In this episode of the quarterly highlights, I go Crazy Eddie with user flair.
On Dagobah, do what, did Yoda? was asked by enderland and answered by MichaelT. To the tune of 101 votes.
Eowyn12 asked Harry Potter: Why 7? which was answered by rand al’thor, for 138 votes.
With an astounding 192,299 views, Who was the old man at the beginning of The Force Awakens? was asked by Ivo Beckers and answered by DVK.
The runner up for both top question and top answer belongs to Does Katniss depict proper handling of a bow? asked by Himarm and answered by rand al’thor.
The second most viewed question, with what would normally be a very respectable 50,299 views, but looks pathetic compared to the top question, was Is there evidence to suggest that Supreme Leader Snoke is Darth Plagueis? asked by hawkeye and answered by DVK.
My favorite question was probably:
I know that some users dislike these type of ID questions, but something fun happened with that one.
The answer was made into a community wiki and there was a strong collaboration between chatters and commenters to attempt to identify all the works. The artist was even contacted, but provided an incomplete list! So, we still haven’t been able to identify all the vessels.
Working with the rest of the community to come up with guesses and confirmations for the guesses was a lot of fun, for me. It help bolster my sense of involvement with other active members, test my Sci-Fi knowledge and my Google-fu.
This is really my favourite, as everyone drops into Yoda-talk so readily, with no questions asked.
Praxis’ answer to my ‘Star Trek Selfie’ question deserves a mention. +1 for going above and beyond with some original research
I thought my own answer to this one was nicely comprehensive
and proving to DVK that there’s no kill like overkill, quoting an answer from 7 different sources (including 3 different graphic novels of the same film, two different versions of the script as well as the FBI website)
Not to blow my own trumpet, but if there was a special prize for “taking one for the team” (28 downvotes and counting), I deserve it for asking …
- Does Lucius Malfoy have a wand inside his cane in the books?
It was fun to answer… and it showcases that films can in some cases have improvements over books.
Because I never before realized what a den of scum and villainly Hogwarts is.
Because of awesome illustrations.
Because I love the idea of ivory-tower Math professors in TGFFA.
Plus, I totally ascribe to myself the credit for turning poor rambling question with -5 score into a good one (-5/+8).
Because when I found the answer it was so totally unexpected.
Because it let me in on an awesome fan theory I was missing out on.
Because this is the First Ever question on this site that is actually on-topic according to StackExcahange standards of “Please post actual problems you are facing”, as our Site Tour insists
- Tooting my own horn, the canonical answer I compiled to What is Orson Scott Card’s position on discrepancies between various Enderverse books? – which basically addresses about 10-30% of all Ender’s Game questions on this site in one fell swoop
To honor Episode VII: The Lens Flares, the canonical answer to What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?”.
“Fairy-tale rubbish” is my phrase of the year!
This answer MUST get a mention:
This question used to be the highest-voted question on the Unanswered tab, by a factor of about 3, until Kyle Hale solved it with his first (and so far only) post on SFF. He’s earned more rep from a single post than anyone else on SFF, by far, and this answer has earned more rep in bounties than any other answer on the SE network! The answering of this question was such a landmark in the history of the site that it inspired its own blog post.
Although I’m not personally a fan of Star Wars, there have been some exceptional answers in this tag (along with a lot of very bad questions and answers, admittedly) in the last month, including the following gems from DVK:
- How many times was Obi-Wan less than honest with Luke?
In the obligatory ‘tooting my own horn’ section, I’m going to mention a couple of answers into which I put an enormous amount of time and effort without getting that much of a reward votes-wise:
- What language does Neri from “Ocean Girl” speak?
- Was the location of the portal to Landover in “Magic Kingdom for Sale — SOLD!” an actual site in Virginia?
This question about Tolkien generated some very interesting results; researching it, as well as reading the excellent answers from Wad Cheber and Jason Baker, taught me a huge amount:
This question deserves a special mention, as answering it enabled me to discover a new fantasy novel I hadn’t heard of, which I’ve now bought myself for Christmas and started reading:
(So answering questions on works you’ve never read can serve a practical purpose as well as helping others!)