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Worldbuilding Site Design

I'm Kurtis, a product designer at Stack Exchange. First off, congratulations on your recent site graduation! Graduation and Your Site Design Graduation comes with a few perks. We have already begun ...
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Site Design Launched!

Congratulations! As you can see, the new site design just went live. Thanks to everyone for your patience. Also updated are the newsletter template and chat room based off of the new design. If you ...
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Congratulations, Worldbuilding is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Worldbuilding met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined ...
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New blog post: A Disease of Mythology: The Importance of Language in Worldbuilding (previous: If Neptune Orbited Jupiter

Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community: “A Disease of Mythology”: The Importance of Language in Worldbuilding by heather Worlds need languages, but ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions 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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Reminder to close-voters

While conducting a normal review of the Reopen Review Queue, I was presented with this recent question. While I agree with the too-broad close reason, I was dismayed to notice that no comments had ...
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Worldbuilding Site Design Updates: March 15

Thank you for all of your feedback and patience while we made design updates. Below are a list of updates and planned updates. Logo Based on the community's discussion, we've made some adjustments ...
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Is Worldbuilding a What If Site?

A few months back, my participation on this site dropped heavily for various reasons, most of them real life commitments. Now I've come back, and there's something I've noticed. When I left, the site ...
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Creating a realistic world Series

There are a series of questions that go through the process of creating a realistic world step-by-step. This is a series of questions that tries to break down the process of creating a world from ...
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What should be the subjects of our fortnightly topic challenges?

Worldbuilding is beginning its fortnightly topic challenges. In that trichoplax wrote As this question is already being used for answers on how to approach this, would it be clearer to have a ...
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Why is Worldbuilding Stack Exchange so good at answering questions?

This is written with my metaphorical mod hat fully off and hanging on the wall next to my real hats. I moderate two other Stack Exchange sites, History of Science and Mathematics and Mythology. They'...
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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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A note about us from the real world

Since we're a purely online community (well, I assume there aren't some of us who do meet in the real world), I thought it would be nice to share a piece of information I learned today concerning our ...
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Should we turn Worldbuilding Stack Exchange into a Planet of Hats?

November is rapidly turning into December, but we still have one more event to get through before we look ahead to 2017 . . . Winter Bash! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even ...
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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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Sandbox for Proposed Questions - 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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How to write the perfect question

Writing good questions can be difficult. To help you, the community came up with ten yes or no questions that will guide you and help you prevent common errors. Follow the links for more information ...
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Brainstorming Worldbuilding Site Design

I'm Kurtis, and I'll be working on the new design for the graduated Worldbuilding site. As most of you are aware, each site within the Stack Exchange network gets its own unique theme while ...
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Are the “spoon” questions on-topic? And should they be?

I'm not currently a particularly active user on Worldbuilding, although I've contributed a bunch of answer back when the site was new. I do, however, regularly visit several other sites on the Stack ...
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Please don't link to m.wikipedia.org

I have noticed that many users link to the Mobile Wikipedia rather than the Desktop Wikipedia. This is very irritating when reading on a desktop. Users of supported mobile devices are automatically ...
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Moderators Pro Tempore IN SPAAAAACE!

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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What worlds are you currently building?

Here on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, we very often work to help others design their worlds, but we rarely ask what those worlds are like. I'm sure I'm not the only user who wants their world to ...
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Should this be a high-voting site?

This is a question that I remember was brought up on another site (I think it was the late Digital Preservation site, but I could be wrong about that part), and which I think is worth considering ...
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One Year of Building Worlds

Today, Worldbuilding SE celebrates its first anniversary. It was announced, and the day has come finally. As part of the celebrations for the anniversary, a blog has been launched and several members ...
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Naming our robot

So we have this poster, and I am curious to know what you all think we should name our robot. Please, one post, with one name suggestion per person. We don't want this to get too far out of hand.
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A quick word of thanks for the WB Community

I know this is probably off-topic, but whatever. I had no better place to put this. Most of the time I'm on the SE network, I just go back and forth between a few sites, reading things that catch my ...
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Congratulations Worldbuilders - all systems green

I don't want anyone to start expecting any immediate graduation from beta (that can take years) but on Sunday our Area51 stats hit Excellent in the final category. We've been on excellent everywhere ...
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Have any answers made it into published fiction?

A lot of the questions asked here are by writers working on a story, or people working on some other project. The cynic in me tends to imagine these as doomed hobby projects that never get finished. ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Worldbuilding's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 4 new moderators are: They will become your moderator team shortly. Please thank them for ...
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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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We have a blog!

As you may have seen, over the past couple of weeks, Worldbuilding has been building not a world, but a blog. The setup of that blog is now complete! You can come and visit us now. We've got a ...
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Welcome to new moderators Michael and James!

Due to increasing needs and request for handling the load on Worldbuilding, we've been requested to get new moderators into the site. However, as it's not really been that long since your last ...
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What's wrong with “idea generation” questions?

We now have a dedicated "Idea Generation" close vote/flag reason!! What does it mean? What is the problem with "idea generation" questions?
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Worldbuilding Scope - Risk Factors

TL;DR: This question is the foundation stone of an attempt to more thoroughly define the scope of Worldbuilding by defining "Risk Factors" that make something Out Of Scope. The discussion of ...
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Should our default position be that answers should be science-/logic-based, rather than magic-based?

We are seeing some questions which receive answers that deal with magic. There isn't anything wrong in building worlds where magic exists, but there are two main issues that I can see: Magic systems ...
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What to do about unstoppable questions?

There have been several questions which are in the form "I created this unstoppable ability for my bad guy, how can I defeat him?" Examples are: How do you defeat a time-stopping Dark Lord? ...
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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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Yes, questions can be Too Localized. But usually they are at far greater risk of being Too Broad

Seriously, from the word go, we need to be pre-emptive about requiring people to ask specific enough questions that we can offer concise and definitive answers. For example, "How does one go about ...
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Graduated Site Privileges (aka Where's my options gone?!?)

With the launch of the new site design we are now fully graduated, thanks to everyone here contributing questions and answers and building a community to get us to this point. As a fully graduated ...
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What do users from other Stack Exchange sites think of Worldbuilding Stack Exchange?

We have had a lot of questions reach the Hot Network Questions list recently, which is probably related to the current topic challenge, religion. This means that there are a lot of outside viewers ...
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There are too many world UNbuilding answers and comments

When I joined this site, I felt I missed a lot by not joining before. I really enjoy the questions as well as the answers. Not to be misunderstood, I am a scientist myself. I always trust in concrete ...
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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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Can we stop the Trump jokes?

Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States after the 2016 presidential election a few weeks ago. Thanks to some of his more outrageous ideas - and some of the public perception of them - ...
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Get in the spirit: The first annual holiday bounty extravaganza - or bountapalooza

GTZ to you world builders. In the spirit of the holidays I have offered up three bounties on some of my older questions. Please feel free to join me in offering some of your hard earned (... well ...
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How do we feel about questions where the answer is “it exists in the real world?”

Suppose someone has asked "How could I do this thing in my fiction world?" or "If such a thing happened in my fiction world, what would be the consequences?" As such, the question is completely on-...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

Inspired by rage quitting user after they posted this meta question: How can i prevent a raging moderator from blocking my questions? Every closed question hurts. It hurts you double when you are ...
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Worldbuilding.SE, as opposed to History.SE, Physics.SE

A lot of questions I have about worldbuilding, it seems to me, could be asked at History.SE or Physics.SE. Already we have some examples: How quickly and accurately did news travel in rural medieval ...
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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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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...