real ...
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What is the standard for answering "What was the plagiarised story published by Asimov’s?"?

As long as you can reasonably back up your assertion it's not libel, it's fair comment and there are a number of ways you could answer this question in a high quality fashion; Locate an authoritative ...
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Rules for a duplicate post deletion

Your post is useful for the site. SFF Stack Exchange has a very clear community policy that questions should not be deleted simply because they're duplicates. Jason Baker's answer to the linked meta ...
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Should we prefer questions with accepted answers when closing identification requests as duplicate?

No Comments are fine to be used for closing as a duplicate, all that matters is that we have confirmation. This is because not all users know that you can accept an answer, especially new users (and ...
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