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How do I delete my StackExchange account?

I created an account here to merely post a comment pointing out the error of logic in an accepted answer, and thereby show that the accepted answer is, in actuality, incorrect. Since I do not have the ...
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Help controlling a misguided “frame challenge answer” which has created a debate

A user wrote this non-answer seemingly quite upset about many of my cultural/sociological/logistical/and scientific premises. He openly admits "Disclaimer: yes, I know the above is not an answer." ...
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Is there a home for opinion-based questions?

I can’t remember which question got me thinking, but after seeing several questions that were put on hold for being too opinion-based, I wondered where these questions can even be asked. Is there an ...
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Is it a nuisance to ask multiple questions on one subject?

I’m building a creature and have needed to conceive locomotion, aerodynamics, structural design and other reality-based features. I have done this through several different questions, in an iterative ...
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How is this an answer?

I have flagged this answer as spam the first time, which was declined. Then I realized, "Oh yeah true, I guess it's not really spam per say." So then I flagged it as "not an answer", but the flag was ...
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What is reality check suppose to be?

I don't know much about the tags or rules in Meta, since I usually just briefly lurk, so I'd appreciate it if someone can fix the tags to be more appropriate and I apologize if I've broken any rules ...
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Symbiosis tag please?

At the root of every ecology is a biome filled with co-dependant organisms. Things which just evolved together over time - frogs hiding in trees, Egrets riding on oxen, ramoras riding on sharks, cows ...
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Should there be a 'husbandry' tag?

I recently asked this question about how many people would be required to care for a particular menagerie. It's tagged farming and zoology, which could be worse, but neither tag quite fits the topic, ...
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Should I Start Flagging Answers on Underdeveloped Questions?

I've been thinking about doing this for a while now, and this question and answer got me thinking I should start doing it. As @L.Dutch stated: Not all users, sadly, stitch to the "answer only ...
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Ever appropriate to just make the edit to a multi question question?

I arrived at this Q right after it was posted. How strong would graphene armour be? What is the best design and how would it impact warfare? Both Starfish Prime and I saw the problem of it asking 2 ...
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How long do you have to undelete your post?

I'd like to know how long I have to change my mind if I delete one of my posts. I deleted some of my sandbox questions several weeks ago and they're still there, but I don't know how long they stay or ...
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Should Proofreader be a Silver Badge?

The badge is as follows: Proofreader Approve or reject 100 suggested edits However, considering the fact that one needs 2,000 reputation in order to do so: I ...
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What does this answer have that makes it spammy, rude or abusive?

A long time ago we had this question: City defenses against kaiju attacks? Which, in TL;DR form would read: How can civilization fend off against Godzilla sized beasts I had an answer there which I ...
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Should there be a 'tails' tag for questions specific to tails (humanoid or otherwise)?

Wings and tails are common sci-fi/fantasy topics, especially for humanoids. A recent top new question without a 'tails' tag made me realize I'd subscribe or watch such a tag if it existed. I checked ...
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Should We Change Upvoting Functionality for Comments?

If you upvote a comment and then try to remove the upvote, you get the following message: Are you sure you want to undo your upvote on this comment? You will not be able to upvote it again And ...
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How to get a question reopened?

I have this question here, "Internment Camp for Magical Creatures" which was put on hold - and looking back I can see why. Since it was put on hold I have edited it, added details and made it much ...
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Why Was This Question So Well-Received?

Contrary to most questions on here asking "Why was this question closed?" or "Why did I get downvotes?", today I'm actually concerned with the opposite. Why was the following question so well-...
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Please don't vent frustration by going against the rules

This question should be closed as story based: How to give a rationality-inducing drug to an entire software company? It seems to be a jab at SE for "firing" one of the site's moderators, Monica ...
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People Keep Asking Science Questions

I've noticed that a lot of people are asking science questions without giving any kind of worldbuilding context. I have been guilty of this in the past. It can be tempting to post a question that you ...
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Can we discuss a single character issues here?

How is this question about world-building and not story-building / story writing? Can I hide one of my siamese twins heads in public? It is tagged with creature-design, but it is clearly about ...
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The Sandbox will need extra attention

Today I discovered what I can only describe as the juvenile nonsense surrounding Monica Cellio's dismissal as a moderator. I've spent hours wading through it and almost coming to tears over it. No ...
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My Question Was Marked as a Duplicate and it Doesn't Make Any Sense

This question was single-handedly marked as a duplicate by a user with a Gold Badge privilege. As such, only 3 votes to close were needed. First of all, I referenced the duplicate question before even ...
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What Are the Requirements for the Tenacious and Unsung Hero Badges?

Nobody has gotten the following badges, and nobody ever will: Tenacious Zero score accepted answers: more than 5 and 20% of total. ...
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Moderator resignation

The past several days have been turbulent across the Stack Exchange network, to say the least. In fact, more so than what has been the usual case even lately. The immediate situation came to a head ...
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Thoughts from Worldbuilding Stack Exchange moderators on the dismissal of Monica Cellio

On Friday, September 27th, Monica Cellio was removed from her position as a moderator without warning by Stack Overflow, Inc. She had been a moderator on Worldbuilding, Mi Yodeya, The Workplace, Beer ...
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Is this question really off-topic?

I don't know much about the tags or rules in Meta, since I usually just briefly lurk, so I'd appreciate it if someone can fix the tags to be more appropriate and I apologise if I've broken any rules ...
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I'm not understanding what is acceptable and not acceptable here

There was one question that I saw yesterday which I thought was very interesting, but I didn't think had a single definitive answer, If I travelled back in time to invest in X company to make a ...
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How to Choose a Best Answer When Portions of My Question are Answered in Different Answers?

I've run into this problem many times already. When someone answers, they might answer only part of my question. The next answer will intentionally answer a different part of the question since it was ...
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What Am I Doing Wrong?

I have asked a dozen questions now and have received negative feedback on most of them, with each question having at least one vote to close, and others getting down votes. I am especially frustrated ...
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Taking some issues

A little frustrated here, but my motive is to discuss issues, not inflame things. I gravitated to this site with the intent of helping people construct their worlds, likely by contributing my ...
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Is background lore considered worldbuilding or storytelling?

I'm hoping to ask a question related to a funny narrator anecdote similar to what you find in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, though with some interaction with the main character. However, I'm not ...
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Asking about legal scenarios

Say I'm building the grounds for a story, but I'm concerned with the specific legal arguments that would revolve a given hypothetical situation. I could ask a legal question on law.stackexchange, but ...
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How to deal with changing close-vote reasons

I love seeing users edit their on hold/closed questions after getting some feedback about how to improve them, all the more so if in doing so they resolve the initial problem. However, it's not ...
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Where (on the internet) can I get help brainstorming plot problems?

Robert Cartaino has repeatedly closed proposals on Area51 with the argument that brainstorming questions don't fit the Stack Exchange model. Due to that policy, story based questions are off topic on ...
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Upvoting while avoiding irregularities

So, I've been slowly working my way toward the Electorate badge, and have been paying extra attention to up- and down-voting on questions because of it. One place I found a bunch of good questions to ...
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Why is the celibacy question opinion-based (or unclear)?

How can catholic doctrine justify celibacy if the world has a co-creator? is currently on hold as primarily opinion-based, with a comment saying it's unclear. What needs to happen for this question ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I answered this question. I'll quote a passage: This step requires medical technology that would also allow to transplant a human brain, because if a computer can be connected to the nervous ...
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Why is my question not about building a world?

My first question on this site has been put on hold because I am "asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world". I read the linked explanation on meta, but I don't ...
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Why not show the people who reopened?

Why does SE show the users who help put your question on hold but does not show the users who helped reopen your question? This seems off to me not to give the reopeners equal credit. I would rather ...
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Let's talk about sexploitation questions

I have seen some questions that just stand out as not belonging in WB (nor Stack Exchange, nor any other Q&A sites) and that have one characteristic in common: they seem to be coming from a (...
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Can migration be a synonym of travel?

We have a tag for travel with wiki guidance that reads: For questions about the movement of people between locations, includes migration. This tag is for questions about the movement of ...
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Can we flag users as deceased, and does it matter to the site?

So my wife and I were getting our wills done the other day and we were talking about password sharing. Obviously there are some mechanics when someone dies around shutting down email accounts, moving ...
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Restore Tactics as a separate tag from warfare

I just noticed that tactics is now a synonym of warfare instead of being a separate tag. As someone who spent 3 years involved in planning the tactics of warfare, 3+ years involved in determining the ...
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Is a question asking for a method to generate ideas generally considered “too broad”?

Last thursday I asked a question here on WB SE: How to come up with thoughtful positive & negative effect combos for magic items? and it was put on hold/closed because it was considered "too ...
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How to make an answer using an existing work acceptable?

Let's say I saw a question about "I am interested in adding in my universe" and I recall "X" being used in some existing universe. I want to answer something along the lines of "In the Space Hike ...
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A closed question that has recieved multiple edits, opened again, then reverted to its original state, why can't I vote to close it?

There seems to be an issue with editing questions, not yet (as of the date of this question) settled. There is another, perhaps buggy issue with question edits, the initial form of the question was ...
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Can acoustics be a synonym for audio?

With two recent questions: How quiet can a static, non-propulsive pulsejet be? What frequency range would be ideal for audible communication on a planet with a thick atmosphere? I found myself ...
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The difference between helpful editing and vandalism

In relation to How to play recorded music without electronics?. Over the course of time I have encountered questions where people other than the OP edited the question in an effort to resolve issues ...
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Reality-Check and Hard-Science's descriptions; Shared or exclusive?

Brought up by this question, the Reality-Check and Hard-Science tags' descriptions aren't in implied agreement (at least, as I read them) on if they can be combined. Reality-Check reads: Asks if a ...
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What makes for a good “why would” question that stays on-topic?

Most of these types of questions get judged as too story based, and get closed rather quickly. However, there are a few gems that have lasted the test of time. These mythical diamonds in the rough ...

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