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Questions tagged [close-reasons]

For discussion about why a specific question was closed or about what constitutes a reason for closure.

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Historically significant questions, what's the process?

This question on ethnic identity and space colonisation popped up as a suggested similar question when I was writing up a new question. It's a couple of years and change old, it has relatively low ...
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Question closed as dupe when it isn’t

I just recently asked the following question: In a world without humans—or any caretakers—would domestic house pets simply regress into being feral or die? Which has been closed as a duplicate of ...
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Idea Refinement: Clarification and Examples of VTC Reasons for New Users

The Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE! page for new users is up and running. My next goal: An introduction to VTC reasons for new users. Why? Because the help center page isn't all that clear. It could ...
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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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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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Clarifying “What topics can I ask about here?” from the help center

This is pretty much a continuation of JBH’s post but it is narrowed down to a specific issue. It also comes after a suggestion from elemtilas to refocus the question. This is the question that shed ...
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Why is “How can a teleporter stop a bullet?” off-topic?

What's the safest way to catch a bullet in your body? Was closed for being off-topic, for being "too story-based." Why is it too story based?
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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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How to fix “Unclear What You're Asking”?

I recently asked How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power?, which, granted, isn't a fantastic question, even after my edits. Right after I asked it, I got a -1, and comments ...
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Justification for closing “In a town where people say the opposite…”

This Meta question is in regard to in a town where people say the opposite of what they think how would double negatives work?. (1) This does not appear to be off-topic as a question of linguistics ...
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Remove now off-topic questions that were barely on-topic previously?

Ideas for a Worldbuilders mapping site, Mapping site - Go Break It and Mapping site (again) - Moderators are about the development, bug collection/review and moderation of a mapmapking tool that was ...
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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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Vote to reopen: What are the military pros and cons of a low gravity world vs a high gravity one?

I would like to have this question un-held: What are the military pros and cons of a low gravity world vs a high gravity one? For context, these two questions were originally just the one question ...
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What to do if question gets marked as duplicate even after stating and demonstrating how it's different?

So, one of my questions I asked recently was suggested as being a duplicate by someone in the comments. I read through the question he said it was a duplicate of, and confirmed that it was different ...
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Should we generously allow questions that should be elsewhere but would never survive the VTC process?

In relation to this question. Edit: The original question has been edited. I'm delighted to see the OP working to make the question more appropriate for this site, but to fully understand my ...
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“Question Closed: Too Broad” despite numerous clarifications and stipulations

The question of interest is here: All Else Equal, would certain human types be better suited for living in an Ice Age? I'm not trying to be a poor sport or anything. In the past, I have had several ...
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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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How to be a close voter

The value of precedent One of the most important principles in organizing a just society is the equally applicable rule of law. Worldbuilding is, while perhaps seeming trivial compared to a nation, ...
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Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic?

I'm basically asking about questions which do have short, objective answers, but it may be subjective to determine which is the best answer. Like suppose mankind now has xyz technology, which ...
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Was my choice about the behavior of police not being worldbuilding wrong?

I might have made a mistake when I voted to close this question and I would like to improve my review skills. I explained my reason to close it in the comments. To whit, As written, the question ...
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How can questions be closed as being “primarily opinion-based” on Worldbuilding?

This question was fueled by the following question being put on hold: Reason for magical abilities. However, my meta question below applies to the pob close vote reason in general and I do not wish to ...
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Can a “too story-based” question be saved with the “In a world…” defense?

We have a rule that says that is a question is more centered on a story than on a world, then there should be a Vote To Close for being off-topic. For example: How to safely check if you are ...
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Are ideas about proposed world social structures inherently “primarily opinion-based”?

I read, and liked the question about Courier Ethics. I liked it enough to actually try and answer it. Later I returned to the question as a result of a comment on my answer. It took a minute before I ...
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The problem with opinion based questions

I've seen a few questions, including my own, being closed for being 'too opinion based'. My question is, what's wrong with that? I think that in the SE philosophy opinion based questions are bad ...
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Cold-hearted closing of this ice question makes me shiver

This question about how to reshape ice in my world was closed as too broad. However, I don't understand what it lacked in its edited version, where I specified how my world worked, what I wanted, ...
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Why was this question put on hold as unclear?

How fast can a plasma projectile move before it begins to fuse with the surrounding atmosphere? Closing something as unclear is one thing, but not writing there how it's unclear is an act, which ...
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Is it true that fluff is distracting?

People keep telling me that fluff is distracting, but I personally find this incorrect at best, and a big lie at worst. I mean, Austin's or Matpat's videos would be hard to remember if there wasn't ...
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Is “What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill?” a good fit for the site?

What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill? This question seems like a classic "List of X" problem, but it's scoped so strangely that the list could go on forever, or contain ...
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How was the question on a lethal joke off-topic when most [weapons] are on-topic?

I am referring to this: • Could a joke be funny enough to kill? Please discuss. I actually liked this question. We don't see much describing its placement in its world, but it was my understanding ...
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Is there hard data on close votes?

I'm wondering if there's any data/statistics on the percentage of close votes that age away vs end in closure vs end with the question being reopened here on Worldbuilding. Perhaps even some breakdown ...
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We say we don't allow reality checks of plot elements - but is it true?

Proposal to allow reality check was rejected, hard. See Should we finally allow reality checks of other plot elements? At the same time, there are questions like these two: Committing suicide by ...
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Are off-site resource requests off topic here? [duplicate]

I just saw this: Any websites with exhaustively long lists of dead planet types? on the homepage. Seems like it's​ just asking for a website with a list of x. I know this sort of question is frowned ...
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How to deal with “Please develop my High Concept” questions?

"Hello Community... I have a great idea for my Worldbuilding. Assume Earth and history as we know it, but in my world, Hitler died from whooping cough as a baby. What is my world like after this ...
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Too broad? Crashing Earth into the sun

So I came across this question asking about how the make the Earth hit the sun. It has many similar posts like this one about changing the moon's orbit or this answer about moving asteroids which ...
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How to get 'On hold' suffix removed

My first question was put 'on hold' due to some errors. Now that I have fixed them, how can I get that suffix removed?
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When is it OK for moderators to force-close questions?

I created a question yesterday which I believed was ok for the site: How to find the man who isn't there? This quickly raised some comments and answers from high-rep users and I received no down-...
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What is “too story based”?

What is the current litmus test and general consensus on a Q being “too story based”? I see many Q's do involve story to some extent but the close reason is “too story based”. I'm using the “Joe” ...
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“Primarily Opinion Based” is a reason to edit, not to close

In keeping with the remarks I made when running for moderator (see #3), I found this post from a relative newcomer as a perfect case. It has 13 answers including a high-voted accepted answer. So, ...
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So, I started with joke and people took it seriously. What can be done with the question?

Today, I got idea for a joke. Worldbuilding moderators are taking over the world! So, I posted it as a question Inspired by Facebook sysadmins preventing Cthulhu, my original idea was, that joke ...
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Why is this question about an underwater city off-topic?

This question was closed as off-topic. It's in the middle of being re-opened, but there's no point in fighting to close or re-open until a consensus is reached. It can't be answered because of a ...
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Proposal: ALL questions start “on hold” for 1 hour

I do not know if there is a way to adjust the SE software to accommodate this request, but this idea has come up REPEATEDLY in multiple meta discussions, so I'm formally proposing it. ALL new ...
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“Close >> migrate to another SE” : please add Physics SE and Biology SE as options

When we vote to close a question, one of the options is to move the question to another Stack Exchange. But the only one listed is Meta.Worldbuilding. The two I most frequently wish were there are ...
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Can we remove the Meta “opinion-based” tag?

Looking at a query of all closed meta questions, it seems we've never used the opinion-based close reason on meta. This site has been up for years, yet we've never found an "opinion-based" question ...
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I disagree with this question reason of closure

This question of mine got marked as primarily opinion-based. As I couldn't understand why, I asked for clarification in the comments, but received none. I do agree with @kingledion that it might be a ...
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Can we get a “bad assumption” option for closing questions?

There is a classic example of a question based on bad assumptions: "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" when you do not have a wife or, if you do, have never beaten her. What is the correct ...
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How do we define “building a world” in this meta?

So going through a few questions, I came across a question I felt was too story based and one that was closed as a result, and didn't really have anything to do with building a world.Being as new as I ...
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Why is “Why would a fire dragon still be afraid of torches?” not opinion-based?

Over the weekend, I noticed this question about why dragons would be afraid of fire. To me, it seemed like a pretty clear-cut case of an opinion-based question. There are currently 17 answers, each of ...
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Reopen consistent ecology in fantasy world?

The question How to construct a consistent ecology in an rpg fantasy world with monsters was closed because of of-topic, while I agree that the original question was, the most reacent edit should be ...
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“This question has multiple issues”

Sadly, there is always a steady influx of low quality questions, but that is not just on this corner on the SE network. I want to know if a review behaviour I have used for a while is reasonable, or ...
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Does “What are the implications?…” = Idea generation?

[To be clear, plenty of good questions are posed: "what are the implications on _____", or "what are the _____impliations?" I've got no problem with those. It's the un-scoped "what are the ...