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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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Is it ok to ask questions that don't have specific worldbuilding use?

Let's say that I was reading some article, and it inspired me to ask a question. However, this question isn't for any particular thing I'm making, it's just a question. In all other aspects, the ...
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What are some statistics that prove Worldbuilding is the best Stack Exchange site?

I'm no good at SEDE. I doubt this will change. But I know, deep in my heart, that worldbuilding is by far the best Stack Exchange site. So, let's crowdsource. What are some statistics that prove WB.SE ...
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Who is the mysterious user @67275?

I was poking around in WB, and I found this user, who had bountied this question. However, this user has 1 rep, bountied the question with 100 reputation, and, and here's the most confusing part: They'...
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How fast can I vote to avoid the system thinkig that I'm a bot?

Badge hunting, does it go against the rules of the website? if it doesn't, how fast can I vote questions and answer to get the badges? the limit is 40 votes per day, can I just take a few minutes to ...
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Can I ask questions related to music making here? Music that I want to use for worldbuilding projects

TL:DR -I want to put music in my games, they are games about a fantasy world, can I ask questions about music here since the music will be used in worldbuilding projects?- I wanna travel to the USA ...
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Should we make a "unsure" tag?

Occasionally, although not often, there's a question where I can't figure out how to tag it. Usually I'll make one that fits, but low-rep users might not be able to do this. So, should we make a "...
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What is this question missing to prevent it being reopened?

I have edited this closed question to provide some details that a few commentators mentioned were missing and submitted it for reopening. The reopen was rejected and the feedback is insufficient for ...
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Story-based questions, opinion-based questions, etc - where to go with those?

As one of my questions is on a brink of being closed (as "too story-based", presumably for the brief mentioning of the existence of a protagonist within the question), I thought it might be ...
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How to keep the "hard science" tag "hard"?

Related: this Meta question, which has no answers after five years. There seems to be an issue with the "hard science" tag. First, it should have an automatic banner to remind potential ...
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Do comments sometimes cause mods to remove complete topics?

Just to be sure.. https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/220523/how-do-you-build-a-kingdom-under-a-mangrove-forest-for-a-childrens-picture-book?noredirect=1#comment678050_22052 .. deleted ...
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Questions about real world effect of real world bullets appropriate on WB?

Which would be stronger against armor: 8mm or 6mm? Research screenshot looks like a military manual, or a manufacturer ballistics calculation site. Question... "what caliber is best" ? no ...
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Where's everyone?

Forgive me if this is such a dumb question. I don't wander around in the meta section. I had a quick question about WB policy, so I went to the chat, The factory floor .. only to find out: that place ...
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How to communicate different meanings of "proportional" in shrinking-growing questions?

A question which semi-regularly comes up here is "How [strong, fast, hungry, etc.] would [something] be if I scale its dimensions by [factor]?" So we have some common language, let's call ...
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Why does worldbuilding have such a disproportionate share of HNQ?

On the Hot Network Questions sidebar, there's almost always a Worldbuilding question there. However, a community like, say, Magneto (picked at random), which apparently is almost 10x the size of ...
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Why is seeing vote breakdowns such a high-rep privilege?

I just got the see vote-breakdowns privilege, and I can't understand why it's such a high-rep privilege. You can't really do anything wrong with that info, so why is it so high in the privilege chart? ...
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Goodbye - the thought police are here

Folks, It would surprise me no end if any of you gave a damn, but I've decided to quite posting on Worldbuilding at all. The latest attempt to make a rule where we're going to persecute (oh, sorry, &...
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Is it Fair to Encourage People to NOT Answer Questions that Need to be Closed?

Introduction: WB.SE has a SE mandated format; the community has determined that certain rules need to apply to the asking and answering of questions; the community has in place certain policies & ...
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Four similar tags relating to metalworking

I was writing a question about working with iron, and noticed that there seemed to be quite a lot of tags relating to the topic, some of which seemed conflicting: metals (147) metalworking (56) ...
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Are justification questions off-topic?

I had a template in the sandbox. that is a Justification of X in my world question. So @JoinJBHonCodidact said me that my template was too story-based, I disagree in several ways but just one is ...
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About Inadequate questions which already have answers

Recently there's been yet another case of a certain unpleasant situation I myself experienced to an extent shortly after joining WBSE. Essentially, it all begins when an inadequate question is asked ...
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Opinion-based close text, should we customize it?

Update: It seems that my reading of the meta post linked was incorrect, we aren't able to change the text in the way proposed, alas. In the reopen review queue we often deal with questions which have ...
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For what exact reason is my question is considered opinion based?

For what exact reason is my question "What are the minimum historical changes that would permit the use of paratroopers at the beginning of World War I?" is considered opinion based? For ...
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Can I ask about invasions?

What we can hopefully agree on: Worldbuilding is about working out general systems and rules, not specific situations or plots. Warfare is a condition composed of many different discrete instances ...
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What do we call animals with lungs and three-part legs?

I'd like to ask some questions about a type of animal with a very complex anatomy. Due to the complexity and uniqueness, it'd be hard to list out all the characteristics on every question about them, ...
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What are we supposed to do when someone doesn't understand your question?

What are we supposed to do when a question we ask receives an answer that doesn't help answer the question? There are multiple ideas on the proper response, which end up summing together to the rule ...
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Policy proposal: Questions about names and the process of deriving names are off-topic

I visited What calendar can be used for Venus, Mercury and moons of Jupiter and Saturn? and realized that a policy of the Stack had been left off A Concise List of "The Rules": the policy ...
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A Concise List of "The Rules"

"The rules" are spread across a number of locations. This post is an attempt to bring the basics of what this Stack expects of questions together into one place. Before I begin, please let ...
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Clarification concerning a loophole in the Real World Question policy

Policy Reference: A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate Enlightening Comment: A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate ...
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The description of 'science-based' and 'hard-science', as it is now, allows interpretations outside mutual exclusivity

Personal view on the problem: mutual exclusivity is is not strongly enough suggested by the language use by the description of science-based and ...
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Proposing a tag for worldbuilding questions that use existing worlds

I think that the current complete ban on third-party/licensed worlds is overzealous. Research is not worldbuilding Firstly, a question like "How do lightsabers work in Star Wars?" should ...
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Why the rule against third party worlds?

There is a rule against asking questions about worlds and features from third party works, and I find this rule to be unhelpful for numerous reasons. While there is some explanation here, there are ...
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What is this spam on my old question?

I notice two separate spambot answers to my question at Ways to make contact with aliens on a much larger size scale? that appear to be the same idea, with the same perpetrator though completely ...
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Why can't we ask about the use of anatomical features?

This stack exchange is about worldbuilding. Specifically it is for making sure that the features of your world are sensible and realistic/logical. I assumed that this purpose included asking for the ...
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King is back or Should diamond users define behavior of everyone else in case of this Q as an example [closed]

Can we fulfill the world electricity production by nuclear power? Content of the q, just in case, nothing special: Nuclear energy is a form of energy released from the nucleus, the core of atoms, ...
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What should edits that do nothing but change pronouns in a edit count as?

I've recently found 2 edits in my edit queue that were nothing but changing all the pronouns from he/him to they/them. I don't know what to mark these edits as. They don't improve or make the question ...
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How can I improve my evolution question?

The question in question is: Why would terrestrial, rodent-sized sapient mammals evolve to be hairless? Please correct me if I am mistaken, but worldbuilding SE has accepted questions of this sort for ...
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What is a duplicate?

What counts and does not count as a duplicate? From what I have read (mainly the answers to this question), essentially a question is a duplicate if it can't be answered in a way unique from other ...
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Accepted Answers - to pin or not to pin? New Se feature, a per site option, may be coming

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Currently, the original poster of a ...
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What is so wrong with this question?

This question was closed and since then has had no sign of interaction. I've edited it to solve all the solvable problems given in the comments, so what else must I do to get it reopened?
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Penises = rude and abusive?

I was looking at this question Designing a low technology flamethrower with limited resources and on a whim decided to see why an answer (deleted by "Community") was rude and abusive. https:/...
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Should we warn about (presumably unintended) parallels with racist tropes?

Somebody asked a question asking about a fictional humanoid race. To my eyes, the premise of this fictional race has strong parallels with a real-world early 20th century racist stereotype of African-...
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Are we doing a cleanup effort for old questions?

Is there a cleanup effort on old questions going on? Today I got a comment out of the blue on a question I asked five years ago. This stack was a very different place then, and the question would be ...
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Can we ask OPs for a story-building side questions, if they are completely not important to provide answer?

Can someone explain me what is wrong with this my question: The maximum possible human population in fifty years, if we build up all the land I have asked a simple theoretical (?) question for a ...
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Died of a Theory: A Challenge for Too Story Based and Fishing for Ideas Questions

I wanted to test a theory. I wanted to see what would happen if a question that asked for a narrow list of ideas would react on the site now that a week or two of my previous meta post asking how to ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

Being the most creative and imaginative Stack in the Stack Exchange library has a handful of disadvantages. Stack Exchange's basic behavior is to expect a single objective and answerable question that ...
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feedback on the q - why it is off-topic

I am still interested in that the little q I have A big primitive computer in orbit, very big, powerfull but old technologies from 80's, what is a potential fiat money value for its use? but ...
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The unnatural hair colour question is not a duplicate

This question about dyeing hair into unnatural colour using medieval technologies was closed as a duplicate of this question asking about dyeing red hair into a natural colour in a similar setting. ...

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