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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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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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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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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Anatomically Correct Series

As you all know there is a series of questions that have been asked to create fictional creatures in a realistic evolutionary way. And below is a summarized list of all of the questions in order of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New blog post: Fenra's Awakening

Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community: Fenra’s Awakening by Secespitus (Warning! Mature content!) In this story Secespitus starts exploring what it ...
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Catalog of Question Types

In an effort to start building consensus after asking: Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head, I'd like to start with what I hope will become a canonical catalog ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to deal with “Please develop my High Concept” questions?

"Hello Community... I have a great idea for my Worldbuilding. Assume Earth and history as we know it, but in my world, Hitler died from whooping cough as a baby. What is my world like after this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Inactive Sandbox 2018 [duplicate]

This sandbox is inactive. Please visit the next Sandbox for Proposed Questions In order to make the Sandbox easier to use, a new Sandbox question will be posted when the old one becomes too full. ...
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How does the Sandbox work? How do I use it?

The Sandbox can be found here. Where is the sandbox? Why should I use the sandbox? How does the sandbox work? How should I review proposals? What should the format of sandbox posts be (title, tags, ...
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Inactive Sandbox 2014-2017 [duplicate]

This sandbox got a little full, so we've created some more. You should still link to this one as we will update it whenever a new one is created. Current Sandbox: Sandbox for Proposed Questions ...
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Inactive Sandbox 2017-18 [duplicate]

In order to make the Sandbox easier to use, a new Sandbox question will be posted when the old one becomes too full. This Sandbox has been retired. You can check here for the full list of past and ...
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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 ...