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Why asking for the details isn't always a good idea

Over the years I've read WB questions that were very generic in nature, and others that wanted the ugly details. A handful prompted my post about running to the patent office because the details would ...
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Why was the jaguar armour question closed?

Would a taxidermied jaguar make decent armour? The question was closed without explanation, and I am making a Meta post hoping to find out why. Questions along the lines of "would this material ...
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Jittery scrolling in Safari on macOS

The scrolling on worldbuilding.SE and its meta is very unpleasant on macOS Safari. It's like it's running at low fps. For over 2 years we still have this bug in macOS Safari where worldbuilding.SE (...
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Speculative History Discussion

So this is a chatroom I created a while ago about "what would hve happened if something happened differently"-type stuff. It's on the History community, but it could be useful for ...
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Could the mods check this out - did I just cast two consecutive close votes on the same question?

This question, turned up in my feed, I imediatley commented and voted to close as NAW. A couple of minutes later it turned-up in the close-question review queue. I again voted to close. Both times it (...
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Advice concerning questions asking HOW to implement a technological procedure or device

Though not terribly common, there are occasionally questions where the querent asks either how to implement technology or whether or not their suggested implementation is viable, practical, feasible, ...
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How many rep to remove “new contributor” tag?

I'm relatively new to SE, and I have 185 reputation on the main worldbuilding exchange. I wanted to know: Is the "new contributor" thing tied to reputation? And if so, how much do I need to ...
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Is necroing a question really okay?

Sometimes I see really old questions get brought back up to the top. Sometimes it is beneficial since there are lots of answers and quite a few useful bits of info in them, but in other cases, they ...
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'Uncomfortable' questions

I wonder if a question that touches on 'uncomfortable' topics should be deemed as 'Not suitable for this site' and closed as happened to this question about readily accessible drugs that can be used ...
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Is it possible and reasonable to add “This is a high concept question” to the list of community-specific reasons to close a question?

Edit: An incredibly valuable example of why we should add "This is a high concept question" to the VTC reasons is this question: What would happen if the salt in the oceans disappeared? The ...
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Would it be on topic to build a castle, question by question?

So, my question Where and how do I build a castle? got closed. Probably because it was thought to be a dupe of: Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology - Nope, I do ...
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Bug in dollar sign + link preview

I had an issue with a link to $37 billion. The preview - there and here - works just fine. But after the post is made, it no longer displays right. This can be fixed - more or less - with \$37 ...
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Messed Up a Question

I confused two ideas when asking a question, and I want to edit it to reflect what I actually meant. But two people already answered and I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do that. Can I? I'd hate to spam ...
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My [neural-network] suggests to burninate this tag

While looking for tags appropriate for my new question I came across neural-network tag. Currently, it only have a single question (closed as off-topic) and no description. On said question, it doesn'...
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Closed question “This question needs details or clarity” but without explanation of what should be more detailed of clarified

This question has been closed with the reason: "This question needs details or clarity" I had already replied in the comments some clarifications. It is not clear to me though what further ...
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Should we think long and hard about [sex]?

(pun in title intended) There is a question posted about intimate relationship between members of different species: What would be the most comfortable position for mermaids and humans to engage in ...
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What should be done with tag darwiniv?

Today I noticed that there are some questions using the tag darwiniv The questions are all asked by the same user, and revolve around that planet. How do you feel about the tag, and what should be ...
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Is it possible to make an edit and put it in the review queue (after gaining the auto-approve privilege)?

Okay, silly billy question, but it seems that because I have a high-enough score, my edits on questions and answers which are not mine are auto-approved. But if I wish to just have a second opinion ...
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How to hide closed questions when searching for questions to answer

It seems many of the questions here end up closed. Having most of my searches consist largely of closed questions makes finding questions I can answer even harder and more tedious. (Rarely will will a ...
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Are there no universe factory editors anymore?

Around a 10 months ago I made a post asking about what happened to universe factory. HDE 226868♦ informed me that he was really the only editor left and that activity had died down due to a few things....
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Is WB going to be opting-in to the new editor?

I noticed that SE is testing out a new rich text editor, similar to the one used by Reddit. Will the beta be available in Worldbuilding, or will we need to wait until it gets out of testing?
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Are nick names the place for propaganda

As I got more information on the situation, I'm able now to formulate the question, originally was point C in that question. originally it was asked as follows: what it all about for reinstating ...
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would like have some clarifications on what's going on here and on wb in general

there are few aspects on which would like to have some clarifications. A I would like to see how those two questions are duplicate: How much would take and cost to construct a building/tower that ...
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Do atmospheric physics questions fit here?

Questions I have asked in Physics Stack Exchange were closed and I was referred to Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. Does questions regarding evaporation from the oceans fit here? I am going to ask about ...
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Can I post tidbits of lore from the world I'm building here for feedback, or is this more about asking about the worldbuilding itself? [duplicate]

I'm working on a world that I'd like to make into a video game someday. I'd like a place to post information about it so I can get feedback, suggestions, etc. Is this the place for that? If not, where ...
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I think I got a badge by mistake

I got the steward badge twice for reviewing the closure queue. I enjoy getting them as much as Muttley does, but I want to earn them fairly. I thought it was given only once per queue, and even if it ...
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Why? What? A quick refresher on suspended accounts

Preface The main motivation for this is an explanation request received from a user after being contacted from a mod. Since the explanation for the user, which is the core of what is written below, ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Minimum necessary context for answering questions and interlinked questions on Worldbuilding SE

Something I've noticed recently on Worldbuilding SE is an increase in the number of interlinked questions that require reading the parent question in order to get complete context for answering the ...
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Synonymizing the werewolf and shape-shifters tag

We currently have two tags, werewolf and shapeshifters, which have a very large amount of overlap with the former more or less being a subset of the latter. There are only seven questions on the ...
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Creating a specific tag for questions set in a “real world” or “real world”-esque setting

A lot of stories are set in worlds that are like reality unless noted. These are settings in which the geopolitical situation is virtually identical to the modern world (minus the presence of a few ...
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What would you have wanted to know at the beginning?

You're a seasoned worldbuilder. We're about to embark on our first build. What are some of the most crucial things you've learned that you wish you knew at the start?
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Debate on the relevance of law-related questions

I've seen a couple law-related questions closed recently for being "not worldbuilding", not all of them my own, so I would appreciate a clarification of the rules. I have identified several ...
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Is there any way to make this question on-topic?

So, you know the whole "If humans play Dungeons and Dragons, what would dragons play?" joke. You probably also know that I made a question about it. Would the "Rule Lawyers" pen-...
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What does “hidden gems” mean in the Late Answers review queue?

When I'm in the Late Answers review queue on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, it says to "watch for hidden gems." What does that mean?
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Should Tag Synonyms require Moderator Approval As well as a Rating of 4?

As an aside, I notice there's a tag named, "tag" which is not a synonym of, "tags." I would suggest making it a synonym via the site-feature I just got as a privilege... but I can'...
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Are we too harsh on the so-called “opinion-based” questions?

Let me start from the disclaimer that I understand perfectly well that questions like "what color an invading alien armada spaceships would be" or "what would my superhero decide to do ...
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A proposal to establish policy regarding the torture and execution tags

Although most questions tagged torture and execution are unquestionably well within the scope of Worldbuilding, some were or might have been inappropriate causing a discussion about the validity of ...
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How can laser color printers weigh far less?

I have a question about my Worldbuilding Stack Exchange post: How can laser color printers weigh far less? How can I make this on topic, please? If I had an answer to this I would make money out of ...
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Are there any countries as “worldbuilding” as Australia?

Just a curious Australian. Are there any other countries that get referenced as frequently as Australia does? Australia got mentioned in an answer yesterday to "How can massive forest burning be ...
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Modifying the Evolution tag wiki

I believe I've finally figured out why I dislike "How can X evolve?" questions and what to do about it. I believe the proposal would help with the questions tremendously — at least if anyone ...
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Is WB.SE participating in the Hat Contest?

Good news! The Winter Bash has started! Will WB.SE be participating this year?
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Hacking concerns

I have noticed that many of my questions on Quora and things from files on my home pc seem to keep popping up on this site, as if someone on here has been watching me and they are not making it a ...
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Are there any standards for quality here?

Yet again, we have a question tagged science-based that falls under "evidently impossible with 5 minutes of basic research" category. Not only is it allowed to remain open, it gets highly ...
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Real Life cannot be an overriding limitation on any question unless specifically requested

I have finally found the perfect question to kick-start this discussion concerning what I believe is a growing undesirable behavior on Worldbuilding How can the Sea of Japan be drained? The OP wasn'...
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Why are 'plausible magic' questions so poorly received?

Let's say I have a question such as the following: I want my race of fantasy avians to have a crest of beautiful, long, iridescent feathers. If I don't care how they came to be in the first place (...
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Disputing a Policy: Question Edits Cannot Invalidate Answers

Worldbuilding is the only Stack I am aware of that discourages improving a question if it invalidates answers. I could be wrong about that, but what it does is suggest that answers are more important ...
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What am I doing wrong in this question?

I posted this question about cool-looking yet ineffective weaponry, and am confused as to why I have down votes. There are no close votes, and I'm 90% sure I'm following all the guidelines. It isn't ...
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IS this question “hard science” tagged, or not? The interface shows conflicting information [duplicate]

in question: How to avoid boats on a mainly oceanic world? The question shows the pop-up box warning of HARD SCIENCE . . . Yet the actual tags do not include "hard science", only "...
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Why is my question “too story-based”?

I recently asked this question. The controversial topic of the question aside (yes, I get that it's torture; I very explicitly said to keep it clinical), I was rather surprised to find that it was ...

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