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Are generalisations of other questions a good idea?

Some groups of questions share common elements. Any answer to a question about scaling things up or down is going to involve linear, quadratic, and cubic scaling. Does it make sense to create a ...
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Worlds in development with deep background

A person building a world may have put in a lot of work, written a lot of background, and then become stuck with a particular problem that depends heavily on that background. If a problem is such ...
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Are questions about characters and personalities on-topic?

A fictional world is more than just the physical setting and the biological and psychological nature of whatever inhabitants it may have, it may also be filled with people, each with their own ...
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Are weapons questions on topic?

For example, this mine question: How and why to build FTL weapon? I think, that weapons are essential parts of every world (or story), being build, but I'd like to have some confirmations (or ...
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Can we post Questions for google users and should there be a Tag for them?

I am still new to the Beta and SE, and I'm puzzled. Whats should I do when I have a question which I think of someone would Google for, but which I know the answer to? What dose SE say about that? ...
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Storytelling and plot building

Just saying: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/77143/storytelling-and-blot-buidling/77146#77146 The whole "this is story telling and not world building" discussion will eventually lead to ...
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What about my question makes it “not about worldbuilding”?

So far, my question Is there a credible way a shapeshifter could gain/lose body mass when changing forms? has received eight upvotes, one downvote, and two close votes (both as "This question does not ...
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We need tag wiki wordings

A quick look at the tags will show that very few have a tag wiki (the brief wording below a tag that explains what it is for). Even if you don't have access to edit these, you have access to suggest ...
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Problems encountered during world building

If I encounter a problem during world building, I would like to ask it as a question. However, not all problems I encounter will be related to world building. Off topic As an extreme example, if my ...
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Top down versus bottom up

I can start with a chemical composition for a planet and ask "what kind of geography and mountain types are likely to result from this composition?" Alternatively I can start with the requirement for ...
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Questions from the definition phase on Area 51

Over on Area 51 you can still browse the list of example questions that were used in the definition phase before we got to private beta. Some of these have been asked in similar format here, but many ...
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How are we doing in this Private Beta?

We're a week since Stack Exchange Area 51 announced invitation for Worldbuilding private beta for all of us and we currently have 93 94 questions. How we're doing? Is it good, poor or critically low? ...
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Would questions about psychology be on topic?

This question had a close vote on it. I reviewed it and decided to leave it open, because I doubt it would be accepted on other sites. But should this kind of question (scientific questions about ...
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What does the “design” tag even mean? Do we want it?

There are currently eight questions tagged "design". Asteroid as a generation ship Foundation Component of New World Ensuring consistency in a world Can you simply scale up animals? Ship design that ...
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Should we encourage voteup upon answering?

Should we encourage users to +1 each question, they find at least that interesting, that they're deciding to answer? AFAIK, this case isn't certain among other SE sites. I personally find this fair ...
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FTL Travel, On or Off Topic?

This question: Is there a scientifically sound faster-than-light travel system for a spaceship? Has a close vote for off topic. I'm not convinced it's off topic as the method of FTL would have ...
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Why are we slowing down?

Our stats on Area 51 still look good, but they are lower than they were. After an intense initial push we have slowed down. To a certain extent this is natural, but our current pace will bring the ...
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map-creation synonym of cartography

Should map-creation be a synonym of cartography? There are three questions tagged cartography and two tagged map-creation. They mean the same thing, one is just a specialized term and the other is ...
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Making community

In some contexts like sites where people with a common interest (hey, exactly like wb.se.com! ) it could happen that the people there wants to gather together around shared projects. While wb.se.com ...
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Should questions about conlangs be tagged with “conlangs”, or is “linguistics” good enough?

The first thing I did when I got the notification that the private beta was up was to look for question on conlangs (constructed languages), since that's the facet of the worldbuilding process I'm ...
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Answers to “are we” or “should we” questions?

Its my first Beta phase on a SE and i am not very long on the whole network. I noticed that many Questions on the Meta Page are phrased like "are we doing this" or "schould we accept this" even "do ...
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Do we want the RPG Tag?

I have my doubts over the rpg tag, it's only used on a couple of questions but for me it steers the site towards application over creation. Let me explain, I believe World Building should focus on ...
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How to deal with many good acceptable answers?

Because worldbuilding tends to appeal to creativity and hypotheses, it happens that different people provide different answers, each one being entirely valid. As an example, here's a question I ...
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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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Will we regularly record statistics for our site?

There are some statistics on Worldbuilding.SE on Area51. Some other sites have a community wiki topic where the statistics are recorded every week or every other week. Do we want to make something ...
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Is materials science on topic here?

We have a few questions this morning and a few from yesterday that were basically materials science questions: Would a roof over a ship's board hinder operation of the ship significantly? How ...
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What should our logo and site design look like? [closed]

Perhaps this is a little premature but it's one of the 7 questions we should be asking. What would be an appropriate logo to use for a WorldBuilding site? What is recognisable, will work alongside ...
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Are story building ideas on topic?

This question has got me thinking. I think it balances a very fine line, on the one hand Dyson Spheres are most definitely on topic, how to destroy one... yeah, I could see it. The last lonely outpost ...
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How to deal with list questions?

I've just came across this question which to me looks like a classic list question. Generally, list questions are discouraged on stackexchange, however on some sites there seems to be an (informal?) ...
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Redefining too Broad

Yes I'm aware Yes, questions can be Too Localized. But usually they are at far greater risk of being Too Broad exists, but I want to talk about something a little different. Everything in this site ...
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Are purely virtual worlds on topic?

If someone needs information about virtual worlds, like for example, the one seen in Matrix, would that be on topic here? If yes -- how this should be treated / tagged etc.? Do we treat such worlds ...
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Back It Up! policies

The Good Subjective/Bad Subjective guidelines talk a lot about what make for great questions and answers for subjective issues, and it primarily falls around Back It Up!: answers need to cite some ...
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Do we want sociology questions to be on topic

Creating order in a settlement This question is squarely in the wheelhouse of Sociology. While I can see that understanding this would be important to worldbuilding it does not to be on-topic. ...
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Magic and Technology are meaningless words without context

There are a lot of questions involving the terms "Magic" and "Technology" at the moment. If your questions talks about applications of one or the other, or about their interaction or replacement your ...
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Are Space travel questions on topic?

How could a generation ship maintain a source of potable water? Some questions about space travel just do not seem to be about world building. I am thinking they should be off topic. However some ...
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Hypothetical situations and broad questions

I am seeing alot of questions that are very broad like in case of X what would happen, or if the world were made of X then how would life evolve? I think we need to be extra careful to ask more ...
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Worldbuilding chat feeds?

Inspired by RPG.SE's RSS voting meta Q, I'd like to suggest that we consider what RSS feeds we should put in our main chat room. I've found that site meta questions in the chat proper and mainsite ...
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Would support question be on topic

Another from the proposal by Styphon for discussion One question I thought of posting was what techniques can I use to stay sane whilst building my world? But then I started thinking, is this ...
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Would we support expanding existing (fictional) worlds?

I'm copying in a Q and A from the proposal. Feel free to disagree and post new answers. For instance, the Commonwealth Saga has a lot of details about the worlds in it, especially in the two novels ...
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Let's be careful about accepting answers early

The site launched into private beta yesterday, and we at the time of this writing have 44 questions. Of those, 9 questions have accepted answers. I would suggest that we ought to be careful about ...
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Distinguishing science and fantasy based questions

Should we have a specific means (perhaps certain tags) to say that certain questions are asking for science-only answers. For example this question: What would be the next technological step for a ...
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What should we have as our elevator pitch (name)

Ok, following "The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta" what should we have as our elevator pitch? We want the pitch to be creative, catchy, and descriptive. It needs to catch the eye of new ...
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How should we tag questions about space?

Current tags about space or similiar topics: space spaceship planets planetoids astronomy meteorology Some of these belong in their own tags, while it may be argued that others are too localised, or ...
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Are cartography questions on topic here?

A common thing to do when building a world is to build a map of that world. This typically outlines the various countries, important landmarks, factions, terrain, climate, etc. of the world. I ...
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Are software recommendation questions on topic?

There are lots of various software packages out there that assist in the creation of a world, from keeping track of details, characters and plots to map creation tools. Are questions asking for ...
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Procedural generation questions on topic?

I am interested in ways to use computer programs to procedurally generate worlds. The worlds would be random, but their generation would follow well defined rules. While I know that programming ...
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“Is this realistic?”

We don't have any examples of such questions yet, so I suppose it might be a little silly for me to be asking this on meta already, but I want to know. Do we consider questions asking if something is ...
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Using content from answers?

If someone takes content from a question or answer with intent for use in a published work, are they required to attribute the original contributor?
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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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Are Constructed Languages on topic?

Constructed languages, such as Quenya or Klingon, are a fascinating topic and can be an amazing way to bring a culture to life. We already have a question on the topic: How does one go about ...