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Is it time to officially close and terminate all questions applying to the Anatomically Correct Series?

The Anatomically Correct Series has been a treasured Worldbuilding tradition for seven years. Some amazing questions and even more amazing answers have contributed to the series. But... Back in 2020 a ...
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Close voters could consider editing flawed questions instead of closing them

Lots of questions get closed on WB stack. Sometimes the reasons are obvious and fixable: a good example is that the new user put too many questions into the single question. When new users get their ...
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Would a very-specific "How would X influence Y" question be closed?

If you're go on Worldbuilding often enough, eventually your bound to see a closed question that sounds something like this: How would human society be different if a super-cosmic-death-ray was ...
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Please help me fix my question

My question over here: Integrating Earth into interstellar empire Despite getting a decent amount of upvotes and answers it was closed as being too story-based. Earlier sphennings indicated that it ...
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On bringing closed questions with answers on topic?

If an off topic gets an answer before closing, logic suggests that whatever answers may have been submitted must be off topic as well. The possibility of making a post that has value to the community, ...
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A Plea for Consistent Close-Voting

I don't believe it's a surprise to anyone that I'm an advocate of swift question closure. I'd rather have a chance to help a user produce a great question than suffer the problems that come with ...
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What is this question missing to prevent it being reopened?

I have edited this closed question to provide some details that a few commentators mentioned were missing and submitted it for reopening. The reopen was rejected and the feedback is insufficient for ...
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For what exact reason is my question is considered opinion based?

For what exact reason is my question "What are the minimum historical changes that would permit the use of paratroopers at the beginning of World War I?" is considered opinion based? For ...
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Died of a Theory: A Challenge for Too Story Based and Fishing for Ideas Questions

I wanted to test a theory. I wanted to see what would happen if a question that asked for a narrow list of ideas would react on the site now that a week or two of my previous meta post asking how to ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

Being the most creative and imaginative Stack in the Stack Exchange library has a handful of disadvantages. Stack Exchange's basic behavior is to expect a single objective and answerable question that ...
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Why was the jaguar armour question closed?

Would a taxidermied jaguar make decent armour? The question was closed without explanation, and I am making a Meta post hoping to find out why. Questions along the lines of "would this material ...
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Is it possible and reasonable to add "This is a high concept question" to the list of community-specific reasons to close a question?

Edit: An incredibly valuable example of why we should add "This is a high concept question" to the VTC reasons is this question: What would happen if the salt in the oceans disappeared? The ...
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Closed question "This question needs details or clarity" but without explanation of what should be more detailed of clarified

This question has been closed with the reason: "This question needs details or clarity" I had already replied in the comments some clarifications. It is not clear to me though what further ...
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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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Are we too harsh on the so-called "opinion-based" questions?

Let me start from the disclaimer that I understand perfectly well that questions like "what color an invading alien armada spaceships would be" or "what would my superhero decide to do ...
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Why are 'plausible magic' questions so poorly received?

Let's say I have a question such as the following: I want my race of fantasy avians to have a crest of beautiful, long, iridescent feathers. If I don't care how they came to be in the first place (...
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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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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

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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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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