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Why is my question “too story-based”?

I recently asked this question. The controversial topic of the question aside (yes, I get that it's torture; I very explicitly said to keep it clinical), I was rather surprised to find that it was ...
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Is Universe Factory still alive?

It's simple, for a while now, Universe Factory (both the room and the site) shows no signs of life, which makes me sad. Now, I'm not saying I have much to post, in fact, making a 4-minute read ...
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Let me know what part of my question is opinion-based so I can fix it

How corrupt can a meritocratic government be without being perceived as such? I would like to know what's the opinion-based part of it, so that I may fix it (by replacing it with narrower and more ...
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Reminder to reviewers

Quite often, when browsing through the review queue history, I stumble upon cases where the reviewers apparently didn't do any real review but just clicked on "no action needed". The latest ...
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Past Username Registry

It's a simple fact that since Stack Exchange allows us to change our usernames, we do so occasionally. While I support this practice, it can be annoying on occasion, as it can confuse others and ...
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Are comments for suggested, but inadequate, answers?

I don't want to turn this into some sort of witch hunt on the example I've come across. So unless it's absolutely necessary I'll leave that out of this question. The question had a hard science tag, ...
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Policy Recommendation: We recommend that users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer

For some time we have had an unofficial policy that we recommend users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer. This unofficial policy has been transmitted through comments, usually ...
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The source(s) for my answer are NSFW. Should I link my sources?

I recently self-censored an answer, and I'm wondering if i should have. Regarding this question: Is it a good idea to shove your arm down a werewolf's throat if you only want to incapacitate them? ...
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What's up with the [worldbuilding-process] tag?

It seems like worldbuilding-process is just tacked on questions that it doesn't belong on. Some of these are just poor questions entirely, but many seem to be good worldbuilding questions about ...
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What is the genesis of ‘Obligatory XKCD’?

I have a simple and lighthearted but (I suspect) non-trivial question. Having seen the phrase ‘Obligatory XKCD’ a lot recently and used it often myself (There’s a lot of overlap between WB.SE and the ...
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When should I repost a question with modification versus editing an existing one?

I now realize that I've asked the wrong question here and was about to edit it to ask what languages I could combine to get the desired effect, but that's a pretty different question than how to make ...
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Help me understand the required level and relevance of “worldbuilding context” in questions that can be answered with real-world science

I want to ask in the context of the now-infamous gerrymandering question, which got removed because it did not do enough worldbuilding. It's not my question, and I have zero interest in seeing it put ...
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Should I accept the best answer or the answer I use?

I've gotten tons of different answers that were really helpful on my instant delivery time travel question, but I've come to a rather hard decision to make. I want to use one answer in the story, but ...
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Migration of Gerrymandering question

Can someone explain why the linked Anti-Gerrymandering question was migrated to Politics.SE? Build an Anti-Gerrymandering Political System It already had a wealth of answers, so obviously a number of ...
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Is it okay to edit?

So, a while back I posted this proposal for editing rules. @AlexP quickly responded in the extreme negative, calling it "a Vandal's Manifesto". According to him, the license placed on ...
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How do we get a cool popup when a question is asked?

I just visited SciFi.SE to post a "can anyone remember this book?" question when the most amazing popup appeared! I want a cool popup like this! A popup with some concise, succinct, and ...
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Is it bad to ask a question if I have no intent of pursuing the idea seriously in some work of fiction?

I've asked a fair share of questions here, but only a few pertain to ideas I actually pursued seriously in a game or short story. Many of my questions are little more than a fictional curiosity to ...
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How can I draw attention to a Sandbox item (proposed question posted as an answer)?

It is my very first encounter with the Sandbox which is a great idea especially for newbies. However I have noticed that I have received very little feedback for my item and I am wondering about what ...
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Why was my comment suggesting studying history, deleted?

I made a comment on How do I maintain a region of permanent political instability? to the end that Europe up until WW2 is effectively the answer, and that a basic study of history would provide that ...
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Should there be a 'frame-challenge' tag?

Understanding that there has been discussions about frame challenges in the past, notably in this question and this other question (plus certain others), is there any disputable reason why there is ...
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Proposal for Editing Rules

@elemtilas recently proposed in this comment that we, as a community, establish some guidelines for editing. Since I do quite a bit of editing, I have decided to accept his challenge and make a ...
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See Proposal for Editing Rules [duplicate]

Go here: Proposal for Editing Rules Note to L. Dutch: do nòt roll back and do not "protect" this question. This question should be closed. All further answers or comments should be referred ...
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Is a single rude remark inside an otherwise good answer grounds for deleting the whole answer?

I recently stumbled across this deleted answer (10k+ users only). It seems like a good enough answer to the question it was posted on, with a fair amount of detail, but was deleted by a moderator as ...
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Is personally editing an answer to change from up/down votes after the 25 minute mark intended?

First Scenario: Edits so Upvotes can be Changed to Downvotes Recently I found an interesting occurrence when going to re-edit one of my answers. One of my answers were edited by a person, so they ...
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My answer about using flags as weapons remains deleted. I would like it undeleted please

I answered this question about using flags as weapons with the Pulitzer prize winning photo of exactly that. I included an encouragement for Americans to vote. I expected some down votes from people ...
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Should we delete all tags that have fewer than 10 uses and have not been used in the past 2 years?

Often times, we see tags that have fewer than 10 uses and have had no uses for 2+ years. It is likely that people are unaware of them. So should we use a bot to autodelete tags like these?
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Should [beer] be moved to [alcoholic-beverages]?

Today, I was surprised that Worldbuilding Stack Exchange has a tag called [beer], yet there were no tags called [wine], [alcohol], or [alcoholic-beverages]. In addition, there were many questions ...
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When and how to challenge the back story?

I was in the middle of answering this newly asked question when it was deleted by the author. It had been up for 30 minutes. I can't read the OP's mind, but I suspect the question was closed because ...
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Should [fairy] exist? It's such a vague concept

Question has been technically answered. Fairy is now a redirect for Fantasy-Races. Should fairy exist? It's currently used in 7 questions so far... 1 because I added it in forgetting that I don't put ...
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Is Dark Mode being considered for worldbuilding?

I couldn't sleep last night and was browsing my phone for a couple hours waiting for the blue light to completely ruin my chances of getting any shut eye. Dark Mode which I had enabled, which is ...
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Reedited question that completely changes meaning of an already posted answers

I am asking about advice, because after a strong comment-battle with JBH in this and this question I am completely puzzlled. The story goes like this: I have asked a question about killing all ...
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How to check tag description on SE mobile app?

I suppose this question could belong on any meta site, but I'm in this one because recently I asked a SE:WB question and couldn't readily choose between two tags: [interstellar-travel] and [...
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I have a question related to worldbuilding but I'm not sure if it belongs here

Ok, so I have a fictional world known as ''Ovuran''. The native ''Ovurani Humans'' have absolutely no concept of ''obscenity'', this means that their society is radically, traditionally and ...
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My world is heavily religious. Why is it so hard to have a good question?

So at first, let's talk about backgrounds of my world: God In my world, God is not omnipotent. God gave up his omnipotency in spite of creating the truth values (Falsity and Truth). He is still in ...
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(All) Creature questions should specify whether or not they require the creature to be of Earth-derived biology

There is no good term for it, which is surprising... you'd think that some science fiction author or another would have come up with a word/term for the taxonomy above kingdom, the one that specified ...
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Guidelines for migration from Science Fiction & Fantasy

I'm putting together an effort on Science Fiction & Fantasy to give users guidance for when they should migrate1 a question from SFF to a different site on the network. World Building doesn't have ...
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The page background lags my laptop

I must not be the only person who experiences this. When scrolling down or up there is a noticeable frame-rate drop. What is intended to be smooth ends up been jerky and my processor tries to figure ...
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We cannot host gruesome depictions of violence, the [torture] tag has it and needs cleaning up

You recently had a discussion about torture which prompted our own discussion internally - and while we believe there are legitimate cases for discussing torture, there is currently some content ...
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How Do I ask Good world building Questions

Hello I just joined the stack exchange yesterday and multiple times have come across where my question was not understandable and that can sometimes be because I procrastinate and can be very lazy, if ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers because you dislike a question?

There are a lot of interesting question here on Worldbuilding and some of them kind of skirt the line of what some people could consider 'socially acceptable'. That's because, from our perspective, ...
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“Am I asking too many questions?” Is it okay to ask more than you answer?

Context: in the Writer's Group subreddit, there's the rule that you have to critique, not just submit drafts/stories to be critiqued, which makes me think what I'm doing right now is very wrong. If ...
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Should [medical] and [medicine] be merged?

medical has 89 questions as of now and the following short and long descriptions: For questions about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injury. This tag describes questions ...
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Should the [tag:execution] tag be removed?

While reviewing Most painful way to kill somebody with 10 bullets? I looked up the torture and execution tags. Their definitions aren't great in context of worldbuilding, and I think that's ...
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Why do we [torture] ourselves with this tag?

I don't see how torture can be used for world building. The tag text says: For questions about the application of mental or physical suffering, usually without the intent to kill. I'm trying to ...
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What problems does this question have?

The question Anatomically Correct Lamia has received numerous downvotes, but without any comments to say what problems there are to fix. What problems does this question have?
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Fiction/art about the process of Worldbuilding?

I’d like to ask members of the Worldbuilding community: can you recommend any fiction, poetry, film, or other media about the process of world-building? To clarify, I’m not asking for works that are ...
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Are questions opinion-based when asking about the behaviour of people in the aggregate?

A question is opinion-based when, in a nutshell, the answer is "whatever you want the plot to do". For example, a question where the answer is dependent on the story character's motivations ...
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How do you find a chat room that doesn’t appear when you click on it?

Hey guys I really want to find this chat room from u/Valerio Pastore. But like, I can’t find it. I really want to view the messages on here, so how do I find it?
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Should we distinguish between “science fiction” and “sci-fi”?

This recent question, reality check - How big could a space-ship get while still being plausible? - Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, reminded me of the difference between real "science fiction" ...
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What's the official stance on physics-based questions that show no research effort? [duplicate]

Example: How big could a space-ship get while still being plausible? It's asking about what sort of energy expenditure would be necessary to move a moon-sized starship capable of effective-faster-than-...

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