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In sadness, it is time for me to go

Friends, we've built an amazing place together. Our Worldbuilding community is awesome! It makes what I'm about to say bittersweet. Though it pains me deeply to leave my communities, I have decided ...
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Thoughts from Worldbuilding Stack Exchange moderators on the dismissal of Monica Cellio

On Friday, September 27th, Monica Cellio was removed from her position as a moderator without warning by Stack Overflow, Inc. She had been a moderator on Worldbuilding, Mi Yodeya, The Workplace, Beer ...
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Moderator resignation

The past several days have been turbulent across the Stack Exchange network, to say the least. In fact, more so than what has been the usual case even lately. The immediate situation came to a head ...
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Worldbuilding Site Design

I'm Kurtis, a product designer at Stack Exchange. First off, congratulations on your recent site graduation! Graduation and Your Site Design Graduation comes with a few perks. We have already begun ...
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Love you Worldbuilding, but I am hanging up my diamond

Been mulling this over for the past few months or however long its been, drama seems to stretch time out... Anyway, I am resigning my diamond. I've been hoping to see things improve since Monica was ...
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Site Design Launched!

Congratulations! As you can see, the new site design just went live. Thanks to everyone for your patience. Also updated are the newsletter template and chat room based off of the new design. If you ...
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New blog post: With My Conlang, I Would Not Fail (previous: Salvage - Part 2 of Landed)

Welcome to the newest post on Universe Factory, the blog of the Worldbuilding community: With My Conlang, I Would Not Fail, by Sean F. Larson In all the talking and back and forth talk, my principal ...
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So long, and thanks for all the fish

Today I'm sending an email to Stack Exchange resigning my moderator position. That's less dramatic than it sounds as I've been essentially retired for the past year but I have been helping out ...
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Save The Robot!

linked: What will we lose with the redesign? As said in this answer to site-changes, there is a possibility that we may lose these figures and the contruction-edge at the bottom of the page. ...
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Congratulations, Worldbuilding is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Worldbuilding met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined ...
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Anatomically Correct Series

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. 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 ...
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Reminder to close-voters

While conducting a normal review of the Reopen Review Queue, I was presented with this recent question. While I agree with the too-broad close reason, I was dismayed to notice that no comments had ...
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What does "- Reinstate Monica" mean?

So, I was looking around on Meta lately, and I saw a bunch of people with "- Reinstate Monica" in their usernames. What does this mean?
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Inactive Sandbox 2014-2017

This sandbox got a little full, so we've created some more. You should still link to this one as we will update it whenever a new one is created. Current Sandbox: Sandbox for proposed Questions ...
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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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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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Creating a realistic world Series

There are a series of questions that go through the process of creating a realistic world step-by-step. This is a series of questions that tries to break down the process of creating a world from ...
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Why is Worldbuilding Stack Exchange so good at answering questions?

This is written with my metaphorical mod hat fully off and hanging on the wall next to my real hats. I moderate two other Stack Exchange sites, History of Science and Mathematics and Mythology. They'...
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Is Worldbuilding a What If Site?

A few months back, my participation on this site dropped heavily for various reasons, most of them real life commitments. Now I've come back, and there's something I've noticed. When I left, the site ...
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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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What should be the subjects of our fortnightly topic challenges?

Worldbuilding is beginning its fortnightly topic challenges. In that trichoplax wrote As this question is already being used for answers on how to approach this, would it be clearer to have a ...
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Hard-science reminder on answering?

It would be a good idea if there could be a banner making note of the hard-science tag when entering an Answer. This is especially true with the influx of newcomers. reminder text I think it requires ...
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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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Inactive Sandbox 2017-18

In order to make the Sandbox easier to use, a new Sandbox question will be posted when the old one becomes too full. This Sandbox has been retired. You can check here for the full list of past and ...
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Inactive Sandbox 2019-2022

This version of the Sandbox is now Inactive. The next Sandbox is: Sandbox for proposed Questions Questions still active on January 1, 2023 will be automatically marked abandoned and closed.
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Should we ban posts using ChatGPT or similar software?

Recently, the chatbot ChatGPT was released and experienced a surge in popularity. It's reasonably good at mimicking humans, and it has a database of information to draw on. The upshot is that you can ...
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Should we turn Worldbuilding Stack Exchange into a Planet of Hats?

November is rapidly turning into December, but we still have one more event to get through before we look ahead to 2017 . . . Winter Bash! The year is rapidly coming to a close, which means even ...
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A Little negativity going on here? Downvotes and vote to close

Ok, throwing this out in Meta because I am noting a shift in...attitude? on the primary site. To begin. When I joined Worldbuilding, I found all manner of interesting puzzles and fun things to try to ...
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Brainstorming Worldbuilding Site Design

I'm Kurtis, and I'll be working on the new design for the graduated Worldbuilding site. As most of you are aware, each site within the Stack Exchange network gets its own unique theme while ...
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Please don't link to m.wikipedia.org

I have noticed that many users link to the Mobile Wikipedia rather than the Desktop Wikipedia. This is very irritating when reading on a desktop. Users of supported mobile devices are automatically ...
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Are the "spoon" questions on-topic? And should they be?

I'm not currently a particularly active user on Worldbuilding, although I've contributed a bunch of answer back when the site was new. I do, however, regularly visit several other sites on the Stack ...
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A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate

If you would like to discuss this or explain disagreements, or want clarification please feel free to join this chatroom. The moderators have discussed the recent re-invigoration of the on or off ...
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Should this be a high-voting site?

This is a question that I remember was brought up on another site (I think it was the late Digital Preservation site, but I could be wrong about that part), and which I think is worth considering ...
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So, is that it for Monica? What does the Dec 23 update mean for the future?

On Dec 23, 2019, Monica posted on her GoFundMe page that she has no further need for donations to cover legal expenses. She linked to the Stack Exchange Meta post where SE says they have come to an ...
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Real Life cannot be an overriding limitation on any question unless specifically requested

I have finally found the perfect question to kick-start this discussion concerning what I believe is a growing undesirable behavior on Worldbuilding How can the Sea of Japan be drained? The OP wasn'...
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Moderators Pro Tempore IN SPAAAAACE!

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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One Year of Building Worlds

Today, Worldbuilding SE celebrates its first anniversary. It was announced, and the day has come finally. As part of the celebrations for the anniversary, a blog has been launched and several members ...
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Naming our robot

So we have this poster, and I am curious to know what you all think we should name our robot. Please, one post, with one name suggestion per person. We don't want this to get too far out of hand.
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

See also: When should I close a question as "Too Story Based"? Asking about plot elements such as the actions of characters, rather than about the world in which your story takes place, is ...
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Have any answers made it into published fiction?

A lot of the questions asked here are by writers working on a story, or people working on some other project. The cynic in me tends to imagine these as doomed hobby projects that never get finished. ...
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Congratulations Worldbuilders - all systems green

I don't want anyone to start expecting any immediate graduation from beta (that can take years) but on Sunday our Area51 stats hit Excellent in the final category. We've been on excellent everywhere ...
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What worlds are you currently building?

Here on the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, we very often work to help others design their worlds, but we rarely ask what those worlds are like. I'm sure I'm not the only user who wants their world to ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Worldbuilding's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 4 new moderators are: They will become your moderator team shortly. Please thank them for ...
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What's wrong with "idea generation" questions?

We now have a dedicated "Idea Generation" close vote/flag reason!! What does it mean? What is the problem with "idea generation" questions?
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What to do about unstoppable questions?

There have been several questions which are in the form "I created this unstoppable ability for my bad guy, how can I defeat him?" Examples are: How do you defeat a time-stopping Dark Lord? ...
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We have a blog!

As you may have seen, over the past couple of weeks, Worldbuilding has been building not a world, but a blog. The setup of that blog is now complete! You can come and visit us now. We've got a ...
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A quick word of thanks for the WB Community

I know this is probably off-topic, but whatever. I had no better place to put this. Most of the time I'm on the SE network, I just go back and forth between a few sites, reading things that catch my ...
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Announcement: AI generated content banned on Worldbuilding

Community discussion has been taking place on WB Meta concerning our position on AI generated content: Should we ban posts using ChatGPT or similar software? Because of the outcome of the discussion ...
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What do users from other Stack Exchange sites think of Worldbuilding Stack Exchange?

We have had a lot of questions reach the Hot Network Questions list recently, which is probably related to the current topic challenge, religion. This means that there are a lot of outside viewers ...
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A proposal for helping users understand frame challenges

Frame challenges have long been considered acceptable here at worldbuilding.SE However, I believe many users don't understand what a frame challenge is or how to appropriate present a challenge as a ...
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