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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 ...
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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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What is the best way to “evolve” my existing question?

I asked this question last night and got a lot of great responses, and I'm interested in pivoting off of it to further develop the ideas for my "world." Should I therefore evolve and update my ...
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The Completionist's Dilemma

For those of us who are completionists (individuals who are driven to complete whatever they start, whatever that may entail), the badges can be a bit of a nuisance. I asked previously if it would be ...
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Is it possible to ask a good “Top 3” question?

The entire idea of a "Top 3" question seems to scream "Idea Generation" and "Too Broad" when first looked at, and if it isn't worded carefully it will almost certainly end up being "too opinionated". ...
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Does a world in a given question need cohesion?

Today I caught myself almost entering a downvoting spree. Not because I was enraged, hungry or somehow ill tempered, but because some of the questions that I read were a bit... hard on my mind. I'm ...
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Reality Checking on questions not tagged “reality-check” | or ask questions differently?

In respect to the question here on Meta: Does adding context hurt questions? I was checking out that discussion because I think my most recent question (and, I feel like a lot of my questions) is ...
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Dealing with sense of scale in space

One issue I've seen come up a few times deals with a sense of scale in space. People's instincts on what can and cannot be done are often off by not just an order of magnitude, but an order of ...
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Does adding context hurt questions?

Something that I'm sure others have noticed, but that always seems to plague my questions, is the fact that answerers tend to focus on parts of a question that don't actually matter. For example, ...
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Can I ask questions based on a specific creature of my world?

I know that questions that are based on "Actions of individual characters, rather than elements of the world they inhabit" are off topic, but if I had created a specific creature, would it not count ...
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Ordering the questions of Wordbuilding Meta

We have a lot of questions on Meta. The problem is that many are not useful anymore. For some, the usefulness is only ephemeral and many useful questions get drowned in a sea of questions that nobody ...
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Can we ask “Most efficient way to use” questions?

Are "What is the most efficient way to use resource X/object Y ?" questions accepted on Worldbuilding SE ? If yes, what information should be added to make them neither opinion based or too broad? I ...
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What should our requirements on various “recommend me something” questions be?

See also Do we want resource recommendation questions?, Are software recommendation questions on topic? and to a lesser extent When are software-recommendation questions on topic?. As pointed out ...
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Proposal for harder/more specific challenges

Eventually, we might run out of topics for the normal challenge. We still have at least 1 year with the current proposals, other proposals can be added and we could also recycle the old ones. They ...
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How to approach “the same as our world but with change X” questions?

I've noticed a lot of worlds described as our world, but with one change, like "our world, only gold is replaced with lead," or "like our world, only there's mutants that can see the future." The ...
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Idea for an unofficial contest

I have been scanning through the question feed here from time to time, because some of the titles (and in some cases, even the descriptions) of questions are very amusing when taken out of context: ...
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How to approach worldbuilding ideas about gender and sexuality?

Recently I had a porn dream, which I wanted to put into a story. And then suddenly, instead enjoying porn/erotica aspects of the idea, I got myself into worldbuilding mode and asked a question about ...
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No more Towels?

The reason why I first found out about this site was because I asked this question on the https://scifi.stackexchange.com/ site, but as the answer would not be supported by hard factual evidence, it ...
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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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What should we do with humour in questions?

Here an example of question I revised: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/9127 Personally I thought it was confusing because of all the necessary information in it. My ...
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How can we get new users to answer old questions?

Hear me out on this. It's not what you'd expect. On Worldbuilding, we have an extremely low amount of Unanswered Questions, typically hovering around zero.1 The longest I've ever seen a question stay ...
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Are discussion oriented questions authorized?

I read this question: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/21161/cliche-world-who-would-you-be-and-why And I wondered if it were okay. Can we authorize questions which lead to ...
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Alarming number of questions (related)

Related to the alarm about a large number of edits... I want to ask a second question in the last five minutes. Would that be considered rude? Hypothetically, what if I asked 35 questions tonight, ...
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How do I create open ended questions with subjective answers?

I wanted to ask an open ended question whose answer will be entirely subjective. But I think the question and answer would be beneficial to the site. This is technically something that should be ...
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Is it an idea generation and thus off-topic?

I'm fairly new here, and I am not entirely sure what makes a question on-topic or off-topic. Particularly when they are at the edge. But Looking at the Ragnarok question (which I tried to answer). To ...
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What are the qualities of a great question?

After providing an answer to this recent site-favorite question, I got to wondering about what makes some questions so much more popular than others. As of this writing, we have 14 questions with at ...
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Should we settle for an 'okay' number of questions per day?

My question today has essentially already been asked. The reason I've decided to ask it again in a different question is because the question mentioned was asked 6 months ago, and also that what I'm ...
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Do the titles of questions need to be in question format?

The whole point of stack exchange is that it is a Q&A style site, and an overwhelming majority of questions have a question as a title. This is surely a nit-picky thing but it really bugs me when ...
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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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Clarify what off-topic really means

In this close review, I had some trouble with the close reason that my fellow close-voters gave. The question is about an event which could happen in a world. Yes, it's earth, but we have an earth-...
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Answering your own question as a baseline

If I want to ask something that I already know (albeit partially, assume I want to know better answer), is it wise to ask it and answered it, on which the answer is supposed to be the baseline and ...
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“Resource ID” questions

SF.SE has a (hotly debated) story-identification tag, used for questions about speculative fiction works which the querent vaguely recalls but can't find on their own. We could help people track down ...
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How Long until a question should quit being updated?

I have a tendency to go back after my questions are answered for a couple weeks if I see room for improvements. My question is a simple one, it is: What is the best practice amount of time to go back ...
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Should we have weekly topic challenges?

A long time ago (four months) on a site far, far away (roughly two clicks), a great suggestion was made. Jon Ericson came up with the idea of weekly topic challenges. For those not willing to make the ...
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Inactive Sandbox 2014-2017 [duplicate]

This sandbox got a little full, so we've created some more. You should still link to this one as we will update it whenever a new one is created. Current Sandbox: Sandbox for Proposed Questions ...
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How to deal with “funny questions”?

I am in nit-picking mode today. While my question about Christmas on Mars got great reception and loads of positive votes, and personally I totally enjoyed answering both questions about dining ...
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How many questions here are really about worldbuilding?

Some of the recent questions on Worldbuilding have been interesting, and not just content-wise. Lately, we've had quite a few questions that seem (at best) tangentially related to building a world, ...
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What's wrong with “idea generation” questions?

We now have a dedicated "Idea Generation" close vote/flag reason!! What does it mean? What is the problem with "idea generation" questions?
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Do we want “effects” questions?

There is a type of question on this site, that asks something like "given these parameters, what would be the effect on society?" A recent example of this type of question was one Monty Wild asked. In ...
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Please help review our oft-answered questions [closed]

The Community user, which neither slumbers nor sleeps, alerts moderators to questions that are attracting lots of answers. Sometimes this is just fine, even healthy, of course. Other times it can ...