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Non-Sequitur Questions: how to handle them

This question popped up a few minutes ago and its premise has no foundational basis in anything. No really. "If the Earth were to spin the other way, could gravity exist?" This is such a complete ...
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What's an "Actual problem"?

I've found World Building an interesting stack exchange, and I've answered a couple of questions. I'm considering asking one now. However, I don't know what restrictions there are on questions. Do I ...
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Are we being too picky about what we call Worldbuilding?

I've been noticing a pattern of people closing questions as not Worldbuilding which to my mind clearly are Worldbuilding. I don't want to get too hung up on this specific example, but I don't have a ...
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Is a question about planning a mass extinction on-topic?

I have a question which revolves around a group of characters plotting the mass extinction of a species. However, I haven't yet not posted it as I'm not sure it fits within the scope of Worldbuilding. ...
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Finding a more objective way to identify questions that are too broad

This is an attempt to settle a discussion started by Mourdos almost a year ago. I would like to know what others think of this. There is the full version here but I made some modifications to the ...
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Questions about single individual actions

The Help secton states that questions are welcome that are about [...] as long as they are not about: Actions of individual characters, rather than elements of the world they inhabit The problem is ...
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Do we want resource recommendation questions?

This is based in part on a chat message I wrote on Thursday, which I'm now acting on (ignore the linked question). Some sites on Stack Exchange allow, in some form or another, resource ...
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No more Towels?

The reason why I first found out about this site was because I asked this question on the https://scifi.stackexchange.com/ site, but as the answer would not be supported by hard factual evidence, it ...
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Is "Uses of phlebotinum" on-topic

My world has a variety of types of phlebotinum with well-defined properties and a number of pre-defined applications. I am considering writing a question on the main site giving these properties and ...
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Definition of when a question is about character action

This recent question about a dragon's pursuit of human prey brought to mind a question I thought of a while back, but never asked. This question is more about strategy and tactics than a specific ...
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Is the "minor character wanting to be the hero" question on topic?

The question You are a minor character in a fictional story. How do you get to be the hero? has been drawing some auto-flags (not a bad thing in itself) and the more I looked at it, the more I wonder ...
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Is the bullet-from-space question on-topic?

Can you shoot someone with a bullet... from orbit? asks about shooting a bullet from space to earth. This seems more like a physics question (how do trajectories work? how does gravity affect that?) ...
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Limits of the human body series

So I started a series yesterday, that seemed like a good idea at the time. The limits of human biology: atmospheric tolerances (#1) My plan was/is to create a series (I have a few in mind and I am ...
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Should the help center be updated to specifically list real world history questions as off topic?

We've had at least one real life history question recently, and dodged another. A strict reading of What topics can I ask about here? doesn't provide any guidance for this type of questions, but it's ...
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Is asking to "extend" an existing fictional world on-topic? [duplicate]

I'm working on a work that's set in a universe of an existing, fictional work (basically, a fanfic). My goal is to explore the worldbuilding of that work's Universe in a direction where the original ...
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Why does Worldbuilding allow irrational quintiessential questions i.e. contrary to scientific reasoning

Why does Worldbuilding Stack Exchange allow irrational ontological questions i.e. contrary to scientific reasoning as espoused by Saint Thomas Aquinas?
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Is the Inaccurate Map question still off-topic?

I'm working on narrowing down How to go about creating an "inaccurate" map? to be a better question. I think my most recent edits help, but is it enough? If not, any further ideas of what ...
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Is it an idea generation and thus off-topic?

I'm fairly new here, and I am not entirely sure what makes a question on-topic or off-topic. Particularly when they are at the edge. But Looking at the Ragnarok question (which I tried to answer). To ...
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Why is the antimatter question off-topic?

Antimatter Storage is currently on hold as off-topic. It has comments suggesting it be moved to Physics. It also has three reopen votes. It's not clear to me why it's off-topic. Merely also being ...
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Is this a suitable location for questions regarding how a character might realistic do something?

I would like to ask a question about how a fictional amateur journalist might obtain specific information from a (UK) private school. The universe is as close to ours as to require little other world ...
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Clarify what off-topic really means

In this close review, I had some trouble with the close reason that my fellow close-voters gave. The question is about an event which could happen in a world. Yes, it's earth, but we have an earth-...
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Why can I only vote to migrate from Worldbuilding to Worldbuilding Meta? [duplicate]

I recently marked a question for migration (a week ago) and when it asked me which site to migrate it to the only option was the World-building Meta. Is this problem currently being addressed? How ...
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Should we amend the help center text to allow "how to accomplish X" types of questions?

We get numerous questions on the form "how do I make X happen?", and these seem to be generally appreciated by the community. However, by a strict reading of What topics can I ask about here?, there ...
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What makes this NOT idea generation question?

See this question: An exotic yet portable powersource I love it. I totally LOVE it, but... Isn't it idea generation question? And if not, what makes it not idea generation?
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"Resource ID" questions

SF.SE has a (hotly debated) story-identification tag, used for questions about speculative fiction works which the querent vaguely recalls but can't find on their own. We could help people track down ...
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Change the "What topics can I ask about here?" help center page

This is about the What topics can I ask about here? page in the site's help center. Back in 2010, Robert Cartaino posted a Stack Exchange blog post titled Good Subjective, Bad Subjective. That post ...
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On topic page refers users to software related sites

I was reading your on topic page trying to figure out what is and isn't on topic here when I noticed this. as long as they are not about: ... Software that doesn't directly relate to ...
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Is the "international waters" question on-topic?

Using international waters to avoid legal punishment seems to be asking a real-world legal question. I think law is in principle on-topic on Worldbuilding (same as sociology or religion or other "how ...
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Discuss...What common structures and systems exist in global organized religions?

What common structures and systems exist in global organized religions? So. This question was pretty extensively discussed yesterday and was significantly tailored from its original form. At one ...
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I want to post some questions on religion -- help me shape them so they are good and on topic

So I have been rolling a question...or a series of questions around in my head for a couple weeks. I am working on developing cultures in my world and religion will be a part of it. So I want to ask ...
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How to deal with "funny questions"?

I am in nit-picking mode today. While my question about Christmas on Mars got great reception and loads of positive votes, and personally I totally enjoyed answering both questions about dining ...
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How many questions here are really about worldbuilding?

Some of the recent questions on Worldbuilding have been interesting, and not just content-wise. Lately, we've had quite a few questions that seem (at best) tangentially related to building a world, ...
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What's wrong with "idea generation" questions?

We now have a dedicated "Idea Generation" close vote/flag reason!! What does it mean? What is the problem with "idea generation" questions?
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Are questions about how to develop worldbuilding software on topic?

We have had some discussion before about whether software recommendation questions are on topic. This meta question is not about software recommendation questions. Rather, I want to pose the question ...
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Do we want "effects" questions?

There is a type of question on this site, that asks something like "given these parameters, what would be the effect on society?" A recent example of this type of question was one Monty Wild asked. In ...
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Is this question too broad?

This question asks what possible events could bring about a global government collapse. We have a consensus that we don't do idea-generation for storytelling. Specific examples from that meta post: ...
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Software Recommendations

I'd like to suggest something in relation to this (and other) question(s): Best platform for collaborative worldbuilding On the Software Recommendations SE this is the "what makes a good question" ...
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Is this off topic, if so WHY?

So the bullet question. What can be used to make the world's deadliest bullet? Something about this question makes me think it should be off-topic. At the same time (especially with the edit) ...
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Is the question "Hacking the universe" too broad?

The question Hacking the universe has shown up on several different "be aware" lists (particularly, answer flagging and number of answers in a short period of time). The question basically boils down ...
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What exactly do we mean by "technology and magic" in the on-topic subjects list?

We have discussed before what we should have in our "on-topic" help center page. I want to draw the community's attention to one of those bullet points. Specifically, that post says that we welcome ...
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Are questions about (minor) plot points in mundane settings on-topic?

There is a question on main which asks how long a scent can remain tracable. I personally feel like this question is off-topic since there seems to be no reason why this question couldn't refer to a ...
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A tag for speculative questions

I was re-tagging questions and it occurred to me to make a speculative tag for all those questions that are "what if"s and the like. Alarms went off in my head about what that encourages, considering ...
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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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Are questions asking for worldbuilding related terminology on topic?

This question asks for a term describing a civilization that eats others to gain their assets. It's an interesting question and clearly related to worldbuilding. I would argue that worldbuilding is ...
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Should workarounds be suggested when the question implies an impossibilty?

The title is awful but I couldn't come up with a better one, feel free to edit What I'm wondering about is this: when presented with question such as this, this or this, where the answer is most ...
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Can we ask about how ethics affect a human-built world?

If humans build a world from scratch, say a colony on another planet, or a generation ship such as in this question, can we ask how their ethics would affect their choices in how to design such a ...
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Create Custom Help Center Articles

We need to prepare for our site to enter public beta, and one of the things we need to do is define what goes in the help center and the tour. This is one of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every ...
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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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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 ...