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Why is my question not about building a world?

My first question on this site has been put on hold because I am "asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about building a world". I read the linked explanation on meta, but I don't ...
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Why is the celibacy question opinion-based (or unclear)?

How can catholic doctrine justify celibacy if the world has a co-creator? is currently on hold as primarily opinion-based, with a comment saying it's unclear. What needs to happen for this question ...
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Let's talk about sexploitation questions

I have seen some questions that just stand out as not belonging in WB (nor Stack Exchange, nor any other Q&A sites) and that have one characteristic in common: they seem to be coming from a (...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I answered this question. I'll quote a passage: This step requires medical technology that would also allow to transplant a human brain, because if a computer can be connected to the nervous ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Questions

The Sandbox works best if you sort posts by "active" (click here to do so). Welcome to the Sandbox! This "Sandbox" is a place where Worldbuilding.SE users can get feedback on prospective questions ...
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Anatomically Correct Series

As you all know there is a series of questions that have been asked to create fictional creatures in a realistic evolutionary way. And below is a summarized list of all of the questions in order of ...
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New blog post: The Juggernaut, Chapter 9 (previous: What if the Sun was made of helium?)

Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community: The Juggernaut, Chapter 9 by Monty Wild < I was there, you know,> the old crew-member said to the ...
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Why not show the people who reopened?

Why does SE show the users who help put your question on hold but does not show the users who helped reopen your question? This seems off to me not to give the reopeners equal credit. I would rather ...
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Restore Tactics as a separate tag from warfare

I just noticed that tactics is now a synonym of warfare instead of being a separate tag. As someone who spent 3 years involved in planning the tactics of warfare, 3+ years involved in determining the ...
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The network's official Twitter account is up and running again. What content do we want to share?

As of late yesterday, Stack Exchange has revived its official Twitter account, @StackExchange. It had been used intermittently/actually-not-at-all for several years,...
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Can migration be a synonym of travel?

We have a tag for travel with wiki guidance that reads: For questions about the movement of people between locations, includes migration. This tag is for questions about the movement of ...
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A closed question that has recieved multiple edits, opened again, then reverted to its original state, why can't I vote to close it?

There seems to be an issue with editing questions, not yet (as of the date of this question) settled. There is another, perhaps buggy issue with question edits, the initial form of the question was ...
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Can we flag users as deceased, and does it matter to the site?

So my wife and I were getting our wills done the other day and we were talking about password sharing. Obviously there are some mechanics when someone dies around shutting down email accounts, moving ...
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Is a question asking for a method to generate ideas generally considered “too broad”?

Last thursday I asked a question here on WB SE: How to come up with thoughtful positive & negative effect combos for magic items? and it was put on hold/closed because it was considered "too ...
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How to make an answer using an existing work acceptable?

Let's say I saw a question about "I am interested in adding in my universe" and I recall "X" being used in some existing universe. I want to answer something along the lines of "In the Space Hike ...
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The difference between helpful editing and vandalism

In relation to How to play recorded music without electronics?. Over the course of time I have encountered questions where people other than the OP edited the question in an effort to resolve issues ...
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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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Reality-Check and Hard-Science's descriptions; Shared or exclusive?

Brought up by this question, the Reality-Check and Hard-Science tags' descriptions aren't in implied agreement (at least, as I read them) on if they can be combined. Reality-Check reads: Asks if a ...
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What makes for a good “why would” question that stays on-topic?

Most of these types of questions get judged as too story based, and get closed rather quickly. However, there are a few gems that have lasted the test of time. These mythical diamonds in the rough ...
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Catalog of Question Types

In an effort to start building consensus after asking: Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head, I'd like to start with what I hope will become a canonical catalog ...
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Mass simultaneous downvotes: What is the cause?

I happened to notice, that yesterday I received 20 simultaneous downvotes across 10 of my questions, all in the same minute. I am curious what could have caused this?
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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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Is spatial trigonometry hard science?

The standard for hard-science is that we should edit out the tag if hard science is obviously not wanted. I.e. the asker doesn't want to require equations or citations in the answers. In this ...
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Foreign language mirrors

I was searching for something and wound back up on WB Stack, but in French. My search terms found a bunch of mirror sites with similar formats but in different language. Now I am suspecting I ...
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Idea Refinement: Clarification and Examples of VTC Reasons for New Users

The Welcome to Worldbuilding.SE! page for new users is up and running. My next goal: An introduction to VTC reasons for new users. Why? Because the help center page isn't all that clear. It could ...
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Are there inconsistent standards for closing physics questions?

This question recently got put on hold and it's made me notice a pattern where some physics questions that are asked by newer users get closed. Now, this is not necessarily an awful thing in and of ...
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Defining an “Earliest-Time” tag

From time to time we encounter questions of the form: What is the earliest time X could be discovered or built? Examples include: What is the earliest time a pulsejet could be built? How early ...
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Why no tag for tags on mechanical constructions?

I personally have written quite a few questions concerning mechanical mechanisms. My trouble is I believe engineering to be too broad and mechanics being ambiguous. Is there anything I can do in this ...
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What's wrong with printing in Worldbuilding

It seems that there is something wrong with Worldbuilding's CSS styles for print media or other configurations that prevents pages to be printed (either on a paper or to a PDF) correctly. When ...
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Sandbox ad on right side of screen doesn't use HTTPS

I recently saw this ad on Worldbuilding: I hovered over it and saw that this is the link it goes to: ...
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How to deal with “Please develop my High Concept” questions?

"Hello Community... I have a great idea for my Worldbuilding. Assume Earth and history as we know it, but in my world, Hitler died from whooping cough as a baby. What is my world like after this ...
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Are “how would X explain Y?” questions on-topic?

I just read How would a physicist explain this starship engine?. I actually like the question, but I wonder if it's opening a bag of worms? The Cons I See When I asked the community about the "...
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Cultural Worldbuilding: How to avoid closure?

I'm hoping to encourage more questions about cultural world building, but cultural world building suffers greatly from being too broad, primarily opinion-based, and too story-based. One recent ...
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Is “The Elementary Evil vs You /Wights/ Rooting Henry's troops out” ready for reopening

The Elementary Evil vs You /Wights/ Rooting Henry's troops out They said it was too story-based and broad. Good thing I had that GoT fanfiction idea that instead of season 7, the Night King just ...
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Worldbuilding Custom Journals - Want one?

I have been working with Stack and a vendor to try and sort out getting custom Moleskine journals created for Worldbuilding. After...eh...a bit of time, think we are ready to go. The planned swag: ...
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Does [hard-science] imply [science-based] imply [reality-check]?

We currently have 83 questions tagged both reality-check and science-based, and another one question tagged both reality-check and hard-science. The tag wikis excerpts for the tags say, respectively: ...
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Policy Clarification: Asking about commercial or third-party worlds

We have an unwritten rule that questions about commercial worlds (e.g. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc.) should be asked on the Science Fiction & Fantasy stack. Or we might have one. That's ...
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Is there room for improvement on the close/reopen question features?

I'm slightly perplexed regarding the re-open mechanism on WB.SE. While it seems to work relatively well on some other SE network I use (namely RPG.SE), I have the feeling the nature of WB makes it ...
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Why was this question migrated?

The question How would an immortal character amass a fortune? was posted on World Building but was migrated to Writing. Why? My understanding is that Writing is about how to write - techniques and ...
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Why can't you suggest multiple ways of solving the question in said question?

I just asked in Worldbuilding how to stop intelligent races from discovering electricity and it was marked as to broad. I assume this is because I originally suggested two ways to solve my problem. ...
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Scores and synonyms

I was looking through the new tags and saw money. IMO, money should be a synonym of finances, so I tried to flag it as a potential synonym. Except that I need a "5 score" in finances to make the ...
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Should we have a community ad for the resources list on Main?

On the Main site we have a list of worldbuilding resources which aims to improve the quality of questions asked on the Main site. The idea is that general questions about worldbuilding, which would ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why was this answer turned into a comment?

This question is about what a government can do to avoid the wealthy from imposing their will through physical violence: How to regulate the expected result of fights between hired mercenaries? I ...
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“Stuff” not appearing in review queues. Invisible red blobs

Since I was able to observe them (circa 4 months ago), I've observed a certain erratic behaviour of review queues, the red blob refusing to disappear in spite of when one expands the queue menu - ...
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Is the question: “Can my heraldic dragons fly?” ready for reopening?

Can my heraldic dragons fly? Is the question ready for reopening? If no, why?
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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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Where do I go if I'm just fishing for ideas?

I have a question that I know is too broad with no definitive answer, and as I understand Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, this is considered just fishing for ideas. Does anyone know of a place I can ask ...
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Who are the anonymous users?

A not-small percentage of proposed edits are from anonymous users. I'm not sure how this works. It's not Community because that would be a high level user setting that name, no? And why do an edit ...
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Is the “Write a Islam-coded religion with a Goddess instead of a God + the issue with magic”-Question off-topic and remain closed?

I haven't been around here a lot lately, so I might not be up to date: Why is this question closed? I'm not saying that this question is of premium quality. It has several issues, it lacks research ...

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