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Is Dark Mode being considered for worldbuilding?

I couldn't sleep last night and was browsing my phone for a couple hours waiting for the blue light to completely ruin my chances of getting any shut eye. Dark Mode which I had enabled, which is ...
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Reedited question that completely changes meaning of an already posted answers

I am asking about advice, because after a strong comment-battle with JBH in this and this question I am completely puzzlled. The story goes like this: I have asked a question about killing all ...
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How to check tag description on SE mobile app?

I suppose this question could belong on any meta site, but I'm in this one because recently I asked a SE:WB question and couldn't readily choose between two tags: [interstellar-travel] and [...
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I have a question related to worldbuilding but I'm not sure if it belongs here

Ok, so I have a fictional world known as ''Ovuran''. The native ''Ovurani Humans'' have absolutely no concept of ''obscenity'', this means that their society is radically, traditionally and ...
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My world is heavily religious. Why is it so hard to have a good question?

So at first, let's talk about backgrounds of my world: God In my world, God is not omnipotent. God gave up his omnipotency in spite of creating the truth values (Falsity and Truth). He is still in ...
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(All) Creature questions should specify whether or not they require the creature to be of Earth-derived biology

There is no good term for it, which is surprising... you'd think that some science fiction author or another would have come up with a word/term for the taxonomy above kingdom, the one that specified ...
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Guidelines for migration from Science Fiction & Fantasy

I'm putting together an effort on Science Fiction & Fantasy to give users guidance for when they should migrate1 a question from SFF to a different site on the network. World Building doesn't have ...
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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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We cannot host gruesome depictions of violence, the [torture] tag has it and needs cleaning up

You recently had a discussion about torture which prompted our own discussion internally - and while we believe there are legitimate cases for discussing torture, there is currently some content ...
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How Do I ask Good world building Questions

Hello I just joined the stack exchange yesterday and multiple times have come across where my question was not understandable and that can sometimes be because I procrastinate and can be very lazy, if ...
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Is it reasonable to downvote answers because you dislike a question?

There are a lot of interesting question here on Worldbuilding and some of them kind of skirt the line of what some people could consider 'socially acceptable'. That's because, from our perspective, ...
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“Am I asking too many questions?” Is it okay to ask more than you answer?

Context: in the Writer's Group subreddit, there's the rule that you have to critique, not just submit drafts/stories to be critiqued, which makes me think what I'm doing right now is very wrong. If ...
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Should [medical] and [medicine] be merged?

medical has 89 questions as of now and the following short and long descriptions: For questions about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injury. This tag describes questions ...
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Should the [tag:execution] tag be removed?

While reviewing Most painful way to kill somebody with 10 bullets? I looked up the torture and execution tags. Their definitions aren't great in context of worldbuilding, and I think that's ...
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Why do we [torture] ourselves with this tag?

I don't see how torture can be used for world building. The tag text says: For questions about the application of mental or physical suffering, usually without the intent to kill. I'm trying to ...
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What problems does this question have?

The question Anatomically Correct Lamia has received numerous downvotes, but without any comments to say what problems there are to fix. What problems does this question have?
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Fiction/art about the process of Worldbuilding?

I’d like to ask members of the Worldbuilding community: can you recommend any fiction, poetry, film, or other media about the process of world-building? To clarify, I’m not asking for works that are ...
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Are questions opinion-based when asking about the behaviour of people in the aggregate?

A question is opinion-based when, in a nutshell, the answer is "whatever you want the plot to do". For example, a question where the answer is dependent on the story character's motivations ...
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How do you find a chat room that doesn’t appear when you click on it?

Hey guys I really want to find this chat room from u/Valerio Pastore. But like, I can’t find it. I really want to view the messages on here, so how do I find it?
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Should we distinguish between “science fiction” and “sci-fi”?

This recent question, reality check - How big could a space-ship get while still being plausible? - Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, reminded me of the difference between real "science fiction" ...
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What's the official stance on physics-based questions that show no research effort? [duplicate]

Example: How big could a space-ship get while still being plausible? It's asking about what sort of energy expenditure would be necessary to move a moon-sized starship capable of effective-faster-than-...
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How should we respond to dead links?

I saw this answer containing a dead link to a website with lots of ads that does not redirect (I used a redirect tracker. So how can we alert the mods to delete it?
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Should we downvote answers from new users?

I was recently reviewing this answer, and I got into a bit of a debate with @JBH. He posited that "Not all questions can or should be answered here", and that it is low-quality due to the ...
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Definitions of Site-Specific Jargon

The stated purpose of the Help Center is to provide Detailed answers to any questions you might have Something that I have observed in many newcomers to Worldbuilding.SE (and have experienced myself)...
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Proposed tag: survey-question

This site has struggled for a very long time over raw idea generation. There can be no best answer for raw idea generation. The OP is asking for the proverbial spaghetti to be thrown against the wall ...
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Brainstorming answers to the awesome paleontology question

Arash Howaida has asked the neatest question I’ve seen on this site in months. How to shape society's values such that paleontology becomes the largest / most profitable industry? I want to use ...
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Why don’t we help people write their stories?

This is just a thought. We should help people write their stories. Some people may want suggestions, ideas, feedback, and so on and we should make a stack exchange for those people as well. Just a ...
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Spinning off a question to preserve answers to removed sub-questions

I had a recent case where an unclear question was asked and answered many times before it was then amended to be more narrow. In this case, the edit invalidated a number of good answers to a common ...
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Are requests for assistance with world building related research on-topic?

There are many things in the world that I am not an expert in, but at least have a vague idea where to start looking for resources/examples. There are also many subjects where getting the information ...
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Is it Permissible to Adopt and Edit Older Queries and Responses?

Following from Is it Permissible to Cherrypick Someone Else's Answer for the Same Question, I'd like to bring up something I've thought for a while: HDE 226868's answer, There's nothing wrong with ...
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Is it permissible to cherry-pick someone else's answer for the same question?

Concerning Are 'tree waterfalls' possible? Some time after answering the question myself, I found LazyReader's answer had been deleted. However, I felt the answer had intrinsic merit, so I ...
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Answering badly researched questions

A questions like this Why are my caves warm with nobody heating them? Or How long would the St. Louis arch stand For me they show no, or very badly done research. With first answer with four ...
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Why was my question closed as opinion based?

What would have happened if the neutral states in Europe in the 30s had signed an agreement similar to NATO article 5? is closed because "opinion based". Alternate-history is by definition opinion ...
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What is the appropriate action if a question has been incorrectly marked as a duplicate? [duplicate]

A while ago one of my questions was, I believe, incorrectly marked as a duplicate. Regardless of this particular case, what are one's options if they have a question incorreclty considered a duplicate ...
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Voting behavior: upvote vs upvote & downvote. How do you feel about it?

On a recent answer a user made the following point: -1. It's not about you or your answer (which is actually good). It's just that X's answer is just so much better than yours; better as in more ...
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What is the Worldbuilding site about?

I just now stumbled upon this site while looking up "could Kaiju exist?" and I would be interested to know what type of questions to ask on here.
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Nebula Awards needs WorldBuilder help

Each year, the Nebula Award organizers host "office hours" where experts in various fields are available for authors to talk about problems in their books. This year, because COVID, the office hours ...
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A call for blog writers and editors

Some folks here might know that Worldbuilding Stack Exchange has an unofficial blog, Universe Factory. We've been running it since 2015, when we had an explosion of content from a number of users in ...
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what happened to universe factory?

I recently discovered it but have noticed there has been little to no activity since mid to late 2019, and a few series are cut off. I was wondering why this cutoff happened and or what could be done ...
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Should we narrow down the scope of the Anatomically Correct Series?

Quoting from JBH's comment on a recent Anatomically Correct Series (ACS) question This is a place to help people build worlds, not indulge in whims. There are clear precedents in Meta that this ...
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Is it acceptable to post a re-worked draft of somebody else's question in the Sandbox?

This is a weird use case. When I have the time, I tend to edit questions and fix relatively minor stuff - spelling, grammar. I'd re-word something or re-write a sentence if the current version doesn't ...
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Reopen request - “plausible RPG-style tanking” question

A question I asked last week was closed for being too story-based. Indeed, I had laid out a long, detailed tactical scenario. There was no plot or character content; it was all intended for context, ...
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Alternate way of responding to overly broad questions

This idea was incited by this question here, but it should be considered a general suggestion. The question was being closed as "too broad" because there are many ways for a laser to damage different ...
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Are questions about the ideal strategy for a dictator story-based?

I asked this question, and after almost a dozen answers, it got closed for being story-based. Mind, I'm quite satisfied with the response I got before that happened, so the reason I'm asking is merely ...
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Ideas about moviemaking

I have a question about my Worldbuilding Stack Exchange post: making history true again I have asked this in another SE site and they introduced me to you. I have asked but didn't find appropriate ...
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Is the distinction between closure reasons too small?

As a long-time user of the site, I know the current "Needs more focus" closure reason used to be called "Too broad" and have been applying it that way. However, it occurred to me when reading and ...
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Hanging up my spurs now that the horse is dead - an open letter to SE about why their model is wrong

This is a really hard post to write. It's been coming for a while and I'll admit I'm of mixed feelings about it but I'm making the right decision here even if it hurts a little. A big part of me wants ...
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How could the community respond to posts asking for “alternatives” to established technologies?

I’ve noticed quite a few posts asking for “alternatives” to established technologies like wheels and firearms. However, in almost every question in the category that I’ve seen, there has been only two ...
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“Let's Continue This Discussion in Chat” just kills the discussion

I understand that Stack Exchange sites are not discussion forums. However, a discussion taking place in comments (which will eventually be deleted, as I understand it) is still useful for ...
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I can't see any reason why my question should remain closed

What would the consequences of Cold Fusion, Quantum Computing and Room Temperature Superconductors I have rephrased my question until it was compliant to the more rigid standards I could come up with,...

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