I would like to ask a question about how a fictional amateur journalist might obtain specific information from a (UK) private school. The universe is as close to ours as to require little other world building and I do not want to ask an off topic question and waste other people's time.

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    $\begingroup$ It sounds fine to me, as long as when you ask the question you give enough context. I at least can't think of a better SE site to ask it than this one. $\endgroup$ May 18, 2015 at 13:14
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    $\begingroup$ In my opinion it's not a good question for Stack exchange. If I'm wrong, Writer SE is a better place because it's about a plot element. $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    May 18, 2015 at 15:41
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not so sure it'd be a better fit on Writers. See their scope. (Which doesn't really say either way...) $\endgroup$
    – user
    May 19, 2015 at 9:56

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To me this feels a little too far in the plot/character direction rather than worldbuilding. However, it might be possible to turn it around so it's a worldbuilding question. Instead of asking about how the journalist would research something, could you ask how schools of a certain type (which you'd describe in the question) would protect sensitive information from prying eyes? That feels more like a question about the world to me. Once you have that, you can then work out the plot of how your journalist would defeat their protections.

Does that help at all?


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