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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 ...
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What happened to the idea generation close reason?

Why is the close reason "idea generation" gone? I have not heard really anything about the change, probably because I don't go on meta too often. Could someone point me to a post about it, or just ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

See also: When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"? 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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When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"?

See also: Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened? What criteria should I use when closing a question as Too Story Based?
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Can someone give me a good reason why my question was closed?

Recently, two of my questions were closed. It can be found here. The reason given for it being closed was, This is a very broad questions. It would have a lot of implications on social, economic, ...
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Can we ask "Most efficient way to use" questions?

Are "What is the most efficient way to use resource X/object Y ?" questions accepted on Worldbuilding SE ? If yes, what information should be added to make them neither opinion based or too broad? I ...
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How to improve my question before it's closed? [duplicate]

A question I asked has 3 close votes, what should I change about it before it's closed? The question is Cargo of a supernatural smuggler Is removing the "Bonus question" enough to prevent it from ...
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Aren't some questions becoming too localized?

Some questions like the following seem to be valueless to anybody except the question poster which is strictly against SE mentality where a question should hold value for all future readers and not ...
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Incorrect 'You have already raised this type of flag' notice

I just voted to close What language(s) would animals speak? as 'too broad'. When I again clicked on flag there are suddenly two 'already used' notifications: Is this a bug? Sorry for not drawing ...
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When are software-recommendation questions on topic?

This question about alternatives to wikis (to use to build an encyclopedia of one's world) is currently on hold. This question about map-making software is currently open. Both are software-...
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Questions that show a lack of basic research

This question on Dreaming was asked recently. Lets ignore the fact that its also off topic for now. When I googled the question I found that the top result was a comprehensive and well referenced ...
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Back It Up! policies

The Good Subjective/Bad Subjective guidelines talk a lot about what make for great questions and answers for subjective issues, and it primarily falls around Back It Up!: answers need to cite some ...

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