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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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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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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### 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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### “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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### How to get mathjax to display double digit or negative power to values?

$x^-3$ $x^15$ $x^1^5$ This sucks. What am I doing wrong?
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### Modify the “How do I write a good answer” help center page to clarify worldbuilding

Call this a three-part question. Question #1: Can the Help Center "How do I write a good answer" page be modified by our wonderful Mods? If "no," the rest of this question is irrelevant. If "yes," ...
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### Active Sandbox, moving target, good idea? Don't be silly

A few times that I've wanted to give advice in comments on main regarding the way to approach questions, I've wanted to refer the users to try using the sandbox as a way to develop their approach to ...
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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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### What is “narrative necessity” and how does it apply to worldbuilding?

As a loose continuation of How best to deal with "what are you expecting?" questions, I believe many new authors don't understand the function of Narrative Necessity in their writing and 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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### How best to deal with “what are you expecting?” questions

From time to time I run across a question like this one1 where it appears the OP hasn't taken the time to think about what kind of answer he/she is looking for. It's not uncommon for these questions ...
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### To Necro or Repost?

I had an idea that ended up being similar to this one, as well as a bunch of starting ideas that weren't mentioned. However, I'm hesitant to just add an answer to that question, since 1) it's 4 years ...
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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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### Fixing the resources tag

I looked this up and it turns out that, back in 2014, there was a tag for resources and people wanted resources of a world to be separate from resources for building a world. So they turned it into ...
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This question, Designing a worldbuilding workshop for policymakers, seems to have multiple problems as it doesn't ask a single clear question, and it isn't really about world building, instead it's ...
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### Why is “predators part 2” too story based?

Why was Predators part 2: How can a boarding action from super aliens be repelled? closed as too story based? The descriptions of what is "too story based" tend to boil down to what is stated here in ...
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### Cryo-Tags Suggestion / Proposal (cold stuff)

I'm trying to define a QA context about especially cold ice-worlds(maybe they should be called cryo-worlds), where surface temperature range 0-100°K. I noticed there is not a tag for ice-world, nor ...
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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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### What is this about going back to the future?

I was browsing the site a while ago and it looked kinda strange. To complete the visual offense, the "welcome to stackoverflow" bit seemed to be a marquee. What is this?