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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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Is there a correlation between question scores and the number of answers?

When I was answering the 'ridiculous question' question, I got to wondering about whether or not one could use the count of answers provided as some indication of the relative quality of borderline ...
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Should ridiculous valid questions be answered or closed?

I've seen my fair share of ridiculous questions where it's obvious that the OP has no idea what they're talking about. Things like 'What would happen if you punch someone with a force of 172500 N?' ...
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Is questioning a well known trope on topic?

The question Virtual Reality and Physical Trauma is basically asking if there's any basis to the trope that wounds gained in VR appear in real life. Is reality checking a known trope on topic?
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Would a question about a potential voting system be on-topic?

For instance, I have the very beginnings of a question swirling around in my mind about a fairly hard to explain ranked-choice voting system (not even close to fleshed out in my mind yet) which might ...
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If I were a [nuclear-power] I'd rename this tag

Some people have used nuclear-power to refer to nuclear weapons (nuclear-weapons), possibly because governments that have nukes are called a "nuclear power", as opposed to energy generated by nuclear ...
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Are there technology tags?

To be more specific are there tags for: medieval technology magic-enhanced medieval technology modern technology magic-enhanced modern technology futuristic technology magic-enhanced futuristic ...
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Reference points for units

Background This question was received rather negatively by the community for its naive understanding of units of force. Put simply, it asked what would happen if you punched somebody with 172500N of ...
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Why is “Minimum nuclear weapons required for deterrent” off-topic?

This question has been closed, the reason given is that it is off-topic and "too story based". Minimum nuclear weapons required for deterrent? The meta question cited to justify this is as follows:...
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How did this question get so many views?

This question has a noticeable amount of views in such a short time. What method other than a good question can be used to get more views? How would people conceivably escape a planet too large for ...
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Should we migrate our conlang questions?

The Conlang stack has just hit the private beta and to celebrate that I wanted to bring up the discussion if we should migrate our conlang content to that arguably more suited stack and have a quick ...
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Know Your Site Monday: Who are the tag masters?

Welcome to 'Know Your Site', an every Monday Worldbuilding trivia feature where I use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer and maybe some python parsing to find out interesting things about the site. I ...
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What to do if I want to change the numbers in a question?

Main site question: Remotely controlled battle starship. I posted the question and it was answered by several users, but now I want to change the numbers and add some more detail. Is it acceptable to ...
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Links to chat have disappeared from main?

I have noticed in the last week or two, though I am not totally sure about the timeline, that the links to chat in the right hand navigation pane of the main site have vanished. They used to be ...
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Know Your Site Monday: Who were the first to gold?

Welcome to 'Know Your Site', an every Monday Worldbuilding trivia feature where I use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer and maybe some python parsing to find out interesting things about the site. I ...
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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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Should we have a Rocheworld tag?

We seem to have a fair few Rocheworld style questions accumulating over the years. Is it worth having a tag for them? Would enough people even recognise the tag for it to be meaningful?
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Topic challenge: alien geometry

I propose an alien-geometry topic challenge. Its often hard to tweak the mathematics of a world (for example, you can't really make 2+2=5 in a reasonable way), but one way you can is by tweaking the ...
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Know Your Site Monday: Which answers are most underappreciated?

Welcome to 'Know Your Site' a (hopefully) every Monday Worldbuilding trivia feature where I use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer and maybe some python parsing to find out interesting things about the ...
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Tag questions that want science to pick up the pieces

A lot of people seem to be asking questions about what would happen if the laws of science suddenly reasserted themselves after some absurd thing happens. Three recent questions I found right off the ...
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Using “too story based” to cure “too broad”

I recently came across Why would an army train living soldiers when manufacturing robots is easier. That question struck me as terribly broadly written, and the massively disparate answers ...
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Know Your Site Monday: Who are the most generous users?

Welcome to 'Know Your Site' a (hopefully) every Monday Worldbuilding trivia feature where I use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer and maybe some python parsing to find out interesting things about the ...
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Only Three Books: Ordering Function

So a few people have said that books chosen can't possibly be ordered and that it's pure opinion which ones are better and better for my purpose than others. Given that any set of objects can be ...
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Only Three Books : Functional Categories to narrow the scope

In the Only Three Books Series, I've been asking for WB to cite three books to send forward in time to be a kickstarting reference for a civilization recovering from collapse. Given the complaints of ...
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“Only Three Books” question set

So far there are two of these, one on There are now 4 of these: Chemistry, Physics, Grain, and Medicine. Essentially the question is: Which three books should be preserved, in the event that our ...
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Have worldbuilding-resources questions become off-topic?

This question is due to the nearly-successful effort to close the following question. Where can I find ideas for sci fi futuristic tech? This question is strongly related to the following. It ...
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What's the preferred reaction to “bonus points for…” addendums?

I did a quick search and we ususally see someone try to sneak questions past the basic "one question" rule by using a "bonus points for..." clause a couple of times a month. It felt like I was ...
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Magic 'option' in questions

When a question offers the option of being answered in terms of magic is it still valid for this site? I was reading this question, currently phrased as: Could someone give me an explanation – ...
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Is “Convince son of Santa scientifically” too broad?

The question is Help me to convince my son that Santa Claus exists, scientifically. That question was put on hold as too broad. That question seems straightforward. The manner in which it was asked ...
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Is this Santa question on-topic?

Santa's broke. How much does it cost for someone else to be Santa? I fail to understand what's worldbuilding in it. There could be some worldbuilding, but I just can't understand. It seems like a ...
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How does showing question score benefit highest quality questions?

Question scores (number of upvotes and downvotes on a question) are displayed in the question feed and on the question webpage itself. I've come to ask myself how showing this score benefits quality ...
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What's up with the “wormholes or Alcubierre drive” question being “primarily opinion-based”?

This is about the question Which is more feasible: Wormholes or an Alcubierre Drive?, which was closed by community vote as "primarily opinion-based". I honestly fail to see what's primarily opinion-...
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Holiday Data-palooza: Site statistics from 2017

Other Person: Hey, King, remember that one time you said you learned all that stuff about the Stack Exchange Data Explorer? kingledion: ...yeah... Other Person: Well I have some questions about how ...
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We have passed 100,000 posts on the main site!

I just noticed that we have now officially passed 100,000 posts on the main site, by post ID. Thanks to all of you for contributing, and keeping contributing!
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How are the “anatomically correct” questions asking for evolutionary insight on-topic?

When this question was recently posted I voted to close it based on it being either too broad or primarily opinion-based. Take your pick. The OP pointed out there is a lengthy history of "...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, I announced an experiment that would: Turn on the review queue indicator whenever there's a task available in any queue. All queues with at least one task will be marked ...
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Story-Go-Round Background & Info

As some of you have already noticed, over the last days a collaborative storytelling effort has been started here on WorldBuildingSE. This question is meant as a means to keep everything surrounding ...
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The second annual Holiday Bountapalooza

Greetings, worldbuilders! It's been a long year of creature-designing, map-making and society-building, and we're now in the throes of Winter Bash. Last year, to commemorate the holidays, we had the ...
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I edited my last question so please take it off of hold

I edited my question What food would be best for growing on Mars, so please go and give answers.
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Is there hard data on users' reopen voting patterns?

The question Is there hard data on users' cliques for close votes? made me think about whether there is a difference in people's closing and reopening vote patterns. Do we have any data, for example ...
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How to be a close voter

The value of precedent One of the most important principles in organizing a just society is the equally applicable rule of law. Worldbuilding is, while perhaps seeming trivial compared to a nation, ...
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Is there hard data on users' cliques for close votes?

I was reading a previous question on data on close votes, and a related question came to my mind. The question is as follows: is it possible to reject the hypothesis that there exists well-defined ...
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Do we participate in Winter Bash 2017?

I don't think Worldbuilding has missed any winter-bash since the site's inception. This year's begins in about a week. Here's the countdown page. From the answer to Is there a simple page, “What is ...
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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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List of publications by the Worldbulding SE users [duplicate]

Often I read a question where the story/world behind it sounds really interesting and I want to hear/read more about it. I'm pretty sure that there are already released publications(novels, games, ...
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What did I do wrong? / What can I do better?

Regards this question in particular but I doubt it is the only one showing this, or a similar, tendency/happening Looking at comments on the question as well as on answers the question seems to be ...
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Can 'Tomorrow is Groundhog Day… For everyone.' be reopened?

First off, I removed this part when I edited my question Tomorrow is Groundhog Day… For everyone.. I'll preserve it here, since I don't know the etiquette of removing such edits: I’m going to vote ...
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Clarification for new users: when is a “fishing for ideas” question on- or off-topic?

Over the last couple of months I've seen a lot of what I call "fishing for ideas" questions. Questions that are either too broad or, more often, primarily opinion-based because the OP hasn't thought ...
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Do we need the tags [diet] and [nutrition] on the Main Site?

Today I went to writing a few tag wikis as I do every once in a while. I found the diet tag and suggested an edit. dot_Sp0t had a closer look at the tag and we discussed what to do with it. Basically ...
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Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic?

I'm basically asking about questions which do have short, objective answers, but it may be subjective to determine which is the best answer. Like suppose mankind now has xyz technology, which ...
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Reopen Request (What good are psychics…)

This question: What good are psychics who control the strong or weak forces? Has been closed as "not clear what you're asking". OP subsequently edited the question; it seems like a pretty good ...