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Can we encourage people to put more research into questions?

There are many examples of questions that are perfectly valid and on-topic (in my opinion), but show very little research effort. I feel like some users are posting whatever comes to their mind on ...
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Should questions be as specific or as abstract as possible?

Because of Ash's question "How curious is too curious?" and the old "Is Worldbuilding a What-If Site?" discussion I came to think about how I present my questions and if my questions could appear to ...
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Can we Sandbox meta questions?

Recently I saw this question draft in the Sandbox, entitled "Meta Question: Should the science-based and/or hard-science tags automatically require answers to use S.I. Units?" While I look forward to ...
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How to deal with questions that are clearly not meant seriously?

Yesterday there was a question by someone implying the real earth is flat and how a round world would keep all the water on it. It has been heavily edited since. The original question was: Water on ...
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Too broad questions,Really too broad or just my questions?

I have some time not to be active in the community, an hour ago I asked a question and only after the user ( StephenG ) accused my question of being too broad was closed, I want to compare my question ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

In order to make the Sandbox easier to use, a new Sandbox question will be posted when the old one becomes too full. This Sandbox is currently active. You can check here for the full list of past and ...
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Catalog of Question Types

In an effort to start building consensus after asking: Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head, I'd like to start with what I hope will become a canonical catalog ...
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The Problem Everyone Has and Everyone's Talking About

I think we have a problem that everyone's talking about. I don't know when the breaking point was: I'm new. But I've seen it over and over. A new user posts their first thread, an off-topic/POB/...
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Review queues and Association Bonuses

I've been wondering: do the review queues cover questions from users who have a +100 rep association bonus, and if not, should they? I've seen review queues cleared before, and in some cases people ...
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Sandbox Question/Answers

Should we post questions we intend to answer ourselves on the Sandbox, and if so, should we post the answer we plan to write in as well? I'm asking this for a particular reason. A while ago I posted ...
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Ethics of answering your own question, even when you didn't think you would?

I've seen some posts where people answer their own questions, either because they've come up with a better answer or because they want to combine parts of all other answers to come up with one ...
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Pick 'n mix: How to fix

I have a dilemma I've seen, both in other people's posts and in mine. Lots of people come up with lots of great, different ideas for solutions to different parts of the problem. But since no one ...
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What to do when you receive unsatisfactory answers?

After waiting and receiving unsatisfactory answers (because everyone is misunderstanding what you're saying, even if you restate the important part several times) and not counting adding a bounty, ...
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How long should I wait before posting a bounty?

How long should I wait before posting a bounty? Two weeks? A month? This is considering the question is cycled upwards. Assuming the question has either no answers or just a few plausible but yet ...
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Should we generously allow questions that should be elsewhere but would never survive the VTC process?

In relation to this question. Edit: The original question has been edited. I'm delighted to see the OP working to make the question more appropriate for this site, but to fully understand my ...
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What's the preferred reaction to “bonus points for…” addendums?

I did a quick search and we ususally see someone try to sneak questions past the basic "one question" rule by using a "bonus points for..." clause a couple of times a month. It felt like I was ...
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Clarification for new users: when is a “fishing for ideas” question on- or off-topic?

Over the last couple of months I've seen a lot of what I call "fishing for ideas" questions. Questions that are either too broad or, more often, primarily opinion-based because the OP hasn't thought ...
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What constitutes asking another question?

I have a question on the main site which asked wether a creature of roughly 500 pounds could throw 2 tons. I went back over my math, and the creature would actually weigh twice as much as that. This ...
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Is it considered good practice to edit your question after answers have been given?

Though only being around for a short while, I noticed that sometimes people edit the question they asked, even after one or several answers have been given. In some cases, follow-up questions that are ...
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Can the same question be asked twice but in different SE communities

If an in scope question is asked in the worldbuilding community, can the same question be asked in another SE community such as physics if it is also in scope there? If so can these two questions be ...
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Asked a bad question, can't delete, can't close by myself. What is the correct thing to do?

I asked a bad question today (How to defeat an AI wizard?) and I'm not sure what to do. I was going to edit the question when the answers kept popping up. I can't delete or close the question myself. ...
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How can I Ignore/Block a user? [duplicate]

Sorry guys, but why is there no block or user ignore on this website? Two nights in a row now a guy is posting sex fantasies as questions. If that is what you want on worldbuilding I don't care, but ...
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Should we be adding [science-based] to questions?

I noticed that in the question Dermott's Law and Major Moons, revision 4 (edit made by diamond moderator JDługosz) adds science-based to the question. Originally the question was tagged only moons. ...
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Is it proper to make questions about typical created worlds?

It's not strange to look at already existing worlds that have characteristics in common with the world you are creating in order to get some inspiration or to avoid using stereotypes. Would it be a ...
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Lessons in writing Questions

There are other posts on offering advice for writing questions, such as this list of suggestions. This post is different: it will give detailed lessons worked out on complete texts, showing before ...
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Are off-site resource requests off topic here? [duplicate]

I just saw this: Any websites with exhaustively long lists of dead planet types? on the homepage. Seems like it's​ just asking for a website with a list of x. I know this sort of question is frowned ...
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Aesthetics in questions: Why people hate pictures [duplicate]

I heard multiple times, that if a picture is unnecessary in a question, then remove it, well even if it's at the bottom, small and doesn't distract from the main parts, as it's at the very bottom of ...
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What should I do when I realize that I forgot to list a crucial criteria in my question, after answers have been given?

So I had a question and couldn't quite see why I couldn't picture someone's answer but then I realised I hadn't said the fleet was moving slower than light (I definitely meant to, I know the ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions - 2017-18 [duplicate]

In order to make the Sandbox easier to use, a new Sandbox question will be posted when the old one becomes too full. This Sandbox has been retired. You can check here for the full list of past and ...
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How to ask a good “Could X be built in Y:th century” question?

(I feel this is a topic for a meta question. I hope You agree.) A common type of WB question is the "Could device X be built in time/culture Y" reality checks. While those questions are certainly ...
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Physics questions with little to no actual story

A few examples like: Quantum entanglement The solar system doesn't have its own unique physics Destroying a black hole With all of these questions I can see how it could be useful to use within a ...
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Putting nightmare fuel or gore pictures into the question as demonstration

I mean, not for demonstrating the fate of downvoters, but because it's related to the question. Does this contradict any rules in the site? If not, what criteria can justify it?
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Would a 'Handwavium' tag be a bad idea?

We have magic which is well used, and Handwavium is basically a technology/physics equivalent... We have many questions that involve this physics-bending stuff, so I think there's a market for it. It ...
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Topic-Specific Vocabulary

Worldbuilding is an amalgamation of dozens of topics, geared toward building fictional worlds using expertise that pertains to those topics. Usually, this system runs smoothly. However, sometimes ...
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Ignoring questions' scopes

This is my first Meta question if there's any problem do let me know and I'll try to fix it ASAP. This is an issue I have encountered in my recent questions as well as others'. The "issue" — ...
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Of Questions & Titles

Looking at a recent, well I didn't ask much lately.., question of mine on butchering dragons, I see again that people often do not even want to read the actual question but just want to react to the ...
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Challenging Questions' Premises

This is something I've seen cropping up quite a bit lately, and has made me pause and think. Sometimes questions are based on faulty or questionable premises, one such question would be this one, ...
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What if I have several questions associated with one topic?

If I have a question based on a specific topic (e.g. a special suit) and I have several questions associated with this topic (e.g. how it works, where it will work, and how effective it is), is it ...
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Is There A Way To Revert An Unwelcome Edit From Another User?

Sometimes another user makes a lengthy edit to a question that leaves it substantially worse than it was to start with, contains grammatical errors, changes the intent, and is a huge pain to correct ...
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Unfairly put on hold

My question about measurement system formation is there for a good reason. People on forums would probably say something along the lines of "Whatever" or "Just use earth measurements or even no ...
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Can What-If Questions Be Allowed in Universe Factory?

Throughout its conception, the blogs on Universe Factory were either interviews, story chapters and worldbuilding dos and don'ts. But not once did I see a blog being a what-if question. (The last ...
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Follow-up questions on question

I keep running into a lot of neat questions that really get me thinking about some of the stories I'm creating and I've run into a bit a conundrum. I don't want to steal credit for those who had the ...
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How can I remove the “hard science” notifice from my question?

I have a question that I had initially tagged hard-science. I then changed my mind (before any answers came in) and changed the tag to science-based. However, there is still the warning box: "This ...
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How do we reconcile “rate my plausibility” questions with “primarily opinion-based” questions?

I feel like a very high percentage of the questions asked here concern plausibility, which is something that's hard to avoid where any kind of fiction is concerned. Some questions purport to be ...
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How to write the perfect question

Writing good questions can be difficult. To help you, the community came up with ten yes or no questions that will guide you and help you prevent common errors. Follow the links for more information ...
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About children and sex

It may be just me, but sometimes a question pops out describing a world that somehow justifies mixing kids and sex in the... "wrong order". While I think that people should be free to write about ...
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Are we sending mixed messages about poorly written questions?

I was reading up on the scope of the site again, and I read this, Avoid poorly-written questions. Posting a well-written answer under a poorly-written question just makes your answer look worse. ...
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Any weird old tips for “clickbait” titles?

I was reading a response on the meta here about how "clickbait" titles are annoying to that user (sorry about this one's title, friend). I find that nonstandard titles are better at getting eyes on a ...
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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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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 ...