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Should I edit/improve my 6 year old but still being voted/commented on (accepted) answer?

My answer to the question What would make scientists realize they were on a flat world? still keeps getting votes and comments. I've long since concluded that some of them are spot on and my answer ...
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Does building a character's backstory count as world building?

Does the worldbuilding stack accept questions relating to a single character. For example, how they might have gotten a specific injury, or what might have lead to them having a certain type of ...
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How would wars be fought in the future between major powers while avoiding mutually assured destruction if that is even possible? [closed]

I want to be become a video game developer make a video game about war in the future between major powers. I want the plot of my game to be more realistic than typical video games about future wars. ...
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Inhouse widgets?

Some of the other SE sites have some real formatting wizardry going on: chess allows for move by move playback in the post, others have video embedding features. Although not all posts on WB would ...
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What is the third-party world rule? [duplicate]

I've seen a lot of comments on questions that say things like 'Questions about third-party worlds are not on topic'. If you like to comment this, then that's fine. You're as free to say it as you are ...
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Does using third-party "Ideas" make a question off-topic for WB:SE?

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery ...and everyone does it. I have been badgered quite heavily with accusation that inserting "Mi-Go-like" creatures into my world somehow forfeit'...
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Canonical Delphicity is the line we must observe in judging third-party worlds

Entirely too much bandwidth and moderator time is being invested in quashing the victimless crime of using borrowed terms in a query under the false pretense that such terms invade some third-party ...
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Are questions involving mythical creatures on-topic? Is folklore different from 3rd-party worlds?

This discussion spun off from the most recent ACS debate but it should by no means be taken as an opinion either way on the ACS format. Whether that specific tag/series is kept or axed makes no ...
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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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How far can we push the term worldbuilding?

I don’t know how much discussion has been on a topic like this already, but allow me to explain. The term "world-building" was first used in the Edinburgh Review in December 1820 and ...
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Please review the updated tag wikis for internal-consistency, science-fiction, science-based, and hard-science

The tag wikis for the following tags have been updated based on the results of If we can't burn the "reality check" tag, can we rename it? internal-consistency science-fiction science-...
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Please Help Clear the Tag Synonym Queue

The tag synonym approval queue is not part of the regular review queues. In fact, it's a bit hard to find. There are currently five synonym suggestions dating from 2017 (yeah, five years ago) waiting ...
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Does using the tags [science-based] and [time-travel] in tandem make any sense?

IMHO, time travel (into the past) is fantasy. It is proven to be nigh-impossible, affects causality, there are dozens of resources discussing the vagarities and impossibilities of time-traveling to ...
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Is there a stack exchange similar to Worldbuilding Stack Exchange but for suggestions on developing plot/character rather than setting/lore?

Looking for a stack exchange where I can ask a question describing the context of a story/character idea, and request ideas on how to fill in certain holes or develop it so that it fits certain events ...
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If we can't burn the "reality check" tag, can we rename it?

Conclusion: The tag wikis have been updated and the new reality-check tag made a synonym of science-based. Users can conveniently find links to the modified tags here: Please review the updated tag ...
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How am I supposed to get people to use "facts and citations" for a question about a completely fictional environment?

Relating to This question, how can I ask contributors to include "facts and citations" in a question about a completely fictional world? It's science fiction, so all facts are relative to ...
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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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Why does this question have to be an encyclopedia?

This question is currently closed for lacking details. However, the details it has been accused of lacking seem suspect. Specifically, the sorts of details asked of it are facts and definitions of ...
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Should the Writing stackexchange be added to the list of sites for migration?

I've done a vote-close on a number of bugs where I would have liked to mark it as needing to be migrated to https://writing.stackexchange.com, but the only migration destination location available in ...
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Are there hidden questions where there is an onus on the reader to explain all background?

In a previous question, L.Dutch, a moderator, noted as a standard that mecha were impossible. and so the burden was on us to explain why they were possible. That very element making mecha possible in ...
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What if an opener uses tags that can prevent story-based closure?

There's this question.. several peer mods labeled this as story based in the comments, but in my opinion there is no close reason, because of the tags, which point at the political system, not ...
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Is it acceptable for a question to have no accepted answer?

I posted a question which is getting a great amount of traction and some great answers, which are all making my imagination spark and buzz. On other Stack Exchange sites, questions usually have one ...
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Can I ask questions based on some other website / authors work? [duplicate]

Is it appropriate to ask questions based on other people's work? I found this really cool sci-fi invention on someone else's page. Can I post the material here and ask for a second opinion? Should I ...
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Do we need to justify every worldbuilding question with scientific criteria?

I recently made a question about giant mechs. I was criticized heavily for not justifying my answer by not having mechs, as mechs are scientifically implausible. For example Graham said this. @...
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Why was this "realistic map" question reopened?

This question – Is my map realistic? – was closed for being too vague and/or opinion-based. The asker was advised to clarify the nature of the question and provide necessary information. The asker ...
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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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Call for action: realistic map wiki

I have noticed that quite often we get questions along the line of "I am creating my world, I have come up with a map, does it make sense?" You can find a list here These questions do rarely ...
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Common Points don't make a Duplicate

Human creativity, while extremely powerful, is not infinite; we are bound by our inspirations and our extent in time, so that even all the ideas in the world can be noted down upon a finite sheet Our ...
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Should the Feudalism and Neo-feudalism have separate tags?

I was considering adding the neo-feudalism tag but thought to ask here first. They are distinct concepts but I predict it is nuanced and specialized enough that blindly making the tag will see ...
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Could Neverland be built on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange today?

Let me open by saying, worlds are big It is fair to say that many novels have more than double the content involved in worldbuilding as they do in story and plot. Publishers have a special allowance ...
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Advice to Querents asking "is X plausible or realistic?"

A July 2022 renovation of the reality-check tag and others has changed the context of this question. It is now obsolete. Please see the following question and the link under "Conclusion." If ...
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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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What about splitting the WB physics tag in physics-past and physics-future?

When you see questions with a physics tag on WB, lots of comments and answers (and closures) immediately start to assess correctness, with current Earth physics as a reference. When a science or ...
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Splitting hairs between “stimulus” and “motivation” in the Psychology tag - Can I word this better to reopen?

In developing societal norms for a fictional culture I chose to put a representative through various stimuli and share its response. This expository method follows the “Don’t say there’s an elephant, ...
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Can you please help me focus my question better?

This thread: Which areas of USA would have the most successful centers of growth after nuclear holocaust? I seem to not quite understand how to formulate my question so that it doesn't cause issues ...
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Is there a policy or practice regarding posting end products?

I have not yet seen one single link to an end product (a work involving a built world) on the main site. Is that per policy or simply something participants haven’t practiced? I ask because I ...
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How can one make this question regarding sociology more on-topic?

This question is currently closed for being off-topic. I am not the author of the question, but I find the idea very interesting. It asks how to design a coed school that feels realistic. I believe &...
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Are there cultural objects that came thanks to this site?

SE-Worldbuilding can give a lot of cool ideas and concepts. Have you (or someone you know) created any book/movie/game/etc thanks to this site ? The cultural object must have been publicly released ...
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VERY opinionated Usernames are ok?

Usernames like https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/users/89947/python-programmers-are-souless I am a python programmer, and username like this is grating on me. Makes me feel unwelcome. Ok, I am ...
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Question Upvoting Etiquette and Frame Challenges

We have a rule of thumb around here that "if you find a question good enough to answer, you should upvote it". Generally I agree with this; however, I often find myself on the fence about ...
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Let's talk about answers and their quality

A long time ago the WB.SE community was discussing whether to adhere to the Back It Up! policy or not. Those discussions are not very relevant today since most participants are long gone now. And the ...
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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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Suspended to cool down

Logged in, Got a bunch of notifications. Click on the last one. Read the answer. Try to upvote it. "Suspended users can't vote" Goes on worldbuilding meta, can't even post... Searches for ...
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Why is the bounty limit 500?

Seems very low considering most users here have been on the website for a very long time and 500 isn't that much. I mean, is it an arbitrary random number or is there a specific reason behind it?
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Should an answer be deleted as "spam or rude or abusive" for citing a historically held offensive belief?

In this recent question, an answer was deleted as "spam or rude or abusive" for citing a contributing factor about why the Nazis hated Jews. In reference to the writings of Adolf Hitler, ...
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I was answering a question in "worldbuilding" when it was closed in my face. I would like to know who did this

I think it is not a good practice to close doors on one's face! My English is not good? It's ok. Tell me that. I'll accept it and I'll make an effort to make it better. I have let an incomplete ...
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Why can't we ask about fictional scientific theories?

This question has been closed as off topic. This apparently because it is about a synthesis of real-world theories However, there are many other questions (such as this) which are similar syntheses of ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Can we have a controversy tag?

I think a tag to indicate that the OP is touching on a sensitive topic that is considered by most to be rather controversial in nature, it serves as a warning so that readers can choose to avoid ...
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