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Worldbuilding Site Design Updates: March 15

Thank you for all of your feedback and patience while we made design updates. Below are a list of updates and planned updates. Logo Based on the community's discussion, we've made some adjustments ...
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A note about us from the real world

Since we're a purely online community (well, I assume there aren't some of us who do meet in the real world), I thought it would be nice to share a piece of information I learned today concerning our ...
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How to write the perfect question

Writing good questions can be difficult. To help you, the community came up with ten yes or no questions that will guide you and help you prevent common errors. Follow the links for more information ...
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Welcome to new moderators Michael and James!

Due to increasing needs and request for handling the load on Worldbuilding, we've been requested to get new moderators into the site. However, as it's not really been that long since your last ...
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Congratulations, Worldbuilding!

Congratulations, Worldbuilders. Today we hit a total of 20,000 questions on the main site! Good job on this milestone, everyone, and keep those questions coming!
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PSA: Please use those flags!

While it's still as true as ever that flags and close votes are not super downvotes (or even super delete votes; standard policy for moderators in response to "please delete this" flags is to decline),...
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Published works based on questions/answers from Worldbuilding.SE

Has anyone published a game, story, or picture that's partially based on questions and/or answers from Worldbuilding.SE? The definition of publish is very loose -- it can include stories published on ...
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Case Study Series

As discussed in chat and based on Tim B's recent post , I'd like us to have a series of case studies, where various users of the site post their five top-rated questions (or any five questions of ...
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Call to Sandbox Duty

The sandbox questions don’t do any good if the proposed questions don’t get any feedback. I’ve referred people to this sandbox, and the idea is to get better posts. For that to work we need to ...
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Risk Factor Definition: Too Story Based

We're going to look at merging the "Too Individual" and "Too plot based" close reasons into "Too Story Based". Keeping in mind the discussions from Risk Factor definition: Too Individual/Character ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Topic challenge: alien geometry

I propose an alien-geometry topic challenge. Its often hard to tweak the mathematics of a world (for example, you can't really make 2+2=5 in a reasonable way), but one way you can is by tweaking the ...
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So, about the swag

We've been asked by the moderators of Worldbuilding to investigate the current status of official Worldbuilding SE swag, given that the site has a design. We've gone to check with the design team - ...
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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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Sandbox for Proposed Answers

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where Worldbuilding.SE users can get feedback on prospective answers they are writing. This is useful because writing a clear and fully specified answer ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Worldbuilding SE is participating in Winter Bash 2015

Or, as they say, bring on the hats. We participated in the annual Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2014. Because everybody loves hats, we have decided to so again this year. Winter Bash 2015 will run from ...
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MathJax render failure in Suggested Edit queue

Now that we have MathJax, people are editing old posts to replace compromises with clear mathematical notation. I just approved an edit to this answer. In the Review Suggested Edits queue, selecting "...
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Worldbuilding Podcast #01 - The Pilot (No Pressure)

The Worldbuilding podcast The Factory Floor has released its first episode, available now for all your nerd needs and subsequent complaints. Episode 1 has James as host, and sees our esteemed cast ...
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Ontology of Question Types

With regards to the current discussions about "idea generation" and "what if" questions, I've written an ontology, or categorization of answer types. (Those with programming experience will ...
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Proposed addition to “Anatomically Correct” to establish Q quality expectations for the series

With TrEs-2b's blessing, I propose the following be added to his Meta question, Anatomically Correct Series, for the purpose of helping OPs understand the minimum requirements for and expectations of ...
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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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Why migrate a question to a stack on which it is even more off-topic than it already was?

I asked this question some hours ago, a question which turns out to be more complex and have more implications built into than is useful, so it was closed, that's fine by me. But then it was migrated, ...
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Worldbuilding Podcast #03 - Technology and Ewoks

Episode 3 is up! Thanks to Green, Nex and Art (Double thanks to Art since he does all the technical stuff) for making the podcast possible. In this episode we dream about what we would do with magic....
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Can you help review the answers on this popular question?

We have a question that at the time of writing has over 30 answers (including deleted ones): Is there any job that can't be automated? With that sort of scale it's likely that excellent answers ...
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Popping balloons (Burnination request)

I propose that we Burninate the balloon-whales tag. As of the current posting, there is 1 question using that tag. I think balloon-whales is too specific a tag for WB. A combination of flight + ...
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Please merge and perhaps synonymize [microgravity] and [zero-gravity] tags

We currently have zero-gravity and microgravity. As discussed in Do we need a micro-gravity tag separate from Zero-G?, in many situations these two are effectively the same thing. The tag wiki ...
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Please Don't answer and/or upvote “bad” questions (yet)

Exhibit 1 12th vs 21st century archers in a battle to death, who would survive? This is blatently off topic and anyone with some experience here would recognise that WB is not for random fiction ...
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Add feature to automatically add a notice to new questions

I added an answer to the question Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing? and wanted to raise this as a new Meta-Post to discuss as Tim B and dot_sp0t ...
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Tag synonym proposal: writing-systems -> language

Two tags are relevant here, language and written-material. Full tag wiki excerpts: language: For questions about the written or spoken language of a world. written-material: For questions about ...
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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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What makes a good “what would be the impact of X?” questions?

I see a lot of questions along the lines of "what would be the impact if X happened?" These seem to me to be skirting the edge of on-topic, even for our blessédly open-minded Worldbuilding site. So ...
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Does “What are the implications?…” = Idea generation?

[To be clear, plenty of good questions are posed: "what are the implications on _____", or "what are the _____impliations?" I've got no problem with those. It's the un-scoped "what are the ...
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Tag Wiki Edits not Showing

I recently made an edit to the "fantasy-based" tab. The edit shows up in the history of the tag wiki. But if I visit the tag wiki page it doesn't show anything there. Robert Cartaino approved the tag ...
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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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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Can we change the privilege page for “comment everywhere” to explicitly mention magic links?

Magic links for comments are great They allow you to very easily write helpful comments, as they allow you to link to each sites most important resources with very short links where you don't need to ...
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How can a question be “Too Story Based” if there is no story involved?

This question is currently on hold for being too story based; What would be a realistic timeline for these prosthetic related events? But, the problem I am having is, there is no story in the ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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World Building Podcast Episode #2: Aaaand Cut!

So we published Episode 2 today and though biased I have to say it is pretty entertaining. We chatted with Monica about her story, discussed questions from the site, built a world together and ...
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How to Make Universe Factory More Popular

The question is simple: What techniques or strategies must I need to support and publicize the Universe Factory blog site?
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Strange bug with the background art while writing a question

This is weird. While posting a question of mine today, I noticed the background "flickering" as I repeatedly typed and removed a space from the markdown for a bullet point. Without the space after ...
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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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Risk Factor Definition: Too Vague

One of the next most popular Risk Factor suggestions is Too Vague so this is a general discussion of that close reason. The main point to clarify is: Should questions be off topic for this reason If ...
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What should the requirements for tweetable questions be?

So what seems like an age ago now, I asked if we should have a community-run Twitter account. It seemed like the response to that was generally positive. A few of us have taken on the project of ...
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Can we improve the grammar of the canned comments?

Perhaps I'm nitpicking too much, but if the site is going to write a comment for me I'd like the grammar to be correct. For instance, if I select a possible duplicate for a question, the site, on my ...
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Is this vtc comment misrepresenting my actions?

I am wondering if the statement in the comment is correct or if it misrepresents the tiny edits and their timing? I think I've worked quite hard to not alter the question after the original post and ...
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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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Please make tags and meta tags visually different on meta and main

Now there is no visual distinction between bug and bug when used in comments, even if proper markup is applied ( [tag:bug] and [meta-tag:bug]). Even worse with ...
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Can the information about tag editing limits be posted publicly?

Whenever a user reaches their daily vote limit, there's a handy popup that tells them what the (upvote) limit is and when it will refresh. However, when a user reaches a more unusual daily limit - tag ...

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