This is pretty much a continuation of JBH’s post but it is narrowed down to a specific issue. It also comes after a suggestion from elemtilas to refocus the question.
This is the question that shed light on a problem we have on the site. Despite several edits, it has been closed, reopened, re-closed and now it even has a vote for deletion. I have no idea what is the justification behind the recent trend of deletion votes on questions but that is another issue.
Questions like these get closed but the asker insist that he is building a world. It is not a new issue but it bothers me more now, and it’s hard to justify when there is nothing in the help center to legitimate the closure.
I would summarize the issue like this;
- The question now has a worldbuilding context, but people still think it is off-topic. I don't know what it takes to change their minds or what needs to be done to make these questions acceptable.
- People use the lack of context as an argument to close questions but there is nothing in the help center that requires an ** explicit worldbuilding context**. We assume that the questions asked here are about worldbuilding but there is no requirement to have an explicit worldbuuilding context.
- Worldbuilding in itself is rarely a topic. The question are always about something else like geography, history, linguistic, physics, etc. Some questions might appear to be less focused on worldbuilding but they still are about building a world. If I want to ask a physics question in order to help me build my world, there is again nothing in the rules preventing me to do that.
It has been said countless times that it is not because a question is on-topic on another site that it makes the question off-topic here. Yes, maybe the person will have a better answer on the other site but it’s his/her choice. Questions about building fictional worlds are off-topic on other sites since it’s supposed to be our topic. So asking these questions on other sites is likely to end in closure or migration if there is a slight element of woldbuilding involved.
So, with my understanding of the situation, I see two things that can be done:
- Stop closing these questions as off-topic because they are on-topic according to the help center.
- Change the help center to reflect that questions need a clear worldbuilding context, otherwise they will get closed as off-topic.
Right now, we generate a lot of frustration from new users. They get told that they do not follow the rules but when they check the help center, they find nothing. We have to fix it one way or another. Feel free to share your views and solutions to the problem.
Link to the help center for reference.
Edit: JBH's question was not specific enough. By narrowing down the issue, it is more likely to get solved. I felt the other question was not heading anywhere.