Jason Baker
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The many usernames of SFF.SE
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It is a clever disguise; my real name is Bason Schmaker

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Is it encouraged to delete your own questions if they have possible duplicates?
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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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The many avatars of SFF.SE
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Once I was Simon Waterson, a college football star who was transformed into a frog by a slighted witch. Then I picked up a sliver of Mjolnir, and was granted the power of Thor. Now I am Throg, the ...

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Should Cursed Child answers be given to Harry Potter questions?
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Information from new works should be used to answer old questions Normally this is where I would discuss why I think that's true, but I'm at a loss for what to write; it seems so completely obvious ...

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How do we differentiate between religion and fiction?
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For me, the difference is intent of the work, not the opinions of the self-professed believers. Consider the difference between the Christian Bible and A New Hope. Regardless of your personal ...

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Translations of fictional languages to English
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I see no reason to consider these questions undesireable: They're not off-topic. These questions are asking about fictional languages from science fiction or fantasy contexts; that seems thoroughly ...

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How to quickly increase my rep
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High-quality, useful content. That doesn't seem terribly helpful, but it's the only strategy that consistently works. Basically, there are three ways you can earn rep. Note that a lot of this is ...

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Is there a SE site where sci-fi recommendation questions are on-topic?
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There is no such site on the SE network You're absolutely correct that "recommendation" questions are off-topic here; we even have a custom off-topic close reason for them. The only other remotely ...

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How to find a quotation?
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What I do largely depends on the media in question. Books I have all of my main books in (full-text searchable) e-book format: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, etc. All seven Harry Potter ...

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Have story identification questions "overtaken" SF&F?
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Inspired by Napoleon Wilson's post on the M&TV Meta, I thought I'd look at some of the statistics on identification questions. A few notes before I get started: I don't want to diminish anyone's ...

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Why can I not protect a question?
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Because it's too young: Which questions can be protected? Any question at least a day old can be protected and unprotected by users that have the privilege. There was a feature-request put in to ...

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Should questions about canon be on the main site or on meta?
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They belong on both... Questions about what is/isn't canon have a place on both the main site and on meta, but for subtly different reasons: They belong on the main site when asking about what "...

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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?
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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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Should posts that have more than one question be closed as "Too Broad" or "Unclear"?
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I don't think there's any policy around this; I've seen both. That being said, on a purely personal level, I favour "Too Broad" The problem with multiple-questions-in-one is just what it says on the ...

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Have we had ANY professionals participate in SFF?
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Eliezer Yudkowsky, author of the famous Harry Potter fan fiction Methods of Rationality, contributed an answer to a question about his work. Another (unregistered) user had previously used the name "...

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Let's figure out our Tolkien tags
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Wearied as I am by tag tomfoolery, I suppose I do have a warg in this fight. That being said, most of your complaints aren't actually directed at Tolkien tags; there are secretly two or three ...

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Should this question about George Orwell’s 1984 be 80% blocked by spoilers?
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Arguing against spoilerficiation on the basis of age is contrary to our established policy Such as it is, anyway; this is admittedly something we're not always very good about enforcing, but the meta ...

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Was I right to reject this edit?
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I would say you made a good choice. At least one other user (Wad Cheber) agreed with your assessment, as do I. I don't believe there's any specific guidance laid out anywhere, but the edit rejection ...

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Is it SF.SE or SFF.SE?
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Which acronym do we use? Although our URL is scifi.stackexchange, which would suggest SF as an abbreviation, the community tends towards SFF, largely to avoid a name collision with ServerFault. It's ...

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Why was my suggested edit to this Enterprise question rejected?
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I speak only for myself; two other people reviewed this post (one accepted and one other rejected), but this is my thought process. I rejected because I was on the fence, and erred on the side of the ...

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Can I put image transcriptions to posts as text for searchability?
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I don't see why not. Images should support the answer; they should not be the answer. In theory, images in answers should be self-documenting; the context around the image should adequately describe ...

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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?
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The only prevention advice I can give you is to read over your question before submitting, and make sure that both the title and body are: Asking the question you intended to ask Asking the same ...

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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Vote Jason Baker. Before I get started, I want to be clear about something; any time I talk about actions I would take as a moderator, for the sake of brevity I'm going to omit the first step: consult ...

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When is science fiction existing?
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Regarding your original question1, there are actually three problems with it: It's got loads of sub-questions. This is something we want to avoid as much as possible, for a number of reasons ...

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Closed as asking for a list when I said I don't want a list
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Dislcaimer: I left the first comment mentioned in the Meta question, and cast the first close vote. In hindsight, I'd rather have VTC'd as "Too broad," which is a slight nuance on essentially the ...

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Unfortunately, because of the way accept and unaccept events are stored in the database, these questions cannot be perfectly answered. The problem is that "acceptance" is a special kind of vote, and ...

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Why is one upvote +3 and another +10?
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You hit the repcap today. Congratulations. To fully explain what was going on with your reputation, I first need to explain how the repcap works. Note that a lot of this is covered in the Help Center,...

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I mixed two stories in a story-identification question. Found one of them. What do I do now?
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We typically don't like it when an edit invalidates existing answers. But your question doesn't have any existing answers, so this is pretty straightforward. I would recommend the following: Edit the ...

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What's the biggest bounty someone has been awarded for an answer?
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Asked and answered over on MSE. Although Ixrec is correct that Kyle Hale's legendary ID answer is the top-earner network-wide, I'm going to shamelessly steal from rene's answer with a network-wide ...

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Policy on questions about which genre or subgenre a given work is in?
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Since rand decided not to. "Is X science fiction/fantasy" should be off-topic on the main site As pointed out in the question, these are essentially "Can I ask about X?" which is part of why meta ...

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