Now begins our 29th topic challenge!


Dates: 21 March - 11 April

Proposed by:

Any significantly advanced society will probably have government in one form or another.

Remember to use this tag if you're asking a question as part of the challenge.

In three weeks, we'll announce the stats for users who asked and answered questions using the tag. If you have questions, see the original post or ask in chat.

Propose new topics here: What should be the subjects of our fortnightly topic challenges?

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    $\begingroup$ I noticed that there's a bit less interest in the challenge these days, so I took it upon myself to set the dates for 3 weeks. $\endgroup$ Mar 22 '16 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ I just stumbled on this "feature" and may participate, but I'm not sure what to do. Also, the previous challenge ("Calendar") had a question, whereas this one doesn't. Is one implied, or am I missing something? $\endgroup$
    – J.D. Ray
    Mar 22 '16 at 22:40
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    $\begingroup$ @J.D.Ray The challenge is to ask questions on the main site using the supplied tag. So if you ask a question using government, you're part of the challenge. There's no reward, but, well, all we have is Internet points and knowledge anyway. $\endgroup$ Mar 22 '16 at 23:27
  • $\begingroup$ 10,000 points to you for a useful answer. $\endgroup$
    – J.D. Ray
    Mar 22 '16 at 23:29
  • $\begingroup$ It's not that I'm not interested in the challenge, rather that I have nothing to ask pertaining to it. $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Mar 23 '16 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ The last two topics only had 6 questions each, and that, considering that the last one lasted one week more... $\endgroup$ Mar 23 '16 at 13:05
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    $\begingroup$ @bilbo_pingouin Excellent executive decision. $\endgroup$
    – James
    Mar 23 '16 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ I just think that people weren't as excited about these last few challenges. As time goes on, the challenges perceived as interesting and exciting begin to disappear. $\endgroup$ Mar 23 '16 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I'm pretty new to these challenges. Is there an objective or is this just like a "lets drum up interest in this subject" kinda thing? $\endgroup$
    – JGaines
    Mar 24 '16 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ @JGaines The original idea was to help promoting less used tags. The "less used" part was partly forgotten. So now, we just have those challenges, when people can try to make a question fitting it. It's partly as an exercise, it helps promotes a variety of subject, etc. $\endgroup$ Mar 24 '16 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ @JGaines It's a challenge to the community to ask and answer interesting and good questions in that tag. See this for an example of a completed challenge: meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/2860/… $\endgroup$
    – Tim B
    Apr 1 '16 at 14:01
  • $\begingroup$ Ok. I think I might have one, but I don't want to put it up half-baked. Hopefully, I can work it into a reasonable, on-topic question before the date gets here. $\endgroup$
    – JGaines
    Apr 1 '16 at 14:13

This challenge generated 22 questions and 101 answers, for an average of 4.59 answers per question. A total of 6140 reputation was handed out as a result of this challenge.


  • $\begingroup$ Taken 03-21 to 04-18. $\endgroup$ Apr 19 '16 at 12:58

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