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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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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

Specific question in discussion: gruesome execution by slow dissolution in low-concentration acid solution But lets talk more generic: Questions of how to kill a person, or set of people are ...
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Accepted answer is a mix of given answers

I am new on this site, I asked this question about the logistics of corpse disposal for inspiration on a short story I'm working on. After reading the answers I decided on my own version which ...
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Why did my/all answers get the hard-science tag warning banner on this question?

In reference to Create gold or lead from other substances, all but the most recent few answers have been tagged with the hard-science warning. You all know it: This question asks for hard science. ...
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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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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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Are the questions "How will our world change if all {men,women} suddenly die?" on topic or not?

There seems to be considerable disagreement about the questions How will our world change if all men suddenly die? and How will our world change if all women suddenly die?, which are bouncing back and ...
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Is the "international waters" question on-topic?

Using international waters to avoid legal punishment seems to be asking a real-world legal question. I think law is in principle on-topic on Worldbuilding (same as sociology or religion or other "how ...
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Should we have a resource list on Main?

Regarding Is there a list of worldbuilding resources? I initially posted in the Sandbox a question about developing a basic outline for worldbuilding. Comments with a couple of people (lengthy ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why was CAgrippa's awesome FAQ-worthy religion question closed?

Is there an effective way to design a realistic religion for a world? So he asked about the problem with uninformed religious questions on the site in Meta, and we told him he could ask and answer ...
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Should there be a canonical "habitability" question?

We get a lot of questions about planetary habitability (just to name a few). This search will give you these and many, many more. I enjoy answering these, as Astronomy is one of my passions and I've ...
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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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Can we better welcome this first-time poster?

What would be the main reason to avoid providing confidential data to the police by a company? This Q starts with a note about being a first-time poster and not a native English speaker, etc. So It'...
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When are software-recommendation questions on topic?

This question about alternatives to wikis (to use to build an encyclopedia of one's world) is currently on hold. This question about map-making software is currently open. Both are software-...
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Why is "Why would a fire dragon still be afraid of torches?" not opinion-based?

Over the weekend, I noticed this question about why dragons would be afraid of fire. To me, it seemed like a pretty clear-cut case of an opinion-based question. There are currently 17 answers, each of ...
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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 ...
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Are questions about torture ok? [duplicate]

A method to cause maximum pain to a human asks how to cause the most pain to a human while torturing him to death. The question lays out parameters, including not wanting the person to go out of his ...
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No clue why the gas question is not world building

This is a question about What gases are made by a live, crackling, exposed electrical wire? It asks about the Effects of world elements, including technology on specific aspects of that world's ...
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Why was my question closed as primarily opinion-based?

I asked this question: If a new nation on an artificial island was founded, what kinds of names might it be given? It has been closed as primarily opinion-based. I don't understand why it was closed. ...
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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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Is the question "Hacking the universe" too broad?

The question Hacking the universe has shown up on several different "be aware" lists (particularly, answer flagging and number of answers in a short period of time). The question basically boils down ...
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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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Should I remove the hard-science tag from this question?

I asked this question yesterday and the answers have been numerous (this site is awesome). However, my question is not very well documented and the answers are mostly qualitative, and I don't think ...
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Reopening portal question

I've added detail to this question: In 'portal', pushing interconnected portals on thin portal sized rectangles of material through each other? And requested moderator attention for re-...
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Closing of True Name question

This question: You can control a Demon by knowing its True Name, but why? Got closed. I can see why as it's pushing into Opinion Based/Too Broad, but I don't really think it crosses the line - ...
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Should we prefer British or American spelling?

I was looking at the edits for a post and I noticed that someone changed "neighboring" to "neighbouring" in an edit. I've been avoiding edits like that on the assumption that people should be able to ...
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Is this question about the colonization of Mercury on-topic?

Yesterday, a user asked How do you set up a long term colony on Mercury. The original title and text were How could we survive on Mercury? I am doing a project on planets and I was given Mercury. I ...
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Rules for editing questions

This question recently was edited and approved: How to protect a space elevator against terrorism The edit provided an embedded picture and link to a relevant xkcd comic. The comic was already linked ...
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Is he dead yet?

I just did my fourth fifth(? stopped counting...) review on an answer to the question You are an advanced AI that controls a smart house. How do you kill your master? As it stands now, the question ...
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Site Policy: Judging When a Question is a Duplicate

For anyone who knows the kind of question I post, I put a great deal of effort into making sure a question is unique. I check the site for similar questions to see if those answer the one I would ...
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How should I improve the way I edit questions?

Recently I received some very negative feedback after editing a question (see comments and edit history). To me, parts of the question were unstructured, and needed clarification, but to the asker, ...
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Is this question too broad?

This question asks what possible events could bring about a global government collapse. We have a consensus that we don't do idea-generation for storytelling. Specific examples from that meta post: ...
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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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How is my question about causing a mass exodus "too story based"?

My question was closed as being "too story based," despite that it does not seem to fit this category. @Aify and @XandarTheZenon left a comment saying the question is "too broad/unclear and explained ...
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Review of “story based” policy

The question How to figure out someone is plagiarizing the future? is not about building something, shaking out the rules, or even exploring the consequences. It’s about plot and there is no way ...
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How can a parody of an out-of-universe movie question be Worldbuilding?

Why does the Conjoined Alliance of Space Travellers keep producing red uniforms? How this is on-topic? I was going to flag it but hesitated, as I neither understand the insider jokes, nor I'm too ...
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Let me know what part of my question is opinion-based so I can fix it

How corrupt can a meritocratic government be without being perceived as such? I would like to know what's the opinion-based part of it, so that I may fix it (by replacing it with narrower and more ...
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Is the bullet-from-space question on-topic?

Can you shoot someone with a bullet... from orbit? asks about shooting a bullet from space to earth. This seems more like a physics question (how do trajectories work? how does gravity affect that?) ...
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What makes the "llama" question highly upvoted?

I'm wondering why the llama question was getting such ridiculously high upvotes. In my opinion, there's nothing useful in it. In fact, I think it is such an absurd and ridiculous question, that I ...
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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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Clarification about why question was put on hold

I was surprised this afternoon to discover my question had been put on hold for being "too broad," despite positive reception of the question and some surprisingly good answers. Considering broad &...
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Should this question have the hard-science tag?

I've been looking at the question What brain resources are needed per limb? The OP originally included the hard-science tag, but there's since been some disagreement about its use. Someone removed the ...
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Inconsistency in closure of story-based questions

I don't want to encourage extra closures and I certainly don't want to close any of the following. In fact I prefer to keep them open. How would a superhero who needs to fall asleep to use his powers ...
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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, ...