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Did I overdo it?

In my recent question on spaceships & space-colonization it seems there are two camps of people in the answers/comments. There's currently an equal amount of answers (resp answerers) that seem to ...
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Are the “spoon” questions on-topic? And should they be?

I'm not currently a particularly active user on Worldbuilding, although I've contributed a bunch of answer back when the site was new. I do, however, regularly visit several other sites on the Stack ...
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Reasoning behind deletion of gruesome content

Yesterday, there was a question of rather gruesome content. OP asked on how to make female-on-male rape a torture practice. No surprise this question got disliked a lot simply for its content - not ...
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How can I fix this question about the enforcement of superpower bans?

Yesterday I posted a question to the worldbuilding stackexchange asking for help working out how a law banning the possession of certain supernatural abilities (which are granted on a weekly basis and ...
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Why is one question acceptable, but another unacceptable?

So, I'm not asking this because I'm terribly offended or anything. I legitimately want to better understand the methods for discerning good from bad questions here: This question received generally ...
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How to tell people answers must adhere strictly to the conditions of a question

Regarding this question: Restricting antimatter - practical rather than legal measures I've been processing a lot of answers tagged low-quality from this question and, though I could be wrong, I ...
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How and why is my question too broad?

I asked this question yesterday which was marked as too broad. One of the comment from @JBH stated this reason: "How to build a world" questions are occasionally asked here. If the question is very ...
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Was this resource question closed because of the word “best?”

I found this question: The best tool for drawing on (Google) Maps It's been closed as POB. Was that because of the OP's use of the word "best?" I thought software recommendations were allowed so ...
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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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Why does this popular off-topic question stay open?

Could a person scuba diving take off his air tank and use it to propel himself? Why isn't this one closed as a story set in a world? In what way is it worldbuilding? Please see related Should we ...
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Is there something wrong happening to my question?

Please,This is not right. How do i make skeletons formidable hand to hand fighters?
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What to do if your question gets downvotes for something irrelevant and answers that don't answer the question?

My most recent question asks what procedures would be undertaken after a large island is discovered and explored by scientists. The question has since recieved 2 downvotes, and neither of the ...
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I believe WB:SE has a bias against non-heterosexual questions. Maybe it ought to stop

Relating to this question but also based on observations with other questions about non-heterosexuality. Our site appears to have a problem with allowing questions about sexuality to remain open. ...
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Is name choice on-topic for Worldbuilding?

I'm very new to the SE "Worldbuilding" site, and therefore I'm not quite sure if a question I have is on-topic there. It is about the mechanics of a world, though its this world, and the mechanics ...
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Why is “How can a teleporter stop a bullet?” off-topic?

What's the safest way to catch a bullet in your body? Was closed for being off-topic, for being "too story-based." Why is it too story based?
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What do you do when no one answers your question?

I posted one question, about an hour ago (What modifications would be needed to turn an oil rig into a self sustaining base?), and no one has answered, commented or anything. I read the help center, ...
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I just earned the Notable Question badge for my “closed:off topic” question!

Well, it seems I’m not the only one who wanted an answer to this question: Who gains from a persistent "flat Earth" conspiracy? 2500 other people did too! I still think this is a good ...
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How to edit my on hold question: Antimatter Planet Collision

It's been on hold twice. I got a ton of downvotes and VTC's and not that many useful comments to build on: I think I had 4 VTC's the first time around before I got a helpful comment. It's been ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head [duplicate]

Relating to this question. Since when can a question be closed for poor quality? The two respondants to my challenge to justify the closure said that it's just a physics question (which we answer ...
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Is broad impact of a specific change too broad?

I just finished putting up an answer to this question about a resurrection effect and then went to check the queues to find that it's on the close list as too broad. I've read Dutch's comment about ...
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How to fix “Unclear What You're Asking”?

I recently asked How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power?, which, granted, isn't a fantastic question, even after my edits. Right after I asked it, I got a -1, and comments ...
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To what extent should my personal failure to suspend my disbelief justify a downvote?

I recently posted How to prevent Wikipedia's desire for donations in Bitcoins from enslaving the world. I was surprised that the upvote-vs-downvote ratio is 50%. I've never seen that before. So ...
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Consensus for Shapes for an Infinite Animal

This is in regard to the question Shapes for an Infinite Animal. I consider the question to be lacking some critical criteria to be objectively answerable with a "best" answer, and commented as such (...
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Can a popular question be kicked off the hot network question list?

I asked a question here that was receiving views and votes from the hot list and then it stopped. Marked as off topic although 12 people up voted it but it only took 5 to close it. I'm not complaining ...
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Justification for closing “In a town where people say the opposite…”

This Meta question is in regard to in a town where people say the opposite of what they think how would double negatives work?. (1) This does not appear to be off-topic as a question of linguistics ...
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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

Considering the closure of Is magical rapid premature aging painful? And relating to this meta question and this meta question. Magic is Primarily Opinion-Based (POB) by definition. Without some ...
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How to rewrite a controversial question when I didn't get the answers I was expecting?

I recently wrote a question on a controversial topic, transgender hormone medication. I knew it was controversial and tried to focus on the least controversial aspect of the question, medication, as ...
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Have I become too strict with my VTC votes?

I recently voted to close this question because it seemed to me that it didn't ask about a world, but the engineering of a specific item that could have been part of any world (and, by definition, ...
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What to do if question gets marked as duplicate even after stating and demonstrating how it's different?

So, one of my questions I asked recently was suggested as being a duplicate by someone in the comments. I read through the question he said it was a duplicate of, and confirmed that it was different ...
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How is the “phenotype inheritance” question on-topic?

There's a recent question on the stack here asking about phenotypic variance within an arbitrary ancestral tree. At first, I assumed it was simply mis-posted on Worldbuilding because it seems to be ...
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Should these two similar questions asked by the same user be merged?

I answered this question, which asks about detecting an anomaly in interstellar space: Covering up an extinction level event caused by an astronomical anomaly Some time later, I saw another question ...
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Why was my question about figuring out physical differences between fantasy races put on hold for being to vague?

I made a post called How to differentiate between elves and men where I asked about how to make elves physically different enough from mem that you could distinguish one from a man at a glance. I got ...
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“Question Closed: Too Broad” despite numerous clarifications and stipulations

The question of interest is here: All Else Equal, would certain human types be better suited for living in an Ice Age? I'm not trying to be a poor sport or anything. In the past, I have had several ...
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Does this question regarding underwater spaceships lack worldbuilding purpose?

Why can't spaceships go underwater? The trouble I see with that question is a lack of criteria for the desired answers: It doesn't quite ask for the design a spaceship which can go underwater; ...
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How can a question be “Too Story Based” if there is no story involved?

This question is currently on hold for being too story based; What would be a realistic timeline for these prosthetic related events? But, the problem I am having is, there is no story in the ...
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Is questioning a well known trope on topic?

The question Virtual Reality and Physical Trauma is basically asking if there's any basis to the trope that wounds gained in VR appear in real life. Is reality checking a known trope on topic?
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How did this question get so many views?

This question has a noticeable amount of views in such a short time. What method other than a good question can be used to get more views? How would people conceivably escape a planet too large for ...
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Using “too story based” to cure “too broad”

I recently came across Why would an army train living soldiers when manufacturing robots is easier. That question struck me as terribly broadly written, and the massively disparate answers ...
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“Only Three Books” question set

So far there are two of these, one on There are now 4 of these: Chemistry, Physics, Grain, and Medicine. Essentially the question is: Which three books should be preserved, in the event that our ...
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Have worldbuilding-resources questions become off-topic?

This question is due to the nearly-successful effort to close the following question. Where can I find ideas for sci fi futuristic tech? This question is strongly related to the following. It ...
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Notices for our traditions: Anatomically correct (and Santa)

After voting to leave open a half-dozen Santa questions and considering my previous question about anatomically correct questions, I'd like to propose the following. At this time I am aware of two ...
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Is “Convince son of Santa scientifically” too broad?

The question is Help me to convince my son that Santa Claus exists, scientifically. That question was put on hold as too broad. That question seems straightforward. The manner in which it was asked ...
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Is this Santa question on-topic?

Santa's broke. How much does it cost for someone else to be Santa? I fail to understand what's worldbuilding in it. There could be some worldbuilding, but I just can't understand. It seems like a ...
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What's up with the “wormholes or Alcubierre drive” question being “primarily opinion-based”?

This is about the question Which is more feasible: Wormholes or an Alcubierre Drive?, which was closed by community vote as "primarily opinion-based". I honestly fail to see what's primarily opinion-...
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How are the “anatomically correct” questions asking for evolutionary insight on-topic?

When this question was recently posted I voted to close it based on it being either too broad or primarily opinion-based. Take your pick. The OP pointed out there is a lengthy history of "...
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What did I do wrong? / What can I do better?

Regards this question in particular but I doubt it is the only one showing this, or a similar, tendency/happening Looking at comments on the question as well as on answers the question seems to be ...
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Can 'Tomorrow is Groundhog Day… For everyone.' be reopened?

First off, I removed this part when I edited my question Tomorrow is Groundhog Day… For everyone.. I'll preserve it here, since I don't know the etiquette of removing such edits: I’m going to vote ...
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Reopen Request (What good are psychics…)

This question: What good are psychics who control the strong or weak forces? Has been closed as "not clear what you're asking". OP subsequently edited the question; it seems like a pretty good ...
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Reopen request (What kind of weapon would you need…)

This question was closed as too broad: What kind of weapon would you need to level an entire city to glass? I'm not seeing how it was too broad. It seems answerable, even if the answer is -- as ...
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Why is my question about the feasibility of keeping different tools outside in threat considered off-topic by some?

I mean this question: Do things like a rope, bucket or firewood have to be protected from the weather? This question is considered off-topic by some because, according to them, "this question does ...