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God shuffled His feet
And glanced around
At them
The people cleared their throats
And stared right back
At Him
Crash Test Dummies, "God Shuffled His Feet"

I like the idea that the answers are not given, but imagined. You can create the answers yourself. Whatever you think probably happened, probably did, but even I'm not really sure.
Sharon Draper

Why do we have to come up with all the answers? People think we have all the answers. We don't. We're just the creators. We don't know what we're doing.
Avatar: The Last Airbender creators cartoon

"The primary source of consternation plucked from that Q&A was the “revelation” that Gamzee is short.
Which was obviously a 4 THE LAFFS answer.
The real answer is
I don’t give a shit about how tall anybody is."
Andrew Hussie, via Tumblr

"What will Yellowfang's Secret be about?"
"Yellowfang will be in it. She will have a secret. Bad things will happen."
Vicky Holmes, answering a fan on her Facebook page

"It means I never have to work again."
Don McLean, on the meaning of "American Pie"

Q: Are we really supposed to believe that Zerg Warhounds are now biological units that can morph into structures?
A: Yes! It’s all very complicated and it involves Ribosomes.

But I don't know what this is.
— Author Mercury-the-Queen, about their poem "tonight I am old again".

"Keith isn't imaginary, except, well, it is a video game, so it’s all imaginary"
Gabe Newell, on Keith from Left 4 Dead 2

Go not to the writer for advice for she will say both 'yes' and 'no' and 'wait two seconds while I come up with some proto-canonical material that I've never had reason or opportunity to mention to anybody before'.
Diane Duane answering a question on Tumblr [1]

"Well, I could answer it, but that would be contrary to the spirit of storytelling that caused you to write this post in the first place!"
Matt Colville, in response to a fan thread about the monster's origins, Evolve

"So, I'll give you a serious-ish answer now, actually: We don't really have one.
Lemme explain - this is just one ancillary detail-related query in a long line of such things where quite often, there is pretty much nothing to gain by answering it. In fact, sometimes it's only an unnecessary risk. I'll use your question as an example; There's no real presence accounted for of the Olympics in the Halo fiction (no real need to so far, really lol). So I could give you an answer about the Games' place in the universe and its evolution into the sporting future, but we'd just be making one up strictly for the goal of "answering the question."
But let's say one day for some reason, we find a proper story reason to involve the Olympics (I have no idea why, just go with me), but it doesn't mesh well with the arbitrary answer we gave on some forum or blog - now we either retcon it (which goes over oh so well usually), or we shoehorn it in potentially to the detriment of the original idea. There's just very little reward to the risk.
Now, I'll be honest, that's not to say that there haven't been times where we do due diligence to answer community-requested questions or provide info, we just have to be far more choosy than folks would likely imagine - and for a myriad of reasons.
Jeff Easterling/GrimBrother One replying to a question on the existence of the Olympic Games in the 26th century of Halo.

"Cause there was the original Frozen, which I don't even remember what that song's even about. It must be about somebody being cold? I don't remember."

"I hear JRR Tolkein used to get asked about the Misty Mountains, who lived there, what was there, etc, and he used to say he didn't know, and shouldn't. They are there for the express purpose of being ominous and unknown. The story does not concern them. Moebius also said he prefers to leave most of his setting completely unfurnished, as it allows a space for the reader to mentally insert themselves and explore. I tend to agree. Point being, if you are curious about very specific details of the KSBD setting, you are my favorite person, but I honestly often do not know the answer, and I think your answer will be better than mine."

K25fF: "Like I said, maybe".
The Chiasmata Discord

"Thank you for playing Magicami. It's Magicami support speaking! We will reply to you with this message about "Eliza's bust size" that you inquired about. When (censored user's name) asked about the bust size of Eliza, it was 85 in the character introduction on the official website and 83 in the in-game character introduction. As (censored user's name) said, the size has changed ...! Did her mind grow and her body grow in the battle ... Or the thickness of the underwear she wore at the time of measurement? Is it in the shadow ... Maybe Eliza looks good and insists that she's bigger than before ...! I'd like to confirm with her, but it's a sensitive part, so that's it. Let's leave it as it is. We hope that you will continue to protect the growth of the magical girls' minds and bodies with warm eyes. If you have any other questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your interest in "Magicami"!"
Studio MGCM officials' response to someone from Twitter.

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