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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Should we think long and hard about [sex]?

(pun in title intended) There is a question posted about intimate relationship between members of different species: What would be the most comfortable position for mermaids and humans to engage in ...
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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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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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Policy Recommendation: We recommend that users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer

For some time we have had an unofficial policy that we recommend users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer. This unofficial policy has been transmitted through comments, usually ...
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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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Can the fairy-iron question be saved by worldbuilding our own world?

This question as asked was correctly (in my opinion, see note below) put on hold: Why is "Cold Iron" the only thing that can harm faeries? I’m not here to argue about that. :-) What I want ...
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Taking some issues

A little frustrated here, but my motive is to discuss issues, not inflame things. I gravitated to this site with the intent of helping people construct their worlds, likely by contributing my ...
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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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Scores and synonyms

I was looking through the new tags and saw money. IMO, money should be a synonym of finances, so I tried to flag it as a potential synonym. Except that I need a "5 score" in finances to make the ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we take a meta consensus as site policy

Meta is used to decide site policy how should we use the results of questions? Is the highest voted answer immediately taken as a rule or is it a suggestion? If it is a rule then what consensus is ...
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Purposeful offensive-contents in a question [closed]

I always wondered in policies regarding offensive contents that have a meaningful purpose in a question like actual politics, and scientific and objective perspectives on horrible atrocities like the ...
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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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Two identical answers

I just reviewed an answer from a new user new user covering the same explanation as another already posted and more developed answer. It is not the first time I come across this situation. Normally, ...
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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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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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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....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...