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Should we think long and hard about [sex]?

(pun in title intended) There is a question posted about intimate relationship between members of different species: What would be the most comfortable position for mermaids and humans to engage in ...
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What should be done with tag darwiniv?

Today I noticed that there are some questions using the tag darwiniv The questions are all asked by the same user, and revolve around that planet. How do you feel about the tag, and what should be ...
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Is it possible to make an edit and put it in the review queue (after gaining the auto-approve privilege)?

Okay, silly billy question, but it seems that because I have a high-enough score, my edits on questions and answers which are not mine are auto-approved. But if I wish to just have a second opinion ...
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How to hide closed questions when searching for questions to answer

It seems many of the questions here end up closed. Having most of my searches consist largely of closed questions makes finding questions I can answer even harder and more tedious. (Rarely will will a ...
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Are there no universe factory editors anymore?

Around a 10 months ago I made a post asking about what happened to universe factory. HDE 226868♦ informed me that he was really the only editor left and that activity had died down due to a few things....
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Is WB going to be opting-in to the new editor?

I noticed that SE is testing out a new rich text editor, similar to the one used by Reddit. Will the beta be available in Worldbuilding, or will we need to wait until it gets out of testing?
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Are nick names the place for propaganda

As I got more information on the situation, I'm able now to formulate the question, originally was point C in that question. originally it was asked as follows: what it all about for reinstating ...
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would like have some clarifications on what's going on here and on wb in general

there are few aspects on which would like to have some clarifications. A I would like to see how those two questions are duplicate: How much would take and cost to construct a building/tower that ...
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Do atmospheric physics questions fit here?

Questions I have asked in Physics Stack Exchange were closed and I was referred to Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. Does questions regarding evaporation from the oceans fit here? I am going to ask about ...
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Can I post tidbits of lore from the world I'm building here for feedback, or is this more about asking about the worldbuilding itself? [duplicate]

I'm working on a world that I'd like to make into a video game someday. I'd like a place to post information about it so I can get feedback, suggestions, etc. Is this the place for that? If not, where ...
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I think I got a badge by mistake

I got the steward badge twice for reviewing the closure queue. I enjoy getting them as much as Muttley does, but I want to earn them fairly. I thought it was given only once per queue, and even if it ...
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Why? What? A quick refresher on suspended accounts

Preface The main motivation for this is an explanation request received from a user after being contacted from a mod. Since the explanation for the user, which is the core of what is written below, ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Minimum necessary context for answering questions and interlinked questions on Worldbuilding SE

Something I've noticed recently on Worldbuilding SE is an increase in the number of interlinked questions that require reading the parent question in order to get complete context for answering the ...
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Synonymizing the werewolf and shape-shifters tag

We currently have two tags, werewolf and shapeshifters, which have a very large amount of overlap with the former more or less being a subset of the latter. There are only seven questions on the ...
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Creating a specific tag for questions set in a "real world" or "real world"-esque setting

A lot of stories are set in worlds that are like reality unless noted. These are settings in which the geopolitical situation is virtually identical to the modern world (minus the presence of a few ...
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What would you have wanted to know at the beginning?

You're a seasoned worldbuilder. We're about to embark on our first build. What are some of the most crucial things you've learned that you wish you knew at the start?
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Debate on the relevance of law-related questions

I've seen a couple law-related questions closed recently for being "not worldbuilding", not all of them my own, so I would appreciate a clarification of the rules. I have identified several ...
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Is there any way to make this question on-topic?

So, you know the whole "If humans play Dungeons and Dragons, what would dragons play?" joke. You probably also know that I made a question about it. Would the "Rule Lawyers" pen-...
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What does "hidden gems" mean in the Late Answers review queue?

When I'm in the Late Answers review queue on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, it says to "watch for hidden gems." What does that mean?
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Should Tag Synonyms require Moderator Approval As well as a Rating of 4?

As an aside, I notice there's a tag named, "tag" which is not a synonym of, "tags." I would suggest making it a synonym via the site-feature I just got as a privilege... but I can'...
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Are we too harsh on the so-called "opinion-based" questions?

Let me start from the disclaimer that I understand perfectly well that questions like "what color an invading alien armada spaceships would be" or "what would my superhero decide to do ...
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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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How can laser color printers weigh far less?

I have a question about my Worldbuilding Stack Exchange post: How can laser color printers weigh far less? How can I make this on topic, please? If I had an answer to this I would make money out of ...
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Are there any countries as "worldbuilding" as Australia?

Just a curious Australian. Are there any other countries that get referenced as frequently as Australia does? Australia got mentioned in an answer yesterday to "How can massive forest burning be ...
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Modifying the Evolution tag wiki

I believe I've finally figured out why I dislike "How can X evolve?" questions and what to do about it. I believe the proposal would help with the questions tremendously — at least if anyone ...
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Is WB.SE participating in the Hat Contest?

Good news! The Winter Bash has started! Will WB.SE be participating this year?
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Hacking concerns

I have noticed that many of my questions on Quora and things from files on my home pc seem to keep popping up on this site, as if someone on here has been watching me and they are not making it a ...
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Are there any standards for quality here?

Yet again, we have a question tagged science-based that falls under "evidently impossible with 5 minutes of basic research" category. Not only is it allowed to remain open, it gets highly ...
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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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Why are 'plausible magic' questions so poorly received?

Let's say I have a question such as the following: I want my race of fantasy avians to have a crest of beautiful, long, iridescent feathers. If I don't care how they came to be in the first place (...
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Disputing a Policy: Question Edits Cannot Invalidate Answers

Worldbuilding is the only Stack I am aware of that discourages improving a question if it invalidates answers. I could be wrong about that, but what it does is suggest that answers are more important ...
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What am I doing wrong in this question?

I posted this question about cool-looking yet ineffective weaponry, and am confused as to why I have down votes. There are no close votes, and I'm 90% sure I'm following all the guidelines. It isn't ...
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IS this question "hard science" tagged, or not? The interface shows conflicting information [duplicate]

in question: How to avoid boats on a mainly oceanic world? The question shows the pop-up box warning of HARD SCIENCE . . . Yet the actual tags do not include "hard science", only "...
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Why is my question "too story-based"?

I recently asked this question. The controversial topic of the question aside (yes, I get that it's torture; I very explicitly said to keep it clinical), I was rather surprised to find that it was ...
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Is Universe Factory still alive?

It's simple, for a while now, Universe Factory (both the room and the site) shows no signs of life, which makes me sad. Now, I'm not saying I have much to post, in fact, making a 4-minute read ...
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SO sorry, i did not know this spot was reserved [closed]

I thought this was a venue where people could share ideas, help people with questions, and generally contribute. Unfortunately, I find that this is not a friendly playground. NO, the traditional ...
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Let me know what part of my question is opinion-based so I can fix it

How corrupt can a meritocratic government be without being perceived as such? I would like to know what's the opinion-based part of it, so that I may fix it (by replacing it with narrower and more ...
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Reminder to reviewers

Quite often, when browsing through the review queue history, I stumble upon cases where the reviewers apparently didn't do any real review but just clicked on "no action needed". The latest ...
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Past Username Registry

It's a simple fact that since Stack Exchange allows us to change our usernames, we do so occasionally. While I support this practice, it can be annoying on occasion, as it can confuse others and ...
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Are comments for suggested, but inadequate, answers?

I don't want to turn this into some sort of witch hunt on the example I've come across. So unless it's absolutely necessary I'll leave that out of this question. The question had a hard science tag, ...
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Policy Recommendation: We recommend that users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer

For some time we have had an unofficial policy that we recommend users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer. This unofficial policy has been transmitted through comments, usually ...
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The source(s) for my answer are NSFW. Should I link my sources?

I recently self-censored an answer, and I'm wondering if i should have. Regarding this question: Is it a good idea to shove your arm down a werewolf's throat if you only want to incapacitate them? ...
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What's up with the [worldbuilding-process] tag?

It seems like worldbuilding-process is just tacked on questions that it doesn't belong on. Some of these are just poor questions entirely, but many seem to be good worldbuilding questions about ...
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What is the genesis of ‘Obligatory XKCD’?

I have a simple and lighthearted but (I suspect) non-trivial question. Having seen the phrase ‘Obligatory XKCD’ a lot recently and used it often myself (There’s a lot of overlap between WB.SE and the ...
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Do bad questions get tracked?

Basically, should I be worried about how many of my questions were rejected? Is there some sort of "mod closed 5 of your question so we're banning you for a week" type of punishments?
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When should I repost a question with modification versus editing an existing one?

I now realize that I've asked the wrong question here and was about to edit it to ask what languages I could combine to get the desired effect, but that's a pretty different question than how to make ...
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Help me understand the required level and relevance of "worldbuilding context" in questions that can be answered with real-world science

I want to ask in the context of the now-infamous gerrymandering question, which got removed because it did not do enough worldbuilding. It's not my question, and I have zero interest in seeing it put ...
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Should I accept the best answer or the answer I use?

I've gotten tons of different answers that were really helpful on my instant delivery time travel question, but I've come to a rather hard decision to make. I want to use one answer in the story, but ...
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Migration of Gerrymandering question

Can someone explain why the linked Anti-Gerrymandering question was migrated to Politics.SE? Build an Anti-Gerrymandering Political System It already had a wealth of answers, so obviously a number of ...

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