Although I enjoyed the question, and wrote an answer, I can't for the life of me see why the question about magic-using kings isn't a clear-cut case of idea-generation.

  • "I can't think of a single, dominant reason...."

  • "What would be so widespread...."

It seems clear that the question boils down to this:

  • Given the following setup

  • Please provide ideas to justify it

I see no way to evaluate results other than the OP's preferences. The conditions specified are not "too broad" in the strong sense, but they're wide enough that a great many equally valid answers are possible.

Am I missing something?

  • $\begingroup$ We've already had a few discussions about IG, and it was removed as a close reason. It was generally agreed that a good part of what we do on WB is a form of IG. I, personally, don't believe it's IG (but I wrote it, so I'm biased). $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 12:25
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    $\begingroup$ The idea-generation reason wasn't removed because idea-generation questions are ok; it was removed because such question should be closed as either primarily opinion-based or too broad. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio I realize that, but (as I said), I don't believe the question is IG. It presents a desired end result and asks for a way to make it happen given specific criteria. That's a style of question we have a lot of. $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 13:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Frostfyre I should have been clearer. I was only referring to your comment; I haven't reviewed the question in, err, question. A lot of our questions involve some IG; the ones that should get closed are closable for other reasons. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 24, 2016 at 13:25
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    $\begingroup$ The real question I'm asking here is if you thought it was clear idea generation, why did you answer it in the first place? Your actions act as a kind of role model for newer and less experienced users on Worldbuilding, so when an experienced user like yourself answers an off-topic question, newer users will think this is the norm. We don't want that type of behavior. $\endgroup$
    – fi12
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 19:18

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Sufficiently constrained scenario based questions are on topic per the discussions that we have had in chat and on meta over the last year.

The trick is sufficiently constrained...


It is idea generation in a technical sense, but it's a single specific problem rather than a large vague idea which appears to be more acceptable to the community. I'd say "opinion based" if I was forced to pin it down to a reason to close, but I still like it as a question.


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