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Questions tagged [asking-questions]

For Meta questions asking for advice about asking questions on the main site.

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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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How best to deal with “what are you expecting?” questions

From time to time I run across a question like this one1 where it appears the OP hasn't taken the time to think about what kind of answer he/she is looking for. It's not uncommon for these questions ...
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What do we do with these messy questions?

Pertaining to On a tidally locked planet, would time be quantized?. I think we can mostly agree that this question is super messy. I personally love the premise, but I wish there wasn't a giant wall ...
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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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Why can't I put my own questions on hold - or have it happen automatically

Some questions are easy to formulate and can stand as they are. Some are complicated. They tend to attract a mix of comments asking for clarification together with hasty answers that haven't been ...
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If I asked a question yesterday, but edited it today would it reappear with the new questions?

If I ask a question that gets closed for some reasons (lets say the question is too broad) and edit it to be more specific, would it remain as a question from a day ago, or would people see the ...
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Phrasing questions such that answers can be objectively voted upon

A Bit of Background While reviewing Q&As at GraphicDesign.se for some insight I read this post about logo reviews. That post (which is trying to deal with the balance between subjective and ...
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Nitpicking - Good or bad?

Sometimes a question is asked and there are answers in the spirit of the question. Usually there are also nitpickers in the comments who try to find every possible loophole. To close all the ...
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A good format for followup questions

As an example I'll use one of my own questions but there is no need to read more than its title to understand my question here. My question was Greenhouse Planet Terraforming - Will a balloon jacket ...
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Is the World building forum less effective than using individual forums related to your question?

IE, if I wanted calculate a twin moon orbit for a fantasy world that revolves around binary stars, would it be easier to just ask the physics stack exchange instead of the world building stack ...
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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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Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE!

Thanks for joining Worldbuilding.SE! We look forward to stepping foot on your world and enjoying another world of wonder and excitement! Our site is a wonderful place for creative and imaginative ...
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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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Is a question in a title only sufficient, or does it need to be reiterated in the body?

I was just looking at FrostFyre's comment against this question and it occurred to me that it's already articulated in a manner in which I would've written it. I don't see any reason why the title ...
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Should speculative biology questions be asked on Worldbuilding or Biology stack exchange?

I've been wondering where the appropriate place to put questions related to speculative evolution should go. There is a very popular "evolution" tag, and nearly all questions found there are about ...
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About “Is this possible?” questions

Sometimes there are questions where someone asks Is this thing that I just described possible/plausible/credible? For example: No hunger cry from birth, is it plausible? The big problem for ...
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How to handle successive versions of the same question with more specific or different context?

This question is due to this question on Worldbuilding, but concerns a problem that I think might be encountered often. I've searched through a few relevant threads, including On editing questions ...
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Rage quit, frustration as a factor in question removal

I've asked a couple of questions that have a number of answers that are useful but seem to miss the main point, even those that have been added after extensive editing aimed at clarification of the ...
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Where should a line be drawn on divergent evolution type questions?

I am trying to improve my question asking ability after my last question wasn't very well received. Also I think that this would be a relevant guide to point to when it comes to some of the ...
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How to ask a question about realistic names for different occupations/societal statuses?

Which name could a servant have? James, of course. Which name could a farmer have? A middle-classman? An aristocrat? A bum? An old-fashioned snob? A spoiled daughter of a rich father? Now let's move ...
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Lessons in writing Questions

There are other posts on offering advice for writing questions, such as this list of suggestions. This post is different: it will give detailed lessons worked out on complete texts, showing before ...
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How to make men relevant in a world where magic is gender specific to women?

I have a question that might be considered broad. The setting is one where only women can use magic. All females can access it through some training, some being stronger than others. It takes the form ...
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I need help editing this question about a hypothetical matriarchal society

I had asked this before and it was closed, so I would like some feedback on how I can narrow it down. In this worldbuilding scenario, pregnancy would be an active rather than passive process. A woman ...
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Can I resubmit a question that was closed by moderators?

I asked a question a few weeks back that was closed for being too broad. I have restructured the question to make it more specific. Can I resubmit it or would it be closed again for being a duplicate?
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Developing a concept throughout multiple questions

My method of developing a concept to a working piece of plotdevice technology ___________________________________________________ Original concept || / (repeat untill there are little ...
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Should I flag “Best way to …” questions involving magic as “opinion based”?

"How to do something" questions are typical for most practical discussions. They are perfectly fine, until: OP can actually do this and check if that does solve his/her problem OP can see how many ...
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Two different cases involving a similar premise, should they be merged?

OK, now that I've posted the actual questions, I've deleted all the meta explanation. Was it correct to split this question into two seperate questions for 1 and 2? World where everyone can know ...
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Checklist for the perfect post - Idea refinement

The post is now created, using the top 10 questions as of the 25th of may '16. But you can still feel free to add your helpful questions for interested users (make sure to use the template below). ...
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How do I create open ended questions with subjective answers?

I wanted to ask an open ended question whose answer will be entirely subjective. But I think the question and answer would be beneficial to the site. This is technically something that should be ...
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Worldbuilding versus Writers?

Long story short: What is difference between this site and Writers? Because if I make list like this: Build a fictional world Such world does not to be scientifically accurate (magic, aliens...) (...