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12:08 AM
@Alex well we'd only have robots anymore
Because people wil have all melted due to Andrew Wheeler
12:58 AM
Q: Would the Elder Wand have been able to destroy a Horcrux?

Voldemort's WrathWe see that the Elder Wand is able to perform magic that would not normally be possible with a regular wand. For example, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry fixes his broken wand with it: (emphasis mine) He laid the broken wand upon the headmaster’s desk, touched it with the very ...

1:24 AM
Q: Why is @fez's reputation showing up as -202 on the "Users" page?

Voldemort's WrathI looked up the user @fez, and here is what the page showed: But when I clicked on it, @fez's user page showed what seemed like the correct reputation (5,000 something). Extremely soon after update: When I look it up again, it shows up the correct rep and all his badges and stuff. Why did it ...

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3:38 AM
Q: Short story about a teenager who has his brain replaced with a microchip (Psychological Horror)

Geklmintendon't of AwesomeThere was a short story I read as a kid (between 2007 and 2009) about a world where people were raised from a young age with a microchip implanted in their skull which was trained over time to simulate the brain. At some age, they would have their flesh brain tossed out in favor of the chip. But...

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7:19 AM
Q: In the movie Harry Potter and the Order or the Phoenix, why didn't Mr. Filch succeed to open the Room of Requirement if it's what he needed?

TinyDoowyAs state by Dobby in The Order of the Phoenix ‘Because [the Room of Requirement] is a room that a person can only enter,’ said Dobby seriously, ‘when they have real need of it’ Order of the Phoenix - page 343 - Bloomsbury - chapter 18, Dumbledore's Army And as state in this que...

7:59 AM
Q: Was this exchange between Captain America and Thor inspired from the comics?

ShreedharDuring the final battle in Avengers: Endgame, Amidst the battle, Captain America, At this moment, they have a short exchange of sorts (following up to the one in Avengers: Infinity War) where Thor says to Cap: Was this scene inspired from the comics? I remember seeing something like ...

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12:19 PM
Q: How does The Fools Guild make it's money

AJFaradayIn the Discworld series, the city of Ankh-Morpork has numerous professions (including criminal professions) managed and regulated by guilds. For most of these it's pretty easy to work out their income stream. The members make money, and pay guild dues in order to be able to practise their trade. ...

1:18 PM
Q: When where the Shards of Magnus first mentioned?

Richard CI have been reading through the Horus Heresy and post the attack on Prospero we learn that Magnus was shattered into shards. I know that other black library books set in the 41st millenium+ have also explored these shards of Magnus but my question is. When did the Black Library/ games workshop ...

1:31 PM
good afternoon!
Q: Cartoon with a dead lady riding a ghost western cart towards a bad guy

Sorin Adrian CarbunaruAll I remember is that close to the end of the episode (whatever cartoon it was) a ghostly western cart ridden by a dead lady comes and I think kills or at least scares a bad guy. I think I saw this cartoon on Cartoon Network in the '90s or early 2000s. I think there also was a treasure involved ...

If you think about it the grammar doesn't quite make sense in some cases for "they" and "he or she" is really really awkward to use a lot in a sentence
Just treat "they" like "you". You use plural grammar for "you" even when it's singular, and it's been that way since, like, the 1600s.
(I can't type today...)
1:44 PM
Speaking of typing, I forgot I wanted to learn DVORAK before the summer ended
But like...eh
Anyone here use it?
Reminder to everyone that the referrer is very easy to turn off—Firefox, for example, has many built-in options to turn it off.
I set it to only send if the base domain is the same
Actually I'm setting it to not send at all
2:38 PM
Q: What happened to cause the events of flight 7500?

King of NESI watched this movie at a friends house, and thought it was freaky/original/cool. In it, What happens that causes the fate of those passengers? I don't fly much, so I'm a little confused on what exactly happened.

2:58 PM
Q: Why do fantasy writers draw the line at the television?

BalancedTryteOperatorsWhen I played an MMORPG as a child, the game had many items and constantly made new items. Eventually someone asked the administrators what was the demarcation of the type of objects they would add to the game. They gave a definite answer: anything prior to the invention of the television would b...

@Null hi, I’m trying to rename to for the spacing, but I can’t because the name is too similar (even though it’s only on one post). Could you do this please? Thanks!
@TheLethalCarrot can’t rename the tag
Just flag for it
No need to ping in chat
@TheLethalCarrot done
His flag button must still be broken.
Seems to be aye
3:32 PM
Q: Why is Szeth allowed to sully his grandfather’s reputation?

StormblessedSzeth says in The Way of Kings that, as he is Truthless, he doesn’t go by Szeth-son-Neturo, so as not to insult his father. Instead he goes by Szeth-son-son-Vallano. Why is it alright, in his mind, to go by his grandfather’s name instead? please mark spoilers for anything after The Way of Kings ...

Arg. Hates it when people quote random web pages with spelling/grammar errors. Can't fix within the quote; tempted to annotate it with "[sic]." "passengers abroad the plane" indeed. :-P
I think you can out [sic] [sic] in.
3:53 PM
@DavidW with sic you aren’t supposed to fix it
On one answer in the thing before it I said basically
> Quote from {whatever thing} (spelling corrected):
How’d this end up in the queue 4 years later??
Someone would have flagged it
Also @TheLethalCarrot normally I think of you as being a little lenient with bad answers, why’d you vote to delete?
@TheLethalCarrot you can’t flag 4 years later is the thing
Oh an NaA you mean?
@Stormblessed Maybe he's grumpy today too.
I voted looks ok but it seemed bad...seemed alright because the spelling wasn’t bad tbh
4:11 PM
> Flagged as no longer needed/off-topic... Please look up the definition of cannon in context!
Made me chuckle too
The original comment was amusing, too.
Q: Ron has Charlie’s old wand

Martinin The philosophers stone Ron says he has Charlie’s old wand. Would it work for him properly. And why would Charlie want a new wand?

4:38 PM
Q: Does Fire Emblem: Three Houses have any connection with the Harry Potter series?

Zip Zap JThe newly released video game Fire Emblem: Three Houses features the main locale as a monastery that acts as a school. Within this school are the titular Three Houses: Black Eagles (red and black), the Blue Lions (blue), and Golden Deer (yellow). Now there are obvious parallels here, not just in...

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5:41 PM
So, opinion, scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/217165 and scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/177246 are story-id questions with the same work as the answer, but fairly different questions. The former is my question (and my answer... took me bit to realize I was thinking of the same work). Should one be a dupe of the other? Should I add the relevent plot elements to my answer so that the older question also matches up?
Yes, definitely. I'd close the earlier as duplicate of your new one, since your question and answer have more details.
We don't normally bother trying to make the answer of the dupe target contain all the details from the other answers.
(Mostly because the answers aren't written by the people who are marking them duplicate. But even if they were, the additional points not relevant to the target question might just make the answer confusing.)
5:57 PM
@Mithrandir Right. "they" with plural verb forms, except that the possessive is "themself" when it refers to just one person
@Stormblessed I learned the basics once, but decided I don't like it, so I abandonned it
I may or may not get back to experimenting with more unusual keyboard layouts in the future.
I do know that some other people use dvorak layout though.
@b_jonas Ugh, "themself" looks terrible; "oneself" is better.
@Null "themself" if it's the reflexive for "them", "oneself" if it's for "one".
depends on what you're saying
@b_jonas If you're talking about one person you can use "one" as the gender-neutral subject, and "oneself" pairs with it.
6:16 PM
Would anyone else like it if you could ping "@favorited" in comments?
Most of the time if something is really notable and I favorite I forget about it
What if you could say "@favorited hey see this look this big crazy thing happened wow"?
Or just get notifications for favorites having new answers
@Stormblessed This is something I actually expected to happen; it seems like a missed feature.
But I'm not in favour of some rando with commenting privileges deciding when I get pings.
@FuzzyBoots Are you doing those edits manually?
@DavidW Yes. Is there a better way?
@DavidW Done.
Q: How can I write good alt text?

StormblessedWhen editing posts, a whole ton of them don't have alt text on images. A lot of the time, I don't know what to put in the alt text. How can I write good alt text?

@FuzzyBoots That's what I was hoping you'd tell me. :)
@FuzzyBoots please check if a site is HTTPS before adding the "s" to the link scifi.stackexchange.com/revisions/216495/3
6:26 PM
@Stormblessed Oops. It had an error message saying that all image links had to be HTTPS, so I reflexively fixed all of the links. But that was my error.
@FuzzyBoots what sort of message? I've never seen this, sounds cool
It's not very exciting. Just try putting the link to an http site and you get "All image URLs must start with https://
Upload to imgur or specify an HTTPS URL".
Oy... I probably have a fair backlog of answers I've given with unshrunk images.
@FuzzyBoots what sort of edits were you doing manually just now?
@FuzzyBoots only if you put in an image link, right?
@Stormblessed Yup. And my manual edits were me taking oversize images and changing them to show the "m" images and show the regular one on clicking.
Q: Can plants "hear"?

StormblessedIn the Stormlight Archive series, most plants in the East freak out if you step near them: grass retreats into stone as you step on it, rockbuds pull their vines into their shells if you are close, etc. Are plants on Roshar ever shown to be sensitive enough to react to vibrations in the air, or d...

7:17 PM
@FuzzyBoots the website on your profile is dead
By vibrations in the air, that could include someone yelling from far away or a chicken flapping its wings, or a chicken cawing in midair. — Stormblessed 11 secs ago
Using in-universe terminology sounds silly :P
7:44 PM
@Stormblessed Thank you for letting me know. It looks like they changed the URL format.
@FuzzyBoots oh yeah duggan.xanga.com works
8:02 PM
@Stormblessed Admittedly, I post there once in a blue moon...
8:57 PM
Q: Does a person need to be a Wizard to open the Room of Requirement?

TimSparrowInspired by this question It is stated tha Mr. Filch cannot open the Room because he cannot guess what are the students doing there. But we know that Mr. Filch is a Squib, i.e. his magical abilities are next to non-existent. Of course, they do not have to be skilled Wizards, as first year Harr...

@FuzzyBoots the mobile site is very dubious
The full text of your latest blog post is squished into a tiny part of the right side of the screen :o
9:57 PM
Q: How does the time-turning event work in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"?

Jacquie TI know in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry and Hermione go back in time, save Buckbeak and free Sirius Black. However, in the actual movie before this event, Harry sees - according to what's figured out later - himself casting the Patronus. (Harry sees his future self casting the P...

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11:34 PM
Huh. Mark Hamill is in the English Nausicaä dub
That’s a great movie
VTRO because the thing’s come out. Also, I think Future Works is supposed to close as POB. — Stormblessed Aug 2 at 3:54
If anything, it should be reopened because it asks what we know.

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