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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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Does the Stack wish to allow questions concerning the profession of worldbuilding?

EDIT: It appears that the question in question has been closed, then reopened, then closed again, and is a vote into reopening it a second time. We're pretty divided about permitting questions about &...
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Why was this question "unsuitable for this site"

https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/revisions/207782/1 Why was this question originally closed for being "Not suitable for this site"? Question pasted below: What is the reason behind ...
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Are the Science-Fiction and Hard-Science tags mutually exclusive?

I just read this question: Effects of a larger value for the Gravitational Constant? It has both the science-fiction and hard-science tags attached to it. So I went and read the summary and wiki for ...
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What is it supposed to mean when a question is closed for need of details or clarity?

This question was closed as needing more detail/clarity. Looking at the various descriptions of this reason, I have come to the conclusion that the solution would be to edit to add more details and ...
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Should the Science-Based tag demand (similar to Hard-Science) that all world rules adhere to real-life science?

A comment to Reasoning about the thermal conductivity of a rigid body states, I’m voting to close this question because it has "science-based" as a tag, but puts in conditions that ...
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How to prevent suggestions on reality check?

The tag reality-check states: Asks if a given concept is realistic in a given context. Answers should say yes or no, with supporting info. However I seem to be getting suggestions on alternatives ...
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Is this edit proper form for editing or was my edit out of line?

In this question here: What would a therapist be able to do with the ability to read people's dreams? I made a couple readability edits to spacing and added a recap as a form of TL;DR reiterating the ...
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Is a question with an implausible or logically flawed premise opinion-based?

This question here: If Spider Were the Size of Horses, What Sound Would They Make? It was met with a VTC by AlexP because "the giant spider can make any sounds required by the story". See ...
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We need a community ad to promote creating and voting on community ads

Is it just me, or has participation in Meta dropped off a lot over the last two years? It always seemed like about 10%-15% of users active on Main were also active on Meta. Now it feels more like 1%. ...
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Just made a chatroom for alternative history

Basically, talk about anything you want, as long as it's more-or-less related to the topic. https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/126931/alternative-history-discussion
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Im I ruining genre recognition when I deconstructed supernatural creatures to be Mutants I.E. X men?

Deconstruction is a terrible word to use here. But the only word I can think of to describe my world. But anyway genre recognition is when the audience can understand what genre a movie or tv show ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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How should we handle possibly legally/morally sensitive topics?

This question was triggered by this one : Appstore application to assassinate anyone. I have a lot of troubles dealing with it. Quoting it, the core of the question is something akin to that (Know you ...
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Found two Horned Humanoid Questions

Found two Horned Humanoid Questions... From oldest to newest... I can't find a point of differentiation, except mine, the older one, requiring it be neither "horns = sexy" or actually being ...
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Why does WB.SE treat social sciences as non-existent?

I do not know how to talk about it politely, please excuse my bluntness. This question (Can gender identity exist in a world without gender roles?) is the perfect example that the WB.SE community ...
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Character's capabilities or not?

I wonder how do you read this question: How far could a peak social manipulator go? A Rogue Ant. and I had a discussion in the comments and came to a realisation that we read this question in two ...
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What happened to the chat rooms?

So, I put a temporary hiatus on my activity on StackExchange to try out Reddit. I go back, and this place had become a ghost town, even the factory floor. What happened?
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Testing 3-vote Closures & Reopenings and the Value of Closing Questions

Stack Exchange is testing the use of 3-vote close-voting & reopen-voting. This is an important issue that everyone on this Stack should be aware of. We ended up with five votes to close based on ...
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Why asking for the details isn't always a good idea

Over the years I've read WB questions that were very generic in nature, and others that wanted the ugly details. A handful prompted my post about running to the patent office because the details would ...
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Why was the jaguar armour question closed?

Would a taxidermied jaguar make decent armour? The question was closed without explanation, and I am making a Meta post hoping to find out why. Questions along the lines of "would this material ...
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Speculative History Discussion

So this is a chatroom I created a while ago about "what would hve happened if something happened differently"-type stuff. It's on the History community, but it could be useful for ...
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Advice concerning questions asking HOW to implement a technological procedure or device

Though not terribly common, there are occasionally questions where the querent asks either how to implement technology or whether or not their suggested implementation is viable, practical, feasible, ...
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Is necroing a question really okay?

Sometimes I see really old questions get brought back up to the top. Sometimes it is beneficial since there are lots of answers and quite a few useful bits of info in them, but in other cases, they ...
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'Uncomfortable' questions

I wonder if a question that touches on 'uncomfortable' topics should be deemed as 'Not suitable for this site' and closed as happened to this question about readily accessible drugs that can be used ...
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Is it possible and reasonable to add "This is a high concept question" to the list of community-specific reasons to close a question?

Edit: An incredibly valuable example of why we should add "This is a high concept question" to the VTC reasons is this question: What would happen if the salt in the oceans disappeared? The ...
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Would it be on topic to build a castle, question by question?

So, my question Where and how do I build a castle? got closed. Probably because it was thought to be a dupe of: Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology - Nope, I do ...
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Messed Up a Question

I confused two ideas when asking a question, and I want to edit it to reflect what I actually meant. But two people already answered and I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do that. Can I? I'd hate to spam ...
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My [neural-network] suggests to burninate this tag

While looking for tags appropriate for my new question I came across neural-network tag. Currently, it only have a single question (closed as off-topic) and no description. On said question, it doesn'...

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