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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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Do we need the [idea-based] tag on Main?

I was just going through the "Suggested Edit" review queue and saw a tag wiki edit suggestion there for a tag that was recently created, which read as: This tag is used by questions that requires ...
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Is broad impact of a specific change too broad?

I just finished putting up an answer to this question about a resurrection effect and then went to check the queues to find that it's on the close list as too broad. I've read Dutch's comment about ...
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How to fix “Unclear What You're Asking”?

I recently asked How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power?, which, granted, isn't a fantastic question, even after my edits. Right after I asked it, I got a -1, and comments ...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

I recently posted How to prevent Wikipedia's desire for donations in Bitcoins from enslaving the world. I was surprised that the upvote-vs-downvote ratio is 50%. I've never seen that before. So ...
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Proposed addition to “Anatomically Correct” to establish Q quality expectations for the series

With TrEs-2b's blessing, I propose the following be added to his Meta question, Anatomically Correct Series, for the purpose of helping OPs understand the minimum requirements for and expectations of ...
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Is “How to make shotguns practical again” on topic? [duplicate]

I was thinking about asking how I can make shotguns practical in the military outside of a military police context but I think it might be a bit overly broad. Would you agree with this assessment and ...
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Consensus for Shapes for an Infinite Animal

This is in regard to the question Shapes for an Infinite Animal. I consider the question to be lacking some critical criteria to be objectively answerable with a "best" answer, and commented as such (...
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Can Glarnak save us from the Stack Exchange app?

Recently I've reviewed a lot of first questions, late questions, and low-quality questions from the ubiquitous user###### class of users — people who use the ...
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Can a popular question be kicked off the hot network question list?

I asked a question here that was receiving views and votes from the hot list and then it stopped. Marked as off topic although 12 people up voted it but it only took 5 to close it. I'm not complaining ...
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Why was this comment flag declined?

On this question I flagged the following comment for being an Answer in comments: Actually, I don´t agree with most of the answers. This is the basic principle of a handgrenade. Most SAM´s are ...
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Pick 'n mix: How to fix

I have a dilemma I've seen, both in other people's posts and in mine. Lots of people come up with lots of great, different ideas for solutions to different parts of the problem. But since no one ...
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Would a question about classifying certain actions as rape be on topic?

I will say in advance that this isn't the most cheery subject. For my writing, I need to know whether a situation is classed as rape or not. However the situation involves a character who, using ...
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What to do when you receive unsatisfactory answers?

After waiting and receiving unsatisfactory answers (because everyone is misunderstanding what you're saying, even if you restate the important part several times) and not counting adding a bounty, ...
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Not asking questions

I've seen a lot of users who are high in reputation but have never asked a single question. Are there any requirements, like "You have to have asked at least 1 question to ____"? Should there be? I'...
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Justification for closing “In a town where people say the opposite…”

This Meta question is in regard to in a town where people say the opposite of what they think how would double negatives work?. (1) This does not appear to be off-topic as a question of linguistics ...
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What's the protocol for questions that can easily be answered by Google? [duplicate]

For exaple, OP of this Proxima Centauri's flare: effects on a terraformed planet question could have answered his own question with the Google search "Proxima Centauri planet" and a little reading....
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Is it ok to set up a bounty for a question, where I already know which answer I want to accept?

The reason for setting up a bounty is, that I want to reward a similar but later answer, which goes into great details, but in the end is very similar to the earlier answer, which contained everything ...
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Remove now off-topic questions that were barely on-topic previously?

Ideas for a Worldbuilders mapping site, Mapping site - Go Break It and Mapping site (again) - Moderators are about the development, bug collection/review and moderation of a mapmapking tool that was ...
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“I have an implausible end goal. Please tell me how to get there!!”

Plausible Weapon or Other to Cause Space-stage Civilization to Shatter and Revert to Primitive Societies Since I am horrible at coming up with ideas, I couldn't think of a circumstance or weapon ...
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How long should I wait before posting a bounty?

How long should I wait before posting a bounty? Two weeks? A month? This is considering the question is cycled upwards. Assuming the question has either no answers or just a few plausible but yet ...
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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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Would asking for an outline for worldbuilding issues be on-topic?

Would a question on writing an outline specifically for my worldbuilding belong in the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange or on the Writing Stack Exchange? I mean general advice for how to structure my ...
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Do we need the tag [transformation]?

In a different discussion @EveryBitHelps wondered whether transformation would be a good tag to add to a question, which made me realize that this tag exists. The tag has neither a tag wiki excerpt ...
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How to rewrite a controversial question when I didn't get the answers I was expecting?

I recently wrote a question on a controversial topic, transgender hormone medication. I knew it was controversial and tried to focus on the least controversial aspect of the question, medication, as ...
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Have I become too strict with my VTC votes?

I recently voted to close this question because it seemed to me that it didn't ask about a world, but the engineering of a specific item that could have been part of any world (and, by definition, ...
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What to do if question gets marked as duplicate even after stating and demonstrating how it's different?

So, one of my questions I asked recently was suggested as being a duplicate by someone in the comments. I read through the question he said it was a duplicate of, and confirmed that it was different ...
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Why are all tags un-capitalised?

This seems self-explanatory but I noticed when looking through the questions, that all of the tags don't have capitals at the beginning. I don't mean to sound pedantic but shouldn't they have capital ...
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Is a question in a title only sufficient, or does it need to be reiterated in the body?

I was just looking at FrostFyre's comment against this question and it occurred to me that it's already articulated in a manner in which I would've written it. I don't see any reason why the title ...
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Should speculative biology questions be asked on Worldbuilding or Biology stack exchange?

I've been wondering where the appropriate place to put questions related to speculative evolution should go. There is a very popular "evolution" tag, and nearly all questions found there are about ...
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How is the “phenotype inheritance” question on-topic?

There's a recent question on the stack here asking about phenotypic variance within an arbitrary ancestral tree. At first, I assumed it was simply mis-posted on Worldbuilding because it seems to be ...
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Would a question about how deep someone needs to be buried so they wouldn't be found be on-topic?

My friend has just heard about StackExchange and is in the middle of writing a horror story. When I showed her this site she asked me: "Could I ask how deep you would have to bury someone so they ...
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Should we generously allow questions that should be elsewhere but would never survive the VTC process?

In relation to this question. Edit: The original question has been edited. I'm delighted to see the OP working to make the question more appropriate for this site, but to fully understand my ...
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Should these two similar questions asked by the same user be merged?

I answered this question, which asks about detecting an anomaly in interstellar space: Covering up an extinction level event caused by an astronomical anomaly Some time later, I saw another question ...
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Use of flashing font/marching ants to direct attention to question

My current question currently has 4 (!) votes to close for being unclear. In its very first iteration, it had a paragraph that began with "My question is...", and even explained the question two ...
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Is there a tag where a user can specify the technological level range his answer applies to?

I have a question in sandbox where the technological level will determine the viability of the answer. My idea was to make an intergalatic call for bids. So any entities could apply. Answers would ...
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Can I split a bounty?

The instructions for a bounty rewarding exemplary existing answers states: One or more of the answers is exemplary and worthy of an additional bounty. However, it doesn't look like I can split the ...
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Should we rename [insect] to [insects]?

On the Main Site we have a tag named insect. Normally tags should be plural, not singular. See Tags cleaning: singular vs. plural for more information. The tag wiki excerpt even says: For ...
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Worldbuilding Discord Server

In case you don't know, Discord is somewhat of a chatroom. (I know that Worldbuilding already has them). Discord is much more polished as a communication medium, you can create different 'channels' ...
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Questions with multiple answers but still flagged as off topic, too broad, or down voted

Not to be confused with: Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic? We've all seen questions that have been flagged as off topic, too broad, etc. or have been voted with negatives numbers. ...
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What does being a 'Contributor' look like on Worldbuilding?

I've been on Worldbuilding now for just (10 minutes as I write this) over 4 months, after noticing the question about lights being needed on space ships in November. I've really enjoyed my time here; ...
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What to do about near-duplicate answers from unregistered user(s)?

Is it feasible to have a literal ivory tower? At 9:42 the unregistered user bromey_jestman posted this answer: A literal ivory tower would be one to two meter tall, simply the tusk of the elephant ...
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Mutually-exclusive goals and how to discover them

I have to admit, I've been here a month now and I still have absolutely no clue what most of y'all's goals are in patrolling posts. My first question was closed for being too open-ended and ...
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What to do about trivial questions?

First of all, I was looking if such a topic existed already, but I couldn't find anything. I'm sorry if I missed it. Relatively often, you will find a question that is just painfully easy to answer. ...
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“Question Closed: Too Broad” despite numerous clarifications and stipulations

The question of interest is here: All Else Equal, would certain human types be better suited for living in an Ice Age? I'm not trying to be a poor sport or anything. In the past, I have had several ...
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Does this question regarding underwater spaceships lack worldbuilding purpose?

Why can't spaceships go underwater? The trouble I see with that question is a lack of criteria for the desired answers: It doesn't quite ask for the design a spaceship which can go underwater; ...
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What reputation should you have to start a regular post?

I have seen some users on meta having a "regular post", series or feature that they do. My question is: how much reputation should you have before starting one?
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How can a question be “Too Story Based” if there is no story involved?

This question is currently on hold for being too story based; What would be a realistic timeline for these prosthetic related events? But, the problem I am having is, there is no story in the ...
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The Constructed Languages Stack Exchange is public beta now

Constructed languages add to the flavour of a world to build. There is now a dedicated stackexchange for constructed languages in public beta here https://conlang.stackexchange.com Go forth and ...
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A Little negativity going on here? Downvotes and vote to close

Ok, throwing this out in Meta because I am noting a shift in...attitude? on the primary site. To begin. When I joined Worldbuilding, I found all manner of interesting puzzles and fun things to try to ...
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Transform open ended science based questions to more acceptable format [duplicate]

I would like to explore methods to achieve psionic like effects using known, science based, phenomenon. For instance: Instead of an empathy psionic based power what about people that are highly ...