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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 ...
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Reposting other peoples answers onto a personal blog

I enjoy a lot of the answers from this site. But some of them I really like -- they are like little stories and I want to keep them around where I can find them and maybe where others might find them ...
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Can we Sandbox meta questions?

Recently I saw this question draft in the Sandbox, entitled "Meta Question: Should the science-based and/or hard-science tags automatically require answers to use S.I. Units?" While I look forward to ...
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What's the difference between [astronomy] and [astrophysics]?

We've had the astronomy tag for some time now, and it's been use a lot (310 questions as of today). Recently, we got a new tag: astrophysics (4 questions). I've answered some questions in both tags, ...
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How to tell people answers must adhere strictly to the conditions of a question

Regarding this question: Restricting antimatter - practical rather than legal measures I've been processing a lot of answers tagged low-quality from this question and, though I could be wrong, I ...
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Catalog of common comment scripts

Over the course of time I have copied the common comment statements of others (e.g. "Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE!") and have had my comment statements copied by others. The problem is that simply ...
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Structure of a question: Giving your own calculations as an answer or including them in the question?

Recently, I asked this question and included my own calculations in the question description. Now I wanted to ask a follow-up question with a similar aim and have some calculations that might be ...
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Idea Refinement: Clarification and Examples of VTC Reasons for New Users

The Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE! page for new users is up and running. My next goal: An introduction to VTC reasons for new users. Why? Because the help center page isn't all that clear. It could ...
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WB answers I can see in a film

Are there any answers here on worldbuilding.se that inspired the plot, an scene or dialogue of a film? I often see some answers here that would be nice to see in a film trailer in a year or two, so I ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Worldbuilding's 3rd moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Big wide questions

I have some big personal opinion questions I want to discuss, that would fit perfectly into this site if they weren't so open ended. So does anybody know where I can ask them?
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Recommended: “future” a synonym for “far-future”

I don't have the required 5 points in the "far-future" tag to subit this as a possible synonym. Recommendation: The future tag become a synonym of the far-future tag. Synopsis of near-future: ...
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Request for Clarification: Real World Questions Requirement of Context

This was originally an answer to the real-world questions discussion. Consider the example of this question. L.Dutch said in a comment to the referenced question, "I am missing the worldbuilding ...
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Why is everyone suddenly so strongly against homework questions?

This meta question has sparked a flurry of responses saying we need to get tough on homework questions being asked under the guise of worldbuilding. This argument has come up several times in the 'are ...
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How do you ask a user to stop making unnecessary edits?

I just answered a question, and a few minutes later another user went on an edit spree, editing the question and three of the seven answers. They have enough reputation that they don't need their ...
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Should we direct users whose question will be closed to the Factory Floor?

We get users here who really just want help writing their story, but don't understand how our site works. There are countless examples. While such questions don't belong on our site, I'd still like to ...
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Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE!

Thanks for joining Worldbuilding.SE! We look forward to stepping foot on your world and enjoying another world of wonder and excitement! Our site is a wonderful place for creative and imaginative ...
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Interpreting up- and down- votes in the Question Sandbox

I’m having a hard time understanding the logic behind the voting on questions in the Sandbox. The only guidance I’ve found for voting on proposed questions is in ArtOfCode’s seminal post here where ...
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Should we have a community-wiki list of graduated answers from the Answer Sandbox?

The title says it all: For the Answer Sandbox, there's no list of graduated answers (linked directly to the answers, not the questions.) While the Question Sandbox has a list of graduated answers, the ...
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How and why is my question too broad?

I asked this question yesterday which was marked as too broad. One of the comment from @JBH stated this reason: "How to build a world" questions are occasionally asked here. If the question is very ...
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Was this resource question closed because of the word “best?”

I found this question: The best tool for drawing on (Google) Maps It's been closed as POB. Was that because of the OP's use of the word "best?" I thought software recommendations were allowed so ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Should we have “unbuilding” flags for comments?

I've recently noticed that posts tend to have one or two "unbuilding" comments. I think these are not only unnecessary but also semi-rude: a premise has been set and should be believed in for as long ...
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If a question can be answered objectively, but has multiple equally valid solutions, is it primarily opinion based? [duplicate]

A question may ask for a way of achieving or explaining something (e.g. A particular set of conditions on a planet, a physical structure, a course of action). Solutions to the question are based on ...
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Good answers to bad questions, a voting issue

I saw this question which I feel is a poor fit for the site and not about Worldbuilding and I down-voted it and VTC'd accordingly. It has since been put on hold but not before it attracted an answer ...
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Are questions about real-world religions allowed on this site? [duplicate]

I'm wondering, would it be okay for me to ask about real-world religion on this site? I'm not asking about how it was made, but rather its functions in the real world. I can see that this might depend ...
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Do we have a troll in our midst?

I have noticed that many times, there are negative votes given to new posts (both questions and answers) that look perfectly fine to me. There is also never an explanation given for why the downvote ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is newly scheduled for an election starting next week, July 2nd. In connection with that election, as we've done in previous elections, we will be hosting a Q&A here ...
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Is the “suitable dress” question off topic?

There has recently been a question asked: How plausible is it for a 12-year-old girl to walk through a village in her swimsuit in England? The question is asked well and has good answers...But is it ...
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How to deal with questions that are clearly not meant seriously?

Yesterday there was a question by someone implying the real earth is flat and how a round world would keep all the water on it. It has been heavily edited since. The original question was: Water on ...
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Why does this popular off-topic question stay open?

Could a person scuba diving take off his air tank and use it to propel himself? Why isn't this one closed as a story set in a world? In what way is it worldbuilding? Please see related Should we ...
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Is there something wrong happening to my question?

Please,This is not right. How do i make skeletons formidable hand to hand fighters?
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What happens when an on-hold question is edited and nominated for reopening by the OP?

My question was put on hold as too broad, understandably. Now, I've edited it and am fully confident that it is no longer broad, and have nominated it for reopening. What happens now? Do all on hold ...
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What to do if your question gets downvotes for something irrelevant and answers that don't answer the question?

My most recent question asks what procedures would be undertaken after a large island is discovered and explored by scientists. The question has since recieved 2 downvotes, and neither of the ...
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Are extended conversations permissible in the Sandbox?

In the Sandbox, there's often a lot of back-and-forth discussion between the original poster and commenters asking for clarification. This is normally avoided on Worldbuilding because it makes it hard ...
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Frequent closure and reopening of popular questions

Recently I’ve noticed a lot of questions being closed and then being subsequently reopened without major revisions to the question. This appears to happen more often with popular questions. Here are ...