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The fourth annual holiday bountapalooza

The last three years, we've had an unofficial holiday bountapalooza, which we run concurrently with Winter Bash. It's about giving back to the community by placing bounties on questions that need ...
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Intentional attacks in Answers

This question asks an abstract question about a hypothetical (and probably evil) religion. It's a good question and deserves a good answer. However User "Adrian - Justice for Monica" chose not to ...
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What does “- Reinstate Monica” mean?

So, I was looking around on Meta lately, and I saw a bunch of people with "- Reinstate Monica" in their usernames. What does this mean?
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What to do if your question/answer is downvoted out of bias

So, I was looking around recently, and I saw several answers/questions which were downvoted because people thought that "Oh, that science is 'incorrect'", when the person actually proves in their ...
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Is it known when the next Community Moderation election will be?

I missed the last election period and would like to make sure that I don't miss the next one, but when I looked at the last dates it had been on it was twice in February and once in July. Is it ...
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We need more editors

How am I supposed to earn the badge for approving edits if the only people making edits are those whose edits don’t need approval?! :-) Ok... more seriously: I think more users in our community ...
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Exactly what makes my question too broad?

I recently asked the following question: How can I break down the task of designing alien commodities and items? Very frustratingly, it currently has 34 close votes for being too broad. (It will very ...
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Can the fairy-iron question be saved by worldbuilding our own world?

This question as asked was correctly (in my opinion, see note below) put on hold: Why is "Cold Iron" the only thing that can harm faeries? I’m not here to argue about that. :-) What I want ...
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Something Weird is Happening with Reputation

In my time using this site, I have noticed that when I have more than 200 earned reputation from upvotes, that I instead get only 200. I already know that this is by design, so this is not an issue. ...
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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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Make [simulation] a synonym of [virtual-reality]

Most of the few questions we have tagged as simulation are really about immersive virtual-reality, a much more common tag. There's one question asking about a software tool (and was closed as off-...
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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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How can I make this question answerable?

This question: A large planet composed of all natural elements is created. What happens? How can I make this question answerable? Basically, I just wanted to know what would happen if dozens of ...
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Is asking for advice or critique on your world on-topic here?

This recent question is a little baffling and very long-winded, but it seems OP's intended "question" is asking for advice, critique, or feedback on their construction of their matriarchy so far. Is ...
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∴ [math] ≡ [mathematics]

The math should be merged into mathematics, and a synonym relation set up, with mathematics as the canonical tag. Ideally, maths would also exist as a synonym.
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What should I do with my World? and Where do I store it?

What should I do with this world that all of you guys have helped me build? I've thought about writing short stories, or just making it to make it. I love making it but sometimes I wonder what I can ...
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How do I delete my StackExchange account?

I created an account here to merely post a comment pointing out the error of logic in an accepted answer, and thereby show that the accepted answer is, in actuality, incorrect. Since I do not have the ...
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Help controlling a misguided “frame challenge answer” which has created a debate

A user wrote this non-answer seemingly quite upset about many of my cultural/sociological/logistical/and scientific premises. He openly admits "Disclaimer: yes, I know the above is not an answer." ...
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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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Is it a nuisance to ask multiple questions on one subject?

I’m building a creature and have needed to conceive locomotion, aerodynamics, structural design and other reality-based features. I have done this through several different questions, in an iterative ...
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How is this an answer?

I have flagged this answer as spam the first time, which was declined. Then I realized, "Oh yeah true, I guess it's not really spam per say." So then I flagged it as "not an answer", but the flag was ...
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What is reality check suppose to be?

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 apologize if I've broken any rules ...
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Symbiosis tag please?

At the root of every ecology is a biome filled with co-dependant organisms. Things which just evolved together over time - frogs hiding in trees, Egrets riding on oxen, ramoras riding on sharks, cows ...
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Should there be a 'husbandry' tag?

I recently asked this question about how many people would be required to care for a particular menagerie. It's tagged farming and zoology, which could be worse, but neither tag quite fits the topic, ...
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Should I Start Flagging Answers on Underdeveloped Questions?

I've been thinking about doing this for a while now, and this question and answer got me thinking I should start doing it. As @L.Dutch stated: Not all users, sadly, stitch to the "answer only well ...
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Ever appropriate to just make the edit to a multi question question?

I arrived at this Q right after it was posted. How strong would graphene armour be? What is the best design and how would it impact warfare? Both Starfish Prime and I saw the problem of it asking 2 ...
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How long do you have to undelete your post?

I'd like to know how long I have to change my mind if I delete one of my posts. I deleted some of my sandbox questions several weeks ago and they're still there, but I don't know how long they stay or ...
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Should Proofreader be a Silver Badge?

The badge is as follows: Proofreader Approve or reject 100 suggested edits However, considering the fact that one needs 2,000 reputation in order to do so: I ...
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What does this answer have that makes it spammy, rude or abusive?

A long time ago we had this question: City defenses against kaiju attacks? Which, in TL;DR form would read: How can civilization fend off against Godzilla sized beasts I had an answer there ...
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Should there be a 'tails' tag for questions specific to tails (humanoid or otherwise)?

Wings and tails are common sci-fi/fantasy topics, especially for humanoids. A recent top new question without a 'tails' tag made me realize I'd subscribe or watch such a tag if it existed. I checked ...
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Should We Change Upvoting Functionality for Comments?

If you upvote a comment and then try to remove the upvote, you get the following message: Are you sure you want to undo your upvote on this comment? You will not be able to upvote it again And ...
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How to get a question reopened?

I have this question here, "Internment Camp for Magical Creatures" which was put on hold - and looking back I can see why. Since it was put on hold I have edited it, added details and made it much ...
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Why Was This Question So Well-Received?

Contrary to most questions on here asking "Why was this question closed?" or "Why did I get downvotes?", today I'm actually concerned with the opposite. Why was the following question so well-...
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Please don't vent frustration by going against the rules

This question should be closed as story based: How to give a rationality-inducing drug to an entire software company? It seems to be a jab at SE for "firing" one of the site's moderators, Monica ...
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People Keep Asking Science Questions

I've noticed that a lot of people are asking science questions without giving any kind of worldbuilding context. I have been guilty of this in the past. It can be tempting to post a question that you ...
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Can we discuss a single character issues here?

How is this question about world-building and not story-building / story writing? Can I hide one of my siamese twins heads in public? It is tagged with creature-design, but it is clearly about ...
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The Sandbox will need extra attention

Today I discovered what I can only describe as the juvenile nonsense surrounding Monica Cellio's dismissal as a moderator. I've spent hours wading through it and almost coming to tears over it. No ...
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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 ...
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What Are the Requirements for the Tenacious and Unsung Hero Badges?

Nobody has gotten the following badges, and nobody ever will: Tenacious Zero score accepted answers: more than 5 and 20% of total. ...
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Moderator resignation

The past several days have been turbulent across the Stack Exchange network, to say the least. In fact, more so than what has been the usual case even lately. The immediate situation came to a head ...
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Thoughts from Worldbuilding Stack Exchange moderators on the dismissal of Monica Cellio

On Friday, September 27th, Monica Cellio was removed from her position as a moderator without warning by Stack Overflow, Inc. She had been a moderator on Worldbuilding, Mi Yodeya, The Workplace, Beer ...
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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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I'm not understanding what is acceptable and not acceptable here

There was one question that I saw yesterday which I thought was very interesting, but I didn't think had a single definitive answer, If I travelled back in time to invest in X company to make a ...
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How to Choose a Best Answer When Portions of My Question are Answered in Different Answers?

I've run into this problem many times already. When someone answers, they might answer only part of my question. The next answer will intentionally answer a different part of the question since it was ...
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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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Taking some issues

A little frustrated here, but my motive is to discuss issues, not inflame things. I gravitated to this site with the intent of helping people construct their worlds, likely by contributing my ...
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Is background lore considered worldbuilding or storytelling?

I'm hoping to ask a question related to a funny narrator anecdote similar to what you find in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though with some interaction with the main character. However, I'm not ...
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Asking about legal scenarios

Say I'm building the grounds for a story, but I'm concerned with the specific legal arguments that would revolve a given hypothetical situation. I could ask a legal question on law.stackexchange, but ...
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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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Where (on the internet) can I get help brainstorming plot problems?

Robert Cartaino has repeatedly closed proposals on Area51 with the argument that brainstorming questions don't fit the Stack Exchange model. Due to that policy, story based questions are off topic on ...