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Problems encountered during world building

If I encounter a problem during world building, I would like to ask it as a question. However, not all problems I encounter will be related to world building. Off topic As an extreme example, if my ...
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Top down versus bottom up

I can start with a chemical composition for a planet and ask "what kind of geography and mountain types are likely to result from this composition?" Alternatively I can start with the requirement for ...
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Would questions about psychology be on topic?

This question had a close vote on it. I reviewed it and decided to leave it open, because I doubt it would be accepted on other sites. But should this kind of question (scientific questions about ...
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Is materials science on topic here?

We have a few questions this morning and a few from yesterday that were basically materials science questions: Would a roof over a ship's board hinder operation of the ship significantly? How ...
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Are story building ideas on topic?

This question has got me thinking. I think it balances a very fine line, on the one hand Dyson Spheres are most definitely on topic, how to destroy one... yeah, I could see it. The last lonely outpost ...
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Are purely virtual worlds on topic?

If someone needs information about virtual worlds, like for example, the one seen in Matrix, would that be on topic here? If yes -- how this should be treated / tagged etc.? Do we treat such worlds ...
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Do we want sociology questions to be on topic

Creating order in a settlement This question is squarely in the wheelhouse of Sociology. While I can see that understanding this would be important to worldbuilding it does not to be on-topic. ...
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Are Space travel questions on topic?

How could a generation ship maintain a source of potable water? Some questions about space travel just do not seem to be about world building. I am thinking they should be off topic. However some ...
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Would support question be on topic

Another from the proposal by Styphon for discussion One question I thought of posting was what techniques can I use to stay sane whilst building my world? But then I started thinking, is this ...
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Would we support expanding existing (fictional) worlds?

I'm copying in a Q and A from the proposal. Feel free to disagree and post new answers. For instance, the Commonwealth Saga has a lot of details about the worlds in it, especially in the two novels ...
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Are cartography questions on topic here?

A common thing to do when building a world is to build a map of that world. This typically outlines the various countries, important landmarks, factions, terrain, climate, etc. of the world. I ...
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Are software recommendation questions on topic?

There are lots of various software packages out there that assist in the creation of a world, from keeping track of details, characters and plots to map creation tools. Are questions asking for ...
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Procedural generation questions on topic?

I am interested in ways to use computer programs to procedurally generate worlds. The worlds would be random, but their generation would follow well defined rules. While I know that programming ...
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"Is this realistic?"

We don't have any examples of such questions yet, so I suppose it might be a little silly for me to be asking this on meta already, but I want to know. Do we consider questions asking if something is ...
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Are Constructed Languages on topic?

Constructed languages, such as Quenya or Klingon, are a fascinating topic and can be an amazing way to bring a culture to life. We already have a question on the topic: How does one go about ...
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Worldbuilding.SE, as opposed to History.SE, Physics.SE

A lot of questions I have about worldbuilding, it seems to me, could be asked at History.SE or Physics.SE. Already we have some examples: How quickly and accurately did news travel in rural medieval ...
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Are alternate earths on topic here?

What I mean by alternate earths is taking current day earth geology, and then applying different realities to it. For example a geographically identical earth but with a machine based civilization ...

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