I mean this question:
This question is considered off-topic by some because, according to them, "this question does not appear to be about worldbuilding, within the scope defined in the help center", and as such this question is in threat of being closed.
I fail to understand why.
- To quote the description of the reality-check tag:
The approach for questions with this tag should be to ensure logical consistency. In short, does the concept make sense, given the rules specified? Answers to the question should determine whether or not certain elements of the question are appropriate or realistic, or, contrarily, are likely to break a user's or reader's suspension of disbelief.
This is exactly what I'm asking about. So, given such a description of this tag, I figured this question should be well-received.
- To quote @Frostfyre from the comments below my question:
Asking if one's world is reasonable is on-topic, as that is looking for the validity of a new system/construct. This is a question about Earth-like materiel surviving in an Earth-like environment with a historically Earth-like setting. OP is seeking to explore an existing world (Earth), not build one.
(a) This would mean that all reality-check questions are off-topic unless the asker incorporates some elements of fantasy or sci-fi. There seem to be numerous questions in this tag that do not support this statement, one example would be this one: A believable place for your secret lair ; (b) Even aside this, I'm having trouble in understanding such a statement, since worldbuilding does not necessary mean devising new laws of nature or incorporating supernatural elements; very mundane societal or practical considerations are also necessary, since otherwise the author may unwittingly start defying common sense, and these considerations are orthogonal to whether the world is Earth-like or not; (c) If this matters so much: My world is not completely akin to Medieval Europe; the technology is more or less medieval, but the society is not; in particular, there is no feudal lord over this village or any other villages in my world; and the geography also does not resemble real-world continents
- I fail to see any difference (regarding being or not being on-topic on this site) between this question and some of my other questions that were well received on this site:How can one empty a cesspit with medieval technology? , How advanced technology is needed to create a duct tape? and Is it possible to make a organ-size piano? In my understanding if my question about keeping ropes, buckets and firewood outside is off-topic then all those three questions are off-topic as well; and since apparently they're not considered off-topic, then my question about ropes, buckets and firewood should not be off-topic as well.
Is this question off-topic and why?