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Topic Challenge: Space-Colonization

I propose a fortnight-long space-colonization topic challenge, which will begin today, August 10th, and finish on August 24th. Most sci-fi stories feature humans in space. However, manned missions ...
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Topic challenge: alien geometry

I propose an alien-geometry topic challenge. Its often hard to tweak the mathematics of a world (for example, you can't really make 2+2=5 in a reasonable way), but one way you can is by tweaking the ...
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Where Do We Go To Make Contests?

As the title suggests, where should we go to make contests? Are contests, for that matter, even allowed on any of the Stack Exchanges? For clarification on where I am going with this, let me bring ...
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Sporadic ad-hoc topic challenge

There’s only 2 questions tagged 2d, yet that’s a very interesting subject. So I challenge the community to post on this topic, and discover existing posts that can have this tag added. For ...
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Should we end the topic challenges?

We've been having a fortnightly challenge for a while now, but recently the attention devoted to it has appeared to drop off. Not only are people posting less questions with the topic challenge in ...
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Triweekly Topic Challenge #29: Government

Now begins our 29th topic challenge! Topic: government Dates: 21 March - 11 April Proposed by: Any significantly advanced society will probably have government in one form or another. Remember ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #28: Calendar

Now begins our 28 topic challenge! Topic: calendar Note that calendar is a synonym of time-keeping Dates: 29 Feb - 22 Mar Proposed by: The leap day is close again and won’t be for another 4 ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #27: History

Now begins our Twenty Seventh topic challenge! Topic: history Dates: 15 Feb - 29 Feb Proposed by: While the history of a world isn't always directly relevant to the story, it can add flavor and ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #26: Mythical Creatures

Now begins our 26th topic challenge! Topic: mythical-creatures Dates: 1 February - 15 February Proposed by: Myths are always fun to adapt to one's world and entertaining to read about. Lets ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #25: Culture and Society

Now begins our twenty-fifth topic challenge! Topic(s): culturesociety Dates: 18 Jan - 1 Feb Proposed by: These are separate concepts (I believe we had a meta discussion) but it is also tough to ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #24: Near Future

Now begins our twenty-fourth topic challenge! Topic: near-future Dates: 4 Jan - 18 Jan Proposed by: Because we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. Remember to use this tag if you're asking a ...
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Should topic challenges link to the previous challenge?

The very first thing I'm usually interested in when a new topic challenge arrives (and thus the previous one has ended) is the results of the previous challenge. However while the new one is easy to ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #23: Santa

Now begins our twenty third topic challenge! Topic: santa Dates: 21 Dec - 4 Jan Proposed by: Santa Claus is the embodiment of the holidays season. Why not trying to get Santa in our worlds? Or ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #22: Geography

Now begins our twenty-second topic challenge! Topic: geography Dates: 7 December - 21 December Proposed by: It occurs to me that geography has an almost limitless number of questions that can be ...
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I like to suggest this site could adopt Fibonacci challenge to spice things up maybe?

Roughly put a Fibonacci number in mathematics is a series of number whereby each subsequent/following number is the sum of its predecessors... or something like that. Instead of using a single tag ...
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A special challenge for the holidays season?

Following some discussion in chat, it might be interesting for the two weeks starting from Dec. 21st to replace our normal challenge by a Santa-related challenge. We all know that Santa is delivering ...
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Fortnightly challenge # 21: Underwater

Now begins our 21st topic challenge! Topic: underwater Dates: 25 Nov - 7 Dec Proposed by: There's a whole 'nother world underneath the oceans. Mermaids and mermen are the typical citizens, in ...
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Fortnightly challenge # 20: Language

Now begins our twentieth topic challenge! Topic: language Dates: 9 Nov - 23 Nov Proposed by: Because language influences and is influenced by culture, religion, history, geography, and much more....
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #19: Politics

Now begins our nineteenth topic challenge! Topic: politics Dates: 26 Oct - 9 Nov Proposed by: There has already been discussion of how to ask questions about the delicate subject of religion. ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #18: Architecture

Now begins our eighteenth topic challenge! Topic: architecture Dates: 12 October - 26 October Proposed by: We spend so much time building entire worlds that we often forget about building ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #17: Moons

Now begins our seventeenth topic challenge! Topic: moons Dates: 28 September - 12 October Proposed by: We've seen a lot of questions here about planets and the people on them, but the existence ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #16: Warfare

Now begins our sixteenth topic challenge! Topic: warfare Dates: 14 September - 28 September Proposed by: Who doesn't like a nice war? Let's challenge the myth that it never changes! I love the ...
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Should we shorten the length of our topic challenges?

There was recently a suggestion in chat that the length of the topic challenges should be shortened because activity peters out after a week. I, too, have noticed this lack of activity in the second ...
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Topic Challenges - Badges

As you may have seen, the topic challenge results are now handing out badges for various things! (OK, not real badges - they don't get applied to your profile, but close enough.) We currently have: (...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #15: Worldbuilding-Process

Now begins our fifteenth topic challenge! Topic: worldbuilding-process Dates: 31 August - 14 September Proposed by: Our stack exchange is about building worlds. We have a lot of great questions ...
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Proposal for harder/more specific challenges

Eventually, we might run out of topics for the normal challenge. We still have at least 1 year with the current proposals, other proposals can be added and we could also recycle the old ones. They ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #14: Hard Science

Now begins our fourteenth topic challenge! Topic: hard-science Please keep in mind that asking hard science questions requires enough information to allow people to answer with, math, science or ...
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What kind of stats would you like to see from challenges?

Recent meta posts have brought up the idea that results for the topic challenges should show some stats. Since many of our challenge posts are now automatically generated, and since I'm the author of ...
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Fortnightly challenge - Feature request - make it a competition

Being a competitive soul. I'm interested in there being a winner for the Fortnightly challenge. Ha! you exclaim, chasly would say that wouldn't he? He has a very successful question running at the ...
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Has the weapon-design challenge taken us away from world-building?

I notice that several of the questions about weapon design are solely about the weapon. They appear to make no effort to integrate the weapon into a world. What do others think?
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #13: Weapon-Design

Now begins our thirteenth topic challenge! Topic: weapon-design Dates: 3 Aug - 17 Aug Proposed by: Because I, for one, just loooove ka-boom-boom. After all, who doesn't? Remember to use this ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #12: Humans

Now begins our twelfth topic challenge! Topic: humans Dates: 22 July - 5 August Proposed by: While worlds can be populated with all sorts of intriguing and fantastical creatures (or robots, or ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #11: Religion

Now begins our eleventh topic challenge! Topic: religion Dates: 7 July - 21 July Proposed by: Simply because it gets omitted so many times when we create new worlds and new societies. I would ...
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Can we make topic challenges Community Wiki?

On the tenth topic challenge, just posted, we have some disagreement about the correct places to vote. The important part here is that there is some disagreement, not that it is about votes. This is, ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #10: Time

Now begins our tenth topic challenge! Topic: time Dates: 22 June - 4 July Proposed by: There haven't been very many questions with these tags, but I feel like making them a challenge could ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #9: Map-Making

Now begins our ninth topic challenge! Topic: map-making Dates: 8 June - 21 June Proposed by: Maps add extra realism to a story and can set the stage well. They make a world come alive. Just ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #8: Apocalypse

Now begins our eighth topic challenge! Topic: apocalypse Dates: 24 May - 7 June Proposed by: Because for a site about building worlds we seem to spend a lot of time destroying them! (And ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #7: Economy

Now begins our seventh topic challenge! Topic: economy Dates: 4 May - 17 May Proposed by: Because too often fictional worlds have no visible economic activity. Remember to use this tag if you'...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #6: Evolution

Now begins our sixth topic challenge! Topic: evolution Dates: 19 April - 3 May Proposed by: Because it impacts almost all aspects of a world, from the mundane to the central, yet is often given ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #5 : City Design

Now begins our fifth topic challenge! Topic: city-design Dates: 6 April - 19 April Proposed by: I've enjoyed these questions. I can see these sort of questions being asked: -Given x ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #4: Magic

Today begins our fourth topic challenge! Topic: magic Dates: 23 March - 5 April Proposed by: When I joined Worldbuilding, I told myself that I would only answer science-based questions. I'd ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #3: Creature Design

Today begins our Third topic challenge! Topic: creature-design Dates: 9 March - 22 March Proposed by: We've only had a handful of creature-design questions, but they've been a joy to ask, ...
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In the fortnightly topic challenges, how to choose between identically voted suggestions?

I think this is something that is best hashed out ahead of time. In our fortnightly topic challenge topics suggestion question, we currently have three suggestions all ranking as #2 when sorted by net ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #2: Flora

Previously I wrote up a post asking if people would like weekly - now fortnightly topic challenges. The answer from the community was a resounding yes. So today will be the second one. As per some of ...
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What should be the subjects of our fortnightly topic challenges?

Worldbuilding is beginning its fortnightly topic challenges. In that trichoplax wrote As this question is already being used for answers on how to approach this, would it be clearer to have a ...
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Fortnightly topic challenge #1: Space

Yesterday I wrote up a post asking if people would like weekly - now fortnightly topic challenges. The answer from the community was a resounding yes. So today will be the first one. As per some of ...
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Should we have weekly topic challenges?

A long time ago (four months) on a site far, far away (roughly two clicks), a great suggestion was made. Jon Ericson came up with the idea of weekly topic challenges. For those not willing to make the ...