Linked Questions

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Catalog of Question Types

In an effort to start building consensus after asking: Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head, I'd like to start with what I hope will become a canonical catalog ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

The Sandbox works best if you sort posts by "active" (click here to do so). Welcome to the Sandbox! This "Sandbox" is a place where Worldbuilding.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions ...
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Inactive Sandbox 2018 [duplicate]

This sandbox is inactive. Please visit the next Sandbox for Proposed Questions In order to make the Sandbox easier to use, a new Sandbox question will be posted when the old one becomes too full. ...
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Seeking community consensus about “Why would X lead to Y?” questions

While we've likely always had "Why would X lead to Y?" questions, it feels like we've had a lot of them lately. Here's a sample (the questions asked so far in October, some have been closed). Why ...
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Idea Refinement: Clarification and Examples of VTC Reasons for New Users

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 ...
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Cultural Worldbuilding: How to avoid closure?

I'm hoping to encourage more questions about cultural world building, but cultural world building suffers greatly from being too broad, primarily opinion-based, and too story-based. One recent ...
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Why is my question not about building a world?

My first question on this site has been put on hold because I am "asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world". I read the linked explanation on meta, but I don't ...
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“I have an implausible end goal. Please tell me how to get there!!”

Plausible Weapon or Other to Cause Space-stage Civilization to Shatter and Revert to Primitive Societies Since I am horrible at coming up with ideas, I couldn't think of a circumstance or weapon ...
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Why is this on hold?

I do not feel that my thread was put on hold in good faith. This is the thread. This is my question: "What goods, available to Group B, could create a trade relationship that is existential to the ...
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Is it a duplicate if answers aren't satisfactory?

Some questions on Worldbuilding have empirical answers. They are based on real world data and have definitive answers. An answer is expected and should be accepted. However, much of Worldbuilding ...
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Why does this popular off-topic question stay open?

Could a person scuba diving take off his air tank and use it to propel himself? Why isn't this one closed as a story set in a world? In what way is it worldbuilding? Please see related Should we ...
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How is my question about causing a mass exodus “too story based”?

My question was closed as being "too story based," despite that it does not seem to fit this category. @Aify and @XandarTheZenon left a comment saying the question is "too broad/unclear and explained ...
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Are questions about the ideal strategy for a dictator story-based?

I asked this question, and after almost a dozen answers, it got closed for being story-based. Mind, I'm quite satisfied with the response I got before that happened, so the reason I'm asking is merely ...
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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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Request : Public close voting

I want to request the admins to show the identity of close voters. Why? Reason number 1: If you are so sure about your judgement at least show up your profile. Reason number 2: Blocking does not ...
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What is “narrative necessity” and how does it apply to worldbuilding?

As a loose continuation of How best to deal with "what are you expecting?" questions, I believe many new authors don't understand the function of Narrative Necessity in their writing and how ...
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Scope clarification discussions

Different subjects are being discussed for a clarification or a re-definition of the scope of the site. We want to have clear lines to separate the questions that are accepted on worldbuilding from ...
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Should the [tag:execution] tag be removed?

While reviewing Most painful way to kill somebody with 10 bullets? I looked up the torture and execution tags. Their definitions aren't great in context of worldbuilding, and I think that's ...
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Why can't you suggest multiple ways of solving the question in said question?

I just asked in Worldbuilding how to stop intelligent races from discovering electricity and it was marked as to broad. I assume this is because I originally suggested two ways to solve my problem. ...
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Should “You are asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world…” closure reason be reworded?

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? There ...
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Why is “Minimum nuclear weapons required for deterrent” off-topic?

This question has been closed, the reason given is that it is off-topic and "too story based". Minimum nuclear weapons required for deterrent? The meta question cited to justify this is as follows:...
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Why was the question “Would naruto-running titan zombies be able to cause an extinction event?” put on-hold as too story-based?

Would naruto-running titan zombies be able to cause an extinction event? Now, this question saw a major rewrite on my part, for the sake of clarity, around that time. In essence, I'm asking if these ...
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Why was “Zombies Versus Skeletons: Optimal Strategies?” closed?

I had asked the question titled Zombies Versus Skeletons: Optimal Strategies? a couple weeks ago about what might happen given my two armies with their various powers clashing. It was closed a couple ...
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A Cascade of Story-Based Closings

The synopsis of what makes a question Too Story Based is as follows: 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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What makes for a good “why would” question that stays on-topic?

Most of these types of questions get judged as too story based, and get closed rather quickly. However, there are a few gems that have lasted the test of time. These mythical diamonds in the rough ...
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Reopen request - “plausible RPG-style tanking” question

A question I asked last week was closed for being too story-based. Indeed, I had laid out a long, detailed tactical scenario. There was no plot or character content; it was all intended for context, ...