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Help Center Upgrade: The Future of Storybuilding

Thank you for your help reviewing the first post: We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts We've got an idea ...
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When should a question with the `hard-science` tag be on one of the Science SE sites?

The hard-science tag is very vague on when it should be used. Yes, there's a wiki on the main site here that says how to use it on this site, but what 'markers,' if you will, suggest whether a ...
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A request to undelete my answer

My answer to the question Can an Alcubierre drive be built by starlifting? was deleted as not providing an answer to the question. This is factually untrue. And since our goal is to help you with an ...
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Is there any high concept question test more specific than the book test?

To clarify first, I'm not trying to get rid of this policy. I'm just trying to ask if there are any better signs that something might be high concept before I waste my time and the curators time ...
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Should we do something about some lesser used and practially synonymous tags?

There's a lot of very little used tags with no tag wiki that are used on practically identical questions. I think we should make a lot of them synonymous considering there's no reason i can see for ...
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We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts

@HDE226868 has agreed to help us update the Help Center pages. I believe it's time for a fairly thorough review of what we want for the next stage in the Stack's lifespan. It's an opportunity we're ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Do we want to enable a banner stating that AI content is banned on WB.SE?

There is a post on Meta.Stackexchange stating that it is now possible for SE sites to enable a banner that states that AI content is banned or must be cited. Since AI Content is banned on ...
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How can we make the "where to site a backup colony" question more focused?

The refers to the question If 30% of global military spending for the next 30 years were instead spent on an "intelligent life" backup colony, where should we site it and why? [closed]. The ...
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WB Stack Moderator Referendum?

I miss the Worldbuilding stack. I left because I did not like getting my ideas deleted by moderators. And it occurred to me: what if WB stack had different moderators? I think the current ...
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Should we burn the Tactics tag?

The tactics tag has 140 questions and is defined as: Summary For questions about short term actions, often in a military context. Consider also [military]. Wiki Empty A quick review of questions ...
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Is this question asking "Which of these federal agency would investigate an unmanned, radioactive UFO crash" acceptable?

I'll keep this brief: In a previous post on the official site, it was brought to my attention that the question, linked here (Which Law Enforcement/Government Agencies Would Be Called to Respond to ...
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Alternate reality, is seeking help to understand reality permissible?

Alternate reality requires understanding reality, should we help? Worldbuilding Stack Exchange exists to help users in their worldbuilding. One particular branch of worldbuilding is alternate reality, ...
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Advice: What is Worldbuilding?

The official statement about worldbuilding in the Help Center is this: Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a site for designers, writers, artists, gamers and enthusiasts to get help creating imaginary ...
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What are some alternatives to Worldbuilding Stack Exchange that are “brainstorming sites”?

I will admit, I’m not in the best mood after this, so I’m going to keep this streamlined to avoid me losing my cool and turning this question into a rant full of… choice words. Either way, I’m asking ...
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Please take a moment to clear outdated comments from the Sandbox

My sincere thanks to everyone who participates in the Sandbox! We've built up a growing list of deleted posts (very normal!) and they could use a bit of maintenance to keep the web page from becoming ...
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Are frame challenges in comments disallowed, and if so by what policy, and can this be more clearly communicated to users?

(I am setting this up as a separate question to focus on this issue alone, without being mixed with other stuff.) It has recently come to my attention that at least some moderators consider frame ...
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Problematic moderation actions

On this question What would the effects of a space based laser weapon system capable of tracking and destroying any projectile posing a threat to human life? there were a series of what I'd consider ...
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Can we include a "spherical-cow" tag?

I recently added a spherical-cow tag to the list of available tags, and applied it to an excellent candidate, but it was removed. You could call this a "why" or "why not" question, ...
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We've suddenly begun beating the snot out of new(ish) users - and that's saying something coming from me

Two things have changed recently. A lot of new users have begun using the site. Not surprisingly, they're not seriously reading the tour or the Help Center. And none of them save one are showing up ...
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How to limit the range of answers to questions which are not technically considered opinion based?

TLDR; Specifically this is about the last mile problem, not about opinion basis. Though I'll grant that opinion basis is related and perhaps implicit. Note: I may be incorrect in my interpretation of ...
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Merge Middle-Ages and Medieval tags

middle-ages and medieval are exactly synonymous. They are two different names for the time period and culture of Europe between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. I suggest keeping Medieval as it ...
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Should we have a [role] tag?

There are a lot of questions asking after a potential role for a certain creature or device. Since other tags will narrow down potential use (which is nevertheless usually beneficial to prevent ...
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What are the limits of open-endedness, hypotheticality, and encouragement of "discussion-based or extremely long answers", are they too subjective?

Per the tour on the main stack, querents should not ask "Questions with too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer". Also, per the help center, querents should ...
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Will we have a Holiday Bountapalooza this year?

The holiday bountapolooza is (was... shall be again...) an invitation to search for and place bounties on deserving questions and/or answers. It not only helps get people in the mood to post bounties ...
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What do you think about a fake bounty? (this isn't exactly click-bait...)

I would like to draw attention to one and, eventually, more questions that I've posted that have community wiki answers. The Bounty system isn't really designed for that, but it's the most obvious way ...
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Why do people link the word "edit" in their comments?

Open question. I'm curious why some people make the word "edit" in their comments a hyperlink to the edit action. Particularly why they do when responding to users who are not exactly new to ...
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Restore space-exploration as a separate tag from space-travel

I have been working on a story for some time similar to Andy Weir’s Hail Mary Pass that involves deep space observation in search of a probe target and as very often happens I have to use three of my ...
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Restore the aerodynamics tag as distinct from flight

The overlap between aerodynamics and flight is far too small to link these categories as synonyms. Only a small subset of things which fly (in fictional worlds) rely on a subset of aerodynamic ...
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Do we need to attribute the work of others if we include it in our posts?

I've noticed that some users on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange include images and text in their posts, either questions or answers, that are sourced from elsewhere and are not their own work. As a ...
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Why, exactly, was Robert's answer deleted?

Regarding this answer, which I'll duplicate here in the case of people who can visit Meta but can't see deleted content. There is a significant debate about this going on in the scifi community. We ...
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(Not so?) Suspicious Deletion of Suspicious AI Generated Responses

Regarding this question, in light of this policy. I think we can all agree in principle that AI generated text has no real place here in Worldbuilding, with the possible exception of queries about AI ...
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Chat is back! The Factory Floor is once again open for business

Stack Exchange has historically distinguished itself from forums by following a very matter-of-fact philosophy: questions, answers, comments, and no chit-chat. While this helps folks get answers to ...
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Advice: real facts vs. worldbuilding rules

There is a LOT of information in the world and unlike the days of yore, it's available instantly. Most of that information is good. Some of it is bad. Some of it is really bad. But even if we only ...
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Policy Proposal: We do not engineer technologies

We are receiving questions asking for us to factually invent an idea or technology with increasing frequency. The questions are usually asked by people with insufficient education but a strong desire ...
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Trying to understand why a relevant post with a peer-reviewed paper directly linked to was considered "low quality"

The structure of this website makes it every difficult to speak to people on the other side of a set of moderation buttons, leading to confusion and infuriation. This is one such situation where peer-...
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Regarding tags related to nuclear phenomena

I noticed that we have both the strong-force and weak-force tags, both of which I feel should be absorbed by the nuclear tag. I also noticed we have both the radioactivity and radiation tags. In this ...
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Regarding the tag info for the 'aliens' tag

The tag info for the aliens tag states: For questions about a different and uncharacteristic species or object that has come to the world from another world. NOT for questions about extraterrestrials ...
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Should the hard-science tag be retired?

It is evident that many of the people who use it either don't read the guidance, or are very confused about the scientific accuracy of a lot of popular media. I suspect they think they know what "...
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How should we deal with "vexatious questions?"

I define "vexatious questions"1 as a series of questions from the same user that are minor iterations on a theme or idea. The first question in the series contributed to worldbuilding. The ...
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Found a potential answer to my own question, but didn't get feedback on it. How do I fix that?

A few days after I posted this question, I hitting upon this potential answer to it and posted it to get feedback on it, but the only response to it was strictly to tell me how to use superscripts (I ...
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Case Study: The Consequence of Inadequate Comments

UPDATE: Amber's original question has been undeleted and the new question closed as a duplicate. It looks like that new question has since been deleted (honestly, it didn't need to be this complicated....
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Question closed despite lack of legitimate complaints

I believe that one (or perhaps several) of the votes toward closing my most recent question constitute an abuse of voting privileges rather than having legitimate issues with the question. Certainly, ...
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I think my question on the 1/72 scale nuke should be opened and was closed for blatantly wrong reasons

I asked about how much damage/the area of effect of a 1/72 cockroach nuke a week or so ago. I got several answers, but It would have been preferable if it stayed open. Here is the link: How big would ...
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Should we burn the video-games tag?

A recent question asking for advice about what the boss in their video game should be tagged their question video-games. The tag has no summary and no wiki. The first question tagged with the tag was ...
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What should we do about tag wiki excerpts?

Recently, I've been going around and creating tag wiki excerpts. At first, I was wondering about the usefulness of such work-but after a few accepts, it seemed like a good idea. After a few (not-so) ...
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Advice: Prohibiting a branch of science in my world

A recent question asked what weapons a society would use if magic (specifically a mage) could stop the ignition of gunpowder and similar explosives. It was a different spin on a popular type of ...
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What proof would we accept that an otherwise 3rd-party world belongs to a Stack Exchange user?

Relevant post: How much and how powerful would a "phlebotinium" bomb launched from orbit be to create an artificial sea? A new user, @JustKherty, has posted a question about a publicly ...
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Edit rejected for deviating from the original intent of a post

I proposed a series of minor edits on this question earlier today; and as the title says, was rejected for deviating from the author's intent. I have a vague idea of which portions of my edit probably ...
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Answer deleted. Explanation is warranted

The question: How would a primitive people recharge energy weapons in a hard science fiction setting? Pretty straight-foward. Author is asking how a primitive society could recharge energy weapons, ...
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