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Accepted Answers - to pin or not to pin? New Se feature, a per site option, may be coming

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Currently, the original poster of a ...
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What is a duplicate?

What counts and does not count as a duplicate? From what I have read (mainly the answers to this question), essentially a question is a duplicate if it can't be answered in a way unique from other ...
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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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What is so wrong with this question?

This question was closed and since then has had no sign of interaction. I've edited it to solve all the solvable problems given in the comments, so what else must I do to get it reopened?
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Penises = rude and abusive?

I was looking at this question Designing a low technology flamethrower with limited resources and on a whim decided to see why an answer (deleted by "Community") was rude and abusive. https:/...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Should we warn about (presumably unintended) parallels with racist tropes?

Somebody asked a question asking about a fictional humanoid race. To my eyes, the premise of this fictional race has strong parallels with a real-world early 20th century racist stereotype of African-...
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Are we doing a cleanup effort for old questions?

Is there a cleanup effort on old questions going on? Today I got a comment out of the blue on a question I asked five years ago. This stack was a very different place then, and the question would be ...
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feedback on the q - why it is off-topic

I am still interested in that the little q I have A big primitive computer in orbit, very big, powerfull but old technologies from 80's, what is a potential fiat money value for its use? but ...
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Can we ask OPs for a story-building side questions, if they are completely not important to provide answer?

Can someone explain me what is wrong with this my question: The maximum possible human population in fifty years, if we build up all the land I have asked a simple theoretical (?) question for a ...
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Died of a Theory: A Challenge for Too Story Based and Fishing for Ideas Questions

I wanted to test a theory. I wanted to see what would happen if a question that asked for a narrow list of ideas would react on the site now that a week or two of my previous meta post asking how to ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

Being the most creative and imaginative Stack in the Stack Exchange library has a handful of disadvantages. Stack Exchange's basic behavior is to expect a single objective and answerable question that ...
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Does the Stack wish to allow questions concerning the profession of worldbuilding?

EDIT: It appears that the question in question has been closed, then reopened, then closed again, and is a vote into reopening it a second time. We're pretty divided about permitting questions about &...
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Magical transmutation - duplicate or not?

This question has been marked as a potential duplicate of this question. Since I'm asking for a self consistent framework and side effects, of which energy is just one part, I don't see this as a ...
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Are the Science-Fiction and Hard-Science tags mutually exclusive?

I just read this question: Effects of a larger value for the Gravitational Constant? It has both the science-fiction and hard-science tags attached to it. So I went and read the summary and wiki for ...
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The unnatural hair colour question is not a duplicate

This question about dyeing hair into unnatural colour using medieval technologies was closed as a duplicate of this question asking about dyeing red hair into a natural colour in a similar setting. ...
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Why was this question "unsuitable for this site"

https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/revisions/207782/1 Why was this question originally closed for being "Not suitable for this site"? Question pasted below: What is the reason behind ...
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What is it supposed to mean when a question is closed for need of details or clarity?

This question was closed as needing more detail/clarity. Looking at the various descriptions of this reason, I have come to the conclusion that the solution would be to edit to add more details and ...
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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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How to prevent suggestions on reality check?

The tag reality-check states: Asks if a given concept is realistic in a given context. Answers should say yes or no, with supporting info. However I seem to be getting suggestions on alternatives ...
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Should the Science-Based tag demand (similar to Hard-Science) that all world rules adhere to real-life science?

A comment to Reasoning about the thermal conductivity of a rigid body states, I’m voting to close this question because it has "science-based" as a tag, but puts in conditions that ...
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Is this edit proper form for editing or was my edit out of line?

In this question here: What would a therapist be able to do with the ability to read people's dreams? I made a couple readability edits to spacing and added a recap as a form of TL;DR reiterating the ...
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Is a question with an implausible or logically flawed premise opinion-based?

This question here: If Spider Were the Size of Horses, What Sound Would They Make? It was met with a VTC by AlexP because "the giant spider can make any sounds required by the story". See ...
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We need a community ad to promote creating and voting on community ads

Is it just me, or has participation in Meta dropped off a lot over the last two years? It always seemed like about 10%-15% of users active on Main were also active on Meta. Now it feels more like 1%. ...
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New blog post: With My Conlang, I Would Not Fail (previous: Salvage - Part 2 of Landed)

Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community: With My Conlang, I Would Not Fail, by Sean F. Larson In all the talking and back and forth talk, my principal ...
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Just made a chatroom for alternative history

Basically, talk about anything you want, as long as it's more-or-less related to the topic. https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/126931/alternative-history-discussion
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How should we handle possibly legally/morally sensitive topics?

This question was triggered by this one : Appstore application to assassinate anyone. I have a lot of troubles dealing with it. Quoting it, the core of the question is something akin to that (Know you ...
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Im I ruining genre recognition when I deconstructed supernatural creatures to be Mutants I.E. X men?

Deconstruction is a terrible word to use here. But the only word I can think of to describe my world. But anyway genre recognition is when the audience can understand what genre a movie or tv show ...
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Character's capabilities or not?

I wonder how do you read this question: How far could a peak social manipulator go? A Rogue Ant. and I had a discussion in the comments and came to a realisation that we read this question in two ...
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Why does WB.SE treat social sciences as non-existent?

I do not know how to talk about it politely, please excuse my bluntness. This question (Can gender identity exist in a world without gender roles?) is the perfect example that the WB.SE community ...
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Found two Horned Humanoid Questions

Found two Horned Humanoid Questions... From oldest to newest... I can't find a point of differentiation, except mine, the older one, requiring it be neither "horns = sexy" or actually being ...
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Testing 3-vote Closures & Reopenings and the Value of Closing Questions

Stack Exchange is testing the use of 3-vote close-voting & reopen-voting. This is an important issue that everyone on this Stack should be aware of. We ended up with five votes to close based on ...
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Why do YOU hang out on Worldbuilding?

So I looked for this and my search did not reveal a duplicate, but I have a feeling that this has been asked before. If it's a duplicate, I would really like to know where. :) Why do you folks come ...
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How to handle this extensive edit

A new user asked How will our world change if all animals suddenly die?. The OP indicated the question was asked as a result of the previous "all men/women suddenly die" questions, which were both ...
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What happened to the chat rooms?

So, I put a temporary hiatus on my activity on StackExchange to try out Reddit. I go back, and this place had become a ghost town, even the factory floor. What happened?
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Why asking for the details isn't always a good idea

Over the years I've read WB questions that were very generic in nature, and others that wanted the ugly details. A handful prompted my post about running to the patent office because the details would ...
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Why was the jaguar armour question closed?

Would a taxidermied jaguar make decent armour? The question was closed without explanation, and I am making a Meta post hoping to find out why. Questions along the lines of "would this material ...
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Speculative History Discussion

So this is a chatroom I created a while ago about "what would hve happened if something happened differently"-type stuff. It's on the History community, but it could be useful for ...
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'Uncomfortable' questions

I wonder if a question that touches on 'uncomfortable' topics should be deemed as 'Not suitable for this site' and closed as happened to this question about readily accessible drugs that can be used ...
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Advice concerning questions asking HOW to implement a technological procedure or device

Though not terribly common, there are occasionally questions where the querent asks either how to implement technology or whether or not their suggested implementation is viable, practical, feasible, ...
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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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Is it possible and reasonable to add "This is a high concept question" to the list of community-specific reasons to close a question?

Edit: An incredibly valuable example of why we should add "This is a high concept question" to the VTC reasons is this question: What would happen if the salt in the oceans disappeared? The ...
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Is necroing a question really okay?

Sometimes I see really old questions get brought back up to the top. Sometimes it is beneficial since there are lots of answers and quite a few useful bits of info in them, but in other cases, they ...
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Would it be on topic to build a castle, question by question?

So, my question Where and how do I build a castle? got closed. Probably because it was thought to be a dupe of: Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology - Nope, I do ...
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Closed question "This question needs details or clarity" but without explanation of what should be more detailed of clarified

This question has been closed with the reason: "This question needs details or clarity" I had already replied in the comments some clarifications. It is not clear to me though what further ...
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Messed Up a Question

I confused two ideas when asking a question, and I want to edit it to reflect what I actually meant. But two people already answered and I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do that. Can I? I'd hate to spam ...
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My [neural-network] suggests to burninate this tag

While looking for tags appropriate for my new question I came across neural-network tag. Currently, it only have a single question (closed as off-topic) and no description. On said question, it doesn'...
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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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Worldbuilding's updated site theme is live for everyone!

UPDATE - We've pushed this live for everyone now. Thanks to those who took the time to give feedback. Please do know, being live doesn't mean we can't address further changes for you! Write an answer ...
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The page background lags my laptop

I must not be the only person who experiences this. When scrolling down or up there is a noticeable frame-rate drop. What is intended to be smooth ends up been jerky and my processor tries to figure ...

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