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Is Worldbuilding a What If Site?

A few months back, my participation on this site dropped heavily for various reasons, most of them real life commitments. Now I've come back, and there's something I've noticed. When I left, the site ...
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Risk Factor definition: Too Individual/Character Based

As the Risk Factor identified as most important by this post I'm starting a discussion on Too Individual/Character Based. Please start answers to this question discussing each of the examples, adding ...
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Worldbuilding Scope - Risk Factors

TL;DR: This question is the foundation stone of an attempt to more thoroughly define the scope of Worldbuilding by defining "Risk Factors" that make something Out Of Scope. The discussion of ...
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Case Study #2 - Daaaah Whoosh

Part of the Case Study Series As before, this is a series of my own top-rated questions; I'll give my own opinions about whether or not they are on-topic, and anyone else can give their own opinions. ...
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Story vs World building: study case

This is yet another post to try to rationalise the limit between story-building (off-topic) and worlbuilding (on-topic). A recent question: How to determine where the nearest mainland shore is when ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

See also: When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"? Asking about plot elements such as the actions of characters, rather than about the world in which your story takes place, is ...
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Rules of Peer Moderation

Aside from the moderators, user with enough reputation* can cast votes to close and/or reopen questions. This is not a right, this is a privilege that you are being given as an active user of the ...
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What if Worldbuilding banned What If questions?

Worldbuilding, it seems, is not a What If site. So let's start making that happen. If we don't want these questions around, then I think the first step is with close reasons. We currently have an ...
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Risk Factor Definition: Multiple Questions

One of the next most popular Risk Factor suggestions is Multiple Questions so this is a general discussion of that close reason. The main point to clarify is: Should questions be off topic for this ...
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What if there were a What If?

I think it'd be nice to have a place to steer some of the most-obviously off-topic "What If," as I mentioned earlier. Turns out, there was a proposal in Area 51 for some type of speculative-yet-...
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Case Studies - on or off topic?

Evolution in the scope of the site is not a bad thing, we've learned a lot about what does and does not work in the over-a-year since the site first entered private beta. I'll use a number of my own ...
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Is Worldbuilding a What if Site - a followup

For some this is a problem brewing, for some this is a problem that has brewed, for others, its sat on the desk going moldy from being ignored. What do I talk about? Well Is Worldbuilding a What If ...
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Case Study #4 - overactor

Part four of the case study series. Part 1 - Tim B Part 2 - Daaaah Whoosh Part 3 - James I submit the following for review. These are my 5 most popular questions order approximately from less to more ...
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Sample questions for WhatIf

There is now a WhatIf.SE proposal over on Area 51. One element that would help it along would be a collection of sample questions. I believe we have that source material already at hand. (They're the ...
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Should we answer off-topic questions?

Moments ago, I saw this: The question this was posted on is 100% opinion based + idea generation, thus making it clearly off topic. Should we answer off-topic questions (before they're put on hold/...
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Educating New Users About Our Scope

This site has been far too "quiet" lately, so i thought it was time to stir things up again. Therefore, I'd like to address something which is a bit of a recurring topic here: off-topic questions, and ...
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Case Study: Monica Cellio

Part of Case study series. (Whoops -- just noticed I missed my assigned date. Sorry.) In space, do "shipping lanes" make sense? About worldbuilding? Yes, it's about travel patterns and ...
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Non-Sequitur Questions: how to handle them

This question popped up a few minutes ago and its premise has no foundational basis in anything. No really. "If the Earth were to spin the other way, could gravity exist?" This is such a complete ...
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Case Study #3 - James

Part three of the case study series. Part 1 - Tim B Part 2 - Daaaah Whoosh I submit the following for review. What single element could destroy the world? About world building? Insofar as ...
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Is there anything wrong with low reputation users doing reviews?

I really enjoy doing reviews. It provides me with the ability to help other users get started on the site, and to improve the overall quality of the network. I take my time when reviewing posts and do ...
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Are Too Character Based and Too Plot Based the same?

It's been proposed that the risk factors "Too Character Based" and "Too Plot Based" could be merged together into one close reason and that there is enough overlap between them to warrant that. I can ...
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Case study - Pavel Janicek

Part of Case study series: How many humans can I abduct without getting noticed? About worldbuilding? I doubt it. It does not really build a world; it just uses real world as a background. Risking ...
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What the scope of Worldbuilding is NOT about

... taking any question that isn't accepted elsewhere. This should be a reminder, or refresher. These days, there are many questions about trying to set objective and clear limits for the scope of ...
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When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"?

See also: Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened? What criteria should I use when closing a question as Too Story Based?
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Case Studies - Green's Highest Viewed Questions

What would it take to build a ship capable of crossing the Pacific? About Worldbuilding? This question asks if building a trans-Pacific ship is feasible using only merchants as the shipbuilders. (...
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Why was my question closed? [Collected Answers]

Let's use this meta question to collect the already-vetted explanations of common reasons for questions to be put on hold. The intention is that you'll use a comment (suggested here) to link to a ...
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Case Study #7 - Aify

Part of the case study series. Lets weaponize jellyfish About worldbuilding? Yes, because I had already provided the hypothetical world - the purpose of the question was to use the basis of that ...
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Case Study #6 - HDE 226868

Part of the case study series. Can stars exist that are not powered by nuclear fusion? About worldbuilding? I would say yes, because whether or not this is possible is the key to the premise of my ...
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Are questions based on movies okay?

Are questions based on movies OK? More specifically, is something like this acceptable, or should it be kept in chat: reality-check evolution creature-design Anatomically correct (insert creature ...
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What happened to the idea generation close reason?

Why is the close reason "idea generation" gone? I have not heard really anything about the change, probably because I don't go on meta too often. Could someone point me to a post about it, or just ...
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Please clarify "Elements of Plot" to be more concise

I am reading this question as a clear, right-now example of a point that annoys me. The answer is not the problem, but the first comment in the answer, which accuses the question to be OT. Please: I ...
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Case Study Series

As discussed in chat and based on Tim B's recent post , I'd like us to have a series of case studies, where various users of the site post their five top-rated questions (or any five questions of ...
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Risk Factor Definition: Too Story Based

We're going to look at merging the "Too Individual" and "Too plot based" close reasons into "Too Story Based". Keeping in mind the discussions from Risk Factor definition:...
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What makes a good "what would be the impact of X?" questions?

I see a lot of questions along the lines of "what would be the impact if X happened?" These seem to me to be skirting the edge of on-topic, even for our blessédly open-minded Worldbuilding site. So ...
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Risk Factor Definition: Too Vague

One of the next most popular Risk Factor suggestions is Too Vague so this is a general discussion of that close reason. The main point to clarify is: Should questions be off topic for this reason If ...
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