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1:03 AM
Oh wow, this chat theme is pretty nifty. Too bad the fly-ins are still coloured white.
1:21 AM
@TimStone I'll go file a bug on meta.
Augh, the screengrab program under Mac OS X doesn't freeze the display. >.<
We'll get started in about 25 minutes. (:
Red leader standing by...
1:37 AM
@HNL Red 5 standing by.
I'm around now, and plan on being here through the duration.
@RebeccaChernoff Wait! I need to get snacks first....also, the userscript message highlighter thing doesn't work so well with light text, hmm.
Is there any downside to drinking half a gallon of prune juice in one sitting?
Not for the next 45 minutes, at least.
Hi everyone
1:46 AM
Hi Dr. Nick.
@JackBNimble Worf says no. Some prune juice is delicious, half a gallon would be glorious!
@TimStone ooo snacks. Good idear.
Is sitting with a hot cup of tea. Just had to explain to the wife exactly what I'm doing chatting at such an unholy hour
What manner of unholy hour is it for you?
/me wonders if /me works.
1:50 AM
Nay, does not, but there's a chat script that automatically converts that to italics.
I don't think I've ever seen so many people in chat at once.
SciFi room is not too bustling, I guess?
@Keen I have. But it was a while ago, and involved lots of pictures of bears.
@GraceNote (sheepishly) Around 7 in the morning?
1:51 AM
It has the same number of people presently.
@GraceNote Nope, medium to low bustle
However, I often see 20 people at least idling in the main chat room.
@HNL That's... not even unholy. That's, like, right after breakfast.
Right after you get your first burst of morning energy.
@DampeS8N Oh my.
I got my popcorn, I got my snyder's white chocolate pretzels. I'm ready.
1:52 AM
...and it's pink to highlight pings in this room, eh?
8 ounces into the prune juice and I'm starting to hit a wall.
...kind of a salmon, really. But it's a very stark contrast to the rest of the room. Except for the top right-ish area.
@GraceNote lol, yes.
I dig the pink.
Anyone else going to have Alcatraz on in the background during this? :3
1:53 AM
@Keen On the other side of the house, yes, haha
so many parallel threads
@GraceNote Thank you for reminding me I'm out of salmon.
I hate it when I'm having two conversations in two different rooms, with the same person...
Actually. The 5 or so microsites we made at army.mil after the women in the army microsite all had pink selection text because someone just copypasta'd it and didn't bother to check.
I've done that by mistake a time or two...
@JackBNimble Not for the rest of us. Go ahead. (We might even find it entertaining.)
@DampeS8N Oooh, but that's a nice shade
It actually makes for a nice change of pace - it's not so stark as to be off-putting, but it's unique to be something that catches your eye.
@GraceNote Nothing unholy about 7 am. There's lots of times I'm still up at that point and just getting ready for bed.
@TangoOversway has an interesting conversation going on in Mos Eisley, and I thought I'd bring it here.
What do we do about questions which are interesting, but fit into some of the formats of questions we don't allow.
1:56 AM
@Pearsonartphoto Feel free to quote me from there if you want. It is something I think moderators might want to consider.
The two cases up for study specifically are:
@GraceNote Exactly. We wanted something subtle. And the client dug it, as a female soldier herself.
Q: Who or what was Tom Bombadil?

morganpdxThe most iconic of Middle-earth questions: Who or what was Tom Bombadil? Was he an elf? Was he akin to Gandalf, and one of the wizardly stock? Was he something… else?

@Pearsonartphoto Chat
Q: Any novels set in universes where P=NP?

Dr GI wonder whether anyone has written a novel set in a universe where P=NP.

1:57 AM
The Town Hall Chat will be starting soon, by the way, so aim to tie up your conversations before we hit it.
I'm going to say that under very carefully controlled circumstances, both could be allowed.
Along with what @Pearsonartphoto is saying, recently I've been going through a LOT of old questions and I've found that some of the best questions that allow for answers that can't be found with a quick Google are ones that, today, would be closed. Look at how many questions now get answered in a few hours -- that means we're not asking anything challenging that can't be answered quickly and easily.
@DampeS8N In retrospect, I should have turned down my laptop's volume before clicking that.
1:59 AM
There was a chart that I saw at one point in time about if a question should be asked here. Basically, it said can you find it easily, and if so, is it an interesting question. If it is a boring question found easily, then it doesn't belong here, but even a fairly easy to find question could be brought to this site.
@Keen LOL
You all should no better by now. Come on.
ok folks
Hi! (:
Keep questions for the candidates for the event itself, haha.
Welcome to the SciFi & Fantasy Stack Exchange Town Hall Chat
Looks like we're about to start!
2:00 AM
We're just here to get to know the candidates and ask questions regarding the candidates views on moderation that may help in voting.
A few notes about the format:
The format is open, feel free to ask your question(s) unprompted, however please be mindful of whether or not candidates have answered the previous questions so that they don't get behind and start missing questions. Other than that, feel free to jump in.
Candidates, please use the reply feature so that questions and their answers are linked together. (Hover your mouse over the left of the message, click the down arrow, click reply)
^^ If you don't, I can't protect you from @TimStone.
When a question is asked, I'll star it - please star it yourself also to help! Please save stars for the questions so that candidates can refer to the star list to make sure they haven't missed a question.
We will be creating a digest version of the town hall chat after it is completed. This digest will take the form of a question on meta, containing all the questions asked as well as their answers for easier reading.
There's a system message up on the site, so we may get some more people joining us.
If elected, I will not dismiss such questions out of hand, and might look to re-opening a few of them.
For moderator candidates, I spy among us: HNL, Keen, Jack B. Nimble, Kevin, Pearsonartphoto, Beofett, OghmaOsiris
Of course, there aren't many to begin with.
@Pearsonartphoto Sshhh, down in front!
With that, I think I've got all my initial messages (and kudos @GraceNote) so I open the floor to y'all. Who has a question to start us off? (:
2:02 AM
A number of sites on the network are grappling with whether their versions of X-identification questions are on-topic. Do story identification questions still have a place on SciFi? Why or why not?
@MarkTrapp I believe that the help me find X story are on topic. They have helped many to find series from long ago they like. There aren't a ton of them, but the tag is among the more popular here.
I agree with @Pearsonartphoto on that one.
Oh, sorry...
@MarkTrapp Yes, they have a place. This is one of the unique resources our site offers to users and Googlers. Our ability to identify all manner of sci-fi & fantasy works has been popular, and is a great feature that attracts users to the site.
@MarkTrapp I believe they provide an opportunity for users to do some real research, knowing there is definitively a right answer. I also think it gives people an opporunity to branch out and explore stories they might not have heard of but sound intriging.
2:04 AM
@MarkTrapp I also believe story ID questions are worth keeping here. At the least, they help the general sci-fi community, and they could well help bring traffic to us.
@MarkTrapp I believe it has to have a place somewhere. This site was the first place on the Net that could reliably find for me all those stories that I couldn't remember the title of.
folks, explicit replies please (:
Is there anyone who is opposed to story identification questions?
@MarkTrapp I believe they do still have a place on the site. The current benefits of story identification questions are two-fold. The people asking these questions are frequently new users, and I think it is a great way of introducing people to a friendly, helpful community. They also are of interest to experienced members, as they frequently introduce interesting new works.
Q: Are book / movie / TV series identification questions allowed?

Niall C.If there are books that I read a long time ago that I'd like to re-read but I've forgotten the author and/or title, may I post a question asking if other users can identify it? The same for movies or TV series that I'd like to watch again. If such questions are allowed, what guidelines should w...

2:06 AM
Now simple questions that get simple answers get lots of reaction (reaction = upvotes, answers, comments, views, and maybe discussion on chat). This is leading to more and more questions that are answered quickly, which implies answers are easily found. What can be done to encourage more in-depth questions and encourage more reaction to such questions?
@JackBNimble Basically, the consensus is, if there is enough information, they are on topic.
@JackBNimble I am not opposed to them (obviously, based upon my response above), but I do see this policy as having potential for encouraging bad or uninteresting questions, and I would therefore suggest periodic review to ensure that it is still a policy the community wants to continue supporting
@Pearsonartphoto I was wondering if anyone here specifically (like another candidate) had any opposition to them.
(Sorry - with the pause I thought the story identification topic was done.)
How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?
2:08 AM
@TangoOversway Not all simple answers get votes. I try to upvote the answer that best describes the question's intent. Sometimes it's a two sentence answer, and sometimes it's a 3 page answer. The best that can be done is to lead by example, and encourage others to follow. I try to go into popular questions a few days after the answers have been cast, and pick new favorites.
:Are we skipping Tango's question then?
Let's not. We should take questions in sequence, yes?
@Pearsonartphoto Yes, but when simply answered questions get lots of votes and ones that require thought and research don't, then it's a problem with what kind of questions are being encouraged.
@TangoOversway Lead by example. The more of us who ask more in-depth questions, the more the community at large will do so. There's a great Venn diagram that shows what SE sites ought to be. It's something like an overlap of Wiki, forums, and something else that escapes me presently. I've been keeping the Forums portion of that in mind lately, trying to ask questions that urge analysis.
Let's get serious. Two highly respected members of the community get in a comment war on a question. They both flag each other's comments and are cussing and it is clear that this is beyond a heated argument. What do you do, what don't you do?
2:09 AM
@TangoOversway When simple (or easily Googled) questions come along the community should encourage the asker to do a little research before jumping into a question.
Please don't star answers - only questions.
@MichaelMrozek I would encourage them to give better comments via first commenting on their posts, then emailing them, and meanwhile removing all inappropriate comments.
@HNL Doesn't matter much, as long as you explict-reply it's easy to see what you're responding to, so answer as you like. :)
@TangoOversway Simple answers that receive votes are indicative that they are interesting to a number of users. However, ones that aren't interesting should not be getting votes. However, if more complex questions are getting ignored, I would provide in depth answers myself if I could, and provide bounties on those I could not.
@DampeS8N If they are constantly flagging each other's comments, then I might consider a short ban, after consulting with other moderators in the Teacher's Lounge. But only after trying to talk with them first, including email and other means. But I would try and talk to them first via comments, then email, perhaps through chat rooms. I would also seek to understand the situation from other clues as well, such as past history in the site.
2:10 AM
@TangoOversway We should reward answer quality, not promptness. Perhaps voters should wait until several answers appear before voting. That way, the more considered questions will arrive before people lock in their votes to hasty questions.
Should all questions be linked to a franchise where the rules have an in-universe baseline or do you think that basically going over TV Tropes and rewording everything is healthy and constructive for the site in terms of making it a writers' workshop?
But how can we encourage in depth questions when they don't get many votes?
@TangoOversway I believe it is largely up to the community to provide and upvote interesting answers. If it gets to be an issue, a mod can raise it on meta, but if the questions are on topic it is not a mod's place to close them because they are not "interesting" enough.
@DampeS8N You have to explain to them that that kind of behavior isn't acceptable, and you remove the offendind comments. If they don't settle down you may need to temporarily ban them from adding comments or participating on the site.
@MichaelMrozek Depending upon the types of arguments/flags, I would first engage the user with positive suggestions, explaining how they might better guide their answers to avoid the issues. If it persisted, I would invite them to chat for a further discussion. As a last resort, I would discuss this with the other moderators, and consider sending a more firm message advising them of our policies
2:12 AM
@MichaelMrozek Even not being a mod, I would work to edit the contentiousness out of these answers, and encourage the user to moderate the content of their answers.
@DampeS8N Such things are best handled offline, preferably in private chat or email with the two antagonists and a moderator.
Hi everyone, sorry i'm late. My calculus class ran late.
The questions are flowing too fast! :X
@Keen: Seriously...
@Keen So say we all.
2:13 AM
Ok. I'll hold back my next several questions until you all catch up. :P
Please do give the candidates time to answer. (:
Don't forget to check back on the stars list to make sure you haven't missed anything.
whats the current question?
@MichaelMrozek I would talk to the individual in question and explain to him that he should be less argumentative. If he continues to cause a significant disturbance in the community, I would have to give him a final warning, and then suspend him for an appropriate amount of time. The civility of the site is more important than answers from one particular individual, even if they're generally good.
@OghmaOsiris Answer them all, bro.
2:14 AM
(If you do miss one you can always answer after the event and it'll still make it into the digest posted on meta)
Keep in mind that this isn't a conversation: just stick to answering questions or asking questions for the candidates. No policy needs to be hashed out here.
@DampeS8N I delete all comments that do not directly apply in a positive, polite, and constructive way to the question, leave a comment indicating that the comments are not for debating, and that their behavior is unacceptable. If active cussing and personal attacks were involved, I would message both participants, and let them know that that is unacceptable, and that it will not happen again.
@EightDaysofMalaise There are definitely sites which contain worthwhile information. I agree very much with the answer from @DVK here meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/a/1346/98
@DampeS8N This is a one off thing? Assuming I'm a diamond mod, I delete the comment thread, and post a comment that requests they both calm down and respect each other before making any more comments. If that doesn't suffice, then I'd pursue warnings or bans. I'm not fully familiar with all the tools diamond mods have available.
What do you admire most about the way the pro-tem mods have done their job over the last 11 months? (For @gilles in post: about the other two mods)
2:16 AM
@Keen The tools are basically what you have now, plus knowing personal information such as email addresses, banning users, deleting comments, etc.
@TonyMeyer Clearly, how they've done their job so well that I didn't even notice they were there until quite recently.
@TonyMeyer I very much admire how they went through the great purge, removing the massive numbers of bad questions in the site early on, and allowing it to become the site that it is today. The first two months must have taken a huge amount of effort, and we are all thankful for it.
@TonyMeyer Almost aren't aware they are even there. They stick to the background and just silently clean things up rather than being overbearing on the process of moderating.
@EightDaysofMalaise I'm not sure I understand the question. Are you asking if we should have per-franchise FAQs?
(Related to current question): If you have unreasonable users, then where, as mods, would you go for guidance if you weren't sure what the next step should be?
2:18 AM
Gilles asks: What do you think of content quality on the site? Do we rock, do we suck, does it depend?
Exaclty, they're transparent but effective.
@MarkTrapp Yes, I think that they do have a place on Sci-Fi& Fantasy. I think a key part of our site is opening up new books and media to everyone and by allowing story-ident questions, everyone gets a chance to relive someone's nostalgia.
@DampeS8N I would have to give both a stern warning. If it seems reasonable (which would depend on the disagreement in question), I would bring them both into a chatroom and mediate the dispute. If it could not be resolved and they continued to be disruptive to the community, I would have to give them a final ultimatum to be civil or face suspension, and of course follow through if they do not cease.
@TangoOversway That's easy. The moderator chatroom, known as the Teacher's Lounge. There not only do other moderators hang out, but people like @RebeccaChernoff who are SE staff.
@EightDaysofMalaise I think there are a number of examples that do not specify a particular universe that are quality contributions, some of which even invite comparison between multiple universes. However, re-hashing TV Tropes is obviously not good content. I think voting on the answers should resolve this, so long as the community upvotes quality answers and downvotes lazy/rehashed answers. I don't see a need for moderation in these situations.
2:19 AM
@TangoOversway I'd consult the other moderators.
@Keen Do you think questions asking about general archetypes and broad strokes are constructive, make this site a writers' workshop to hash out ideas they want to try for a store, or should they have a foundation to generate constructive answers?
@TangoOversway Consult with each other.
@TangoOversway I say to encourage more in depth questions/answers, using the vote to close option for questions that are truely easy to find and to have a meta discussion about whether or not we would need to update the FAQ on what is considered general reference.
Where do you see moderators fitting in when determining the scope of the site? If you don't agree with what the community considers to be on (or off) topic, do you plan to override that?
@TimStone I think for the most part the content is very good. I see some questions that I disagree with, or don't feel are great questions. But the majority of content seems to be pretty decent, except the Timelord stuff....
2:20 AM
@TimStone We totally rock. I'm not a fantasy expert, but the whole idea of science fiction is asking "what if", and there's a lot of high quality what-if questions and answers here that you can't find anywhere else on the net, sometimes not even on the franchise wikis.
@TimStone The site right now is pretty good, and always getting better. There are in my mind a bit too much of the unanswerable questions (Like the famous, is Santa Claus a Time Lord), but there is still some great stuff here.
@MarkTrapp It isn't the role of the moderator to dictate policy so much as enforce the will of the community. If the community is moving in a direction the moderator disagrees with they can make their case, but ultimately the power rests with the people.
@TonyMeyer Aside from bringing a site to graduation from beta? Because that's a pretty major accomplishment... I think they've done a great job not only of defining policy with the community, but applying critical evaluations to those policies, and helping to identify when those policies were or were not working.
@MichaelMrozek I would advise the user to re-read the part about the flag feature on the FAQ as well as guide the user to what would be considered appropriate. That is, of course, if the user's flags are not valid. If the user is spamming others' questions, he would be a candidate for a temporary ban.
@TonyMeyer I think helping to guide the site to its current state, where we have thoroughly-defined rules for what is and is not on-topic. Having the history in meta of so many discussions of what works here and what doesn't is invaluable. Their following it up with tireless enforcement has focused the community so there is less enforcement necessary. We don't have a steady stream of serial question issues, mostly one-off issues from new users who aren't yet familiar with the rules.
This is an amazing feat.
2:22 AM
@MarkTrapp I do not plan to override what the community thinks is a bad question. I might override if there is somewhat of an indecision if a topic is a bad one, but if everyone else is against me, I'll let that be the case. Moderators can make suggestions, but any major scope changes should go to meta first, as a proposal.
@EightDaysofMalaise Of course there are no rules that should be absolute; in particular I think there is a place for non-universe-specific questions, provided they are worded in such a way that there could reasonably be a single good answer, possibly a couple, but probably not a whole list. Simply rewording anything, including TVTropes is not healthy for us as a community or, really, the internet in general.
@MarkTrapp No. Those decisions should belong to the community. Moderators should maintain the policies, not decide what they are.
You try your best, you think you've been fair. Yet never-the-less someone complains in meta that you've acted unfairly and claim your aren't impartial. What do you do?
@EightDaysofMalaise Oh, I see. I think these are usually off-topic, as they fall under the open-ended discussion end of things. We need questions like this to become focused on specific attributes of the archetypes, or they should be migrated to Writers.SE.
@DampeS8N I would delete comments that contained offensive wording as well as have a chat with both the users in a Discussion thread in the chat rooms. I would ask that they settle their differences there and then cool off and inform them that I would need to take down any comments that appear to be flaming the other user as well as comments that do not add to the natural discussion of the answer/question.
2:24 AM
I've said this a few times in chat. Lately I've been going through a lot of old questions. I find that many of the really good old questions are ones that don't fit the format today, like list questions (just an example, don't fixate on lists only). Is there, perhaps, a need to not take rules literally, but allow flexibility for unique and interesting questions? Or wait and see if a question gets good answers before closing it in a hurry?
@DampeS8N Moderators need to moderate. That will offend someone at some point in time. I would try and be as nice to them as possible, but explain my reasoning behind everything. I didn't get to it quickly enough to answer, but I was much in support of what happened on GD, when I was accused of this very thing. meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/q/196/69
@TangoOversway Discussion with the other site moderators is first, to ensure that the team is all on the same page. If needed, we can then go to the moderators of other sites and the Community Team in the shared chat for further advice. I've actually been through this situation on a couple of occasions, both as the moderator seeking advice, and offering advice to other moderators on their problem users, and it is never a fun exercise. However, the support available behind the scenes is amazing
@DampeS8N Then its time for the others to weigh in, because in the mind of the complainant, my judgement is already compromised. I'll just bring the issue to the attention of the others. But that can't stop a moderator from continuing to perform his job.
Really wishing I could scroll to see more of the starred questions.
What is your prerequisite to close a question as "General Reference"?
2:25 AM
@Keen above them there is a link to "show all"
@RebeccaChernoff Thanks!
@EightDaysofMalaise I think that any answer given, unless expressed in the question, should be as close to an in-universe response as possible quoting outside resources and providing valid links where appropriate. I do like TVTropes as it is very informative, but it is not a source for an answer unless it is helping to prove a point where other valid resources are also given.
@TangoOversway I don't plan on going through and closing all questions that don't meet new criteria, unless the community demands it. I might post a question about it on meta, mentioning several of them, but encouraging users not to vote to close unless a consensus has been reached.
@DampeS8N Discuss the situation with the person who has lodged a complaint. Try to work it out, seek the advice of another mod who may act as an impartial arbiter.
@TimStone I think there is a ton of fantastic content here. There's also a fair amount of content that is somewhat mediocre, but much of that is special interest topics that can draw new visitors. I think the community has done a good job of policing the topics that seem frivolous, or would give a negative impression to new visitors.
2:27 AM
@TangoOversway Chat. Either to discuss with other mods, or to go over the underlying issues with the offenders.
@MarkTrapp The moderators are here to enforce the rules the community has agreed on, not to set policy himself. If a mod has concerns with the community's views, he can bring it up on meta, but he ought to continue going with the community's will until he has convinced them otherwise.
@DavRob60 It must be very easily found, and in general be a not very interesting question. The topic would probably be closed for other reasons besides being a general references, such as being too broad of a topic.
@TonyMeyer I admire the way they were always open to criticism and user responses. No question in Meta was never not considered. I also liked that they were available to help those who were new to the site.
It can sometimes be hard to convince people (friends, family members, etc) who have never participated in the Stack Exchange network to give it a shot. Put on your marketing hat for a second - in a single chat message, how would you pitch this site to someone unfamiliar with it?
What should a moderator do with the growing number of small purpose tags, such as voldemort, horcrux, etc?
2:28 AM
@TangoOversway I agree. I think we should leave the old questions alone, for historical/nostalgic purposes :) But if an interesting list question comes up, perhaps we can let it stand and see if a non trivial answer comes up. But the problem wit that is, it'll look like selective application of policies to some people. So I'd say avoid exceptions unless it's a really great exception.
@TangoOversway Some "silly" or "fun" questions might not be great factual questions but may help promote the site. It might be better to say "will this question benefit the site in some way, or will it not?"
@TimStone I think overall, we're a little above-average. But we have a great deal of growth ahead of us. I know that in the coming months we'll have new ideas for questions that will push our existing boundaries, and I look forward to help define our boundaries as the site keeps maturing.
@TimStone This is a site for people to ask/answer questions about Science Fiction and Fantasy targets, typically of the type that serious enthusiasts will ponder for some time before reaching an answer.
@TimStone It is an opportunity to learn and talk about the things you love. And if you participate you may win a bunch of free stuff.
@HNL ...how is it not a selective application of policies?
2:29 AM
@TimStone I think the quality of the site is awesome. Any off topic material is quickly remedied and most closed questions get cleaned up pretty quickly. I hope, if I were to be voted into moderator-hood, to continue this effort and to always have our site as awesome as ever.
@TangoOversway If I hit a situation where I wasn't sure what to do, be it regarding an intractable user or otherwise, I would seek the advice of my fellow moderators here first, and if that did not sufficiently enlighten me, I would seek guidance from other mods on the site in the Teacher's Lounge.
@MarkTrapp Whenever there is a disagreement between moderators and the community on scope, I want to ensure that the disagreement is covered in meta somewhere. If we don't address it in meta, it will simply become a problem again in the future. If I personally don't agree with it being on-topic, but the community shows a strong disagreement, whether through meta votes or voting to reopen, then I would accept that (I've changed my opinion on other sites through this very process).
@MichaelMrozek It is selective application. The problem is people might misunderstand the criteria -- it should be the nature of the question, not the person asking it.
@Pearsonartphoto Unless a sub-topic (sub-tag) grows to become its own entity, I believe the main franchise tags should be the only ones. It seems unlikely that someone will only be interested in voldemort related Harry Potter questions, and they would prefer to ignore all other HP questions.
@Pearsonartphoto What has been done in Gaming is a great start. They have gone through and found a list of "Meta Tags", tags which don't really seem to serve a purpose. The are working their way through them over the course of a month, coming to a community agreement, and then banning those tags. I would do something to this line to make sure tags don't get out of hand, and probably will even if not elected.
2:31 AM
@TangoOversway Meta.stackoverflow is always a good place for questions on how to work the stackexchange site as a whole. But before I would go there, I would as the Elders of SciFi.SE and see what their wisdom could give. No one can help more than the current moderators.
It is surprisingly difficult to reply to one's own question...
fyi, halfway through (:
Do you think the proportion of users participating in meta is generally good? Adequate? Insufficient? Great? If you feel there should be more, do you have any thoughts how to increase it?
How do you get more people to take ownership of their community? What can be done to get people to participate more on meta and in community moderation activities?
@MarkTrapp I do tend to be a bit firmer on questions that are generally agreed to be a poor fit for the platform, however. In those cases, there is generally quite a history of trial and error on other sites that supports those policies, and I'd want to see a much stronger community consensus before I'd consider alternative policies
2:32 AM
In our time as Moderators @Gilles and I have often been on opposite sides of most issues. Each offering a different and reasoned argument in favor of or against whatever topic. Is this kind of discordance good or bad for SF&F.SE?
@MarkTrapp heh :)
@DavRob60 If it is something even a jock would know. Such as who was Luke Skywalker's father.
@DampeS8N I address their concerns in meta and let the community decide. I will also consult with my fellow mods on the issue in private, as leadership has to put up a unified front; it's not good for the community to have one mod second-guessing another in public.
@MarkTrapp One of the best things is to encourage them to find it. I think we are doing a better job of this now than we used to do.
@MarkTrapp I hope I never end up thinking the community has to be overridden. Usually, we as a community have done an excellent job of defining the site's scope. On contentious issues, we as mods should step in and suggest compromises that will make everyone satisfied to some degree. Otherwise, as a mod, I plan to minimally influence the decisions on the scope of the site, as I think it's our duty as a group to define this, not an individual moderator.
2:34 AM
@Pearsonartphoto It pollutes the tag space. Tags should represent main works of art or franchises. I believe we should get rid of the smaller ones.
@TonyMeyer More meta participation is always a good thing, but I think we have enough of a key group to be content for now. I do like that major decisions typically show up in Meta prior to them happening. That is a healthy sign for this community. Chat is also doing quite well, it is much more active than previously.
@MarkTrapp When people DO have complaints, make sure to educate them on the how decisions are made through meta, and that they are welcome to voice their opinions.
@DampeS8N That's why there are multiple moderators. The moderators are a team, and in situations like this my first response would be to get their opinions of my actions. If they disagreed with me, I would re-evaluate my position, and apologize. If they agree with me, I'd ask them to respond, as further responses from myself would likely only inflame the situation.
@MarkTrapp I would always consider the community and what they want. If a majority vote were made and the scope of the site were in question, I would try to handle it as democratically as possible. Make sure everyone who is interested plea their case and see what can and cannot be done. If people want to start including a topic that is clearly not scifi or fantasy, I would ask the other moderators what they would want to do and we would come to consensus.
@DampeS8N I think it is good to have a difference of opinion, so long as the decision is not just being done, then removed, etc. If moderators have differences, they should figure them out between themselves, or perhaps talk to the community about the issue. There is a reason there are 3 moderators, and it just isn't so they get more work done;-)
2:36 AM
@DampeS8N I would reassure them that I am indeed acting only with the best intentions of the site and following the current rules and regulations that the site has in place. If the user still thinks they are treated unfairly, I would advise them to open a meta discussion asking if the policy in question can be changed or ask for guidance on why actions were taken as they were.
@DavRob60 This can vary based on the specifics of the question, but usually it would be if it's something I'm familiar with as being almost general knowledge. I then confirm that the information is easy to come by via Google and/or Wikipedia searching. Then I vote to close and post the relevant Google/Wiki link.
@DampeS8N I think it's great. The last place we want to see Groupthink is among the moderators. Moderators are chosen for their ability to be rational. I don't think discord will lead to anything more than better analysis of the issue at hand.
@TangoOversway Rules should never be absolute; when it comes to humans, they can never cover all possible cases. If a question is good, I think it should stay. If, however, the community chooses to close it, I may ask on Meta why the community has closed it and encourage them to re-open it, but I would not myself overrule the community because I thought a question should be an exception to the rules.
@TangoOversway The problem with leaving old questions that no longer fit the criteria for what is on-topic/appropriate, no matter how popular or how good the responses received, is that they create confusion for newer members who aren't aware of why or when the policies changed. These questions will repeatedly be cited as reasons to allow other questions that are currently considered poor fits.
@TangoOversway Truely interesting questions that do not fit the current format but were greatly met with many up votes, I would say to leave them on the site, but close them from future discussion. They were allowed at one time, so by grandfather clause, they shouldn't be deleted.
2:38 AM
What is the underbelly dragging this site down? And does that conflict with making this site a glorified collection of trivia notes?
@Beofett So will we do that in the future? Delete any older questions because they don't fit new rules that weren't in place when they were asked?
A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?
@DavRob60 Searching for the title of the question brings up the answer on the first page of search results, or returns a link that specifically addresses that specific question as a primary topic, and the answer does not expand upon that response in any significant way. However, if the answer is particularly interesting or unexpected, I would wait and see what community consensus is.
@DavRob60 I was initially quite in favor of a general reference closing option, however, the several posts on meta a few weeks ago regarding it changed my mind on the subject. I would only close the most flagrantly ignorant questions as general reference, something that was explicitly and clearly stated in the source material.
@DavRob60 As I've mentioned in several meta questions, if I can type in the question exactly as it was asked into google (or with 2-3 key words from the question) and the answer is on the first page, or if I can go to wikipedia and find the answer on the franchise/character/etc page, then I would consider it general reference. A good example on a question I would close would be the Darth Tyranus question that was recently asked.
2:40 AM
@DampeS8N I read over the complaint. Take a few minutes and re-read the question/answer/comments in question. I then post a response that explains the issue as I see it, and why I took the steps I did. If possible, I recommend a few ways to avoid similar issues in the future. I end with a request for follow-up questions if they still disagree with my actions.
Someone prominent in the online scifi/fantasy community starts regularly making pejorative comments about the site, and this is drawn to your attention through meta/chat. Do you do anything about it? If so, what?
@EightDaysofMalaise The biggest obstacle is there is a wiki for every topic under the sun. This site is basically just a centerpoint which spiders out to all the wikis for individual franchises. If it can be seen as the starting point to scifi/fantasy answers I think that is a good place for it. Here is the answer to your specific question, and here is the wiki associated with that content.
@MarkTrapp Well, on one hand, the best sort of moderation is when you don't even know it's taking place. On the other hand, more people will participate when they see others doing it. So we have to have some mechanism to let people know that a lot of people are participating in community moderation and meta. Linking to meta answers in relevant comments, I have seen, works.
@TangoOversway I would do my best to try and edit such questions to bring them in line with our current policies, without breaking the answers, but yes, if the question is clearly a poor fit for our site, I would keep it closed (and the system would, eventually, automatically delete it if the policies did not change and the question remained closed)
@TimStone SciFi.StackExchange.com is a place where any user can go to get any question that is related to science fiction, fantasy or any other speculative fiction answered with experts who give their all in research of thoughtful answers and prompt response.
2:42 AM
@EightDaysofMalaise If there is anything dragging this site down, it is the lack of expanding to new topics. We really need to find ways to encourage new topics to come to this site. As far as this becoming just a trivia site, I feel like we are getting to a point of asking some really deep questions, beyond just a site for random trivia.
@Beofett So you're in favor of ret-conning everything on the site as policies change and removing or changing everything that might not fit a new change in policy? (Isn't that a bit Lucasian?)
@Pearsonartphoto I think that a discussion should be had for each tag in question and a community agreement on what should be deleted/edited/combined.
@TimStone I've done this a number of times, particularly with the parenting site as part of the ongoing site promotions we've done. I really try to tailor my pitch to the individual, but what I've found works very well for those of my acquaintances who are also gamers is that this site is a Q&A site... where you can get a high score :) For non-gamers, I emphasize the quality of the community, and the quality of the answers, citing some of our better questions/answers as enticements
@MichaelMrozek I would honor the fact that the community chose me to help lead them. At Graphic Design, I have tried to ask only the best question since becoming a moderator, to help make the site progress.
@TangoOversway If it's off-topic, I would vote to close it. For any question that I vote to close that I think can be redeemed easily, I post suggestions in a comment that cover some ideas on how the question can be improved to meet our standards. If our standards need to be changed, then the issue needs to be raised on meta. We can't simply pick a few questions to let slide, as this leads to encouraging similar questions. I know I sounds like a curmudgeon on this, but I think if there's something
2:44 AM
@DampeS8N I believe that as long as any debate or argument is not had in spite or resentment and each party truly consideres both sides of the equation, the logical decision will be made by both parties.
@TonyMeyer I guess I would try to figure out what happened that this prominent community member suddenly turned to the Dark Side. Was a result of other members of the community, was it the moderators? Attempting to reconcile the change in behavior would be a good approach, because we wouldn't want to lose a quality member to misunderstanding.
@TonyMeyer For quite some time after we joined, I hardly saw any meta posts. In the last several weeks, however, I feel we have had a good resurgence of meta questions and responses. I would call it good at the moment. Without explicitly advertising it with a banner or through chat, I don't see a particularly good way to get users to participate except when something comes up on the main site that could be discussed on meta - then I would suggest it in a comment.
@TangoOversway redeeming in these questions, then we need to hash out the specifics on meta, so we have a template for them to survive on the site.
@EightDaysofMalaise That's a tough one. We have to discourage trivia and general reference as much as possible. New users tend to do this a lot. I think we should find some way to engage new users personally and clarify things for them as soon as they join. And welcome them too. Other than that, I think we're good.
@TangoOversway ret-conning is not what I had in mind. Rewording established questions is extremely difficult, and quite frankly I can't imagine it would be possible for many, if any. However, if the question is truly good, then it at least deserves the attention of checking to see if it is possible. As for removing things that no longer fit our policy, I don't think its a great end for what is fundamentally a good question, but this site is bigger than a few good questions.
2:46 AM
@EightDaysofMalaise I think the only thing that could bring this site down is lack of media that will be discussed. I think that variety is the spice of life and if we become a cornicopea of useless science fiction trivia, then I know SOMEONE will end up learning something they didn't know by the time they read 2-3 questions.
@TonyMeyer I would try to see what their criticisms are, and see if they are legitimate. If they are, I would try to help improve the site. If they are not, then I would try to enter into contact with the person to see if I could correct some of that misinformation.
15 minutes left (:
@MichaelMrozek A bit uneasy, honestly. But it comes with the territory and one just has to make sure one sets a good example for the rest of the community.
@TangoOversway The site, and its policies, evolve. When that happens, our choice is to loosen our hold on the remnants from before those changes, or have repeated problems moving forward with the decisions agreed upon by the community as new members keep dredging up old examples to argue against closing questions that are clearly off-topic. There are plenty of examples on other SE sites of how painful that can be.
@TimStone I'd seek questions or answers they have particular expertise and passion for. Then I link them to it, and suggest they post a response.
2:47 AM
Where do you see SciFi.SE's place in the Stack Exchange network? Is it important to be involved in the rest of the network, like on Meta Stack Overflow? Or is it better for the site to be an island unto itself?
@MichaelMrozek I think that, were I to be elected, I would go back to my early days on the site and try to clean up anything that I would be ashamed of today. As a representative of StackExchange, it would be my duty to lead by example.
@MarkTrapp I don't think this is significantly different from Tony Meyer's question. I don't think a banner is appropriate until participation becomes critically low. I would remind those in chat that they should participate, though they tend to be the ones participating as it is. And when something comes up on the main site that should be discussed on meta, I would post a comment encouraging such discussion.
@TonyMeyer Could you clarify. Would this be pejorative comments on SciFi.SE or on an outside site?
@MarkTrapp I think it is good to be associated with some of the sister sites in the SE network. Which is why Movies and Literature questions that are tagged for scifi or fantasy are fed into the chat room. It gives us an opportunity to share our knowledge to the SE community at large.
@OghmaOsiris by someone who is not a well known user (or not a user) here commenting somewhere else (a blog, a podcast, at cons, whatever).
2:49 AM
After becoming very popular on reddit, Are E.T. and Star Wars in the same universe? became our single most explosive question to date in nearly every metric. Should we promote more questions like this? And if so, how would you do that as a Mod?
@TonyMeyer If you mean this community, and if the person is still a member, we're going to have to figure out what ticked him off and hopefully reconcile. If he's part of the general online science fiction & fantasy community, there's nothing much we can do, unless he's spreading blatant misinformation.
@Kevin To clarify, you don't think there's anything needed to be done to get the community involved in taking ownership of the site, except to place a banner on the site when the participation gets critically low?
@Pearsonartphoto If the number of one-off tags is getting out of hand, they should be culled. Tags need to have a purpose to them. When we have too many tags that no one would subscribe to, it cheapens other, more useful tags. As they got too numerous, I'd enlist the help of the community by posting a call to arms on the meta site, seeking help in cleaning up extraneous tags.
@DampeS8N As I mentioned in a previous statement, the leadership needs to put up a united front. Any disagreement must be dealt with behind-the-scenes. The disagreement itself is, I think, good for SFF. It allows both mods to see and consider a different point of view.
@MarkTrapp I think that all SE sites need to be included in the StackExchange network and participate in any site changing decisions.
2:50 AM
@Pearsonartphoto I generally don't change tags unless there is a new one created that conflicts with existing, agreed-upon tags, if there is meta discussion regarding tags, or if the tag is clearly not appropriate. There are a number of cleanup features built into the SE platform that can help handle these unpopular tags.
@MarkTrapp No stack exchange site is an island unto itself, but none is completely beholden to the other sites. I like to think of it much as a States vs. Federal government in the US, each State has some rights, but the Federal Government has some rights as well. Leave each site to come up with their own ideas, some own rules, but listen to the advice from the larger community.
@DampeS8N The great thing about that question is that it wasn't speculative, but there was actual precidence for the question to be asked. If we can try to promote more questions like that, where people see the question and have to do a double check, it will lead to increased traffic and participation on the site.
@TonyMeyer I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and have every right to say whatever they want outside of the SE network. As soon as a user would then start saying these things on the SE network (Or our site specifically) I would then delete any offensive posts and warn the user that flaming the site is not allowed per the FAQs
10 minutes left, let's start winding down... q:
@DampeS8N This very specific question worked because it already had some basis in reality. In general, combining two universes isn't a good idea for a question, unless there is some reason to believe they might exist. For this kind of question, I would simply sit back and watch what the community does, only stepping in if the question is exceptionally poor quality.
2:52 AM
The issue of asking about archetypes has come up (although the word has been misused). Is there a problem with asking questions about a topic that comes from legends to gain general information if the question isn't about a particular franchise? (Example: Asking about vampires but not asking specifically about Buffy or Blade.) Considering this is one of the sources of the stories we spend so much time on, why would it be off-limits?
@MarkTrapp I notice some interaction between us and writers.se, but not with the rest of the more technical sites. We're kind of different, because as I said before, the whole essence of science fiction & fantasy is about "what-if", so I believe our questions and answers have a certain what-if element that might not fly on other SE sites.
@TonyMeyer I think meta always benefits from more participation, no matter how many users are there. What typically happens is that there is a solid core of regulars who participate, which is important, but meta needs to be accessible for new members who have questions. I try to encourage participation by either linking to existing meta questions relevant to discussion, creating new meta questions and linking them, or inviting people to create their own.
@TonyMeyer I think it's insufficient, as I've said on meta. It feels like we have maybe a dozen users who regularly use the meta site. This is a bad thing for new users who don't empower themselves to help take charge and really interact with the community. I think we need to advertise meta more, and perhaps mention it to new users in comments to questions that are wildly off-topic.
What is your position on "Is X a Timelord?" type questions?
@MarkTrapp As it is, the community does take good ownership of the community. If that were to drop, there is not much a mod can do to force people to enter the meta discussions. Banners would be a last resort, they should be used conservatively or people will just tune them out. As I said, I would encourage people through comments to discuss points that should be discussed on meta when they come up.
2:53 AM
@TangoOversway I think those questions should be very carefully monitored, but they can be allowed in some capacity. They often result in a hodge podge of answers, and it can be quite difficult to pick one good answer.
@DampeS8N I think the popularity of reddit-posted questions is amazing. As I've discussed with @BrettWhite and other CHAOS members, they have been researching that possibility in-office. I also think that all users who feel a question they or anyone else asks is awesome enough to post to reddit should, by all means, do so. And do so often.
Once the candidates are caught up:
@JackBNimble Unless there is a very good reason to suspect X is a Timelord, then they should be removed from the site as quickly as possible. The prime example of a poor question is "Is Santa Clause a Time Lord". But, there might be a good one out there. I just wouldn't know. In general, as I am not a Dr. Who fan, I would read the question, see if there is a good amount of evidence that it was the case, then close it.
Final thoughts from the candidates please!
@MarkTrapp Repetition repetition repetition :) People can't participate if they aren't aware of where they need to go, or why. Links in comments are our primary way to reach members who aren't terribly familiar with the platform, and it is a great way to introduce the individuals, if you are willing to take the time to extend the invitation.
2:54 AM
@DampeS8N If it's civil, I think it's good. Having two opposing viewpoints passionately argue their positions helps people to define their own opinions more thoroughly. When we all agree on something, we miss details that a debate would find.
A vote for me is a vote against Timelords. That's a promise.
@DampeS8N It is very good, as it encourages discussion that will involve the community.
@DampeS8N If the question was asked in good faith (and I believe that question was) I believe it is okay. But we should not be splitting hairs over Easter eggs and in jokes of script writers and producers. If that were the case, as someone mentioned before, we would have to debate whether R2D2 is present in the new Star Trek universe (there's a question about this, but I can't find the link right now).
@TangoOversway I believe those types of questions are completely valid. but a good answer to those types of questions would include more than one source and have citations of varied works.
@JackBNimble Doc Brown should be left to his inventions in peace.
@RebeccaChernoff This community is a great place. I really am honored to work with it, given my current powers, and would be more honored to be given moderator promises. I hope I can continue to help this community out, and help it grow. Please help me to have more power help you by voting for me to be your moderator.
2:56 AM
@MichaelMrozek I always endeavor to conduct myself in a manner I feel befits a leader. I feel perfectly fine with having a diamond retroactively attached to my name and avatar, I would almost always have done the same thing if it were there to begin with.
@JackBNimble Good Lord, no. :)
@EightDaysofMalaise I'm not sure I agree that there *is*an underbelly dragging this site down. There are areas that could be improved (I'd love to see more participation in regular chat events, for example), but if something were dragging us down, I don't feel we would have had the expansion that led to us graduating.
@RebeccaChernoff I want to thank everyone who has been involved with this election and I hope that I am a prime consideration for your vote. I promise that, if elected, I would be fair, logical and kind to everyone on the site and make this site one of the best SE sites on the network. Vote OghmaOsiris!
Most important question: Rings, Potter, Wars or Trek?
@RebeccaChernoff I have really enjoyed my participation on SCIFI.SE, moreso than any other SE site. I'd really like to continue to see this site grow and be a part of it.
@DampeS8N Potter, Trek, Rings, Wars
2:57 AM
@MichaelMrozek It took some adjustment when it first happened to me on parenting.se, but I've become accustomed to taking a pause before I post, and double-checking to make sure that I am acting in a way that best represents the site.
@MichaelMrozek Honestly, it's going to be embarrassing for some of my posts on the site, especially the earlier ones or ones where I didn't take the time to thoroughly cite sources or fully hash out my position. But it will encourage me to consistently have a high quality to all my future postings. The lessons I've learned in the past will always be here to remind me what to avoid, unless they were low-quality and have been deleted. :3
@DampeS8N Trek, then Potter, then Wars, then Rings.
@DampeS8N I declare this question "in" even though it came after my final thoughts question. (:
Hoo boy, it's been an hour already?!
@RebeccaChernoff :)
2:58 AM
@DampeS8N That's a tough one, but as I started the HP tag, I've got to go with Potter;-)
I can't wait to read everyone elses responses lol
@RebeccaChernoff This is currently my favorite online community. I'd love to pitch in more than I'm doing now. But I already see several candidates who can definitely do as good a job as I, and perhaps even better. Let the best man win.
@MarkTrapp Yes, it is important to be involved in the rest of the network. That is part of the definition of "network." Though the mods and community may be somewhat different, we are tied to the rest of Stack Exchange and should have, at the least, discourse with them.
@TonyMeyer It depends upon the nature of the comments. I actually work in public relations, and have researched quite a bit into negative publicity in social media. The U.S. Air Force actually has a fantastic flow-chart to determine if and how to respond to such negative comments, and I would follow those general guidelines.
@DampeS8N LotR. It has the most consistent and extensive canon.
3:00 AM
@DampeS8N Wars & Trek
Alrighty folks, that'll do it.
We're at an hour now
Thanks everyone for participating, and best of luck to the candidates! (:
This has been a real whirlwind... It's insane trying to keep up with everything...
3:00 AM
@MarkTrapp Meta.SO provides a valuable avenue for information about the platform itself. Some interaction with it is essential, if only to find out how things work, how they change, and to get help when you can't figure things out.
<adama> So Say We All </adama>
If you missed a question, or you're a candidate who couldn't make it, feel free to answer now - we'll get your responses into the digest.
As I mentioned, the digest should go up sometime tomorrow hopefully.
@RebeccaChernoff If I have not addressed a question you would like me to answer, I am frequently in chat; please come there and ask.
@RebeccaChernoff Phew, I was worried I was out of time.
@RebeccaChernoff I hope I got all the questions. Again, sorry I'm late!
3:01 AM
@Kevin ditto
And now back to your regularly scheduled chat program...
@DampeS8N Absolutely we should promote questions like that. I've shared a number of questions on Google+ and Facebook, and encourage everyone to do so as well. Plus it is always a good idea to follow the SE accounts on social media sites like G+ and twitter.
Just review the questions in the Starred list - that's why we setup the star system for this. ♪
3:03 AM
@TangoOversway As someone who has answered a few recent vampire questions, I am very open to these types. I think there is opportunity for interesting, useful answers.
Oh, because people keep asking. I'm not running because I lack the time to do this with gusto and fervor! Promotions mean less time to goof off at work.
@JackBNimble Great topics for the chat room :) For the rest of the site... not so much.
@DampeS8N I'd have to say Rings, just because the style of writing, and level of innovation elevates the works to something I can't really categorize as anything other than "art". The other three have a tremendous amount of brilliance, and, well, magic for lack of a better word, but they don't have the "wow-factor" that LotR has for me.
@EightDaysofMalaise Our small size. We need a bigger community. This will provide us with more resources to build the quality and quantity of tag wikis, and edits to clean up questions and answers. It sounds like you're not a fan of the trivia nature of the site, I highly recommend you post ideas to expand the site's scope on meta!
@RebeccaChernoff Should be ready for posting in the morning, aye.
@TangoOversway I think it can be quite important to understand the historical context of themes, including scif-fi archetypes. Regardless of whether it's explicitly about a specific franchise, I think those questions are not just acceptable but (if properly thought out and phrased) potentially the sorts of deep questions we should be encouraging here.
@JackBNimble I'll let the community decide on those.
3:09 AM
@MarkTrapp It's important that we interact with the other SE sites. We're all one network on the same platform. Changes that are agreed to on other sites can and do affect us here. We need to make sure that the course our SE overlords set isn't damaging to our portion of the overall SE community.
@RebeccaChernoff I think we have a fantastic community here, that is not afraid to share their opinions, but also has a firm grasp on maintaining what is best for the site overall. I also think we have a bunch of fantastic candidates here. I would welcome the chance to contribute more as a moderator here, and I think what I have learned as a pro tem mod at parenting.se could be useful here, particularly in areas of policy clarification and site promotion.
@RebeccaChernoff (BTW, to everyone participating in this chat: if you have kids, or are thinking of it, visit Parenting(parenting.stackexchange.com)!
@DampeS8N Yes, and it seems reddit has become one of our big drivers of views. At least that's what BrettWhite mentioned in chat a few weeks ago. I encourage reddit users and users of other social sites to spread our content wherever it's appropriate. We offer some unique resources to the internet, we need to get that word out. Personally, I would post interesting questions on my Google+ page, and Twitter.
@Beofett Haha, real subtle there.
@Keen Subtle rarely works in site promotion :P
Although it does look like I'm calling out @RebeccaChernoff instead of replying to the "final thoughts" question :P
@Beofett hehe, it did take me a second to figure it out
3:13 AM
@Beofett Ah, now it makes sense :)
Hah, I missed that, too
Edited for clarity :P
@TangoOversway I think it's important that we have people ask and answer questions about the source myths that are the original sources for so much of the modern fantasy. I'm uncertain that our current community has enough experts to properly answer such questions though. At present, we should closely monitor these questions so as to ensure they get quality answers that encourage more growth in this area.
@Beofett Hahaha
@JackBNimble As almost the entirety of the Timelord race was placed in a time lock, it seems the answer to most of these would be "no" unless they're asking if the 'X' is some disguised version of either the Doctor or the Master. (That's an in-universe answer for all you non-Doctor Who watchers!)
Good night (day/afternoon/morning) all... Thanks for your time!
@DampeS8N Modern day? Wars, Trek, Rings, Potter. In that order because The Clone Wars is an amazing continuation of the Star Wars saga that almost redeems the prequels. I eagerly await the next Star Trek film, but we're getting 2 hours every 3-4 years at present. Next is LotR for the upcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit, which I look forward to seeing Sherlock and Watson in.
@DampeS8N Lastly is Potter because I'm mainly a casual fan of the series, having only seen the movies, never read the books. It was fun seeing the tale end last year in the theater, but it was a pretty thorough ending, so I don't foresee myself heading back to that universe.
3:20 AM
@TonyMeyer There is not a whole lot anyone can do about disparaging remarks on another site; this is the internet, after all. That said, I would do what I can to stop such attacks on us. I would contact him in some way, explain how his remarks are disparaging, and ask him to stop. If he didn't, I would consult with the other mods here and elsewhere on the network to see if anything else can be done about such a person.
Night, @Beofett
Ladies and gents, it's time for me to sign off. See you in Mos Eisley.
P.S. For those of you haven't visited it yet, do poke your head in. (I have @Kevin to thank for my own regular participation)
@TonyMeyer I would mainly encourage people on this site to not sling mud or troll the disparager's (perfectly cromulent!) site. We can't control what others say of us on the internet. If there's something on this site that instigated the issue, then I'd handle that, as we shouldn't be using this site to troll.
Aaaand, I think I covered everything.
If I missed your question, hit me up in Mos Eisley, I'm usually there. I'm based in the US, so if I don't immediately respond and it's 3AM over here, just know that I'll get back to you.
Thanks @RebeccaChernoff and @GraceNote for holding this. This has been a great experience.
18 hours later…
8:56 PM
@MarkTrapp identification questions are actual problems faced by the asker, they're a perfect fit for the SE format, they attract new users (asking) and experts (answering, and yes, experts do like to show off how they identified an obscure story in 3 minutes). Plus I've yet to hear a valid argument against them.
@JackBNimble there is, but the most vocal opponents aren't active on this site
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