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Request to review answers on the 'names' question

Stumped: What would replace 'names' in an alternate history? This question now has 30+ answers (a couple have been deleted), which means the odds are that only the top few have been viewed by ...
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Use name doesn’t render in all browsers?

Evidently it’s possible to use characters or formatting codes in use names that don’t work on all platforms/browsers.
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Can the information about tag editing limits be posted publicly?

Whenever a user reaches their daily vote limit, there's a handy popup that tells them what the (upvote) limit is and when it will refresh. However, when a user reaches a more unusual daily limit - tag ...
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Should these two questions about the absence of weapons be merged?

Here are two questions by the same user asking almost the same thing: How to justify the absence of weapons (originally asked here, still open) How can I justify the absence of weapons? (migrated ...
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Should topic challenges link to the previous challenge?

The very first thing I'm usually interested in when a new topic challenge arrives (and thus the previous one has ended) is the results of the previous challenge. However while the new one is easy to ...
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Deprecation of the modern-in-medieval tag

After a dicussion in WB chat, we decided to perform a tag cleanup/restructuring on the modern-in-medieval tag. (@MonicaCellio said it was okay) It was originally added in early April 2015 but has not ...
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Can we make topic challenges Community Wiki?

On the tenth topic challenge, just posted, we have some disagreement about the correct places to vote. The important part here is that there is some disagreement, not that it is about votes. This is, ...
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Collaborative project: How do we feel about licensing?

Over in the Collaborative project's chat room, we've been making some progress with the project to create free worlds for anyone to use. We've found a point that's hard to agree on - licence - as in ...
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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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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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Why are the comment shorthand links not supported for answers as well?

While composing an answer to Sandbox style Meta for characters or story help? I noticed for the first time that the [something.se] shorthand link for denoting other stack exchange sites isn't ...
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The End of "Life" as We Know It

The "Life" tag has had a long journey. In October 2014, the tag was first discussed in meta. We decided it was too ambiguous to consolidate with biology, because it can be used outside of that tag. ...
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Greg Egan does it again

Those who like reading this site will enjoy his latest universe. E.g. Here, we sketch a possible world within this universe. We won’t call it a “planet”, because that word carries too much baggage ...
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Cartography synonym of map-making

I have just proposed cartography as a synonym of map-making, can the community look at this and see what they think? I think cartography and map-making should be made synonyms because they are ...
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How can I draw attention to a Sandbox item (proposed question posted as an answer)?

It is my very first encounter with the Sandbox which is a great idea especially for newbies. However I have noticed that I have received very little feedback for my item and I am wondering about what ...
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Help requested to review a popular question

This question: Assassinate a semi-omniscient crime lord Now has 30+ answers. It would be helpful if members of the community who have the time available can go through all the answers and vote/flag ...
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Why has there been a recent surge in close votes to review?

On a normal day, I'll see two to four suggested closures in the review queue - but over the past week or so, it seems to have been much higher - seven? when I checked yesterday, and eleven today. Is ...
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Getting the most out of Community-Wiki Answers

So, a couple of times I have used Community Wikis for answers that didn't directly answer the question, but provided a good starting point for making a good answer. But it seems that no one actually ...
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Why was my question marked as a duplicate when the limits are obviously different?

My question has been marked as a duplicate despite extensive research and noting how my question differs from the questions I'd found. Does Capitalism and Democracy survive free energy and automation? ...
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"Why should I depend on my minions?" Being closed

This is getting annoying .... instead of asking the best place to hide, Im simply asking why would a evil lord depend on his minions. But I get a response like this, "This question demonstrates a ...
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Chrome app for Worldbuilding

So I've made a chrome app (see a screenshot here) that simply opens the web browser to the Worldbuilding SE. Since I have homepage set to chrome://apps/ and I visit WB frequently, I thought this would ...
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Are discussion oriented questions authorized?

I read this question: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/21161/cliche-world-who-would-you-be-and-why And I wondered if it were okay. Can we authorize questions which lead to ...
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Hard Science not-so-hard: wiping out humanity

The question How to wipe out humanity within a week? is marked with a hard-science. But, IMO neither the question, nor any of the answer really live up to the exigence. Or am I being too strict? ...
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Do we need [space-construct] and [space-station]?

So I had fun with space-questions, and learned we have a space-construct and space-station. It occurs to me that every spacestation is a space-construct. I can't immediatly immagine a spacestation ...
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Mention the sandbox to first-time question askers

In hindsight, I would have asked my first question in the sandbox before asking it for real, because while I got a lot of answers, they were a bit disappointing. I've used other Stack Exchange sites, ...
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Is this question about humanity using genetic memory too broad?

Suppose humanity had the ability to access the genetic memories of their maternal line. The lives of ancestors on their mothers side could be open to them with a certain amount of training. The effect ...
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Why does flagging as "too broad" also count as "duplicate"?

I flagged a question as "too broad". Then I realized the author had previously posted the same question and decided to change my flag to "duplicate". I retracted the "broad" flag, but the user ...
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Why is this question opinion based?

(First time here, I hope I'm doing it right ;) ) It's about the original Beauty question. Why is it tagged as opinion based? There are several definitions of beauty, e.g. at Merriam Webster, that ...
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Does my answer fit the hard-science tag?

I'm currently having a dispute with JDługosz whether my answer to a question tagged hard-science actually meets the hard-science tag requirements. I'd be interested in what others here think about it....
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Should we have a "How to write the perfect answer?" discussion?

Sometimes, popular questions draw a large number of answers, and end up with answers that should be comments, or largely similar answers (some users prefer to write their own answers, even if they are ...
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Fitting a question to the scope: Counting Systems

This question was asked yesterday Developing Counting Systems It was voted off-topic: not about worldbuilding. And some comment even suggest to move it to Math.SE. One other user took it to him to ...
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What should we do with humour in questions?

Here an example of question I revised: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/9127 Personally I thought it was confusing because of all the necessary information in it. My ...
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Why was this question voted to be migrated to Worldbuilding Meta?

We recently got the question Proof of our existence on the main site. It's now closed, hopefully pending edits to fix it up and perhaps migrate it to a more suitable site, but there's something I saw ...
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Community wikis - are they ever a possibility?

After seeing this question on shared worlds and this one, I'm wondering whether such questions are better handled as community wikis, or even if they would be on-topic if broad enough to work as ...
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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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Please clarify "Elements of Plot" to be more concise

I am reading this question as a clear, right-now example of a point that annoys me. The answer is not the problem, but the first comment in the answer, which accuses the question to be OT. Please: I ...
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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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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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WB answers I can see in a film

Are there any answers here on worldbuilding.se that inspired the plot, an scene or dialogue of a film? I often see some answers here that would be nice to see in a film trailer in a year or two, so I ...
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Cold-hearted closing of this ice question makes me shiver

This question about how to reshape ice in my world was closed as too broad. However, I don't understand what it lacked in its edited version, where I specified how my world worked, what I wanted, ...
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My “Alien Message” series

This is an index of my posts related to my “Alien Message”. On Worldbuilding Alien message: arrows and sequence order Recognizable natural numbers for alien message? Alien message: “Invitation” On ...
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Load of grey in site design

When reading a question, I noticed an amount of grey on the page. At first I thought it was my monitor playing up but it moved as I scrolled. Should the colour change be present? (dotted lines ...
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Has anyone asked on meta.stackexchange.com about ways to automate hard-science tag?

When someone puts hard-science tag on a question, currently a moderator has to manually add the message explaining the requirements for answers. Has anyone ever asked on meta.stackexchange.com about ...
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How can I improve this question on superatoms?

Here's the question. It wasn't received completely well and many people think it could use improvement - but much of the feedback did not give me specifics, and the question remains closed. What ...
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Topic challenge: how alien can a visual sense organ be?

We no longer have regular topic challenge events, but ocasional one-off challenges happen from time to time. With the latest eye question I noticed the selection of alien visual system ideas we’ve ...
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Should a top-voted answer include info "taken" from another answer?

Prompted by discussion on this answer's comments. The author of said answer included (with credits and a request to upvote the other) content from another question, with the expressed intent of making ...
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Hold review revisit?

A few days ago I posted a question which was marked as too broad: the question in question I've made substantial changes, including explicitly stating criteria, narrowing the scope to one based on a ...
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I think that my question, in its final form, is not too broad - Updated

A world where every individual naturally desires to achieve something "profoundly incredible"? I think I've fixed the question to be focused enough now.
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Viability of a "dungeon" tag

I just posted this question on the main site. While I was looking over the tags, I noticed that none of them really fit my question. I've selected three tags that are related, but don't really capture ...
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I like to suggest this site could adopt Fibonacci challenge to spice things up maybe?

Roughly put a Fibonacci number in mathematics is a series of number whereby each subsequent/following number is the sum of its predecessors... or something like that. Instead of using a single tag ...