There are lots of various software packages out there that assist in the creation of a world, from keeping track of details, characters and plots to map creation tools. Are questions asking for recommendations on which software to use for a specific task on topic?

An example question might be:

What software is available / recommended to help me build the maps for my world?


I would say "Yes, if specific enough".

Most SE sites don't allow recommendation questions, but there's a whole Software Recommendation SE that's specifically for it. While they're good at finding software over there, it's a fairly low-traffic place and the kind of question which would be asked here is likely to be very specific, with answers talking about little-known software. We can do a better job of answering world building software questions internally than by pointing people over there.

That said, we need guidelines, and I think theirs are worth adopting, at least as a starting point. (See image, here, and here.)

SoftwareRecs.SE question guidelines

A good question would state what the intended use is (world generation, naming, knowledge maps, etc), what kinds of features it should have (random generation from a seed, word lists, smart linking, etc). A good answer would address that use and those features and ideally include something of a personal review of the software.

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    $\begingroup$ This. Maybe the Software Recommendations guidelines should be incorporated by reference somewhere? $\endgroup$ – a CVn Sep 17 '14 at 11:44
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling - We should just copy them, then modify appropriately. We'd have different "bad question" examples, for instance. $\endgroup$ – Bobson Sep 17 '14 at 19:34

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