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22nd Jun '16 7:26:41 PM nombretomado
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* Kotetsu T. Kaburagi's age appears to be something that will always remain a mystery for ''TigerAndBunny'' fans. First it was 37. Then it was somewhere between 32 and 36. Then 39. Finally, Ozaki said his age is something that has been left up to the viewers to determine...

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* Kotetsu T. Kaburagi's age appears to be something that will always remain a mystery for ''TigerAndBunny'' ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' fans. First it was 37. Then it was somewhere between 32 and 36. Then 39. Finally, Ozaki said his age is something that has been left up to the viewers to determine...
14th Jun '16 4:32:49 PM PixelKnight
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*** Why Gamzee is nearly impossible to kill.
14th Jun '16 4:30:55 PM PixelKnight
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*** Why Gamzee is nearly impossible to kill.
12th Jun '16 6:04:04 PM nombretomado
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* As for the cause of the zombie plague in ''TheWalkingDead'', Robert Kirkman has said:

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* As for the cause of the zombie plague in ''TheWalkingDead'', ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'', Robert Kirkman has said:
11th Jun '16 12:47:15 PM Vios
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* '''It's better left ambiguous.''' Maybe the plot point in question was ''supposed'' to be [[NoEnding ambiguous]] or [[MindScrew senseless]]. Creators may think that [[RuleOfFunny it's funnier]] [[NoodleIncident that way]], or that [[RuleOfScary it's scarier]] [[NothingIsScarier that way]], or that ambiguity feels realistic (because RealLife isn't perfectly neat and organized with no mysteries). They may think that overanalysing things detracts from them, disliking meticulous FanWank and its older brother, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic overzealous, full-time, academic literary analysis]]. Some creators may enjoy leaving ambiguity intact because [[TeasingCreator just like being contrary]] and [[TrollingCreator watching their fans squirm.]]

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* '''It's better left ambiguous.''' Maybe the plot point in question was ''supposed'' to be [[NoEnding ambiguous]] or [[MindScrew senseless]]. Creators may think that [[RuleOfFunny it's funnier]] [[NoodleIncident that way]], or that [[RuleOfScary it's scarier]] [[NothingIsScarier that way]], or that ambiguity feels realistic (because RealLife isn't perfectly neat and organized with no mysteries). They may think that overanalysing things detracts from them, disliking meticulous FanWank and its older brother, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic overzealous, full-time, academic literary analysis]]. Some creators may enjoy leaving ambiguity intact because they [[TeasingCreator just like being contrary]] and [[TrollingCreator watching their fans squirm.]]
9th Jun '16 8:35:38 PM Vios
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Before you get angry at them for being evasive, remember that they may have a reason for their ambiguity. Maybe:
# It's an ongoing series, and the question will be answered in an upcoming episode.
# It's an ongoing series, and although there are no immediate plans to answer the question in an upcoming episode, the author wants to leave their options open for addressing it at some point in the future.
# The series isn't running at the moment, but could be continued or spun off from in the future, and the author wants to leave their options open.
# The plot point in question was ''supposed'' to be [[NoEnding ambiguous]] or [[MindScrew senseless]]. The fans are supposed to come up with [[EpilepticTrees their]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory own]] [[WildMassGuessing answers]]. ''[[TheWalrusWasPaul Sheesh]].''
# The author(s) don't want to say anything because the answer is actually hidden within the work and he/she/they want the fans to be attentive and uncover it for themselves (or don't feel that he/she/they should have to just give up the secret willy-nilly considering all the hard work they did to cleverly interweave it into the narrative). Can overlap with # 4 but differs from it in that a definitive answer to the question ''does'' actually exist.
# The possible answers to the question have sparked much [[FlameWar debate]] amongst the fandom, and the author realizes that coming down on either side will provoke a [[BrokenBase backlash]].
# The question is about some detail completely tangential to the story which the author(s) never considered. Sure, it would be cool if the author would just [[AssPull make up answers on the spot]] to questions about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters supporting character #23's]] favorite pizza topping, but you can hardly blame the author who doesn't.
# The creator(s) thinks ambiguity feels realistic; after all, RealLife isn't perfectly neat and organized with no mysteries.
# The creator(s) firmly believe in the DeathOfTheAuthor theory and don't feel their interpretations are any more valid than anyone else's.
# The writer honestly doesn't remember anymore what he was thinking when he wrote that particular bit.
# The question is (and it ''[[FreudWasRight frequently]]'' is), "So what were Alice and Bob ''really'' doing [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar while off-camera]] after that {{UST}}-filled scene?", and the writer can't answer truthfully without MoralGuardians (or worse, {{shipp|ing}}ers) screaming for his head on the chopping block.
# The writer is just [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants making it up as they go]] and honestly has no more idea what's going on than any of the viewers.
# The writer actually dislikes meticulous FanWank and its older brother, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic overzealous, full-time, academic literary analysis]], whether or not it is related to his works.
# The writer is trying to enforce a FanworkBan and thinks the information would be more useful to fanfic authors than to anyone else.
# The question has religious, political, or otherwise controversial implications that the authors would really rather avoid. ("Does God actually exist in [[FantasyKitchenSink this setting]]?", for example.)
# The author [[OldShame wishes that he never wrote whatever the question pertains to]], and would rather just [[CanonDiscontinuity pretend it never happened]].
# [[RuleOfFunny It's funnier]] [[NoodleIncident that way]].
# [[RuleOfScary It's scarier]] [[NothingIsScarier that way.]]
# The writers [[TeasingCreator just like being contrary]] and [[TrollingCreator watching their fans squirm.]]
# The writer really doesn't know the answer.

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Before you get angry at them for being evasive, remember that they may have a reason for their ambiguity. Maybe:
# It's an ongoing series, and
ambiguity.
* '''Saving it for
the question will be answered future.''' Maybe the creators plan to address the point in an upcoming episode.
# It's an ongoing series, and although there are no immediate plans
instalment/spin-off/revival/etc., or at least want to retain the option to do so. If so, they won't want to give the answer the question in an upcoming episode, the author wants away yet. Alternatively, they may wish to leave their options open for addressing it at some point in the future.
# The series isn't running at the moment, but could be continued or spun off
stop ''other'' people from in writing about it, such as when they try to enforce a FanworkBan by not handing people information which would be more useful to fanfic authors than to anyone else.
* '''It's better left ambiguous.''' Maybe
the future, and the author wants to leave their options open.
# The
plot point in question was ''supposed'' to be [[NoEnding ambiguous]] or [[MindScrew senseless]]. The fans are supposed to come up with [[EpilepticTrees their]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory own]] [[WildMassGuessing answers]]. ''[[TheWalrusWasPaul Sheesh]].''
# The author(s) don't want to say anything because the answer is actually hidden within the work and he/she/they want the fans to be attentive and uncover it for themselves (or don't feel
Creators may think that he/she/they should have to just give up the secret willy-nilly considering all the hard work they did to cleverly interweave it into the narrative). Can overlap with # 4 but differs from it in [[RuleOfFunny it's funnier]] [[NoodleIncident that a definitive answer to the question ''does'' actually exist.
# The possible answers to the question have sparked much [[FlameWar debate]] amongst the fandom, and the author realizes
way]], or that coming down on either side will provoke a [[BrokenBase backlash]].
# The question is about some detail completely tangential to the story which the author(s) never considered. Sure, it would be cool if the author would just [[AssPull make up answers on the spot]] to questions about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters supporting character #23's]] favorite pizza topping, but you can hardly blame the author who doesn't.
# The creator(s) thinks
[[RuleOfScary it's scarier]] [[NothingIsScarier that way]], or that ambiguity feels realistic; after all, realistic (because RealLife isn't perfectly neat and organized with no mysteries.
# The creator(s) firmly believe in the DeathOfTheAuthor theory and don't feel their interpretations are any more valid than anyone else's.
# The writer honestly doesn't remember anymore what he was thinking when he wrote
mysteries). They may think that particular bit.
# The question is (and it ''[[FreudWasRight frequently]]'' is), "So what were Alice and Bob ''really'' doing [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar while off-camera]] after that {{UST}}-filled scene?", and the writer can't answer truthfully without MoralGuardians (or worse, {{shipp|ing}}ers) screaming for his head on the chopping block.
# The writer is just [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants making it up as they go]] and honestly has no more idea what's going on than any of the viewers.
# The writer actually dislikes
overanalysing things detracts from them, disliking meticulous FanWank and its older brother, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic overzealous, full-time, academic literary analysis]], whether or not it is related to his works.
# The writer is trying to enforce a FanworkBan and thinks the information would be more useful to fanfic authors than to anyone else.
# The question has religious, political, or otherwise controversial implications that the authors would really rather avoid. ("Does God actually exist in [[FantasyKitchenSink this setting]]?", for example.)
# The author [[OldShame wishes that he never wrote whatever the question pertains to]], and would rather
analysis]]. Some creators may enjoy leaving ambiguity intact because [[TeasingCreator just [[CanonDiscontinuity pretend it never happened]].
# [[RuleOfFunny It's funnier]] [[NoodleIncident that way]].
# [[RuleOfScary It's scarier]] [[NothingIsScarier that way.
like being contrary]] and [[TrollingCreator watching their fans squirm.]]
# The writers [[TeasingCreator * '''Find your own answers.''' Maybe the creators don't want to say anything because the answer is actually hidden within the work and he/she/they want the fans to be attentive and uncover it for themselves (or don't feel that he/she/they should have to just like being contrary]] give up the secret willy-nilly considering all the hard work they did to cleverly interweave it into the narrative). Even if the answer ''isn't'' out there, creators may still want the fans to come up with [[EpilepticTrees their]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory own]] [[WildMassGuessing answers]] (''[[TheWalrusWasPaul Sheesh]].''). Some may firmly believe in the DeathOfTheAuthor theory and [[TrollingCreator watching not feel their fans squirm.]]
#
interpretations are any more valid than anyone else's.
* '''Shrugging is safer.''' Maybe the possible answers to the question are sufficiently controversial that coming down on either side will provoke a backlash.
The writer plot point may have sparked enough [[FlameWar debate]] in the fandom that ''any'' answer will cause a BrokenBase, or the issue may be particularly heated due to having religious, political, or otherwise controversial implications that the authors would really doesn't know rather avoid (such as "Does God actually exist in [[FantasyKitchenSink this setting]]?"). Fending off attacks by MoralGuardians (or worse, {{shipp|ing}}ers) may require a shrug when the answer.
question is (and it ''[[FreudWasRight frequently]]'' is), "So what were Alice and Bob ''really'' doing [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar while off-camera]] after that {{UST}}-filled scene?" and a truthful answer would result people screaming for the creator's head on the chopping block. Sometimes, it's the entire work that is tricky, with creators [[OldShame wishing that they never wrote it]] and hoping to just [[CanonDiscontinuity pretend it never happened]].
* '''No idea, sorry.''' Maybe the creators genuinely don't have an answer. For example, they might honestly not remember anymore what they were thinking when they wrote that particular bit, or they might be just [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants making it up as they go]] and have no more idea what's going on than any of the viewers. Sometimes, the question is about some detail completely tangential to the story which the author(s) never considered, and although it might be cool if the author would just [[AssPull make up answers on the spot]] to questions about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters supporting character #23's]] favorite pizza topping, you can hardly blame the author who doesn't.



* Creator/DavidWeber's signature "Tum, te, tum, te, tum" non-answer anytime a type 1/2 comes up in the forums.

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* Creator/DavidWeber's signature "Tum, te, tum, te, tum" non-answer anytime a type 1/2 something he plans to address in the future comes up in the forums.



* Creator/DanSchneider, the creator of ''Series/ICarly'' follows this trope to a fault, with years worth of examples of him following Type 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 15 and 17. Mostly because of Shipping. Ask him anything about shipping, it'll be a miracle if you get a straight answer.

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* Creator/DanSchneider, the creator of ''Series/ICarly'' follows this trope to a fault, with years worth of examples of him following Type 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 15 and 17.examples. Mostly because of Shipping. Ask him anything about shipping, it'll be a miracle if you get a straight answer.
30th May '16 2:15:34 AM HopeFox
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* Jeff Lynee of Music/ElectricLightOrchestra says that he doesn't actually know whether the time travel plot of their concept album ''Time'' really happened or was just a dream.
29th May '16 2:01:01 PM Sharlee
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** Early products and novels for ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' deliberately refrained from offering more than cursory information on the nation of Sembia, specifically stating that this was so individual [=DMs=] could do whatever the heck they wanted with the place.
24th May '16 12:42:33 AM Bosco13
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* RobertZemeckis and BobGale have created a ''BackToTheFuture'' [[http://bttf.wikidot.com/official-bttf-faq FAQ that answers a lot of fan questions]] they've got over the years. Some of the questions have three or four possible answers and we aren't told which are canon.

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* RobertZemeckis and BobGale Bob Gale have created a ''BackToTheFuture'' [[http://bttf.wikidot.com/official-bttf-faq FAQ that answers a lot of fan questions]] they've got over the years. Some of the questions have three or four possible answers and we aren't told which are canon.
24th May '16 12:41:55 AM Bosco13
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* RobertZemeckis and BobGale have created a ''BackToTheFuture'' [[http://bttf.wikidot.com/official-bttf-faq FAQ that answers a lot of fan questions]] they've got over the years. Some of the questions have three or four possible answers and we aren't told which are canon.
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