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Ok so this questions prompted me to think of something I feel we should have thought of a long time ago.

I think it would be a great idea to create a community wiki (or wiki's depending on how many responses we get) for world-building resources. I'm talking:

  • Books
  • Websites
  • Software
  • you get the idea.

For example, each answer could be topic specific and broken into sections

Sample:


Creating Magic Systems

Resource books and guides:

  • Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Book 3

Helpful websites/communities

  • Site 1
  • Site 2
  • Site 3

Useful Software

  • Program 1
  • Program 2
  • Program 3

Reference material and examples

  • This section might be stories you would recommend to people as examples
  • Material 2
  • Material 3

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  • $\begingroup$ I think this could definitely prove to be extremely beneficial! +1 because this could expand into a super valuable resource. $\endgroup$ – wposeyjr May 14 '15 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, this is a great idea. I bet I could find stuff there that I didn't even know I wanted. $\endgroup$ – DaaaahWhoosh May 14 '15 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ Your thinking about a community wiki post? We could do it right here. $\endgroup$ – Vincent Sep 13 '15 at 17:05
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Think about which of these could be done in relevant tag wikis. That intrinsically links the resources with the questions most likely to benefit from them. I've seen occasional tag wikis that are very thorough -- encyclopedic, even. Let's use a structure we already have for the cases where it works; people already know about it, can edit it, etc.

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  • $\begingroup$ Monica can you elaborate on how this would work? I see questions on these lines getting close on the main site as answers would simply be lists of books, sites, tools or other resources? I am not terribly familiar with how this would work.. $\endgroup$ – James May 15 '15 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ @James to use your example, the tag wiki for the magic tag could compile resources for designing magic systems, useful web sites, key examples of different types of magic systems, relevant software, etc. Somebody looking at a magic question can get to that right from the question, via the tag. Meanwhile, somebody looking at an astronomy question doesn't have such easy access, but also probably doesn't care. Meanwhile, if there are astronomy-related resources he's got that tag right there... Does that help? $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio May 15 '15 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ Yep. Sure does. Thanks Monica. $\endgroup$ – James May 15 '15 at 20:12
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I am definitely down for this idea. The main benefit I could see here is that most of the major sources people would need to cite would me all in one place. I can't think of any specific examples right now, but I have seen before where several answers referenced the same source (web page or other answer on world building), so having a wiki would allow people's really good answers to be promoted there so that they don't get lost or unknowingly plagiarized.

I just found the kind of question that would benefit most from a wiki. This is the question here.

I will add more stuff like this as I find it.

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