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If we can't burn the "reality check" tag, can we rename it?

Conclusion: The tag wikis have been updated and the new reality-check tag made a synonym of science-based. Users can conveniently find links to the modified tags here: Please review the updated tag ...
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Does [hard-science] imply [science-based] imply [reality-check]?

A July 2022 renovation of the reality-check tag and others has changed the context of this question. It is now obsolete. Please see the following question and the link under "Conclusion." If ...
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A hard-science ultimatum

Back when an issue with the science-based tag came up, Monica Cellio made a suggestion: Re the addendum, would [hard-science] better convey what you're after? The rationale behind the question ...
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Do we need the reality-check tag?

A July 2022 renovation of the reality-check tag and others has changed the context of this question. It is now obsolete. Please see the following question and the link under "Conclusion." If ...
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Why do we [torture] ourselves with this tag?

I don't see how torture can be used for world building. The tag text says: For questions about the application of mental or physical suffering, usually without the intent to kill. I'm trying to ...
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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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Defining the boundaries of the "hard-science" tag

Difficulty As per a suggestion by Monica Cellio and a sort of consensus on the issue, the hard-science tag is ready for use. In fact, I decided to use test it out: How can a Type II civilization ...
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Opinions about the new Technobabble tag

A recent question introduced the technobabble tag. Click here to read its wiki. I like this tag. I think it reflects the highly creative nature of the site and balances the fact that far too often ...
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Should we delete answers that don't meet the requirements of the hard-science tag?

Around the beginning of August, Stack Exchange created a custom post notice for Worldbuilding. Basically, moderators manually add the notice to all questions tagged hard-science, and then may add it ...
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How realistic should a question tagged "reality-check" be?

A July 2022 renovation of the reality-check tag and others has changed the context of this question. It is now obsolete. Please see the following question and the link under "Conclusion." If ...
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Identifying incorrectly tagged [hard-science] questions

One of the more confusing things about this site is the hard-science tag. Looking through the meta site, there aren't a lot of clear policies surrounding the tag. One particular problem I have is ...
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So let's talk about burning the fantasy-based tag

But first... required reading, a question asked two days into private beta. We have come a long way since then and I think that we need to have a serious talk about what fantasy-based really means. ...
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Rename [life] to [lifestyle]

In a recent question of mine which asked about the mechanics of life, I was about to use life until I saw the tag wiki exerpt, which reads: Questions tagged with life should be about life in ...
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Blacklist the [life] tag

So, based on prior discussion, we've removed all of the life questions. Based on that discussion, I changed the tag wiki to say: The community has decided that this tag is too ambiguous. Use the ...
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Possible new 'non-reality-check' tag?

My question is kind of related to this one, in terms of people sometimes answering with this couldn't happen answers. In writing some questions for the WorldBuilding.SE, sometimes I am looking for ...
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Should the [tag:execution] tag be removed?

While reviewing Most painful way to kill somebody with 10 bullets? I looked up the torture and execution tags. Their definitions aren't great in context of worldbuilding, and I think that's ...
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Is "science-based" a meta- or otherwise-problematic tag?

science-based is the most popular tag on this site. Its tag wiki tells us a lot about the requirements on answers to science-based questions, but not a lot about the questions. (Except that these ...
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Should Science-Based henceforth actually be science based?

The science-based tag has seen a lot of misuse recently, since apparently 28% of our questions are science-based. Since we have killed off its erstwhile companion tag fantasy-based, I believe it now ...
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What's the difference between 'reality-check' and 'science-based' or even 'hard-science'?

Deciding if something's realistic is strongly related to science, isn't it? What's the essential difference between these tags? When they don't come with each other?
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Do we really need an anatomically-correct tag?

The anatomically-correct tag was recently created, which I noticed when all the questions in that series were edited to add it. Do we need this tag? The questions also have the appropriate other ...
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According to reality check, possibility implies existence

Before I go on with this post, the assertion in the title is actually logically sound and consistent, which I find beautiful. Now, more seriously, this is something I have noticed in most reality-...
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Dealing with the science tag

I've been keeping my eye on the science tag for the last couple of months. It has something of an odd history; at first, it was applied to questions about how a society treats, thinks of, and carries ...
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Should we have the science-fiction tag?

I just noticed the science-fiction tag. https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/science-fiction This tag feels meaningless to me, it should possibly be a synonym to science-based ...
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Should we split the solar-system tag into solar-system and planetary-systems?

We currently have the solar-system tag, with the tag wiki excerpt For questions regarding a star and the area comprising its gravitational dominance. While they are not part of its technical ...
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A proposal to establish policy regarding the torture and execution tags

Although most questions tagged torture and execution are unquestionably well within the scope of Worldbuilding, some were or might have been inappropriate causing a discussion about the validity of ...
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Let’s clarify the hard-science tag for non-math questions

See also this earlier post. An answer that keeps reality in mind and links to various definitions (typically in wikipedia) for terms used and concepts introduced is the very exemplar of science-based....
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It's back, the [Life] tag

The Life tag was discussed and destroyed before: Rename [life] to [lifestyle] Blacklist the [life] tag However it's come back. Do we still want it gone? Shall we blacklist it or synonym it or what? ...
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Space flight vs space ships?

There are tags for spaceflight and spaceships. Many questions are tagged with both. I think this is confusing; people might use one or the other and questions don’t show up as a uniform category. ...
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Can I get some help burning fantasy-based?

We have consensus on burning fantasy-based! Now we need to actually go through and remove it... Except that there are 80 questions using it as I write, and that is a whole lot of work. The reason ...
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Modifying the "science-fantasy" tag

I recently edited a question which had the science-fantasy (I left the tag alone). I recalled having seen that tag before, so I went back and looked at the questions with the tag. The tag excerpt and ...
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Is the use of the [Hard-Science] tag acceptable in questions with a non-hard premise?

Questions based on FTL travel or infinite forces can't sensibly be given answers that match the requirements for a hard science answer. Instead they've got to be answered with refutations of the ...
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Do we need the [fiction] tag on the Main Site?

When looking through the tags on the Main Site I found the tag fiction. Two of its questions are closed. Two questions use the tags science and fiction, which looks like the author wanted to use the ...
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Specialized tags for weapons

I just got this old question in my review queue for suggested edits, where Secespitus wanted to add bows andweapons to the tag list. I agree that weapons is a good addition to the question, but when ...
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What is the difference between a science-based question and a science-fiction question?

So we have a tag called science-based and a tag called science-fiction. My question is, how does one determine which tag to use, since they both weakly imply each other as far as the world itself is ...
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What should be the tag wiki for [science-fiction]?

Yesterday I asked whether we should burninate the fiction tag on the Main site here. In that post and the comments I mentioned that I think the science tag would already be enough to show that a ...
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Consolidate tags "vehicles" and "transportation"?

"Vehicles" is a tag without definition. When I tried to fill it in, I found that the description I wanted to use was basically already used by "transportation". So I looked at the questions. The ...
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Are the Science-Fiction and Hard-Science tags mutually exclusive?

A July 2022 renovation of the reality-check tag and others has changed the context of this question. It is now obsolete. Please see the following question and the link under "Conclusion." If ...
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Do we want the anthropology tag?

It has no wiki, and I just wrote up this for it: For questions about the development of civilized society and culture. Relevant tags may include culture, society, biology, humans, and prehistoric-...
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"Alien did it" tag?

I've been noticing more and more questions along the lines "aliens did [this silly complex magic thing], what would happen?". Could we please create a tag for them? It should encompass all posts of ...
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Should zero-g be renamed zero-gravity to aid the auto suggest?

If I tag something gravity then while typing it zero-g will not be suggested. However, if we instead had a zero-gravity tag then while typing the word "gravity", both tags would be suggested. Since ...
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Should we merge 'water vessel design' and 'shipbuilding'?

The phrase 'water-vessel-design' (water-vessel-design) is really wordy; something like 'ship-design' would be a little better. However, we do have the tag shipbuilding (shipbuilding), which is An ...
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Let's break down reality-check

Disclaimer: This is not a tag edit proposal. I've been wondering for some time if there was a common denominator in reality check answering. I've already asked a question about the type of answers ...
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Should we burn the video-games tag?

A recent question asking for advice about what the boss in their video game should be tagged their question video-games. The tag has no summary and no wiki. The first question tagged with the tag was ...
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Please review the updated tag wikis for internal-consistency, science-fiction, science-based, and hard-science

The tag wikis for the following tags have been updated based on the results of If we can't burn the "reality check" tag, can we rename it? internal-consistency science-fiction science-...
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Should we make "exoplanets" and "planets" synonyms?

I just removed the exoplanets tag from this question, which clearly just needed the planets tag. The exoplanets tag is still used on this question, which involves arriving in another planetary system, ...
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Example of science-fiction not science-based

Science-based FTL drive I think this is an example of where we want to use science-fiction rather than science-based. We know that real FTL is impossible, and the scientificly sound Alcubierre Drive ...
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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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The End of "Life" as We Know It

The "Life" tag has had a long journey. In October 2014, the tag was first discussed in meta. We decided it was too ambiguous to consolidate with biology, because it can be used outside of that tag. ...
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Hard-science tag, possible approach, changing how to ask these particular types of questions

Wished to write this a long time ago, and the last drop was this question As a time traveler, how would I see quantum randomness change history? really, you are serious this was a hard science ...
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Can acoustics be a synonym for audio?

With two recent questions: How quiet can a static, non-propulsive pulsejet be? What frequency range would be ideal for audible communication on a planet with a thick atmosphere? I found myself ...
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