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12:30 AM
Q: How did Kraglin end up with Yondu Udonta's prototype fin?

Major StackingsWe saw Quill give Kragin Yondu's repaired arrow, and we saw Yondu's funeral during which Yondu was wearing his prototype fin as he seemed to disolve into bright bits of color and streamed into the void. We know how he ended up with the arrow. How did Kraglin end up with Yondu Udonta's prototype ...

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2:30 AM
Q: Why did Dumbledore send Harry to the Dursley's house instead of to his grandparents?

kggThis big question leads to the next question. What happened to Harry's grandparents? Lily's parents and James's parents are both absent from the story and we never knew what happened to them. Most people just assume that they all died because why else would Dumbledore send Harry to live with thos...

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5:05 AM
Q: In Dr Who - "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" why didn't the Doctor know he is now a woman?

PikachunOk, this has been bothering me after watching episode 1 again... why didn't the Doctor know he was now a woman? I've googled this and there doesn't seem to be any reference to this answer. If being a man for 12 (13 including War Doctor) iteration, wouldn't you know that you don't have male parts ...

Q: Who is this person at the edge of fangorn?

the-profile-that-was-promisedIn Lord of the Rings The Two Towers Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas rests at night beside the forest of Fangorn. There they sees an old man in white.Afterwards there horses also left them. Gimli then highly suspects that it is Saruman. So who was he? I don't remember clearly but I think that Gandalf...

5:57 AM
@Alex can't do ahah
You want the ability to lose badges?
If it means feeding the OCD...
Eh, better to feed the OCD by gaining new ones and reach the upper palindrome :p
That's a positive spin on things.
6:17 AM
@Alex Rand can't be too pedantic, or we'll wind up with this again.
@Mithrandir Ah, yes, the answer deemed the "Pedant of the Pedant" answer:
Aug 17 at 17:40, by Rand al'Thor
@Alex Heh, that answer reminds me of my famous "Pedant of the Pedant" answer :-)
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7:43 AM
Q: Did Daenerys know how to hatch the dragon eggs?

parthagarPlease read this Wikia passage first: Dragon eggs are notoriously difficult to hatch, though they can maintain the spark of life inside of them for decades if not centuries. The secret key to hatching the eggs seems to involve some form of blood magic: as the House words of the Targar...

8:24 AM
Weird. I got an "enlightened" badge (see top one) just now for a question that should've earned me one years ago.
If we get a very precise answer about Slytherin's Locket, that answerer might a pendant pedant.
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9:36 AM
Q: In Star Trek, is there an upper size/mass limit to what the Main Deflector can deflect?

KozakyMy understanding is that every Federation ship has a navigational deflector which is primarily used to deflect any objects that may collide with the ship while at warp or otherwise. From what I've seen of TNG and Enterprise, the deflector can be used for other means, including as a weapon to dama...

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10:51 AM
Q: Why is Thranduil portrayed more noble as opposed to his woodland elves?

JoeSlavThe assumption that Thranduil is more noble is conveyed in the movies by the fact that he has blonde hairs and more "lighty" demeanor. As far as I understood Thranduil inherited the Elven kingdom of Thingol. Thingol (earlier called Elwë) saw the Light of Valinor. However Thranduil is not a desce...

Q: What happens if a Dothraki Khal goes bald?

KyloRenBeing that Dothraki pride their voracity and skill in battle via their hair, Dothraki Warrior Dothraki warriors wear their hair in a long braid and only cut it when defeated, so the world may see their shame. Very capable warriors therefore often have a very long braid. So what would ...

@SQB wait, what? Did acceptance shift or something?
@Jenayah oh, that might be it.
Lemme check.
Nope. Accepted same day.
11:06 AM
@SQB found it
Mango's answer was deleted yesterday
It was posted at 13h58 while yours was at 14h05
Ah, so now my answer is the "first".
So now that it's deleted you became the "first to answer"
Mystery solved.
Still weird to not count deleted answers, but here we are.
11:09 AM
Makes sense
First answer could've been spam
And for people who can't see/don't know about deleted answers it would seem weird that you fit the criteria but don't get a badge
11:28 AM
Why do people even bother downvoting on meta with-out a comment?
Maybe someone else already posted a comment and that would be redundant
Q: Why is pointing out a Plot Hole downvoted?

KyloRenJust curious as to why questions that point out plot holes are downvoted so much?

11:49 AM
Finally on the new domain at work...
Welcome back
A lot of fannying around and now I realise I've lost all my settings... :(
Oh noes :(
Gonna taker a while to get everything back up normal again
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Jeez he was lucky!
I know right?
2:07 PM
Put a newspaper on the scale. Begin reading the newspaper. — Acccumulation 15 hours ago
@TheLethalCarrot Animated series? scifi.stackexchange.com/q/187598/98028
Not a series as far as I can tell, even if unclear if cartoon or anime
Although my guess would be it falls on the cartoon side
Yeah my fault when I created the tag, it wants a better name
Pretty sure it's not an anime actually, it was added by someone else than OP
I'd say OP could have reverted it but they also added back SFgenre tag so
eh, not the biggest deal
So just ?
thinks about a better name
The original tag for this purpose was animation but it was getting cluttered and it isn't a great name so it wanted something better animated-series was the best I came up with
Although that is almost certainly a cartoon aye
2:38 PM
Q: What are the nonverbal spells used in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Murcielago U.What are the nonverbal spells used in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? For example, when the Auror protects himself ? Or the spell he used to enter within the wall and to appear near Nagini?

2:54 PM
Q: If an Animagus eats something that is harmful to the Animagus' form would it harm them?

user107919If an Animagus eats something that is harmful to the Animagus' form would it harm them? For example, if Sirius Black was in his Animagus form as a wolf, would he get sick if he ate chocolate? If he ate enough he could die? Would Sirius be affected by the chocolate in Animagus form?

3:10 PM
Q: Science-fantasy book series where underground machines kept the world alive powered by the big evil

SomeOrange I have been trying to remember the name of this series of books I read several years ago (might have been around 2010+-). Unfortunately, I don't remember too much or might be mixing things up. I believe it took place in some "dying world" fantasy setting where technology relics of the past where...

3:25 PM
Q: What happened when Mars was re-liberated after the Horus Heresy?

Richard CWhile the Horus Heresy books have not got there yet is there any information as to what happened when Mars was re-liberated after the Horus Heresy? I am assuming it didn't take place until after the traitor legions had been pushed out of sol. Or is this whole civil war on Mars new canon that has ...

3:35 PM
Greetings, Earthlings.
@Donald.McLean Greetings, Hubble guy!
3:49 PM
I've really been enjoying a new book in one of my favorite series.
The Peter Grant series (alternatively, the Rivers of London series or the PC Grant series) is a series of urban fantasy novels by English author Ben Aaronovitch, and comics/graphic novels by Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, illustrated by Lee Sullivan. == Plot overview == === Novels and novellas === ==== Rivers of London ==== (American Title: Midnight Riot) The novel centres around the adventures of Peter Grant, a young officer in the Metropolitan Police; who, following an unexpected encounter with a ghost, is recruited into the small branch of the Met that deals with magic and the su...
@Donald.McLean - Good series! I've read the first three books, I've slowed down, because I really enjoy them (Yes, I'm crazy that way - I like knowing they're something on my "not yet read" list that I can turn to when I'm not feeling like taking a risk on something new, or re-reading something old).
@RDFozz I understand. Lately I've had to resort to doing things other than reading due to consistent failures to find something I'm in the mood to read.
And I'm still waiting for the comic book company to fix the Kobo download for the omnibus edition of Night Witch.
Oct 15 at 20:38, by Marvin
Q: Fantasy Book where the character had to collect pendants

andyjvI remember reading a fantasy book as a teen, so it would have been a young-adult novel. In it the main character had to collect pendants to ward off an evil. I remember him getting the first pendant early, and it had a cross type of shape on it. I think perhaps a wizard granted him the first pe...

Oct 15 at 20:38, by Alex
@Marvin At first I read that as "Fantasy Book where the character had to collect pedants".
@Slartibartfast Those are just about the only questions I upvote.
4:04 PM
Problem is I bet 99% of plot hole questions aren't about a plot hole
I don't mean "plot hole" in some formal definitional sense. I just mean questions that point out problems as opposed to questions that simply ask for information.
The only difference is really in the formulation of the question and the reasoning behind asking it I suppose though in some cases
I could certainly ask a question to "ask for information" and "point out a problem" and they'd both be the same question underneath
Yeah, but most times there's an obvious difference.
Not an obvious difference in the answer though
I mean a question that points out a problem likely did more research though
There won't be a difference in the answer when the question is the same but just phrased differently. But when the questions are actually different the answers will be as well.
4:12 PM
Well I am talking about the same question just formulated differently... I thought that was obvious
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5:19 PM
FWIW I VTDed scifi.stackexchange.com/q/186872/98028 because it's too broad and user was never seen again
6:03 PM
You did it for me :P
Q: How did Jon Snow know about Lady and Nymeria?

Zip Zap JEarly in A Song of Ice and Fire book 1: A Game of Thrones, after Arya's direwolf Nymeria attacks Prince Joffrey we learn that As a result, when Cersei is looking for a Direwolf to "blame" for her son's injuries, Sansa's direwolf Lady is Later on in the novel shortly after Jon takes his vow...

Q: What would be the coolest feature you would like to see on your TV or video player when watching movies?

Tina JI'm a student and am trying to do a study on the features of TVs, video players, or set-top boxes that people loved the most and came very handy. I am also thinking about nice-to-have features that we would love to have when watching movies on our players. I have a list of few items like this, wh...

6:57 PM
Q: Why is the symbol on the Beta Stargate wrong?

BokumetsuI am aware that the Beta gate becomes the main gate (post replicators). I'm only a few episodes past that. I noticed in the groundhog day episode that the origin symbol isn't correct (assuming they still use the beta gate). Is there a reason behind this or is it just a goof that seems to keep hap...

@Jenayah I'm about to ask 20 or so Mundungus questions.
Of course you are.
borderline though
Nope, not really bordrline:
in Charcoal HQ, 1 min ago, by K.Dᴀᴠɪs
@Jenayah Yeah, Troll. I mean his username even says it all DickMGee
@SmokeDetector that shit is still up? -_-
Q: A site (or scraper) is copying content from Stack Exchange. What should I do?

PopsSince day one of Stack Overflow, all content posted on Stack Exchange sites by their users (i.e. you wonderful people) has been provided to the whole universe under the CC BY-SA license. For my fellow non-lawyers, that license basically means: Anyone can use any Stack Exchange posts at any time...

@Jenayah Yeah, I know.
7:43 PM
so will you do something?
Especially since this site has NSFW ads popping
@TheLethalCarrot out of curiosity why add "for questions about..." in tag excerpts? I mean tags are on questions anyway so it's a given, no?
Maybe when I get back to a computer.
@Alex how did you came across that, btw?
@Jenayah I always wondered that, too. The other day I was going through tags on a different site and I kept on seeing "for questions about".
@Jenayah I was looking for information about the book mentioned in Valorum's answer. That led me to the book on Amazon. The description there said that it is a collection of Pottermore writings. SO I wondered why I should buy a book that is just a collection of already online material. But I couldn't find such writings on Pottermore. So I googled an exact quote, and one of the results that came up was that website.
oh, alright
hey wouldn't that be one of those writings that are only visible if you have a Pottermore account or stuff?
I was not aware that some writings are only available to account holders. In any case, I have an account.
7:53 PM
A: Can Ministry officials Apparate inside Hogwarts?

BellatrixMinistry workers aren’t said to be able to Apparate at Hogwarts. There’s nothing in either the books or movies that says that Ministry officials are able to Apparate onto Hogwarts grounds. It may be said in the new movie that the Ministry of Magic has the power to bypass protection from Appariti...

> The virtual Hogwarts on Pottermore (available to anyone with an account has a bridge that matches the one in the trailer as the entrance.
That may include texts as well
absolutely not sure, though
@Jenayah Gםמק מם'
@Alex what you said
Argh, language mixup again.
Heh! Good to know I'm not the only one who does that. ;)
That should have said "gone now".
7:57 PM
Q: Short story about a private investigator with amnesia who forgets everything when he goes to sleep

Admiral JotaI think I read this story online, probably in the 90's. Given that, it may have been posted to Usenet. The protagonist is a man with a form of amnesia where every time he goes to sleep, he forgets everything that's happened to him from a particular point forward. He copes with this by labeling t...

Q: Short story about memory eraser

CarfilhiotI have been trying (and failing) to identify a short story which I first read in a 1970s anthology. It was science fiction with a touch of horror and centred around the invention and abuse of a selective memory erasing device. At the end of the story everyone in Britain had been fitted with the ...

Q: What's so special about Harry Potter?

Neel DayalWhat 'uncommon skill or power' does Harry have? Is it just that he can love? Can't many people do that. Most of us. Most of us do not like to kill. Some of us find it outright abhorrent, some cannot actually go through with it like Draca Malfoy. But most of us wouldn't want to split our soul int...

@Alex well, my "removed" post just above yours was about that too eheh
I really have to stop posting here while answering a question on Mi Yodeya.
Or just remember to always check what keyboard you're on...
Or just always write in capitals, that'll help too.
@Jenayah Do you not want me to remove those messages as well?
@Mithrandir do as you wish, I don't really care
@Mithrandir I think I'd prefer a meaningless stream of Hebrew characters once in a while than to continuously sound like Mrs. Black.
8:24 PM
@Marvin "Draca Malfoy"?
@b_jonas Draco's younger sister.
8:46 PM
@Jenayah just the general template I use and makes the excerpt more explicit but it isn’t necessary
why tf is the queue being flooded with tag edits for obscure, single used, tags?
@TheLethalCarrot okep
@amflare I plead guilty
I try to edit in excerpt on tags that miss one and update the relevant franchise tags that go along
As it doesn't bump to the homepage unlike post edits, and leads to having relatively coherent tags, that doesn't feel like a bad thing
(although "relatively coherent tags" and SFF don't always get along ahah)
@amflare You have the option to skip them.
Q: Why is the Thirteen Doctor acting so funny? Regeneration Theory

Doctor John SmithI believe that this newest incarnation of the Doctor isn’t acting like his normal self, and yes I say his because I have a theory. Now I love Doctor Who, but season 11 isn’t good. There’s no overlaying plot, and just politics everywhere. I have no issue with politics in media, as long as you do i...

I mean, if that annoys anyone you tell me, but I don't think that's really a problem?
8:59 PM
I know I didn't answer your question. I was merely pointing out that there doesn't seem to be a downside to it.
9:11 PM
I did VTC that in queue but fat fingered it.. before anyone asks
Nov 27 at 14:12, by TheLethalCarrot
Ah gotcha, I do that a lot too on mobile
That falls under recommendations? scifi.stackexchange.com/q/152827/98028
9:30 PM
@Jenayah It seems objective enough to not be.
(And specific enough to not be too broad.)
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10:37 PM
Could be tweaked with the workaround
Q: Fictional graphical "history" of spaceflight book from early 1980's that covers the years 2000-2100

HaydentechA friend lent me an interesting book in about 1985 that was a fictional history of spaceflight from 2000-2100. It was a largish book, with full-color full-page graphics, with only a couple paragraphs of explanitory notes per page. It covered our contact with Alpha Centauri, the development of v...

10:52 PM
@Jenayah I don't think it's specifically asking for the history. I think it's more just asking if there are any stories at all featuring such a concept.
Sure, but those are usually reworked with the "first instance of" to aviod it being closed as too broad
It's cheating, granted.
Well I guess the first instance of it would by definition answer the question of any instance of it, though it might limit other answers that people assume are not the first instance.
Interesting. My earlier comment has two stars, but all the surrounding comments have been removed so there is absolutely no context to what my comment is talking about.
Nov 28 at 20:34, by Alex
@Jenayah Context is overrrated.
@Jenayah It's overrated when I'm trying to make it seem like you insulted me. I don't know if it's always overrated.
11:08 PM
that's convenient :P
I'm willing to make allowances for you as well, depending on the situation.
Gonna have to define "allowance" in this context (no pun intended) as the only usage I know is for money parents give to their kids once a week/month :P
First definition here:
@Jenayah According to my big Oxford that's on the shelf next to me, allowance |> noun 1 the amount of something that is permitted, especially within a set of regulations or for a specified purpose: your baggage allowance. [] [two irrelevant defs] 2 a sum of money paid regularly to a person to meet needs or expenses: the elderly receive a heating allowance every winter. [] (chiefly N. Amer.) a small amount of money given regularly to a child by its parents.
3 [mass noun] (archaic) tolerance: *the allowance of slavery in the south. |> verb [verb definitions] - PHRASES make allowance(s) for 1 take into consideration when planning something. 2 treat leniently on account of mitigating circumstances. - ORIGIN [etymology]
The noun definition 2 is the one you've mentioned, and the one under PHRASES is what you're looking for here.
@Alex What dictionary is that from?
@b_jonas Not sure. It's the top result from googling the word "allowance".
11:23 PM
@Alex Thanks, I was too lazy to Google :P you may downvote for "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful"
@Jenayah You could google, but you often wouldn't get such good definitions as in my Oxfords and Longmans.
@Jenayah No problem. Ironically, the word apparently comes from French.
@Alex The first instance would not answer the question any other instances of it, if the instance referred to was in fact the first instance.
You'd find Webster style definitions, which suck, they only work if you already know the meaning of every other word.
I've ranted about it much so I won't start again now.
@RDFozz Fair point.
11:24 PM
@b_jonas yup, that's clearer, thanks :)
@Alex ah, "allouer" I'd guess
As I've brought in similar circumstances on a different stack - it seems to me that "Does X exist" isn't overly broad, in that the first answer that shows evidence of at least 1 X existing answers the question.
I believe the complaint that others mentioned was that it does not necessarily deter others from choosing to provide additional examples, where you could wind up with (say) 47 distinct yet all equally valid answers.
@Jenayah Indeed:
@Alex I omitted the etymology information from the dictionary.
@RDFozz I imagine there must be some line, even if somewhat arbitrary. Just like a story-identification might fit more than one story, but if there are so few details that it could fit dozens of stories it would probably be too broad.
@Alex eh, back in the old days where it only had one l :p
11:28 PM
@Alex And here I thought that meant to pluck.
Alouette, gentille alouette, Alouette, je te plumerai.
@Alex That's badly written story-id questions. We have a lot of them.
@RDFozz Don't you ducking dare put that song in my head ><
They mention a trope and sometimes whether it was on TV or book, and that's all. They're terrible.
Wait, Alouette is "pretty birdie" I think; the "plumerai" is to pluck.
11:30 PM
But those don't generally get upvoted, except in the few cases when OP goes back to edit in significant details.
@Jenayah Sorry - at least I try to mentally turn it into English, so the true grotesqueness of it sticks out.
^ to me, I mean - for you, the French version is entirely gross enough, I'm sure.
@Jenayah Although, the correct response would have been a stage direction to myself: namely:
@RDFozz No worries :P
@RDFozz oh shit, I must have done way too much Smalltalk lately, because your myself: namely: immediately read as a keyword message

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