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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?

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  • $\begingroup$ 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 Mar 24 '16 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. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Mar 24 '16 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 Mar 24 '16 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. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Mar 24 '16 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 Apr 24 '16 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...

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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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