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Im I ruining genre recognition when I deconstructed supernatural creatures to be Mutants I.E. X men?

Deconstruction is a terrible word to use here. But the only word I can think of to describe my world. But anyway genre recognition is when the audience can understand what genre a movie or tv show ...
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How should we handle possibly legally/morally sensitive topics?

This question was triggered by this one : Appstore application to assassinate anyone. I have a lot of troubles dealing with it. Quoting it, the core of the question is something akin to that (Know you ...
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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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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 we narrow down the scope of the Anatomically Correct Series?

Quoting from JBH's comment on a recent Anatomically Correct Series (ACS) question This is a place to help people build worlds, not indulge in whims. There are clear precedents in Meta that this ...
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Is it acceptable to post a re-worked draft of somebody else's question in the Sandbox?

This is a weird use case. When I have the time, I tend to edit questions and fix relatively minor stuff - spelling, grammar. I'd re-word something or re-write a sentence if the current version doesn't ...
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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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What reason do I select in order to vote to close poorly written questions?

Every once in a while I will come across a question that is just so poorly written that I don't think it could be saved by providing critiques and giving the asker a chance to fix it. The most common ...
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Is it a nuisance to ask multiple questions on one subject?

I’m building a creature and have needed to conceive locomotion, aerodynamics, structural design and other reality-based features. I have done this through several different questions, in an iterative ...
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Is a question asking for a method to generate ideas generally considered “too broad”?

Last thursday I asked a question here on WB SE: How to come up with thoughtful positive & negative effect combos for magic items? and it was put on hold/closed because it was considered "too ...
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The difference between helpful editing and vandalism

In relation to How to play recorded music without electronics?. Over the course of time I have encountered questions where people other than the OP edited the question in an effort to resolve issues ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

The Sandbox works best if you sort posts by "active" (click here to do so). Welcome to the Sandbox! This "Sandbox" is a place where Worldbuilding.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions ...
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Congratulations, Worldbuilding!

Congratulations, Worldbuilders. Today we hit a total of 20,000 questions on the main site! Good job on this milestone, everyone, and keep those questions coming!
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If I asked a question yesterday, but edited it today would it reappear with the new questions?

If I ask a question that gets closed for some reasons (lets say the question is too broad) and edit it to be more specific, would it remain as a question from a day ago, or would people see the ...
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Does our site ask people who haven't upvoted a question in a while to upvote questions?

On other sites, especially those I haven't visited in a while (weeks to months), I'll get a screen-wide drop-down that says something along the lines of, "you haven't upvoted any questions in a while, ...
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What happens if a poster's assumptions invalidate their answer when clarifications are made later

I am aware of On editing questions and invalidating answers but this is different. In my thread Would low-grade levitation be of any use? I gave basic rules. As time went by I received a flood of ...
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How to lock my question and/or answers?

In my personal opinion, most of my questions and answers attract a lot of comments. Most of the time I am happy about it, sometimes it gives me frustration. Especially having the luck asking the most ...
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Questions about worlds with low maturity - What to do when a question cannot be answered right now?

EDIT: I've added a 4th point that I want help with I have recently noticed a lot of questions that seem like quite chaotic approaches to world building. In my humble opinion, if your approach is ...
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Should a good question be mark a duplicate to another question that is closed?

Should this question which is clear and well received and be marked as duplicate to a poorly received closed question? Could a mirror could be put in deep space to see ouselves in the past?
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

I bring before the assembly Exhibit A, A cure for the 'Kessler Syndrome'?, tagged science-based science-fiction hard-science as of revision 1. That question was closed as a duplicate of Dealing with ...
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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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Inactive Sandbox 2018 [duplicate]

This sandbox is inactive. Please visit the next 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. ...
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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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Inactive Sandbox 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 ...