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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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We are Too Ready to Close Questions - how to change this?

In my view, questions are being closed too readily - how do we change this? I am a relatively new regular on WorldBuilding being only here for a bit under 2 years. I enjoy coming here and giving ...
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I would like to know why people weren't able to understand what my question was about

This question was closed as "not focused enough" (How can an alien civilization be so powerful that it can with almost 100% certainty destroy any other civilization without getting a scratch?). One of ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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I ask a lot of questions pertaining to an ongoing subject in a fantasy world of mine. Should I organize my questions with a special title structure?

In one of my fantasy worlds, I have an alternate human species that makes up the population of the world. This alternate human species has a lot of unique biological differences and features that ...
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Why my question about Orbital Pizza Delivery is off-topic?

I recently posted Orbital Pizza Delivery. It got closed as off-topic. It was claimed that it was more properly related to Physics.SE. Yet, the questions below seem fine, even when dealing mostly ...
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Public Service Announcement: Don't edit out links from spam posts

Twice in a row today: posts flagged as spam, with no spammy content in them because someone edited out their links. Please, don't! Flag spam as spam and let the moderators handle it. I understand ...
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Limiting the Number of Anatomically Correct Questions

There's really two things that I want to bring up here. The first is that the Anatomically Correct series of questions has been flooded with recent questions about various creatures. This is kind of ...
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A Cascade of Story-Based Closings

The synopsis of what makes a question Too Story Based is as follows: 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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Giving away upvote: is it doing any good?

I have seen that some users here are quite liberal in dispensing upvotes. I am generally not in favor of such liberality, but also not against it. Personally I give upvotes when I see something ...
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Revisiting the “science” tag

The science tag is for: Questions about science and the perception of science in a fictional world. Use [science-based] for questions on how to explain fictional things based on real-world science. ...
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Our preferred capitalization for species names when they are Pokémon?

In previous meta questions and chat discussions, I've gotten general agreement on the capitalization conventions this site should use for common species names, race names within a species, and ...
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Why don't people explain votes to close?

It looks like Can I have snow "near" (somewhere with the climate of) San Diego? is going to be closed due to "lack of clarity". I don't understand why it is unclear, and despite requests for ...
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Should/Can I give a reason for accepting a certain answer?

I recently posted a discussion based question and got tons of very good answers, so I'm wondering if it's possible for me to specify a reason for accepting a specific one? If there's nothing built in ...
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We have the “dragons” tag, so do we really need “dragon-anatomy” too?

The description of the "dragons" tag is quite general, and it would certainly seem to include questions about their anatomy: "For questions involving dragons - generally large, reptilian, flying ...
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Critique my “southern moon” answer, please

I went out on a brainstorming limb for a solution to this question: Can a moon orbit a planet's southern pole? I ask those of you with more astronomy and physics knowledge to critique it. I don’t ...
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Worldbuilding site performance

When viewing the main worldbuilding site in safari on an iMac there are performance issues. Attempting to navigate pages, or simply scroll the page causes severe lag. I do not experience this on any ...
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Good vs Bad “Feasibility” Questions?

Recently, I've noticed a lot of new questions with "Feasibility" written in the title. Generally, the community consensus is that "feasibility" questions about sci-fi ideas are on-topic because they ...
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So long, and thanks for all the fish

Today I'm sending an email to Stack Exchange resigning my moderator position. That's less dramatic than it sounds as I've been essentially retired for the past year but I have been helping out ...
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Love you Worldbuilding, but I am hanging up my diamond

Been mulling this over for the past few months or however long its been, drama seems to stretch time out... Anyway, I am resigning my diamond. I've been hoping to see things improve since Monica was ...
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In sadness, it is time for me to go

Friends, we've built an amazing place together. Our Worldbuilding community is awesome! It makes what I'm about to say bittersweet. Though it pains me deeply to leave my communities, I have decided ...
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Can I ask a question that's a more focused version of an existing question?

This question asks for ways to justify medieval stasis, reasons why an alternate world would stay in the technological/societal equivalent of the middle ages for much longer than in our timeline. The ...
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Is my recent question too near opinion-based?

A question I asked the other day received 3 close votes for opinion-based. In my question, I included a brief summary of my world setting, to give the reader a bit of insight into what I was working ...
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What does OP mean?

So, I was recently looking around at the comments on some of my questions, and I saw multiple references to "the OP." What does this mean?
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“This conversation has been moved to chat” - what's the reasoning behind it?

See the title. Can I ask when that action is meant to be taken? See, I thought that comments on a question/answer are moved elsewhere when it is a handful of people discussing a topic at length that'...
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Is illusion or delusion a legitimate answer to a world building question?

This answer got me thinking. Is it a legitimate answer to a worldbuilding question of the "how could X be true?" variety to say that it's not really true and certain characters who provide the ...
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How do I delete a question once it has answers?

So, I recently asked a question on Meta about what I should do about one of my answers that was being downvoted out of bias (I am a ID proponent, and apparently SE is highly Evolutionist). Anyway, ...
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should the name reality check change to plausibility check or possibility check?

i just think the name reality check misguiding/misleading, or not a good name for a tag that supposed to be asking a concept is possible or plausible for a fictional world building, base on the answer ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Can i completely change my question or should i ask another?

I realised after I wrote my question How large can a flying insect get and still be able to walk upside down? that it was pretty vague and the first answer confirmed that, so as I went to edit the ...
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How to Resolve a Question with Very Good, but Wrong Answers?

This has almost certainly been asked elsewhere. I had recently posted a question about firing a sci-fi laser rifle with specs on what I thought a good stereotypical weapon would be. See people ...
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So, is that it for Monica? What does the Dec 23 update mean for the future?

On Dec 23, 2019, Monica posted on her GoFundMe page that she has no further need for donations to cover legal expenses. She linked to the Stack Exchange Meta post where SE says they have come to an ...
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Our planet is capitalized! [closed]

Mars. Venus. Saturn. Earth. We are a group of worldbuilders. We should be able to spell our planet’s name right. In case you’re wondering, yes, I am stuck in bed sick on Christmas with nothing ...
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Can I transfer certain questions to a new account?

I have a question that is tied to my old account. I canceled that account and created a new one some time later.how can I get a question from back then transfered to my current account?

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