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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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Good answers to bad questions, a voting issue

I saw this question which I feel is a poor fit for the site and not about Worldbuilding and I down-voted it and VTC'd accordingly. It has since been put on hold but not before it attracted an answer ...
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Are questions about real-world religions allowed on this site? [duplicate]

I'm wondering, would it be okay for me to ask about real-world religion on this site? I'm not asking about how it was made, but rather its functions in the real world. I can see that this might depend ...
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Do we have a troll in our midst?

I have noticed that many times, there are negative votes given to new posts (both questions and answers) that look perfectly fine to me. There is also never an explanation given for why the downvote ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is newly scheduled for an election starting next week, July 2nd. In connection with that election, as we've done in previous elections, we will be hosting a Q&A here ...
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Is the “suitable dress” question off topic?

There has recently been a question asked: How plausible is it for a 12-year-old girl to walk through a village in her swimsuit in England? The question is asked well and has good answers...But is it ...
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How to deal with questions that are clearly not meant seriously?

Yesterday there was a question by someone implying the real earth is flat and how a round world would keep all the water on it. It has been heavily edited since. The original question was: Water on ...
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Why does this popular off-topic question stay open?

Could a person scuba diving take off his air tank and use it to propel himself? Why isn't this one closed as a story set in a world? In what way is it worldbuilding? Please see related Should we ...
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Is there something wrong happening to my question?

Please,This is not right. How do i make skeletons formidable hand to hand fighters?
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What happens when an on-hold question is edited and nominated for reopening by the OP?

My question was put on hold as too broad, understandably. Now, I've edited it and am fully confident that it is no longer broad, and have nominated it for reopening. What happens now? Do all on hold ...
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What to do if your question gets downvotes for something irrelevant and answers that don't answer the question?

My most recent question asks what procedures would be undertaken after a large island is discovered and explored by scientists. The question has since recieved 2 downvotes, and neither of the ...
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Are extended conversations permissible in the Sandbox?

In the Sandbox, there's often a lot of back-and-forth discussion between the original poster and commenters asking for clarification. This is normally avoided on Worldbuilding because it makes it hard ...
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Frequent closure and reopening of popular questions

Recently I’ve noticed a lot of questions being closed and then being subsequently reopened without major revisions to the question. This appears to happen more often with popular questions. Here are ...
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What should be our commenting etiquette when pointing out that other Stacks exist?

This question is purely about whether or not we want to write comments when there are other sites on the network who specialize in a certain topic that is also on-topic on WorldBuilding and if so, how ...
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How/why does the Community mod close questions?

This question about reality-checking the shadows of a ringed planet was placed in the reopen review queue after an edit was made. While the edit appears to be insufficient to separate the two ...
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Is it possible to change the descriptive text for the POB selection?

When users pull up the VTC panel, the description for "Primarily Opinion-Based" is: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will ...
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What's a good question about world building?

There's this site, where you ask questions about worldbuilding, so I was wondering what good question about world building are there?
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Do people still need to see comments under graduated/abandoned question drafts in the Sandbox?

Recently there was a Meta discussion about Deletion of Comments from Sandbox? and according with Monica's comment I want to start a discussion about the usefulness of comments under graduated/...
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I believe WB:SE has a bias against non-heterosexual questions. Maybe it ought to stop

Relating to this question but also based on observations with other questions about non-heterosexuality. Our site appears to have a problem with allowing questions about sexuality to remain open. ...
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Should we take off our [footwear]?

A short time ago, a blatantly off-topic question got posted on main and swiftly deleted, and I was curious to see that it had been (incorrectly) tagged footwear. I didn't know we had such a tag. It ...
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Deletion of Comments from Sandbox?

When a Sandboxed (technical term) draft is posted on main, the author is expected to update their draft, shorten it, and delete it. But what about the comments? I'm not a high-rep user, so I can only ...
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How do I write dollar signs ($) in posts without messing up the text formatting?

I was writing an answer where I ended up using two dollar signs to indicate amounts of money. The text in between the two dollar signs became formatted, although I did not want the formatting I was ...
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PSA: Please use those flags!

While it's still as true as ever that flags and close votes are not super downvotes (or even super delete votes; standard policy for moderators in response to "please delete this" flags is to decline),...
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How to get users to interact with a community wiki?

Is there any way to get users to interact with a community wiki for a question that needs a longer/more detailed list of unique ideas/answers? I know that it's kind of hard because interacting with a ...
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Is it a duplicate if answers aren't satisfactory?

Some questions on Worldbuilding have empirical answers. They are based on real world data and have definitive answers. An answer is expected and should be accepted. However, much of Worldbuilding ...
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Too broad questions,Really too broad or just my questions?

I have some time not to be active in the community, an hour ago I asked a question and only after the user ( StephenG ) accused my question of being too broad was closed, I want to compare my question ...
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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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A proposal to finalize the “are real world questions on-topic” debate

If you would like to discuss this or explain disagreements, or want clarification please feel free to join this chatroom. The moderators have discussed the recent re-invigoration of the on or off ...
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Redundant edit message

So, I was thinking about editing a post when I thought about, really thought about, the message for the editor: "We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial ...
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Help tour includes a potentially confusing user avatar

The section "Improve posts by editing or commenting" of the help tour includes an icon of Rory Alsop, which currently looks similar to Reddit's logo. I don't have a problem with Rory using it on the ...
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MathJax and Pending Edits

I've had a couple rejected edits dealing with converting math->MathJax. I think I'm starting to see why. On the suggested edit form that reviewers see, the MathJax doesn't convert to the final form. ...
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Getting More Sandbox Helpers

Regarding this post: Call to Sandbox Duty I’ve referred people to this sandbox, and the idea is to get better posts. For that to work we need to discuss why a question is too broad or ...
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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 name choice on-topic for Worldbuilding?

I'm very new to the SE "Worldbuilding" site, and therefore I'm not quite sure if a question I have is on-topic there. It is about the mechanics of a world, though its this world, and the mechanics ...
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What kinds of edits do we have?

I'm kinda new here, but I already edit posts I think need it. I already edit posts for Grammar Spelling and Math (I edit math to put it into LaTeX/MathJax format quite a lot, more often than any ...
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Bizarre Answer looks like Off-Topic

This question is about navigation on a super sized sea on a super-earth. It received a bizarre "religious" answer. I don't feel like this answer is adding anything to the discussion and worse I ...
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Clarifying “What topics can I ask about here?” from the help center

This is pretty much a continuation of JBH’s post but it is narrowed down to a specific issue. It also comes after a suggestion from elemtilas to refocus the question. This is the question that shed ...
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Why is “How can a teleporter stop a bullet?” off-topic?

What's the safest way to catch a bullet in your body? Was closed for being off-topic, for being "too story-based." Why is it too story based?
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What do you do when no one answers your question?

I posted one question, about an hour ago (What modifications would be needed to turn an oil rig into a self sustaining base?), and no one has answered, commented or anything. I read the help center, ...
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The Problem Everyone Has and Everyone's Talking About

I think we have a problem that everyone's talking about. I don't know when the breaking point was: I'm new. But I've seen it over and over. A new user posts their first thread, an off-topic/POB/...
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I just earned the Notable Question badge for my “closed:off topic” question!

Well, it seems I’m not the only one who wanted an answer to this question: Who gains from a persistent "flat Earth" conspiracy? 2500 other people did too! I still think this is a good ...
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How to edit my on hold question: Antimatter Planet Collision

It's been on hold twice. I got a ton of downvotes and VTC's and not that many useful comments to build on: I think I had 4 VTC's the first time around before I got a helpful comment. It's been ...
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About [Time] for a cleanup?

I have a time related problem that I am trying to solve so was looking through the various time related tags and descriptions. I found them rather contradictory and several aspects of them circular/...
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Is there a “magic link” to the Sandbox? Should there be?

Is there a "magic link" for comments that automatically links to the Sandbox (like the [tour] and [help] magic links that link to the tour and help center?
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Review queues and Association Bonuses

I've been wondering: do the review queues cover questions from users who have a +100 rep association bonus, and if not, should they? I've seen review queues cleared before, and in some cases people ...
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Our tour includes a comment that doesn't practice what we preach

If you take a look at our tour, specifically the "Improve posts by editing or commenting" section, we have a picture of a comment to this answer. In my opinion, this comment is not asking for more ...
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Do we need [economy] and [economics]?

I just came across the tags economy and economics. They seem to be about the same thing, at least according to their descriptions. The tag wiki excerpt from economy: For questions regarding ...
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Should we have some Guidelines to Creating Magical Creatures?

NOTE: This question is about whether the idea of having guidelines is merited. Not actually creating them...yet! You decide you want some magical creature in your land. eg dragons with wings etc. You ...
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Sandbox Question/Answers

Should we post questions we intend to answer ourselves on the Sandbox, and if so, should we post the answer we plan to write in as well? I'm asking this for a particular reason. A while ago I posted ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head [duplicate]

Relating to this question. Since when can a question be closed for poor quality? The two respondants to my challenge to justify the closure said that it's just a physics question (which we answer ...
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Ethics of answering your own question, even when you didn't think you would?

I've seen some posts where people answer their own questions, either because they've come up with a better answer or because they want to combine parts of all other answers to come up with one ...