This is a quick way to expand the scope of the site and generate new questions and answers.
How it works: One topic will be designated each week. Each person who asks a question relating to that topic will be eligible to win a prize. The current topic is listed below.
How to enter: Ask a question relating to the topic of the week, and tag it accordingly. Each question you ask will get you one entry into a random drawing to win a sci-fi item of your choice from your local Amazon (under $50). The question must not be closed or deleted to be eligible. Users may only win a topic contest once a month. Users will be informed of the month's topics in advance.
Choosing the topic of the week: If you have suggestions for a future topic, please leave them as answers to this post. Topics must be trackable with a tag, meaning that specific authors, books, television shows, movies and franchises are encouraged. Basically anything that currently has a tag is probably fair game. Topics will be chosen based on either their timely and increased notoriety or to expand the Sci-Fi's content and scope.
Current Topic: INDEFINITE HIATUS
At this moment and for the foreseeable future, I will not be able to run any Topic of the Week endeavors. That does not mean that the site can't have Topic of the Week contests, especially since people still seem very keen on them. These can still happen, they will just have to be run by you, the community. I pass along my power to you! That does mean that there will no longer be a prize awarded by Stack Exchange, which I hope isn't a massive deterrent.
I apologize for not including this earlier; my haste caused me to not expand. My co-worker Laura summed this up pretty well on the Cooking site, when their TOTW was discontinued. For the most part, the reasons are the same. A $50 a week prize for the contest that results in-between 5-7 questions a week isn't that sustainable on our end. But the best thing, truthfully, is that Sci-Fi doesn't really need it as much as it did 8 months ago. The site is showing exponential growth and diversification, to the point where we on our end don't feel you need us nudging you along. Y'all are doing great on your own!
But you also aren't alone! If the community wants to keep going with the TOTW, then please do! It should just now be controlled organically from the community. And if the community needs advice or input from SE, please ping me!
- The Hunger Games (Jan 6-13), won by thedaian
- Underworld (Jan 16-22), won by DavRob60
- Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Next Level (Jan 23-29), won by TangoOversway
- Avatar: The Last Airbender (Jan 30-Feb 5), won by Origami Robot
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (Feb 6-12), won by Slytherincess
- The Walking Dead (Feb 13-19), won by Beofett
- Being Human (Feb 20-26), won by Kevin Howell
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons 1 & 2 (Feb 27-Mar 4), won by Tony Meyer
- John Carter/Barsoom (Mar 5-11), won by TangoOversway
- Marvel's the Avengers (Mar 12-18), won by Pureferret
- Robert A. Heinlein (Mar 19-25), won by DVK
- Farscape (Mar 26-Apr 1), won by The Doctor
- Game of Thrones (Apr 2-Apr 15), won by DavRob60
- The Legend of Korra (Apr 16-Apr 29), won by OghmaOsiris
- Video Games (Apr 30-May6), won by Joe Wreschnig
- Futurama (June 13-20), won by DavRob60