This page was written before the late 2019 changes to close-voting. However, much of the information is still relevant. -JBH
The Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE! page for new users is up and running. My next goal: An introduction to VTC reasons for new users. Why?
Because the help center page isn't all that clear. It could be just me, but the page (and linked pages) seem to be a bit of a forest for new users.
Because at least one of the VTC reasons, primarily opinion-based, is not defined the way Stack Exchange defines it at all. This is a consistent problem here because we have no control over how that VTC reason (or any VTC reason) is presented when you click the "close" link. Yuck. I suspect, therefore, that this is the best we can come up with.
What are the eight VTC reasons (1/2a/2b/2c/2d/3/4/5) and their current definitions?
- Duplicate of...
This question has been asked before and already has an answer.
- Off-topic because...
This question does not appear to be about worldbuilding, within the scope defined in the help center.
Off-Topic: This question does not appear to be about worldbuilding, within the scope defined in the help center.
Off-Topic: You are asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world. For more information, see Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?.
Off-Topic: This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network
Off-Topic: Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong)
- Unclear what you're asking
Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.
- Too broad
Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.
- Primarily opinion-based
Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise
We're looking for a clear, (ideally) one-paragraph description followed by both a good example and a bad example question along with links to the relevant Meta posts on the subjects.
If someone has posted a proposal that's basically what you believe but you want to discuss alterations, that's a conversation for comments under that answer.
If you really disagree with a post, then propose your own answer for that topic.
The highest voted answer for each VTC reason will be accepted in a final meta post that will cross-link to the Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE!
I'd like this to go 7-10 days with a roll-up to a usable new-user reference on or about the end of the month. Thanks!