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What do users from other Stack Exchange sites think of Worldbuilding Stack Exchange?

We have had a lot of questions reach the Hot Network Questions list recently, which is probably related to the current topic challenge, religion. This means that there are a lot of outside viewers ...
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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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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is newly scheduled for an election starting next week, July 2nd. In connection with that election, as we've done in previous elections, we will be hosting a Q&A here ...
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Is a “real world” question off topic?

I recently came across this: How do I know if my moon is full? It's been closed as off topic by several high reputation users as not being about worldbuilding. It clearly is though, it's information ...
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Are the “spoon” questions on-topic? And should they be?

I'm not currently a particularly active user on Worldbuilding, although I've contributed a bunch of answer back when the site was new. I do, however, regularly visit several other sites on the Stack ...
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How do we feel about questions where the answer is “it exists in the real world?”

Suppose someone has asked "How could I do this thing in my fiction world?" or "If such a thing happened in my fiction world, what would be the consequences?" As such, the question is completely on-...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head [duplicate]

Relating to this question. Since when can a question be closed for poor quality? The two respondants to my challenge to justify the closure said that it's just a physics question (which we answer ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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I believe WB:SE has a bias against non-heterosexual questions. Maybe it ought to stop

Relating to this question but also based on observations with other questions about non-heterosexuality. Our site appears to have a problem with allowing questions about sexuality to remain open. ...
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How curious is too curious?

The fallout from Worse than zombies, part 1, has reminded me that I keep meaning to ask to what extent one can ask question about things they are curious about rather than issue they need answers to. ...
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Real World Worldbuilding?

I'm mainly active on Writing SE, but I'll often redirect someone here if I think their question is primarily about worldbuilding. However, I consider worldbuilding to be any kind of background ...
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Is WorldbuildingSE suitable for writers whose works are, more or less, realistic?

All right now I promise you, this is my very last post wrt my question about firewood, ropes and buckets. Many works of fiction are guilty of the same sin: stockpiling blatant nonsense. Cartoons like ...
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Is the “international waters” question on-topic?

Using international waters to avoid legal punishment seems to be asking a real-world legal question. I think law is in principle on-topic on Worldbuilding (same as sociology or religion or other "how ...
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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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A proposal to establish policy regarding the torture and execution tags

Although most questions tagged torture and execution are unquestionably well within the scope of Worldbuilding, some were or might have been inappropriate causing a discussion about the validity of ...
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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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Migration of Gerrymandering question

Can someone explain why the linked Anti-Gerrymandering question was migrated to Politics.SE? Build an Anti-Gerrymandering Political System It already had a wealth of answers, so obviously a number of ...
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Resolving the “real world” problem?

The discussion here does not show a clear consensus, with 11 votes for one approach and 6 for another. I think it's important that we do reach a consistent approach on this though. This question is ...
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Is it OK to take a question asked in another SE site & rephrase it for WB?

Specifically, the question I have in mind is Could bone marrow transplants be used to prevent tissue rejection of trans-species organs? asked by myself in biology SE some 2 months ago. I asked it ...
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Should we finally allow reality checks of other plot elements?

I've seen someone on meta saying, that we get way too much off-topic questions, compared to other sites, this could be because of: A: Nobody reads the site's rules. B: We're picky brats (too story-...
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Debate on the relevance of law-related questions

I've seen a couple law-related questions closed recently for being "not worldbuilding", not all of them my own, so I would appreciate a clarification of the rules. I have identified several ...
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Is the “suitable dress” question off topic?

There has recently been a question asked: How plausible is it for a 12-year-old girl to walk through a village in her swimsuit in England? The question is asked well and has good answers...But is it ...
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Why is everyone suddenly so strongly against homework questions?

This meta question has sparked a flurry of responses saying we need to get tough on homework questions being asked under the guise of worldbuilding. This argument has come up several times in the 'are ...
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Request for Clarification: Real World Questions Requirement of Context

This was originally an answer to the real-world questions discussion. Consider the example of this question. L.Dutch said in a comment to the referenced question, "I am missing the worldbuilding ...
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Are there inconsistent standards for closing physics questions?

This question recently got put on hold and it's made me notice a pattern where some physics questions that are asked by newer users get closed. Now, this is not necessarily an awful thing in and of ...
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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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'Uncomfortable' questions

I wonder if a question that touches on 'uncomfortable' topics should be deemed as 'Not suitable for this site' and closed as happened to this question about readily accessible drugs that can be used ...
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Should the help center be updated to specifically list real world history questions as off topic?

We've had at least one real life history question recently, and dodged another. A strict reading of What topics can I ask about here? doesn't provide any guidance for this type of questions, but it's ...
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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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Advice concerning questions asking HOW to implement a technological procedure or device

Though not terribly common, there are occasionally questions where the querent asks either how to implement technology or whether or not their suggested implementation is viable, practical, feasible, ...
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Are geology, oceanography and metheorology planetary questions better suited for Earth Sciences Exchange?

I realized I could as geologist answer some of your questions about planets, but i am wondering if you would find better answers at ES exchange when they are not fantasy worlds as bloody oceans and so ...
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How can laser color printers weigh far less?

I have a question about my Worldbuilding Stack Exchange post: How can laser color printers weigh far less? How can I make this on topic, please? If I had an answer to this I would make money out of ...