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Questions tagged [discussion]

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

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 is currently active. You can check here for the full list of past and ...
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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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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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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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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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Edits of old questions

I've seen quite a few edits in the review queue recently on old posts (over a year old, some even back in 2014). I get unsure on what is best to do. Sometimes there are paragraphs added and it makes ...
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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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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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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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Using the Community Wiki

Recently in chat the topic of community wiki questions came up, and turned into a discussion of taking select topics that we get a lot of broad questions to and providing resources so that users can ...
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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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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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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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A hard-science ultimatum

Back when an issue with the science-based tag came up, Monica Cellio made a suggestion: Re the addendum, would [hard-science] better convey what you're after? The rationale behind the question ...
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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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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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Can we add “Logically Self-Contradicting” as a reason for closeure

I am wording it this way to avoid encompassing magic but the idea is to be able to close 'uneducated' questions (for lack of better words). Questions that contradict themselves or more precisely ...
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'Alternate word' questions: Worldbuilding SE or English SE?

I recently saw this question, asking for an alternate word or phrase to the English phrase 'human rights'. One couldn't use that phrase for non-human alien species, so the question was asking for ...
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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 ...
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Real World Worldbuilding?

I'm mainly active on Writing SE, but I'll often redirect someone here if I think their question is primarily about worldbuilding. However, I consider worldbuilding to be any kind of background ...
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Why are my illustrations being removed from my question?

Twice someone has removed illustrations from my question: Best places to be on Earth when an all out nuclear war breaks out? I thought the gifs did a good job illustrating what I vision. They reflect ...
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Why do we close duplicates?

As a new user on Worldbuilding SE, I have to question the paradigm that once a question has been asked and the OP has accepted an answer, any future examples of that question must be closed. My ...
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How to deal with a duplicate of a question from another Stack Exchange site?

I could have sworn there was a discussion on this already, but I can't find it. This question is (in my mind) a duplicate of this one. The problem is, the second question is on Physics.SE. Thanks to ...
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When Does a Comment Turn into an Answer?

In this discussion under the primary question: Hypothetical maximum number of embryos from one woman? I have been making my suggestions in the comments and not as an answer because I am under the ...
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Why is my question “Too Story Based” and how do I get it opened?

See also: When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"? 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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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

Considering the closure of Is magical rapid premature aging painful? And relating to this meta question and this meta question. Magic is Primarily Opinion-Based (POB) by definition. Without some ...
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Why migrate a question to a stack on which it is even more off-topic than it already was?

I asked this question some hours ago, a question which turns out to be more complex and have more implications built into than is useful, so it was closed, that's fine by me. But then it was migrated, ...
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A Promotion for the Community Promotion Ads

I have a pending community promotion ad that I believe deserves more attention — but I also think that we need more participation generally in the cause of creating community promotion ads. As ...
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Shouldn't the Tumbleweed badge be either gold or burned?

I was vainly looking at the list of badges to see if there were any I could cherry pick in a moment of boredom (mostly beause my psychology absolutely depends on looking like I'm somehow important on ...
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New blog post: If Neptune Orbited Jupiter (previous: Discord (Harmony 2): The Entropy Note)

Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community: If Neptune Orbited Jupiter by HDE 226868 Habitable moons around gas giants have been a staple of science ...
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Should we be blacklisted from HNQ?

I just spotted our current hnq question, and did a double-take before realizing what stack it was from. This happens more often here. Considering the recent mess with IPS, should we consider ...
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Worldbuilding's updated site theme is live for everyone!

UPDATE - We've pushed this live for everyone now. Thanks to those who took the time to give feedback. Please do know, being live doesn't mean we can't address further changes for you! Write an answer ...
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Seeking community advice/consensus on rolling back edits that invalidate answers

Yesterday I answered a question that had a given scope. Today I saw that the question had edits that changed its scope. I saw it because of a downvote to my answer - I believe it was due to my answer ...
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Are “explanations for magic” something that belong on World Building SE? [duplicate]

I see more and more questions asking for help to explain how a specific magic could "work". They are all opinion based, a kind of brainstorm exercise, and sound more like plot related questions than ...
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How has this answer not yet been shot down?

On a recent question about reasoning the constant existence of ice-walls around a flat-earth there has been this one answer leading with upvotes: As there is not scientific basis for anything like ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Fast submarines - Closed question

Fastest Underwater Speed of a 2 Person Privately Built Submersible? The problem with this question is perhaps that it has a reality-check tag making people think they can easily answer it. In ...
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Can We Build Series

There is a now series of questions that have been asked to create great Feats of construction from myths in a realistic way, Think Anatomically Correct but for buildings. And below should a ...
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Seeking community consensus about “Why would X lead to Y?” questions

While we've likely always had "Why would X lead to Y?" questions, it feels like we've had a lot of them lately. Here's a sample (the questions asked so far in October, some have been closed). Why ...
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Is it appropriate to correct someone else's answer in an edit?

An edit was recently made to an answer I posted to this question: How can Ganymede have an Earth-like gravity without us having realized it? The edit changed this text: That would change its ...
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Questions about worlds with low maturity - What to do when a question cannot be answered right now?

EDIT: I've added a 4th point that I want help with I have recently noticed a lot of questions that seem like quite chaotic approaches to world building. In my humble opinion, if your approach is ...
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Do we need the [names] tag?

Right now names has 36 questions. A lot of them are on hold or closed, and I feel none of them needs that tag to make sense. I feel asking about names, or name conventions, usually tends to get ...
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“I don't have a clue about X, but I'm using it in half-written story. Please explain!!”

Example: Travelling the multiverse by accident? The original question: As you've probably guessed, I have no idea about how multiverses and parallel universes, or space-time travel, etc work. But, ...
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Is StackExchange WorldBuilding the DYSTOPIA of the future?

I don't really see Why. My first post, I just got Bullied. Got a -1. So I will say: I don't want to be part of this community. This is just an EGO trip. The guy signs in. Instead of welcome, some ...