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How do we feel about questions where the answer is "it exists in the real world?"

Suppose someone has asked "How could I do this thing in my fiction world?" or "If such a thing happened in my fiction world, what would be the consequences?" As such, the question is completely on-...
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Why was "Zombies Versus Skeletons: Optimal Strategies?" closed?

I had asked the question titled Zombies Versus Skeletons: Optimal Strategies? a couple weeks ago about what might happen given my two armies with their various powers clashing. It was closed a couple ...
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What is the subject matter distinction between Worldbuilding SE and Science Fiction & Fantasy SE?

After examining a few Worldbuilding posts it seems like this site is about: Asking how to envision/create highly imaginative worlds that cover any given question. So the answers to any given ...
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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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Why is this question put on hold, and how could it be avoided?

For reference the question is here: What species, given sapience, has the best chance defeating humanity? I don't understand why the question was put on hold. It was marked as primarily opinion ...
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Understanding our double standard regarding some opinion based questions

For the past couple of days this question has been receiving rather a lot of attention. Even though quite a few commentators seem to agree that it is primarily opinion based it has only received 3 ...
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Suggestion: allow questions about theoretical physics

Here I've found this question which, on my opinion, shouldn't have been closed. I suggest to extend the border of the site topic into the area of the modern sciences. My arguments: This site is ...
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Would either of my two hypothetical questions about economic policies be a good fit for this site? [duplicate]

I asked two questions on Politics SE which ask about the economic implications of implementing hypothetical economic policies, but I'm told they're probably not a good fit for Politics SE because they'...
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Answering a Question you Closed

A recent newcomer posted this question, and it was closed within 2 hours and I was among those that voted it as "too broad." But before I voted, I decided to post an answer anyway. My goal in ...
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Closing of True Name question

This question: You can control a Demon by knowing its True Name, but why? Got closed. I can see why as it's pushing into Opinion Based/Too Broad, but I don't really think it crosses the line - ...
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How is my question about causing a mass exodus "too story based"?

My question was closed as being "too story based," despite that it does not seem to fit this category. @Aify and @XandarTheZenon left a comment saying the question is "too broad/unclear and explained ...
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Is asking for examples on-topic?

I noticed this question : What are some examples of magic equivalent of a nuke Which seems to be asking for examples in fiction of things that would be like a magical nuke. I noticed this question ...
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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

Specific question in discussion: gruesome execution by slow dissolution in low-concentration acid solution But lets talk more generic: Questions of how to kill a person, or set of people are ...
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What makes a good "what would be the impact of X?" questions?

I see a lot of questions along the lines of "what would be the impact if X happened?" These seem to me to be skirting the edge of on-topic, even for our blessédly open-minded Worldbuilding site. So ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

I saw this question posted today: What is the tidal locking limit for this star? [on hold] It looked like a reasonable World Builder type question, but it was closed using the "Off Topic" flag. By ...
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Are the questions "How will our world change if all {men,women} suddenly die?" on topic or not?

There seems to be considerable disagreement about the questions How will our world change if all men suddenly die? and How will our world change if all women suddenly die?, which are bouncing back and ...
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Risk Factor Definition: Too Vague

One of the next most popular Risk Factor suggestions is Too Vague so this is a general discussion of that close reason. The main point to clarify is: Should questions be off topic for this reason If ...
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Story vs World building: study case

This is yet another post to try to rationalise the limit between story-building (off-topic) and worlbuilding (on-topic). A recent question: How to determine where the nearest mainland shore is when ...
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Risk Factor Definition: Multiple Questions

One of the next most popular Risk Factor suggestions is Multiple Questions so this is a general discussion of that close reason. The main point to clarify is: Should questions be off topic for this ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

See also: When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"? 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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When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"?

See also: Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened? What criteria should I use when closing a question as Too Story Based?
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Risk Factor Definition: Too Story Based

We're going to look at merging the "Too Individual" and "Too plot based" close reasons into "Too Story Based". Keeping in mind the discussions from Risk Factor definition:...
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Are Too Character Based and Too Plot Based the same?

It's been proposed that the risk factors "Too Character Based" and "Too Plot Based" could be merged together into one close reason and that there is enough overlap between them to warrant that. I can ...
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Scope clarification discussions

Different subjects are being discussed for a clarification or a re-definition of the scope of the site. We want to have clear lines to separate the questions that are accepted on worldbuilding from ...
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Case Study: Monica Cellio

Part of Case study series. (Whoops -- just noticed I missed my assigned date. Sorry.) In space, do "shipping lanes" make sense? About worldbuilding? Yes, it's about travel patterns and ...
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Case study - Pavel Janicek

Part of Case study series: How many humans can I abduct without getting noticed? About worldbuilding? I doubt it. It does not really build a world; it just uses real world as a background. Risking ...
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Risk Factor definition: Too Individual/Character Based

As the Risk Factor identified as most important by this post I'm starting a discussion on Too Individual/Character Based. Please start answers to this question discussing each of the examples, adding ...
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Case Study #7 - Aify

Part of the case study series. Lets weaponize jellyfish About worldbuilding? Yes, because I had already provided the hypothetical world - the purpose of the question was to use the basis of that ...
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What the scope of Worldbuilding is NOT about

... taking any question that isn't accepted elsewhere. This should be a reminder, or refresher. These days, there are many questions about trying to set objective and clear limits for the scope of ...
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Worldbuilding Scope - Risk Factors

TL;DR: This question is the foundation stone of an attempt to more thoroughly define the scope of Worldbuilding by defining "Risk Factors" that make something Out Of Scope. The discussion of ...
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Case Study #6 - HDE 226868

Part of the case study series. Can stars exist that are not powered by nuclear fusion? About worldbuilding? I would say yes, because whether or not this is possible is the key to the premise of my ...
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Asking for/providing ways to make something believable and/or entertaining, rather than scientifically accurate

This is something that has been coming up while reading/answering questions, and as I'm fairly new to the site I'm unsure what's acceptable/encouraged. In particular, it tends to come up when ...
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What if Worldbuilding banned What If questions?

Worldbuilding, it seems, is not a What If site. So let's start making that happen. If we don't want these questions around, then I think the first step is with close reasons. We currently have an ...
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Case Studies - Green's Highest Viewed Questions

What would it take to build a ship capable of crossing the Pacific? About Worldbuilding? This question asks if building a trans-Pacific ship is feasible using only merchants as the shipbuilders. (...
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Case Study #4 - overactor

Part four of the case study series. Part 1 - Tim B Part 2 - Daaaah Whoosh Part 3 - James I submit the following for review. These are my 5 most popular questions order approximately from less to more ...
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Are questions based on movies okay?

Are questions based on movies OK? More specifically, is something like this acceptable, or should it be kept in chat: reality-check evolution creature-design Anatomically correct (insert creature ...
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Sample questions for WhatIf

There is now a WhatIf.SE proposal over on Area 51. One element that would help it along would be a collection of sample questions. I believe we have that source material already at hand. (They're the ...
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How is "WhatIf" different from Worldbuilding? [duplicate]

There is a site proposal up for a WhatIf.SE. The first question up is How is this different from Worldbuilding? I request help crafting an answer to that. I'm not very active here, only read a ...
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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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Is one really on- and the other off-topic?

Please contrast How deep underwater do I have to dive to be safe from a 1MT Hydrogen bomb detonation above? with Is outrunning a nuclear mushroom cloud feasible? Is one really on-topic while the ...
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What if there were a What If?

I think it'd be nice to have a place to steer some of the most-obviously off-topic "What If," as I mentioned earlier. Turns out, there was a proposal in Area 51 for some type of speculative-yet-...
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Why is "Creating an undetectable 'Manchurian Candidate'" off-topic?

My question https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/35628/75 has been through the wringer, it seems. First it was off-topic, then after a major edit, it was on-topic, and now it is off-topic again. ...
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Should we answer off-topic questions?

Moments ago, I saw this: The question this was posted on is 100% opinion based + idea generation, thus making it clearly off topic. Should we answer off-topic questions (before they're put on hold/...
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Can opinion based questions be posted on the meta?

I was just wondering, can opinion based questions be posted on the meta? Or is it discouraged here like it is in regular world building?
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Is Worldbuilding a What if Site - a followup

For some this is a problem brewing, for some this is a problem that has brewed, for others, its sat on the desk going moldy from being ignored. What do I talk about? Well Is Worldbuilding a What If ...
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Case Study #3 - James

Part three of the case study series. Part 1 - Tim B Part 2 - Daaaah Whoosh I submit the following for review. What single element could destroy the world? About world building? Insofar as ...
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Case Study #2 - Daaaah Whoosh

Part of the Case Study Series As before, this is a series of my own top-rated questions; I'll give my own opinions about whether or not they are on-topic, and anyone else can give their own opinions. ...
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Case Study Series

As discussed in chat and based on Tim B's recent post , I'd like us to have a series of case studies, where various users of the site post their five top-rated questions (or any five questions of ...
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Case Studies - on or off topic?

Evolution in the scope of the site is not a bad thing, we've learned a lot about what does and does not work in the over-a-year since the site first entered private beta. I'll use a number of my own ...
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Is Worldbuilding a What If Site?

A few months back, my participation on this site dropped heavily for various reasons, most of them real life commitments. Now I've come back, and there's something I've noticed. When I left, the site ...