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Q: In ancient times various alien "gods" cause/feed on worship. Traveler, girl must hide object that threatens gods, fortunately lose it in the desert

Jacob C. supports GoFundMonicaThis was a short story/novella I read around 2000-2010. I believe it was in some anthology, but possibly it was in a SF/fantasy magazine that I read it. It may well have been from several decades prior to that. There were various fantasy elements, but it has a somewhat SF-ish premise. In ancien...

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4:27 AM
Q: Manga with a boy whose father was murdered (but is still around), living with a demon girl with magic hair

FuzzyBootsThis one is on the tip of my tongue. It's a manga that I read online somewhere between 5-10 years ago. The main character is a high-school-age boy who comes home to find his father dead, I think either drained of life (leaving him skeletal) or with his head bashed in. There's also a girl with ver...

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7:57 AM
@DavidW Punctuation saves your grandmother.
> "Let's eat, grandma!"
8:56 AM
Q: Can one become a jedi without being force-sensitive?

donotexecuteorder66I have pretty much basic knowledge when it comes to the Jedi Order. I've always wonder if being force-sensitive a requirement in joining the Order. It seems that all the jedi padawan,knight, and masters that I have seen so far are someways connected to the force. I think it's pretty cool if anyon...

9:06 AM
Ugh we have the new post notices now
Q: Is there a proper Batman reading order?

PracticalEffectsI recently got into reading Batman comics. I found a reading order here https://www.comicbookherald.com/reading-dc-comics/batman-reading-order/#batman3 I decided to start with Batman year one and got all the way to Batman & the monster men but the way this order is presented is far from ideal. ...

Q: Did "2001: A Space Odyssey" make any reference to the names of companies, or show any evidence of the existence of advertisements?

uhohIn SE comments elsewhere 1, 2, 3 I talked about barriers of mixing advertising and spaceflight at NASA. In one I said: ...I'm not sure if Kubrick include any advertisements in his visionary extrapolation of what spaceflight would be like in this century in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey....

9:33 AM
@TheLethalCarrot I have only one answer:
in The Screening Room, 8 mins ago, by Ankit Sharma
I see what they were going for but: meh
in The Screening Room, 9 mins ago, by Ankit Sharma
I can be TheLethalRaddish
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11:00 AM
Q: Why couldn't Rick just use a Micro Sun to power his car?

RusshiroOkay, in Rick and Morty, obviously a lot of logic is pushed aside purely for it's fun and humor value. But some stuff doesn't make any logical sense for the smartest man in the universe. In this instance, in The Ricks Must be Crazy, Rick creates a tiny universe to power his car battery. A litera...

11:41 AM
Q: Science fiction novel with aliens that could read dead people's memories

Matthew TaylorI read a book about 40 years ago that I would like to read again. I can't remember the plot but it had a policeman who needed to get some information from a criminal. Some aliens were involved and they could read the memories of people even if they were dead but only for a short while after death.

12:02 PM
Q: A melancholic children's film set in a sandy landscape

Markus KlinikI don't remember any of the plot, only two scenes, and mostly how it made me feel. I think I saw the film in the late 1980s or early 1990s on some German children's TV programme. Whether the original language was German or it was a dub I don't remember. I'm pretty sure it was a stand-alone film,...

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2:07 PM
Greetings, Earthlings.
2:23 PM
scifi.stackexchange.com/q/223920/4918 Ha! Someone's using the increased rep from question votes by spending it on bounties.
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5:32 PM
Q: Was there ever an explanation for why mandalorian armor changed so much?

DJ Spicy DeluxeBetween the days of the Old Republic and The Attack of the Clones, mandalorian armor changed drastically. Here is what Mandalorians looked like in their old armor: Here is what Mandalorian armor looks like now: While I understand that armor may change over time, every Mandalorian save Mandalor...

Q: What is the nature of Luke's scanner used to track and find R2-D2?

BingoIn Star Wars: A New Hope, the next morning after R2-D2 got away on his "mission", Luke Skywalker and C-3PO (piloting the X-34 Landspeeder) headed off looking for the astromech until they track and find him using a scanning device. After doing some research about this device, I have found that ...

5:45 PM
Has anyone here played both Zombicide and Dead of Winter?
6:30 PM
@Jenayah I'm reverting your edit. The "lose" verb was plural to agree with the subjects -- i.e. headlinese "Traveler, girl… lose" expands to regular English "The traveler and the girl...lose". The "aliens" and "gods" tags were both relevant to the story, so why remove them? I can remove the "This is all I remember of the story" part, though. (It was meant to forestall a "Please see the checklist for how you can improve the question" comment, as I remember no more.)
Well, partially reverting the edit. I didn't re-add the tags, yet. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what the tags are for; I presumed that they are there for questions that contain those elements as significant aspects, for help with searching/filtering.
6:47 PM
@JacobC.supportsGoFundMonica ah, entirely my bad on the "lose" part. The remembering part is unnecessary as it's implied the description given should be the maximum of what you remember but we agree on that (plus it's already way more detailed than some other stuff)
No worries. I changed the comma to an ampersand to make it clearer.
As per the tags, to each their own view I guess, but there are a couple of criteria out there that help me estimate whether they're relevant tags or not. Sec
The ones listed here scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/a/9221/98028 basically it doesn't make much sense, in this SFF site, to be an expert in , the name is ambiguous, and doesn't really give info on what it's about. You could apply a bazillion tags like this, . I think they're clutter, so when new ones pop, I tend to remove them. (I'm not alone in that)
is exactly one of those tags, but this one is way too far gone
Here's what I wrote about it in an earlier Meta:
> I don't think I'll surprise anyone when I say SFF has some "unclear" tags. I'm talking about non-work, non-franchise, non-media, non-author tags. While some are very popular (aliens has 1020 questions, magic 541, etc), there are also some which are only used 5-30 times. So far, everything is factual, it's objective.

Now it gets subjective: some users, myself included, think some of the latter tags:

don't really serve any meaningful purpose
don't have a clear, universal meaning
are irrelevant, just because you stick a "use this tag when talking about ______ in works of SFF" in the wiki d
Hmm. I can see the argument, but in that case wouldn't it make sense to delete the tags altogether? Do tags help provide a hint to the system's automatic algorithm that while drafting says "See these similar questions questions that may already answer your question", or are they purely human aids?
(I mean deleting the tags from the tag db, not just individual posts.)
7:03 PM
Well it was the only occurrence of the gods tag, so it will be automatically removed in... A week or a day, can't remember
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A: How can we get rid of misspelled and unused (or "zombie") tags?

Joel CoehoornYou should edit out the tag from all the questions that use it. Note that you should probably seek consensus on the per-site meta before doing so, if the tag was somehow added to a significant number of questions without anyone noticing the misspelling. Tags not associated with any question are ...

Oops, I created it by typing it? I thought it was already there.
No worries
The privilege is earned at 300 rep, and there's no warning when you're creating a tag
7:21 PM
@Jenayah Personally, I feel that is sorely missed. :)
So I take it tags don't assist the "similar questions" suggestion generation algorithm, and that just works off title (and maybe body) text?
@JacobC.supportsGoFundMonica I think they do help, but are weighed by popularity of the tag. In story-id, that means story-id tag and media tag will outmatch the rest
And that suggest the tag they're using for comparison are even correctly used in the first place. But there's no "correct use" for these unclear tags, other than "this story featured aliens/recipes/robots/Gill man and I think it should be tagged as such"
And don't even get me started on character tags... (Except for comic characters who may have their own series)
7:44 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad keyword with email in body (58): Is the technology seen in Assassians Creed achievable? by J-Will on scifi.SE
@Jenayah Pick any character in any work. I can write a fanfiction series about that character. Character tags for everyone!
I'd rather have my Pikachu plushie for President rather than have the fanfiction popularity of the character weigh in for a character tag.
Q: Is the technology seen in Assassians Creed achievable?

J-WillRecently I have got started messing with VR when I went over to my friends house and I loved it. We played some simple games like superhot and beat saber, after realizing how much I loved it I thought about the Assassin's Creed Series and the Movie they released. I want to attempt to do some rese...

8:25 PM
@Jenayah is on fire today! Go Jenayah!
Woohoo, go me!
Sounds like we need a character tag.
No!!! I don't want to risk becoming a fanfiction character!!!
And you can do an autobiographical fanfiction.
How narcissistic is it to write a fan fiction about your own life?
8:36 PM
I’d be more worried if you weren’t a fan if yourself.
You can live without being a fan of yourself. That doesn't even mean you have to hate yourself if you're not. Just that there's a middle place.
So basically what you’re saying is... I’ll have to write the fanfiction?
There's no interpreting my words like this. You were just waiting to pop that in
Also, no, nobody will have to.
Because that's not becoming a thing in the first place.
@Jenayah If you only knew how many of my comments are like that...
C'mon, give us a rough percentage.
8:50 PM
You were just waiting to pop that in, weren't you.
You catch on quickly.
Which means youmight be on the path to the Dark side.
That depends. Do you have cookies?
Hm. Apparently I reversed it.
Guess I have to study more Star Wars.
If only there was a site where you could ask all the questions said study would make you wonder about.
8:55 PM
Well I have asked one non-Harry Potter question.
Ab=nd it's actually my top question.
Oh sure, but the lands of remain uncharted for you. Well, maybe not uncharted as you may have lurked around, but they haven't had to face your twisted questions so far.
9:15 PM
@Jenayah Well, if you put it like that it sounds like a challenge.
I don't really care. You know, me and SW...
9:41 PM
posted on December 06, 2019 by Jack B Nimble

It has been a little over 20 years since the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace hit theaters. I saw it in the theater, although not opening weekend. Maybe I saw it again, when it came to DVD, but I am not sure. I certainly have not watched in the last ... Read more

9:53 PM
Q: Is there a canonical reason that the protagonist of the Mandalorian is still unnamed?

Jason P SallingerTo my knowledge those wearing Mandalorian armor have always had a proper name (e.g., Boba Fett, Jango Fett), as well as other works I'm not familar with, referenced here in a Wikipedia article for Mandalorian. Now that the new Mandalorian series is 5 episodes deep, we've had at least two recurri...

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Q: How come Fin Raziel aged so much while she was transformed as an unnaturally long-lived possum?

DavidWIn the movie Willow (1988), Fin Raziel has been turned into a possum and trapped on an island by the Big Bad, evil queen Bavmorda. She's been trapped there for around 15 years, since Bavmorda took control of Tir Asleen.  Sorsha is 18 in the present time (according to the novelization) and accord...

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11:24 PM
Q: Is the Mandalorian using out-of-universe real sign language?

NKCampbellIn Episode 5 of "The Mandalorian", Mando uses a form of sign language to communciate with two characters. From an out of universe perspective, do any of the signs he is using correlate to ASL (American Sign Language) or any of the other formal signs used around the world?

Q: Book (first in a series?) with a teenage witch attending a school of magic mainly with nonhumans

FuzzyBootsI'm 99% certain I read this as a Kindle book in 2019, but I think I acquired it before that. The main character is a witch, with her mother and sister having the same abilities. She wasn't great at magic, being bad at remembering the properties of herbs. Her mother was more accomplished. Her sist...


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