Questions tagged [policy]

Indicates policy related questions or comment. Usage should be limited to matters of site policy, and not the theoretical policies or laws of a model government.

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Back It Up! policies

The Good Subjective/Bad Subjective guidelines talk a lot about what make for great questions and answers for subjective issues, and it primarily falls around Back It Up!: answers need to cite some ...
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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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Do people still need to see comments under graduated/abandoned question drafts in the Sandbox?

Recently there was a Meta discussion about Deletion of Comments from Sandbox? and according with Monica's comment I want to start a discussion about the usefulness of comments under graduated/...
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What is “narrative necessity” and how does it apply to worldbuilding?

As a loose continuation of How best to deal with "what are you expecting?" questions, I believe many new authors don't understand the function of Narrative Necessity in their writing and how ...
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Yes, questions can be Too Localized. But usually they are at far greater risk of being Too Broad

Seriously, from the word go, we need to be pre-emptive about requiring people to ask specific enough questions that we can offer concise and definitive answers. For example, "How does one go about ...
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Do questions HAVE to be for some greater cause?

I love this stack. I've just recently gotten into it and have been absolutely enthralled with the deep discussions and thought provoking responses that I've witnessed in my short time here. That ...
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Real Life cannot be an overriding limitation on any question unless specifically requested

I have finally found the perfect question to kick-start this discussion concerning what I believe is a growing undesirable behavior on Worldbuilding How can the Sea of Japan be drained? The OP wasn'...
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End of beta soon?

This is from Area51: Sites remain in beta for at least 90 days to build up a critical mass of users, questions, and participation. We are at day 86 and our stats are good. We have hit a ...
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What pictures do we like and dislike in a post?

I’ve seen posts containing (possibly large) pictures heavily downvoted and (now that I'm a ♦-mod) flagged. (Most recent example) I’d like to have this topic be a reference for what the general WB ...
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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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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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A proposal to establish policy regarding the torture and execution tags

Although most questions tagged torture and execution are unquestionably well within the scope of Worldbuilding, some were or might have been inappropriate causing a discussion about the validity of ...
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Policy Clarification: Asking about commercial or third-party worlds

We have an unwritten rule that questions about commercial worlds (e.g. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc.) should be asked on the Science Fiction & Fantasy stack. Or we might have one. That's ...
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Seeking community consensus about “Why would X lead to Y?” questions

While we've likely always had "Why would X lead to Y?" questions, it feels like we've had a lot of them lately. Here's a sample (the questions asked so far in October, some have been closed). Why ...
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When and how to challenge the back story?

I was in the middle of answering this newly asked question when it was deleted by the author. It had been up for 30 minutes. I can't read the OP's mind, but I suspect the question was closed because ...
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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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Questions about [tag:psychology]

We are starting to have a problem with psychology questions. While the impact of events on a culture is part of Worldbuilding, you could easily write a thesis on even the smallest change and how it ...
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How best to deal with “what are you expecting?” questions

From time to time I run across a question like this one1 where it appears the OP hasn't taken the time to think about what kind of answer he/she is looking for. It's not uncommon for these questions ...
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Systems of measurement

I've ran into several posts where the author used 2 systems in the same post. Personally, I use the metric/international system all the time. Other people might use other systems, namely the US system....