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How should we respond to dead links?

I saw this answer containing a dead link to a website with lots of ads that does not redirect (I used a redirect tracker. So how can we alert the mods to delete it?
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How should I modify my question about orks on the step to reopen it?

In this question How can human and orcish tribes cooexist on the steppe? I tried to ask how orkish tribes could coexist on the steppe with a human khanate. In my mind this is a question about nations ...
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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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Is the distinction between closure reasons too small?

As a long-time user of the site, I know the current "Needs more focus" closure reason used to be called "Too broad" and have been applying it that way. However, it occurred to me when reading and ...
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Why my question about Orbital Pizza Delivery is off-topic?

I recently posted Orbital Pizza Delivery. It got closed as off-topic. It was claimed that it was more properly related to Physics.SE. Yet, the questions below seem fine, even when dealing mostly ...
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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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Why don't people explain votes to close?

It looks like Can I have snow "near" (somewhere with the climate of) San Diego? is going to be closed due to "lack of clarity". I don't understand why it is unclear, and despite requests for ...
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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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What reason do I select in order to vote to close poorly written questions?

Every once in a while I will come across a question that is just so poorly written that I don't think it could be saved by providing critiques and giving the asker a chance to fix it. The most common ...
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Why was my question closed as “too story-based”?

How can unconditional physician-assisted suicide be approved for anyone 18 or older? was closed wrongly. "You are asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world. ...
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Is there a home for opinion-based questions?

I can’t remember which question got me thinking, but after seeing several questions that were put on hold for being too opinion-based, I wondered where these questions can even be asked. Is there an ...
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My Question Was Marked as a Duplicate and it Doesn't Make Any Sense

This question was single-handedly marked as a duplicate by a user with a Gold Badge privilege. As such, only 3 votes to close were needed. First of all, I referenced the duplicate question before even ...
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Is this question really off-topic?

I don't know much about the tags or rules in Meta, since I usually just briefly lurk, so I'd appreciate it if someone can fix the tags to be more appropriate and I apologise if I've broken any rules ...
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What Am I Doing Wrong?

I have asked a dozen questions now and have received negative feedback on most of them, with each question having at least one vote to close, and others getting down votes. I am especially frustrated ...
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How to deal with changing close-vote reasons

I love seeing users edit their on hold/closed questions after getting some feedback about how to improve them, all the more so if in doing so they resolve the initial problem. However, it's not ...
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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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Site Policy: Judging When a Question is a Duplicate

For anyone who knows the kind of question I post, I put a great deal of effort into making sure a question is unique. I check the site for similar questions to see if those answer the one I would ...
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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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Inconsistency in closure of story-based questions

I don't want to encourage extra closures and I certainly don't want to close any of the following. In fact I prefer to keep them open. How would a superhero who needs to fall asleep to use his powers ...
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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 is ...
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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 ...