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What makes for a good “why would” question that stays on-topic?

Most of these types of questions get judged as too story based, and get closed rather quickly. However, there are a few gems that have lasted the test of time. These mythical diamonds in the rough ...
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Is spatial trigonometry hard science?

The standard for hard-science is that we should edit out the tag if hard science is obviously not wanted. I.e. the asker doesn't want to require equations or citations in the answers. In this ...
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Why no tag for tags on mechanical constructions?

I personally have written quite a few questions concerning mechanical mechanisms. My trouble is I believe engineering to be too broad and mechanics being ambiguous. Is there anything I can do in this ...
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Site Policy: Judging When a Question is a Duplicate

For anyone who knows the kind of question I post, I put a great deal of effort into making sure a question is unique. I check the site for similar questions to see if those answer the one I would ...
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Are there inconsistent standards for closing physics questions?

This question recently got put on hold and it's made me notice a pattern where some physics questions that are asked by newer users get closed. Now, this is not necessarily an awful thing in and of ...
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Cultural Worldbuilding: How to avoid closure?

I'm hoping to encourage more questions about cultural world building, but cultural world building suffers greatly from being too broad, primarily opinion-based, and too story-based. One recent ...
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Are “how would X explain Y?” questions on-topic?

I just read How would a physicist explain this starship engine?. I actually like the question, but I wonder if it's opening a bag of worms? The Cons I See When I asked the community about the "...
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Why was this question migrated?

The question How would an immortal character amass a fortune? was posted on World Building but was migrated to Writing. Why? My understanding is that Writing is about how to write - techniques and ...
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Is there room for improvement on the close/reopen question features?

I'm slightly perplexed regarding the re-open mechanism on WB.SE. While it seems to work relatively well on some other SE network I use (namely RPG.SE), I have the feeling the nature of WB makes it ...
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Policy Clarification: Asking about commercial or third-party worlds

We have an unwritten rule that questions about commercial worlds (e.g. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc.) should be asked on the Science Fiction & Fantasy stack. Or we might have one. That's ...
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Scores and synonyms

I was looking through the new tags and saw money. IMO, money should be a synonym of finances, so I tried to flag it as a potential synonym. Except that I need a "5 score" in finances to make the ...
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Should we have a community ad for the resources list on Main?

On the Main site we have a list of worldbuilding resources which aims to improve the quality of questions asked on the Main site. The idea is that general questions about worldbuilding, which would ...
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Worldbuilding Custom Journals - Want one?

I have been working with Stack and a vendor to try and sort out getting custom Moleskine journals created for Worldbuilding. After...eh...a bit of time, think we are ready to go. The planned swag: ...
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Where do I go if I'm just fishing for ideas?

I have a question that I know is too broad with no definitive answer, and as I understand Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, this is considered just fishing for ideas. Does anyone know of a place I can ask ...
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Is the question: “Can my heraldic dragons fly?” ready for reopening?

Can my heraldic dragons fly? Is the question ready for reopening? If no, why?
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Active Sandbox, moving target, good idea? Don't be silly

A few times that I've wanted to give advice in comments on main regarding the way to approach questions, I've wanted to refer the users to try using the sandbox as a way to develop their approach to ...
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Accepted answer is a mix of given answers

I am new on this site, I asked this question about the logistics of corpse disposal for inspiration on a short story I'm working on. After reading the answers I decided on my own version which ...
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What is “narrative necessity” and how does it apply to worldbuilding?

As a loose continuation of How best to deal with "what are you expecting?" questions, I believe many new authors don't understand the function of Narrative Necessity in their writing and how ...
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Should we have a resource list on Main?

Regarding Is there a list of worldbuilding resources? I initially posted in the Sandbox a question about developing a basic outline for worldbuilding. Comments with a couple of people (lengthy ...
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How best to deal with “what are you expecting?” questions

From time to time I run across a question like this one1 where it appears the OP hasn't taken the time to think about what kind of answer he/she is looking for. It's not uncommon for these questions ...
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To Necro or Repost?

I had an idea that ended up being similar to this one, as well as a bunch of starting ideas that weren't mentioned. However, I'm hesitant to just add an answer to that question, since 1) it's 4 years ...
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Is the “Write a Islam-coded religion with a Goddess instead of a God + the issue with magic”-Question off-topic and remain closed?

I haven't been around here a lot lately, so I might not be up to date: Why is this question closed? I'm not saying that this question is of premium quality. It has several issues, it lacks research ...
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Fixing the resources tag

I looked this up and it turns out that, back in 2014, there was a tag for resources and people wanted resources of a world to be separate from resources for building a world. So they turned it into ...
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Is there a place for questions asking for advice about worldbuilding?

This question, Designing a worldbuilding workshop for policymakers, seems to have multiple problems as it doesn't ask a single clear question, and it isn't really about world building, instead it's ...
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Why is “predators part 2” too story based?

Why was Predators part 2: How can a boarding action from super aliens be repelled? closed as too story based? The descriptions of what is "too story based" tend to boil down to what is stated here in ...
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Cryo-Tags Suggestion / Proposal (cold stuff)

I'm trying to define a QA context about especially cold ice-worlds(maybe they should be called cryo-worlds), where surface temperature range 0-100°K. I noticed there is not a tag for ice-world, nor ...
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Why was this answer turned into a comment?

This question is about what a government can do to avoid the wealthy from imposing their will through physical violence: How to regulate the expected result of fights between hired mercenaries? I ...
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Is this vtc comment misrepresenting my actions?

I am wondering if the statement in the comment is correct or if it misrepresents the tiny edits and their timing? I think I've worked quite hard to not alter the question after the original post and ...
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Do I understand the consequence of the rep league data correctly?

So, I'm over at the rep league page wondering how to keep my slim quarterly lead over Separatix... (OK, I was just curious. No, really, I was just curious....) and noticed two numbers: Reputation ...
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Who are the anonymous users?

A not-small percentage of proposed edits are from anonymous users. I'm not sure how this works. It's not Community because that would be a high level user setting that name, no? And why do an edit ...
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Why was the “Deities vs You /Liquid Anon/ What'd be the most optimal carrier fluid comopsition?” put on hold as too story-based?

Deities vs You /Liquid Anon/ What'd be the most optimal carrier fluid comopsition? I really don't have a clue. Why was the question put on hold as too story-based of all reasons?
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What do we do with these messy questions?

Pertaining to On a tidally locked planet, would time be quantized?. I think we can mostly agree that this question is super messy. I personally love the premise, but I wish there wasn't a giant wall ...
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Are geology, oceanography and metheorology planetary questions better suited for Earth Sciences Exchange?

I realized I could as geologist answer some of your questions about planets, but i am wondering if you would find better answers at ES exchange when they are not fantasy worlds as bloody oceans and so ...
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Discussion about the “browsing in the future” question

The question How to make money from a browser who sees 5 seconds into the future of any web page? Seems to have triggered some controversy. It appeared to have been closed, reopened and as of ...
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Is “The Elementary Evil vs You /Wights/ Rooting Henry's troops out” ready for reopening

The Elementary Evil vs You /Wights/ Rooting Henry's troops out They said it was too story-based and broad. Good thing I had that GoT fanfiction idea that instead of season 7, the Night King just ...
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Defining an “Earliest-Time” tag

From time to time we encounter questions of the form: What is the earliest time X could be discovered or built? Examples include: What is the earliest time a pulsejet could be built? How early ...
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Why was “Making a sword in the stone, in a medieval world without magic” *not* closed?

Annoyed by some of my questions and those of other people being closed for spurious reasons, I decided to set up two test questions. The first question This was deliberately designed to be popular ...
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Why was “How can The Temple of Elementary Evil reliably protect itself against kinetic bombardment?” put on hold?

So, I'm not sure why but this one was put on hold: How can The Temple of Elementary Evil reliably protect itself against kinetic bombardment? So, why was it put on hold?
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The network's official Twitter account is up and running again. What content do we want to share?

As of late yesterday, Stack Exchange has revived its official Twitter account, @StackExchange. It had been used intermittently/actually-not-at-all for several years,...
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Answer contains description of real-life animal torture and my edit request was denied. Is such content acceptable?

A user posted a pretty disturbing description of actual animal torture in an answer. Instead of flagging the whole answer I tried to remove the offending passage while keeping the actual answer, but ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

The Sandbox works best if you sort posts by "active" (click here to do so). Welcome to the Sandbox! This "Sandbox" is a place where Worldbuilding.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions ...
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Proposal: a Sandbox “landing site” (question) for all Sandboxes

I spent some time cleaning up the Sandbox today. It's getting to be a slow honker to load. This is especially true when I'm linking in through a comment notification. I spent time removing the body ...
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What makes the microfracture-on-a-spaceship question fit for worldbuilding?

Question of concern: Microfracture in the ship's structure: good enough excuse to strand my characters? Reading through the question, I noticed a great deal of "This is how I want my story to unfold."...
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Promoting Community Ad Creation

Some people might immediately think this is a duplicate of A Promotion for the Community Promotion Ads, but i assure you it is not. That question was simply a promotion; my question is about making a ...
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Sandbox clones for other SE sites

Can Wordbuilding host other SE sites sandboxes to help users to build good question in that site? I tried the idea of a Sandbox.SE on Area 51 and was not well-received. https://area51.meta....
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Is your favourite answer your most popular answer?

I thought it might be interesting to look at whether or not regular contributors on this site consider their 'best' answer to be their favourite, or whether or not they have one that didn't rate so ...
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Too much information in a question [duplicate]

So, I'm currently writing a draft for a new question and realized my overwhelmingly monstrous stat blocks aren't -h (human readable), just look at this: Individuals: Chica the Duck ...
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Are History of Worldbuilding questions on topic?

See this question: History of Worldbuilding - The Flying City Should questions such as this be considered on or off topic?
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Is it OK to take a question asked in another SE site & rephrase it for WB?

Specifically, the question I have in mind is Could bone marrow transplants be used to prevent tissue rejection of trans-species organs? asked by myself in biology SE some 2 months ago. I asked it ...
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Why the hostility to this question about a 'boring' planet?

Designing the most boring planet ever discovered. Part 1: planetary surface I posted the above question. The purpose is to create a planet that everyone avoids, not because it is dangerous but ...