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Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Seeking community advice/consensus on rolling back edits that invalidate answers

Yesterday I answered a question that had a given scope. Today I saw that the question had edits that changed its scope. I saw it because of a downvote to my answer - I believe it was due to my answer ...
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Fast submarines - Closed question

Fastest Underwater Speed of a 2 Person Privately Built Submersible? The problem with this question is perhaps that it has a reality-check tag making people think they can easily answer it. In ...
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Do we need the [names] tag?

Right now names has 36 questions. A lot of them are on hold or closed, and I feel none of them needs that tag to make sense. I feel asking about names, or name conventions, usually tends to get ...
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Seeking community consensus about “Why would X lead to Y?” questions

While we've likely always had "Why would X lead to Y?" questions, it feels like we've had a lot of them lately. Here's a sample (the questions asked so far in October, some have been closed). Why ...
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Questions about worlds with low maturity - What to do when a question cannot be answered right now?

EDIT: I've added a 4th point that I want help with I have recently noticed a lot of questions that seem like quite chaotic approaches to world building. In my humble opinion, if your approach is ...
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“I don't have a clue about X, but I'm using it in half-written story. Please explain!!”

Example: Travelling the multiverse by accident? The original question: As you've probably guessed, I have no idea about how multiverses and parallel universes, or space-time travel, etc work. But, ...
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Are “explanations for magic” something that belong on World Building SE? [duplicate]

I see more and more questions asking for help to explain how a specific magic could "work". They are all opinion based, a kind of brainstorm exercise, and sound more like plot related questions than ...
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Is StackExchange WorldBuilding the DYSTOPIA of the future?

I don't really see Why. My first post, I just got Bullied. Got a -1. So I will say: I don't want to be part of this community. This is just an EGO trip. The guy signs in. Instead of welcome, some ...
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How can a user earn reputation points without posting anything?

I was looking at the badges and who had been award certain ones when I came across a user ID I'd never seen before, and found they have a rather interesting profile; in particular no listed posts but ...
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How has this answer not yet been shot down?

On a recent question about reasoning the constant existence of ice-walls around a flat-earth there has been this one answer leading with upvotes: As there is not scientific basis for anything like ...
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Is there a Series (Encyclopedia/Library/Collection?) of series? Should we make one?

It was an amazing revelation to me when I found the Anatomically Correct Series. I had no idea that series could be created like that, on this site. This type of organizational structure seems ...
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Worldbuilding's updated site theme is live for everyone!

UPDATE - We've pushed this live for everyone now. Thanks to those who took the time to give feedback. Please do know, being live doesn't mean we can't address further changes for you! Write an answer ...
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Using the Community Wiki

Recently in chat the topic of community wiki questions came up, and turned into a discussion of taking select topics that we get a lot of broad questions to and providing resources so that users can ...
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What should we give Cort Ammon for being the first WB user to break the 6-digit rep barrier?

I think it's more than impressive that Cort Ammon broke the 6-digit rep barrier with a score of 100,169 as of this writing. He broke the barrier sometime yesterday or this morning. Stack Exchange ...
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Are there updates regarding the new SE-site design coming to worldbuilding?

I have read a few things about the new site themes and tried to follow the updates, but I have not yet read anything whether our "Save the Robot!" campaign has been heard or not. Shortly, the new ...
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Is it appropriate to correct someone else's answer in an edit?

An edit was recently made to an answer I posted to this question: How can Ganymede have an Earth-like gravity without us having realized it? The edit changed this text: That would change its ...
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Why are my illustrations being removed from my question?

Twice someone has removed illustrations from my question: Best places to be on Earth when an all out nuclear war breaks out? I thought the gifs did a good job illustrating what I vision. They reflect ...
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What to do with my obsolete / wrong answer?

I wrote an answer to this questions: Why are cambions unable to reproduce amongst each other? It received a lot of positive attention and showed signs (at first) of being a helpful answer. However, ...
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Why shouldn't _How to keep track of everything with an infinite-dimensional telepathic ability?_ allow answers both mundane and magical?

How to keep track of everything with an infinite-dimensional telepathic ability? essentially asks "How might someone improve their memory and thus the capabilities of their magic ability?" Looking ...
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Is it appropriate to close a question as a duplicate of a newer question?

When I opened the close review queue, I was presented with this question on viewing the past. Since I didn't recall seeing the question before, I checked the date and saw it was a year old. The is-a-...
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A record of what posts make the Hot Network Bar?

I'm actually gathering information for this year's Datapalooza. It's going to be epic. There is so much data! Anyways, I've been working on ways to track what is on the hot network bar and what is ...
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Does reputation count back from deleting answers factor in the 200 point limits on the day?

I've been having a relatively good month, rep wise. Most of my highest performing answers have been written in the last month and I've had more than my fair share of 200 point days. One thing I noted ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

Name of Chinese space forces I made one of the first comments, and it's almost exactly like what @Thucydides wrote 7 hours later. It was't rude, bigoted, abusive, unfriendly or unkind, and was ...
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I believe this question should be reopened

The Great Duck posted the following question after nearly a week in the Sandbox: From a software testing perspective, what quality-analysis tests would justify using a single world-war simulation? ...
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How should we deal with inherently open-ended fishing-for-ideas questions?

We've had a number of questions lately that, in my opinion, skirt the rules. They're not specific (per the new Help Center, THANKS! for that BTW). Examples are: Anti-Psychic Countermeasures What ...
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What to do with troll questions?

Not only is If all humans >1 years old disappeared, would the rest reboot society? beyond absurd, but OP is actively defending it. Other than down votes, is there any other action to take? Maybe ...
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Question closed as dupe when it isn’t

I just recently asked the following question: In a world without humans—or any caretakers—would domestic house pets simply regress into being feral or die? Which has been closed as a duplicate of ...
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Are the four “alternate_X” tags synonyms?

Today I looked at the four "alternate_X" tags: alternate-earth, alternate-history, alternate-reality, alternate-worlds. From my point of view, one or two of these could be different, but as they read ...
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Why are the comment shorthand links not supported for answers as well?

While composing an answer to Sandbox style Meta for characters or story help? I noticed for the first time that the [something.se] shorthand link for denoting other stack exchange sites isn't ...
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Should I post Worse than Zombies, part 2?

Worse than zombies, part 1 examined one of two implications of the phrase "it could be worse; there could be zombies." It garnered a lot of attention, a slew of good answers and got closed in about 13 ...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

I bring before the assembly Exhibit A, A cure for the 'Kessler Syndrome'?, tagged science-based science-fiction hard-science as of revision 1. That question was closed as a duplicate of Dealing with ...
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What is the worldbuilding background picture from?

Is it from a book or a movie or game?
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Sandbox style Meta for characters or story help?

I've seen (and occasionally had) questions about what might drive a character or story element in a certain direction. As in I have a world/character that starts out at A, and I want them to end up ...
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Do “this question has not received enough attention” bounties work as well as we'd like them to?

I've answered a couple of bounty questions in the last couple of weeks, the bounty list was not something I'd had a lot to do with before. They seem to attract a lot of answers, which is the point, ...
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Is the World building forum less effective than using individual forums related to your question?

IE, if I wanted calculate a twin moon orbit for a fantasy world that revolves around binary stars, would it be easier to just ask the physics stack exchange instead of the world building stack ...
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What would a reptile with Facial and Speech muscles look like? [duplicate]

I have been wondering about how humans require facial muscles in order to be able to produce speech, mammals also have these facial muscles that could allow them to speak if they had the brain power ...
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Can we encourage people to put more research into questions?

There are many examples of questions that are perfectly valid and on-topic (in my opinion), but show very little research effort. I feel like some users are posting whatever comes to their mind on ...
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Did I overdo it?

In my recent question on spaceships & space-colonization it seems there are two camps of people in the answers/comments. There's currently an equal amount of answers (resp answerers) that seem to ...
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How to criticize (on) WB: SE?

Or critique I dunno, anyways no one is perfect and this includes this site, it's moderators and me. Let's assume that I disagree with some of the aspects/practices of the site and to an extent, the ...
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Should questions be as specific or as abstract as possible?

Because of Ash's question "How curious is too curious?" and the old "Is Worldbuilding a What-If Site?" discussion I came to think about how I present my questions and if my questions could appear to ...
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Are the “spoon” questions on-topic? And should they be?

I'm not currently a particularly active user on Worldbuilding, although I've contributed a bunch of answer back when the site was new. I do, however, regularly visit several other sites on the Stack ...
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Reasoning behind deletion of gruesome content

Yesterday, there was a question of rather gruesome content. OP asked on how to make female-on-male rape a torture practice. No surprise this question got disliked a lot simply for its content - not ...
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Should certain tags automatically require answers to use SI Units rather than other, more traditional, systems of measurement?

SI Units form the official language of international science. As such I want to discuss whether questions that are tagged for either science-based or hard-science should automatically warrant the use ...
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Why is there zero moderator accountability on this stack?

So, I've been participating in the stack for a few months now. And I say the following to emphasize that I understand what it can mean to run a space for online discourse, and that these circles are ...
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Topic Challenge: Space-Colonization

I propose a fortnight-long space-colonization topic challenge, which will begin today, August 10th, and finish on August 24th. Most sci-fi stories feature humans in space. However, manned missions ...
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Opinions about the new Technobabble tag

A recent question introduced the technobabble tag. Click here to read its wiki. I like this tag. I think it reflects the highly creative nature of the site and balances the fact that far too often ...
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How curious is too curious?

The fallout from Worse than zombies, part 1, has reminded me that I keep meaning to ask to what extent one can ask question about things they are curious about rather than issue they need answers to. ...
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Please add your reasons for why you are writing a “Welcome to Worldbuilding” comment

There's this answer already. Why are there high rep users not even stating why they put this comment here? We should understand that we put this in the comments as a way to help, not confuse, the ...
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Am I a bad user if I have more questions than answers?

I just had a shower thought, I thought that I am a bad user for asking more questions than I have answered, I have only answered 5 questions and I think that makes me a bad user, Am I right? Should I ...
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Why is one question acceptable, but another unacceptable?

So, I'm not asking this because I'm terribly offended or anything. I legitimately want to better understand the methods for discerning good from bad questions here: This question received generally ...