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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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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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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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Please help me understand these downvotes

I answered this question: Synthesizing fuels with excess energy and received a downvote. I asked in comments why and got a response that demonstrated the poster did not understand my answer. I have ...
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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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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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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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Closure of "empire to last 100 centuries"

So debating closure of certain questions on META apparently is a thing, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I recently came across this question: An empire to last a hundred centuries Which I ...
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Should we include socio-economic "worldbuilding"?

As written, our What topics can I ask about here? FAQ limits the site to planetary issues (planetary, astrometric, flora/fauna/evolution (to a degree), climate, etc., and how these affect society). ...
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Should I delete this off-topic question, or try and rework it?

I recently asked this question about which type of upper limb anatomy is better for flying humans. It has not been well received, and has been put on hold as off-topic. Looking back I can see that ...
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What happened here and why is the question/some answers partly open?

How to keep a bucket of water from freezing by only natural means? It seems the migration was requested and ended in rejection, but most answers are still locked. I am wondering why some answers are ...
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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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My recently asked question does not show up on the active page

What could make a species evolve downward facing ears? This question does not appear on the active page of Worldbuilding.SE. It does not disappear completely and can still be accessed from here when ...
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Request to review answers on the 'names' question

Stumped: What would replace 'names' in an alternate history? This question now has 30+ answers (a couple have been deleted), which means the odds are that only the top few have been viewed by ...
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Reputation required for posting answer?

I post frequently on other SE sites, and have been lurking here for some time. Finally, I came across a question which I felt like I could answer, so I logged in and saw that the question had been ...
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Is "Alchemical breakthrough allows me to synth anything. Now what should I be making for sale?" on topic?

I'm looking at Alchemical breakthrough allows me to synth anything. Now what should I be making for sale?, and I can't quite make up my mind about it. On the one hand, one can argue that it's about ...
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How to handle successive versions of the same question with more specific or different context?

This question is due to this question on Worldbuilding, but concerns a problem that I think might be encountered often. I've searched through a few relevant threads, including On editing questions ...
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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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Ive amended as requested and the gas question is still on hold. Why? [duplicate]

Captain America I can do this all day. /Captain America This is a different question. The question here is, Once I have addressed all the reasons given by the moderators and the help center, ...
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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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Why is the "longer eclipse" question on hold?

What's the longest plausible duration for a total solar eclipse? is on hold as off-topic -- "This question does not appear to be about worldbuilding, within the scope defined in the help center". ...
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Can the "defending against magicians" question be reopened?

How would the police/military prepare and fight magicians? was closed as story-based and subsequently edited. It looks to me like the OP is asking about tactics and capabilities, not character ...
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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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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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Migrated question to Writers SE

The question How can I have a war with no “good” or “evil” side? was recently kicked to [Writers Stack Exchange As the question stands now, this has nothing to do with the literary element of writing....
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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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Why was this question put on hold as unclear?

How fast can a plasma projectile move before it begins to fuse with the surrounding atmosphere? Closing something as unclear is one thing, but not writing there how it's unclear is an act, which ...
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Cold-hearted closing of this ice question makes me shiver

This question about how to reshape ice in my world was closed as too broad. However, I don't understand what it lacked in its edited version, where I specified how my world worked, what I wanted, ...
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Can "Is it possible for a planet to become moon of a gas giant and sustain life as is?" be reopened?

This question was put on hold stating too broad. I have further edited the question to limit the ​scope of answers. Please consider reopening it again.
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How would a girl that has never encountered the concept of pregnancy react to giving birth? This one seems on topic, but unpopular for obvious reasons

How would a girl that has never encountered the concept of pregnancy react to giving birth? This question seems appropriately scoped and reasonably on-topic as far as worldbuilding goes, but it ...
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Should we close "must magic be tied to medieval tech?"?

I asked Must magic be tied to medieval tech? back on day 1 or 2, when site scope had only loosely started to form out of the primordial glop. A new answer bumped it again today, prompting me to take ...
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How did a question get 2K views in under 20hrs?

This question shows over 2K views, but it was asked only 20hrs ago: How to control alcohol consumption in my country? I'm not suggesting it isn't a worthy question or anything sinister, but compared ...
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Is "What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill?" a good fit for the site?

What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill? This question seems like a classic "List of X" problem, but it's scoped so strangely that the list could go on forever, or contain ...
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Too broad? Crashing Earth into the sun

So I came across this question asking about how the make the Earth hit the sun. It has many similar posts like this one about changing the moon's orbit or this answer about moving asteroids which ...
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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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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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Does the "force-sensitive" question need to be limited somehow?

How to limit the proportion of a Force sensitive population? was asked 16 hours ago and already has 17 answers, all score 0 or higher. The question lays out an interesting problem and describes some ...
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Is this question about humanity using genetic memory too broad?

Suppose humanity had the ability to access the genetic memories of their maternal line. The lives of ancestors on their mothers side could be open to them with a certain amount of training. The effect ...
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Where to place this question?

https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/74595/more-realistic-strength-stat Worldbuilding: It's too RPG-like. RPG: D&D and reality can't be correlated, as long as the wisdom stat lives. ...
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I want to highlight a question as a really solid question IMO

Which major solar system body could most realistically be artificial? This is to me one of the best questions ever asked on WB. It is exactly on topic, draws on the community to ask a precise ...
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The problem of my question regarding battle tactics against robots

Figuring out proper military tactics against robots in specific situations on a planet's surface I've put some illustrative screenshots from the sci-fi series I was talking about. It still ...
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An odd question about kiddie rides tests the VTC ideology we've been debating

https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/72301/how-is-it-possible-for-an-ai-to-stay-in-a-kiddie-ride-for-as-long-as-it-wants I'm interested to see how the community handles this one. It ...
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Are pictures of fishbowls on wheels valid answers?

As of the writing of this post, there are three particular answers to What would an out-of-water submarine (for water-breathing mer-people) look like? which have raised some eyebrows, mine included. ...
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So, I started with joke and people took it seriously. What can be done with the question?

Today, I got idea for a joke. Worldbuilding moderators are taking over the world! So, I posted it as a question Inspired by Facebook sysadmins preventing Cthulhu, my original idea was, that joke ...
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How can I edit this from plot to world building?

I'm new here, and I misunderstood the scope of the site when I asked my first question. https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/72401/how-does-a-no-body-get-elected-president-of-the-us ...
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Why is this question about an underwater city off-topic?

This question was closed as off-topic. It's in the middle of being re-opened, but there's no point in fighting to close or re-open until a consensus is reached. It can't be answered because of a ...
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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 ...