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How could the community respond to posts asking for “alternatives” to established technologies?

I’ve noticed quite a few posts asking for “alternatives” to established technologies like wheels and firearms. However, in almost every question in the category that I’ve seen, there has been only two ...
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“Let's Continue This Discussion in Chat” just kills the discussion

I understand that Stack Exchange sites are not discussion forums. However, a discussion taking place in comments (which will eventually be deleted, as I understand it) is still useful for ...
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I can't see any reason why my question should remain closed

What would the consequences of Cold Fusion, Quantum Computing and Room Temperature Superconductors I have rephrased my question until it was compliant to the more rigid standards I could come up with,...
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We are Too Ready to Close Questions - how to change this?

In my view, questions are being closed too readily - how do we change this? I am a relatively new regular on WorldBuilding being only here for a bit under 2 years. I enjoy coming here and giving ...
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I would like to know why people weren't able to understand what my question was about

This question was closed as "not focused enough" (How can an alien civilization be so powerful that it can with almost 100% certainty destroy any other civilization without getting a scratch?). One of ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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I ask a lot of questions pertaining to an ongoing subject in a fantasy world of mine. Should I organize my questions with a special title structure?

In one of my fantasy worlds, I have an alternate human species that makes up the population of the world. This alternate human species has a lot of unique biological differences and features that ...
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Why my question about Orbital Pizza Delivery is off-topic?

I recently posted Orbital Pizza Delivery. It got closed as off-topic. It was claimed that it was more properly related to Physics.SE. Yet, the questions below seem fine, even when dealing mostly ...
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Public Service Announcement: Don't edit out links from spam posts

Twice in a row today: posts flagged as spam, with no spammy content in them because someone edited out their links. Please, don't! Flag spam as spam and let the moderators handle it. I understand ...
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Limiting the Number of Anatomically Correct Questions

There's really two things that I want to bring up here. The first is that the Anatomically Correct series of questions has been flooded with recent questions about various creatures. This is kind of ...
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A Cascade of Story-Based Closings

The synopsis of what makes a question Too Story Based is as follows: Asking about plot elements such as the actions of characters, rather than about the world in which your story takes place, is ...
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Giving away upvote: is it doing any good?

I have seen that some users here are quite liberal in dispensing upvotes. I am generally not in favor of such liberality, but also not against it. Personally I give upvotes when I see something ...
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Revisiting the “science” tag

The science tag is for: Questions about science and the perception of science in a fictional world. Use [science-based] for questions on how to explain fictional things based on real-world science. ...
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Our preferred capitalization for species names when they are Pokémon?

In previous meta questions and chat discussions, I've gotten general agreement on the capitalization conventions this site should use for common species names, race names within a species, and ...
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Why don't people explain votes to close?

It looks like Can I have snow "near" (somewhere with the climate of) San Diego? is going to be closed due to "lack of clarity". I don't understand why it is unclear, and despite requests for ...
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Should/Can I give a reason for accepting a certain answer?

I recently posted a discussion based question and got tons of very good answers, so I'm wondering if it's possible for me to specify a reason for accepting a specific one? If there's nothing built in ...
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We have the “dragons” tag, so do we really need “dragon-anatomy” too?

The description of the "dragons" tag is quite general, and it would certainly seem to include questions about their anatomy: "For questions involving dragons - generally large, reptilian, flying ...
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Critique my “southern moon” answer, please

I went out on a brainstorming limb for a solution to this question: Can a moon orbit a planet's southern pole? I ask those of you with more astronomy and physics knowledge to critique it. I don’t ...
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Worldbuilding site performance

When viewing the main worldbuilding site in safari on an iMac there are performance issues. Attempting to navigate pages, or simply scroll the page causes severe lag. I do not experience this on any ...
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Good vs Bad “Feasibility” Questions?

Recently, I've noticed a lot of new questions with "Feasibility" written in the title. Generally, the community consensus is that "feasibility" questions about sci-fi ideas are on-topic because they ...
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So long, and thanks for all the fish

Today I'm sending an email to Stack Exchange resigning my moderator position. That's less dramatic than it sounds as I've been essentially retired for the past year but I have been helping out ...
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Love you Worldbuilding, but I am hanging up my diamond

Been mulling this over for the past few months or however long its been, drama seems to stretch time out... Anyway, I am resigning my diamond. I've been hoping to see things improve since Monica was ...
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In sadness, it is time for me to go

Friends, we've built an amazing place together. Our Worldbuilding community is awesome! It makes what I'm about to say bittersweet. Though it pains me deeply to leave my communities, I have decided ...
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Can I ask a question that's a more focused version of an existing question?

This question asks for ways to justify medieval stasis, reasons why an alternate world would stay in the technological/societal equivalent of the middle ages for much longer than in our timeline. The ...
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Is my recent question too near opinion-based?

A question I asked the other day received 3 close votes for opinion-based. In my question, I included a brief summary of my world setting, to give the reader a bit of insight into what I was working ...
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What does OP mean?

So, I was recently looking around at the comments on some of my questions, and I saw multiple references to "the OP." What does this mean?
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“This conversation has been moved to chat” - what's the reasoning behind it?

See the title. Can I ask when that action is meant to be taken? See, I thought that comments on a question/answer are moved elsewhere when it is a handful of people discussing a topic at length that'...
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Is illusion or delusion a legitimate answer to a world building question?

This answer got me thinking. Is it a legitimate answer to a worldbuilding question of the "how could X be true?" variety to say that it's not really true and certain characters who provide the ...
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How do I delete a question once it has answers?

So, I recently asked a question on Meta about what I should do about one of my answers that was being downvoted out of bias (I am a ID proponent, and apparently SE is highly Evolutionist). Anyway, ...
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should the name reality check change to plausibility check or possibility check?

i just think the name reality check misguiding/misleading, or not a good name for a tag that supposed to be asking a concept is possible or plausible for a fictional world building, base on the answer ...
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2019: 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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Can i completely change my question or should i ask another?

I realised after I wrote my question How large can a flying insect get and still be able to walk upside down? that it was pretty vague and the first answer confirmed that, so as I went to edit the ...
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How to Resolve a Question with Very Good, but Wrong Answers?

This has almost certainly been asked elsewhere. I had recently posted a question about firing a sci-fi laser rifle with specs on what I thought a good stereotypical weapon would be. See people ...
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So, is that it for Monica? What does the Dec 23 update mean for the future?

On Dec 23, 2019, Monica posted on her GoFundMe page that she has no further need for donations to cover legal expenses. She linked to the Stack Exchange Meta post where SE says they have come to an ...
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Our planet is capitalized! [closed]

Mars. Venus. Saturn. Earth. We are a group of worldbuilders. We should be able to spell our planet’s name right. In case you’re wondering, yes, I am stuck in bed sick on Christmas with nothing ...
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Can I transfer certain questions to a new account?

I have a question that is tied to my old account. I canceled that account and created a new one some time later.how can I get a question from back then transfered to my current account?
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Why was the question “Would naruto-running titan zombies be able to cause an extinction event?” put on-hold as too story-based?

Would naruto-running titan zombies be able to cause an extinction event? Now, this question saw a major rewrite on my part, for the sake of clarity, around that time. In essence, I'm asking if these ...
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Is there a fine line defining a CoC violation?

I recently flagged a comment (in this post) because I think it is in violation of the CoC. It says this (bold formatting on the part I wish to emphasize): This answer is misleading. You present two ...
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The fourth annual holiday bountapalooza

The last three years, we've had an unofficial holiday bountapalooza, which we run concurrently with Winter Bash. It's about giving back to the community by placing bounties on questions that need ...
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Intentional attacks in Answers

This question asks an abstract question about a hypothetical (and probably evil) religion. It's a good question and deserves a good answer. However User "Adrian - Justice for Monica" chose not to ...
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What does “- Reinstate Monica” mean?

So, I was looking around on Meta lately, and I saw a bunch of people with "- Reinstate Monica" in their usernames. What does this mean?
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What to do if your question/answer is downvoted out of bias

So, I was looking around recently, and I saw several answers/questions which were downvoted because people thought that "Oh, that science is 'incorrect'", when the person actually proves in their ...
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Is it known when the next Community Moderation election will be?

I missed the last election period and would like to make sure that I don't miss the next one, but when I looked at the last dates it had been on it was twice in February and once in July. Is it ...
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We need more editors

How am I supposed to earn the badge for approving edits if the only people making edits are those whose edits don’t need approval?! :-) Ok... more seriously: I think more users in our community ...
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Exactly what makes my question too broad?

I recently asked the following question: How can I break down the task of designing alien commodities and items? Very frustratingly, it currently has 34 close votes for being too broad. (It will very ...
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Can the fairy-iron question be saved by worldbuilding our own world?

This question as asked was correctly (in my opinion, see note below) put on hold: Why is "Cold Iron" the only thing that can harm faeries? I’m not here to argue about that. :-) What I want ...
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Something Weird is Happening with Reputation

In my time using this site, I have noticed that when I have more than 200 earned reputation from upvotes, that I instead get only 200. I already know that this is by design, so this is not an issue. ...
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What reason do I select in order to vote to close poorly written questions?

Every once in a while I will come across a question that is just so poorly written that I don't think it could be saved by providing critiques and giving the asker a chance to fix it. The most common ...
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Why was my question closed as “too story-based”?

How can unconditional physician-assisted suicide be approved for anyone 18 or older? was closed wrongly. "You are asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world. ...
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How can I make this question answerable?

This question: A large planet composed of all natural elements is created. What happens? How can I make this question answerable? Basically, I just wanted to know what would happen if dozens of ...

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