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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 ...
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Can we have a MacGyver tag or category?

The great strength of this community is its wide-ranging expertise on diverse subjects. Questions that involve an individual are routinely put on hold as too story based but where else can we go for ...
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Should we have a swarm-robotics tag?

Should we have a swarm-robotics tag? What weapons would nanomachines use? I mean, it largely differs from robotics (especially thanks to its unique challenges), then I realized we don't even have a ...
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Do we have any artists that would be willing to take commissions on the site? [closed]

I have some concepts for locations and characters that I would I would like to have drawn. I've sketched things out myself but honestly...not that great at art. From conversations I get the feeling ...
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What is the difference between [mythical-creatures] and [fantasy-races]?

Okay, we have two tags: mythical-creatures For questions about creatures that are not found on Earth. These can be anything from dragons to Pegasus to your own made-up creature. They just need to not ...
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Should we improve the discoverability of our Sandbox?

I think you've seen this pattern: a new user have an interesting idea, it contains a "grain" of a good, suitable question (sometimes several), and they post it in a way that don't fit our site's model ...
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An invitation to reopen a magic-system question

RE: Need help finishing my magic system Helping people flesh out a system of magic should, frankly, be one of our foundation strengths. This question was closed as Primarily Opinion-Based (POB). SE'...
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A proposal for helping users understand frame challenges

Frame challenges have long been considered acceptable here at worldbuilding.SE However, I believe many users don't understand what a frame challenge is or how to appropriate present a challenge as a ...
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Congratulations, Worldbuilding!

Congratulations, Worldbuilders. Today we hit a total of 20,000 questions on the main site! Good job on this milestone, everyone, and keep those questions coming!
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Why can't I put my own questions on hold - or have it happen automatically

Some questions are easy to formulate and can stand as they are. Some are complicated. They tend to attract a mix of comments asking for clarification together with hasty answers that haven't been ...
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Usefulness of the postings to the user [closed]

I have posted many questions , a few answers in stack overflow site and stack exchange net work sites. But I am confused to some extent and curious to know about how much they are really helps the ...
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Why is this hard-science question marked as a duplicate of a non hard-science question?

This question has been marked as a duplicate of this question despite the former having the hard-science tag. This former meta discussion explains why it should not be marked as a duplicate. Has ...
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Thousands of views on a question. Due to many users looking a few times or a few users looking many times?

The following question currently has 19K views. What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible? I'm not so naive as to suppose that 19K different people ...
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If a question is changed making an answer invalid, how should the community respond? [duplicate]

If a question is changed making an answer invalid, how should the community respond? I refer to (among other places) a question here, and to an answer here. The answer surely becomes invalid as soon ...
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If a flag is raised on a question that is then deleted, should that be held against the flag raiser?

I refer to my flag raised for the asker of this question: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/137476/what-sources-of-food-can-be-found-in-mountainous-terrain asked 23 hours ago by ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Does something resembling a FAQ exist

I have to say, I just stumbled upon this and I love the idea of the site and the quality of its contributors. I wanted to know if some kind of FAQ exists. Reason for this is I am interested in ...
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Can we make “on hold” less terrible?

Being put "on hold" sucks. Yes, I get it - it's a chance to edit questions without getting unhelpful answers, and a grand opportunity for us to make the question better and thus improve the site as a ...
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Inconsistency in closure of story-based questions

I don't want to encourage extra closures and I certainly don't want to close any of the following. In fact I prefer to keep them open. How would a superhero who needs to fall asleep to use his powers ...
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Should a formerly bad question be punished forever?

Suppose a question is not a "good question", and receives criticism and down voting, but then is corrected and becomes a "good question". (Example: What could have prevented the decline of the ...
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Is strict moderating discouraging newer members to add to the community?

I'm now on StackExchange for several weeks, having asked few questions and answered some. Now there's something I observed (in worldbuilding, but in other StackExchange-sites too) that moderators are ...
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For what kind of questions and thereby answers do we strive for?

Now for the most part this is obvious clear, addressing the question, useful, ... But what I am discovering now (I think) that we also strive for questions which lead to answers that are universally ...
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Is it inappropriate to edit a question to add unit conversions?

Every now and then I come across a question that uses American units, which I am not familiar with. That's not a big deal, I simply use Google to convert everything to metric, and it only takes a few ...
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Should we have the science-fiction tag?

I just noticed the science-fiction tag. https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/science-fiction This tag feels meaningless to me, it should possibly be a synonym to science-based ...
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Some blog stats (2018 edition)

I noticed tonight while publishing our latest blog post that some of our posts have gotten lots of attention. As of the end of 2018, here are the posts in our little corner of the blogosphere with ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why can't you suggest multiple ways of solving the question in said question?

I just asked in Worldbuilding how to stop intelligent races from discovering electricity and it was marked as to broad. I assume this is because I originally suggested two ways to solve my problem. ...
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Who actually builds worlds and why?

My personal participation in this site has come about because I have always had lots of ideas and prior to discovering WB there was nowhere for them to go. Who knows - it may one day turn out that I ...
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Do we want era tags?

I'm editing tag wikis and two new ones have appeared (one in just the last few minutes). western byzantium As used in their questions, these appear to be "era" tags. They would have been more ...
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Winter Worldbuilding Competition!

Recently I came up with an idea of making a competition here! I've already discussed that with others, and they agreed. How the competition will be held(Green's idea): Let's say there's 20 ...
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Who is Slartibotfast?

I was reading Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can they get changes implemented? and came across this: Worldbuilding - their robot, Slartibotfast, was a major part of ...
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Do we (still) want a site Twitter account?

The other day, another moderator and I were tossing around the idea of having an unofficial site Twitter account. Stack Exchange stopped making them a few years ago for various reasons, but we could ...
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The third annual Holiday Bountapalooza

--------------------- ------------------------- Come one come all, to the third annual share your imaginary internet points party! Jussssst in case this isn't entirely clear, an explanation, which ...
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Suggestion for improved sandbox

I'd like to propose we make use of the existing structure of SE for sandbox questions instead of artificially putting them inside Meta. I've not been able to find a previous discussion about this ...
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Worldbuilding entries for the swag contest on Meta

If people didn't see it there is a swag contest on Meta right now. I thought we could collect links to all the WB entries and help each other out! So. Ill create a community wiki answer below where ...
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Don't forget to review the posts!

After a (somewhat large) break, I have been more present in the last days. I noticed that many questions are flagged and get onto the Review Queue. However a few hours or even a few days later, I ...
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Phrasing questions such that answers can be objectively voted upon

A Bit of Background While reviewing Q&As at GraphicDesign.se for some insight I read this post about logo reviews. That post (which is trying to deal with the balance between subjective and ...
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Nitpicking - Good or bad?

Sometimes a question is asked and there are answers in the spirit of the question. Usually there are also nitpickers in the comments who try to find every possible loophole. To close all the ...
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Are we notified when someone does an edit to our answer? If not, what can be done to discover it?

Is it appropriate to correct someone else's answer in an edit? The above tackles the ethics of editing someone else's answer. However, I currently have one user advising another to edit my ...
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A good format for followup questions

As an example I'll use one of my own questions but there is no need to read more than its title to understand my question here. My question was Greenhouse Planet Terraforming - Will a balloon jacket ...
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I think “20 years into the future - what would happen if the internet failed semi-permanently?” should be reopened

This question is closed as "too broad". Yet, I found several other similar questions, and the first seems like a good question, has a good answer, has lots of votes, and has an accepted answers. ...
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How to create a comprehensive-question/comprehensive-answer pair?

Recently Molot and I had a brief exchange in comments to this question: Worldwide climate I felt he was technically correct that the question was a duplicate of these questions: Are single-biomed ...
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Why aren't closed questions deleted more often?

I was going through one of the tags and i noticed how many closed questions filled it up. They were either duplicates, opinion based, or too broad. If they weren't suitable for the site why aren't ...
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Historically significant questions, what's the process?

This question on ethnic identity and space colonisation popped up as a suggested similar question when I was writing up a new question. It's a couple of years and change old, it has relatively low ...
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Worldbuilding Moderator Status Update

Recently this question was asked: When do you fire a moderator? This specifically asked about the status of JDługosz who has been a Worldbuilding elected moderator since Feb 2017. The simple answer ...
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How to make people actually look before asking?

This question has been marked as a duplicate of: Can we encourage people to put more research into questions? While the linked question is about making people actually think and read up on the topic ...
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What happens if a poster's assumptions invalidate their answer when clarifications are made later

I am aware of On editing questions and invalidating answers but this is different. In my thread Would low-grade levitation be of any use? I gave basic rules. As time went by I received a flood of ...
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When do you fire a moderator?

Not to be too blame-y, but I haven't seen JD around in some time. According to the page of record, he has made one action on this site in the last six months. Can we fire a moderator? When is it ...
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Why is this on hold?

I do not feel that my thread was put on hold in good faith. This is the thread. This is my question: "What goods, available to Group B, could create a trade relationship that is existential to the ...