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Why? What? A quick refresher on suspended accounts

I think a refresher on the penalty box is due, considering some of the latest episodes. As you probably know, SE expects its users to follow the code of conduct and the be nice policy. Together with ...
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Debate on the relevance of law-related questions

I've seen a couple law-related questions closed recently for being "not worldbuilding", not all of them my own, so I would appreciate a clarification of the rules. I have identified several ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

The Sandbox works best if you sort posts by "active" (click here to do so). Welcome to the Sandbox! This "Sandbox" is a place where Worldbuilding.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions ...
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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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Minimum necessary context for answering questions and interlinked questions on Worldbuilding SE

Something I've noticed recently on Worldbuilding SE is an increase in the number of interlinked questions that require reading the parent question in order to get complete context for answering the ...
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Creating a specific tag for questions set in a “real world” or “real world”-esque setting

A lot of stories are set in worlds that are like reality unless noted. These are settings in which the geopolitical situation is virtually identical to the modern world (minus the presence of a few ...
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Synonymizing the werewolf and shape-shifters tag

We currently have two tags, werewolf and shapeshifters, which have a very large amount of overlap with the former more or less being a subset of the latter. There are only seven questions on the ...
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Are there any countries as “worldbuilding” as Australia?

Just a curious Australian. Are there any other countries that get referenced as frequently as Australia does? Australia got mentioned in an answer yesterday to "How can massive forest burning be ...
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What would you have wanted to know at the beginning?

You're a seasoned worldbuilder. We're about to embark on our first build. What are some of the most crucial things you've learned that you wish you knew at the start?
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Is there any way to make this question on-topic?

So, you know the whole "If humans play Dungeons and Dragons, what would dragons play?" joke. You probably also know that I made a question about it. Would the "Rule Lawyers" pen-...
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A proposal to establish policy regarding the torture and execution tags

Although most questions tagged torture and execution are unquestionably well within the scope of Worldbuilding, some were or might have been inappropriate causing a discussion about the validity of ...
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Are we too harsh on the so-called “opinion-based” questions?

Let me start from the disclaimer that I understand perfectly well that questions like "what color an invading alien armada spaceships would be" or "what would my superhero decide to do ...
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What does “hidden gems” mean in the Late Answers review queue?

When I'm in the Late Answers review queue on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, it says to "watch for hidden gems." What does that mean?
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Should Tag Synonyms require Moderator Approval As well as a Rating of 4?

As an aside, I notice there's a tag named, "tag" which is not a synonym of, "tags." I would suggest making it a synonym via the site-feature I just got as a privilege... but I can'...
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How can laser color printers weigh far less?

I have a question about my Worldbuilding Stack Exchange post: How can laser color printers weigh far less? How can I make this on topic, please? If I had an answer to this I would make money out of ...
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Modifying the Evolution tag wiki

I believe I've finally figured out why I dislike "How can X evolve?" questions and what to do about it. I believe the proposal would help with the questions tremendously — at least if anyone ...
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Is WB.SE participating in the Hat Contest?

Good news! The Winter Bash has started! Will WB.SE be participating this year?
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Are there any standards for quality here?

Yet again, we have a question tagged science-based that falls under "evidently impossible with 5 minutes of basic research" category. Not only is it allowed to remain open, it gets highly ...
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What am I doing wrong in this question?

I posted this question about cool-looking yet ineffective weaponry, and am confused as to why I have down votes. There are no close votes, and I'm 90% sure I'm following all the guidelines. It isn't ...
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Real Life cannot be an overriding limitation on any question unless specifically requested

I have finally found the perfect question to kick-start this discussion concerning what I believe is a growing undesirable behavior on Worldbuilding How can the Sea of Japan be drained? The OP wasn'...
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Why are 'plausible magic' questions so poorly received?

Let's say I have a question such as the following: I want my race of fantasy avians to have a crest of beautiful, long, iridescent feathers. If I don't care how they came to be in the first place (...
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Is Universe Factory still alive?

It's simple, for a while now, Universe Factory (both the room and the site) shows no signs of life, which makes me sad. Now, I'm not saying I have much to post, in fact, making a 4-minute read ...
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New blog post: Supers: Chapter 1 (previous: Worldbuilding with stellar grids)

Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community: Supers: Chapter 1, by Firestryke I was attempting to save three kids from a fire in my school. One of those ...
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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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Disputing a Policy: Question Edits Cannot Invalidate Answers

Worldbuilding is the only Stack I am aware of that discourages improving a question if it invalidates answers. I could be wrong about that, but what it does is suggest that answers are more important ...
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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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Anatomically Correct Series

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. 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 ...
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Why is my question “too story-based”?

I recently asked this question. The controversial topic of the question aside (yes, I get that it's torture; I very explicitly said to keep it clinical), I was rather surprised to find that it was ...
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Reminder to reviewers

Quite often, when browsing through the review queue history, I stumble upon cases where the reviewers apparently didn't do any real review but just clicked on "no action needed". The latest ...
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Let me know what part of my question is opinion-based so I can fix it

How corrupt can a meritocratic government be without being perceived as such? I would like to know what's the opinion-based part of it, so that I may fix it (by replacing it with narrower and more ...
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Are comments for suggested, but inadequate, answers?

I don't want to turn this into some sort of witch hunt on the example I've come across. So unless it's absolutely necessary I'll leave that out of this question. The question had a hard science tag, ...
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When and how to challenge the back story?

I was in the middle of answering this newly asked question when it was deleted by the author. It had been up for 30 minutes. I can't read the OP's mind, but I suspect the question was closed because ...
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Past Username Registry

It's a simple fact that since Stack Exchange allows us to change our usernames, we do so occasionally. While I support this practice, it can be annoying on occasion, as it can confuse others and ...
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The source(s) for my answer are NSFW. Should I link my sources?

I recently self-censored an answer, and I'm wondering if i should have. Regarding this question: Is it a good idea to shove your arm down a werewolf's throat if you only want to incapacitate them? ...
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Policy Recommendation: We recommend that users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer

For some time we have had an unofficial policy that we recommend users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer. This unofficial policy has been transmitted through comments, usually ...
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What is the genesis of ‘Obligatory XKCD’?

I have a simple and lighthearted but (I suspect) non-trivial question. Having seen the phrase ‘Obligatory XKCD’ a lot recently and used it often myself (There’s a lot of overlap between WB.SE and the ...
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Why did this answer get upvotes?

Pardon the title, but I couldn't think of anything to accurately describe the situation. Yesterday, this answer was posted. I was immediately concerned by the use of the phrase The 20th century is ...
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What's up with the [worldbuilding-process] tag?

It seems like worldbuilding-process is just tacked on questions that it doesn't belong on. Some of these are just poor questions entirely, but many seem to be good worldbuilding questions about ...
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Migration of Gerrymandering question

Can someone explain why the linked Anti-Gerrymandering question was migrated to Politics.SE? Build an Anti-Gerrymandering Political System It already had a wealth of answers, so obviously a number of ...
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When should I repost a question with modification versus editing an existing one?

I now realize that I've asked the wrong question here and was about to edit it to ask what languages I could combine to get the desired effect, but that's a pretty different question than how to make ...
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Help me understand the required level and relevance of “worldbuilding context” in questions that can be answered with real-world science

I want to ask in the context of the now-infamous gerrymandering question, which got removed because it did not do enough worldbuilding. It's not my question, and I have zero interest in seeing it put ...
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Is it okay to edit?

So, a while back I posted this proposal for editing rules. @AlexP quickly responded in the extreme negative, calling it "a Vandal's Manifesto". According to him, the license placed on ...
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Should I accept the best answer or the answer I use?

I've gotten tons of different answers that were really helpful on my instant delivery time travel question, but I've come to a rather hard decision to make. I want to use one answer in the story, but ...
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A proposal for helping users understand frame challenges

Frame challenges have long been considered acceptable here at worldbuilding.SE However, I believe many users don't understand what a frame challenge is or how to appropriate present a challenge as a ...
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Proposal for Editing Rules

@elemtilas recently proposed in this comment that we, as a community, establish some guidelines for editing. Since I do quite a bit of editing, I have decided to accept his challenge and make a ...
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How do we get a cool popup when a question is asked?

I just visited SciFi.SE to post a "can anyone remember this book?" question when the most amazing popup appeared! I want a cool popup like this! A popup with some concise, succinct, and ...
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Is it bad to ask a question if I have no intent of pursuing the idea seriously in some work of fiction?

I've asked a fair share of questions here, but only a few pertain to ideas I actually pursued seriously in a game or short story. Many of my questions are little more than a fictional curiosity to ...
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Idea Refinement: Clarification and Examples of VTC Reasons for New Users

This page was written before the late 2019 changes to close-voting. However, much of the information is still relevant. -JBH The Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE! page for new users is up and running. My ...
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How can I draw attention to a Sandbox item (proposed question posted as an answer)?

It is my very first encounter with the Sandbox which is a great idea especially for newbies. However I have noticed that I have received very little feedback for my item and I am wondering about what ...

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