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Would a question about how deep someone needs to be buried so they wouldn't be found be on-topic?

My friend has just heard about StackExchange and is in the middle of writing a horror story. When I showed her this site she asked me: "Could I ask how deep you would have to bury someone so they ...
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Questions with multiple answers but still flagged as off topic, too broad, or down voted

Not to be confused with: Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic? We've all seen questions that have been flagged as off topic, too broad, etc. or have been voted with negatives numbers. ...
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Why was my question about figuring out physical differences between fantasy races put on hold for being to vague?

I made a post called How to differentiate between elves and men where I asked about how to make elves physically different enough from mem that you could distinguish one from a man at a glance. I got ...
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Does this question regarding underwater spaceships lack worldbuilding purpose?

Why can't spaceships go underwater? The trouble I see with that question is a lack of criteria for the desired answers: It doesn't quite ask for the design a spaceship which can go underwater; ...
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How can a question be "Too Story Based" if there is no story involved?

This question is currently on hold for being too story based; What would be a realistic timeline for these prosthetic related events? But, the problem I am having is, there is no story in the ...
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Is questioning a well known trope on topic?

The question Virtual Reality and Physical Trauma is basically asking if there's any basis to the trope that wounds gained in VR appear in real life. Is reality checking a known trope on topic?
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Would a question about a potential voting system be on-topic?

For instance, I have the very beginnings of a question swirling around in my mind about a fairly hard to explain ranked-choice voting system (not even close to fleshed out in my mind yet) which might ...
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Why is "Minimum nuclear weapons required for deterrent" off-topic?

This question has been closed, the reason given is that it is off-topic and "too story based". Minimum nuclear weapons required for deterrent? The meta question cited to justify this is as follows:...
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"Only Three Books" question set

So far there are two of these, one on There are now 4 of these: Chemistry, Physics, Grain, and Medicine. Essentially the question is: Which three books should be preserved, in the event that our ...
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Have worldbuilding-resources questions become off-topic?

This question is due to the nearly-successful effort to close the following question. Where can I find ideas for sci fi futuristic tech? This question is strongly related to the following. It ...
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Magic 'option' in questions

When a question offers the option of being answered in terms of magic is it still valid for this site? I was reading this question, currently phrased as: Could someone give me an explanation – ...
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Notices for our traditions: Anatomically correct (and Santa)

After voting to leave open a half-dozen Santa questions and considering my previous question about anatomically correct questions, I'd like to propose the following. At this time I am aware of two ...
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Notices for our traditions: Santa Questions [duplicate]

I just voted to leave open a half-dozen Santa questions. At this time I am aware of two kinds of "tradition" questions: Santa questions and "anatomically correct" questions. Yes, they're all off-...
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Is this Santa question on-topic?

Santa's broke. How much does it cost for someone else to be Santa? I fail to understand what's worldbuilding in it. There could be some worldbuilding, but I just can't understand. It seems like a ...
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Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic?

I'm basically asking about questions which do have short, objective answers, but it may be subjective to determine which is the best answer. Like suppose mankind now has xyz technology, which ...
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Is WorldbuildingSE suitable for writers whose works are, more or less, realistic?

All right now I promise you, this is my very last post wrt my question about firewood, ropes and buckets. Many works of fiction are guilty of the same sin: stockpiling blatant nonsense. Cartoons like ...
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Why is my question about the feasibility of keeping different tools outside in threat considered off-topic by some?

I mean this question: Do things like a rope, bucket or firewood have to be protected from the weather? This question is considered off-topic by some because, according to them, "this question does ...
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Was my choice about the behavior of police not being worldbuilding wrong?

I might have made a mistake when I voted to close this question and I would like to improve my review skills. I explained my reason to close it in the comments. To whit, As written, the question is ...
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Is this on-topic? (How to slay a creature with a "healing factor")

I was planning to write a question about how a creature with a mutant healing factor -- a la marvel comics -- could be slain. I plan to describe the creature, it's attributes, then the proposed ...
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Should we include socio-economic "worldbuilding"?

As written, our What topics can I ask about here? FAQ limits the site to planetary issues (planetary, astrometric, flora/fauna/evolution (to a degree), climate, etc., and how these affect society). ...
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Are questions about tech level applications to scenarios on topic?

I asked a question a little while back How long could someone with locked in syndrome survive in 1915 While I did not word the question to say "in a 1915 like tech level world" the question would be ...
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How can a parody of an out-of-universe movie question be Worldbuilding?

Why does the Conjoined Alliance of Space Travellers keep producing red uniforms? How this is on-topic? I was going to flag it but hesitated, as I neither understand the insider jokes, nor I'm too ...
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How can questions be closed as being "primarily opinion-based" on Worldbuilding?

This question was fueled by the following question being put on hold: Reason for magical abilities. However, my meta question below applies to the pob close vote reason in general and I do not wish to ...
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Is "Alchemical breakthrough allows me to synth anything. Now what should I be making for sale?" on topic?

I'm looking at Alchemical breakthrough allows me to synth anything. Now what should I be making for sale?, and I can't quite make up my mind about it. On the one hand, one can argue that it's about ...
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No clue why the gas question is not world building

This is a question about What gases are made by a live, crackling, exposed electrical wire? It asks about the Effects of world elements, including technology on specific aspects of that world's ...
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Are UML or other modelling tool questions, specific to world building use, appropriate for this site?

EDIT: ( corrected ) UML stands for Unified Modeling Language and comprises a set of tools for graphical modeling of engineering or other systems or processes. For example I will use a Sequence ...
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How to ask a question about realistic names for different occupations/societal statuses?

Which name could a servant have? James, of course. Which name could a farmer have? A middle-classman? An aristocrat? A bum? An old-fashioned snob? A spoiled daughter of a rich father? Now let's move ...
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Is "check out my world" on-topic?

I recently saw this question and this related question which give a map of a fictional world and ask "how realistic is it?". The first concerns city and country placement, while the second is related ...
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Is asking whether some strategy already exists on topic?

Say I have some strategy that I want to add to my game (it could be a RTS or other kind of strategy game), is it ok to ask whether there is something similar to that already in some other game, or ...
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Review of “story based” policy

The question How to figure out someone is plagiarizing the future? is not about building something, shaking out the rules, or even exploring the consequences. It’s about plot and there is no way ...
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Is "What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill?" a good fit for the site?

What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill? This question seems like a classic "List of X" problem, but it's scoped so strangely that the list could go on forever, or contain ...
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Is it possible to make discussion questions on WorldBuilding.SE?

Is it possible to make discussion questions in WorldBuilding.SE? If I have a question where I need a suggestion or a discussion, is there a place to post it? It would be great if we could have a ...
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Can I ask about mythological creatures here?

I wanted to ask if I can ask about mythological creatures. For example, I wanted to ask about a succubus (What are its physiological details, types, etc.).
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We say we don't allow reality checks of plot elements - but is it true?

Proposal to allow reality check was rejected, hard. See Should we finally allow reality checks of other plot elements? At the same time, there are questions like these two: Committing suicide by ...
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Is there room in WorldBuilding for asking about the feasibility of science fiction ideas, which don't relate to building worlds?

Is there room in WorldBuilding for asking about the feasibility of science fiction ideas, which don't relate to building worlds? I mean, asking about the feasibility or slight possibility of ...
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Does the low tolerance for opinion-based questions make the tag reality-check unnecessary?

It seems that no matter what you're asking about, if we can't have an opinion based answer, then it must be based around some sort of reality check. Does the low tolerance for opinion-based questions ...
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How can I ask questions related to my characters?

How can I ask such a question? I don't want to write only for my question to be put on hold for being off topic, but I'm stuck with my main characters. Also, how does the sandbox work? How do I use ...
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How should we treat documenting worldbuilding?

Reading these two (here and here) questions from Feralheart, there is obviously a lot of push to close these questions as off-topic. I believe this push is primarily due to people thinking that these ...
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Are off-site resource requests off topic here? [duplicate]

I just saw this: Any websites with exhaustively long lists of dead planet types? on the homepage. Seems like it's​ just asking for a website with a list of x. I know this sort of question is frowned ...
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Where are the lines as far as meta-ish worldbuilding questions?

This may seem a little convoluted, so bear with me... My first question that came to mind in this meta-ish gray area was about suspension of disbelief when it came to specific audiences, as in: ...
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How can I edit this from plot to world building?

I'm new here, and I misunderstood the scope of the site when I asked my first question. https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/72401/how-does-a-no-body-get-elected-president-of-the-us ...
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Should we discourage "Build my world for me" questions (and how)?

This question has been asked elsewhere on Stack Exchange (for instance in Stack Overflow meta ). Basically, there is a type of question that exists, that follows the format "I need x, it should ...
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"Let's say" "Let's pretend" "Let's call"

Worldbuilding, according to most, should not be a What If? site. However, an increasing number of questions are phrased in a "what if" way, and it's not always easy to discern if they're on-topic (...
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Can we get a "bad assumption" option for closing questions?

There is a classic example of a question based on bad assumptions: "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" when you do not have a wife or, if you do, have never beaten her. What is the correct ...
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Is This Question On-Topic

I don't really want to make a decision on it, although it it is probably not on topic. What do you think? The year is 2055, you are an advanced, self-aware, kind robot who only wants to do good. You ...
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Why is "Why would a fire dragon still be afraid of torches?" not opinion-based?

Over the weekend, I noticed this question about why dragons would be afraid of fire. To me, it seemed like a pretty clear-cut case of an opinion-based question. There are currently 17 answers, each of ...
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Should questions requesting help creating a terrorist attack be answered? [duplicate]

I feel requests asking for help plotting a terrorist attack or a possibly real crime should be considered Off Topic for our site, because, if somebody really does come up with a great idea and it ...
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Is this question about the colonization of Mercury on-topic?

Yesterday, a user asked How do you set up a long term colony on Mercury. The original title and text were How could we survive on Mercury? I am doing a project on planets and I was given Mercury. I ...
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What changes about real-world questions are needed to the help center?

A year ago, we had Should the help center be updated to specifically list real world history questions as off topic?, to which nobody ever proposed an answer other than yes, let's list them as ...
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Is a "real world" question off topic?

I recently came across this: How do I know if my moon is full? It's been closed as off topic by several high reputation users as not being about worldbuilding. It clearly is though, it's information ...