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Can I ask about invasions?

What we can hopefully agree on: Worldbuilding is about working out general systems and rules, not specific situations or plots. Warfare is a condition composed of many different discrete instances ...
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What do we call animals with lungs and three-part legs?

I'd like to ask some questions about a type of animal with a very complex anatomy. Due to the complexity and uniqueness, it'd be hard to list out all the characteristics on every question about them, ...
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What are we supposed to do when someone doesn't understand your question?

What are we supposed to do when a question we ask receives an answer that doesn't help answer the question? There are multiple ideas on the proper response, which end up summing together to the rule ...
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Policy proposal: Questions about names and the process of deriving names are off-topic

I visited What calendar can be used for Venus, Mercury and moons of Jupiter and Saturn? and realized that a policy of the Stack had been left off A Concise List of "The Rules": the policy ...
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A Concise List of "The Rules"

"The rules" are spread across a number of locations. This post is an attempt to bring the basics of what this Stack expects of questions together into one place. Before I begin, please let ...
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Clarification concerning a loophole in the Real World Question policy

Policy Reference: A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate Enlightening Comment: A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate ...
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The description of 'science-based' and 'hard-science', as it is now, allows interpretations outside mutual exclusivity

Personal view on the problem: mutual exclusivity is is not strongly enough suggested by the language use by the description of science-based and ...
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How do we know if a question is "good enough" for us to be ALLOWED to answer it?

I have now been reprimanded a couple of times for answering a "bad question". How am I to know when a question can be answered, so that I can avoid the embarrassment of being reprimanded for ...
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Proposing a tag for worldbuilding questions that use existing worlds

I think that the current complete ban on third-party/licensed worlds is overzealous. Research is not worldbuilding Firstly, a question like "How do lightsabers work in Star Wars?" should ...
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Why the rule against third party worlds?

There is a rule against asking questions about worlds and features from third party works, and I find this rule to be unhelpful for numerous reasons. While there is some explanation here, there are ...
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What is this spam on my old question?

I notice two separate spambot answers to my question at Ways to make contact with aliens on a much larger size scale? that appear to be the same idea, with the same perpetrator though completely ...
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Why can't we ask about the use of anatomical features?

This stack exchange is about worldbuilding. Specifically it is for making sure that the features of your world are sensible and realistic/logical. I assumed that this purpose included asking for the ...
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Why can I only ask one question per post?

Whenever I'm going to post something, I end up asking a lot of questions because I want to resolve as many doubts as I can..I've already canceled three/four questions because of this and I'm about to ...
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King is back or Should diamond users define behavior of everyone else in case of this Q as an example [closed]

Can we fulfill the world electricity production by nuclear power? Content of the q, just in case, nothing special: Nuclear energy is a form of energy released from the nucleus, the core of atoms, ...
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What should edits that do nothing but change pronouns in a edit count as?

I've recently found 2 edits in my edit queue that were nothing but changing all the pronouns from he/him to they/them. I don't know what to mark these edits as. They don't improve or make the question ...
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How can I improve my evolution question?

The question in question is: Why would terrestrial, rodent-sized sapient mammals evolve to be hairless? Please correct me if I am mistaken, but worldbuilding SE has accepted questions of this sort for ...
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More responsibility for VTC's

At one point I made the following question: Creating a scientifically semi-valid super-soldier, part 1: Skeleton At first it was an amalgemation of many questions and got VTC'd (the first answer is ...
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What is a duplicate?

What counts and does not count as a duplicate? From what I have read (mainly the answers to this question), essentially a question is a duplicate if it can't be answered in a way unique from other ...
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Accepted Answers - to pin or not to pin? New Se feature, a per site option, may be coming

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Currently, the original poster of a ...
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What is so wrong with this question?

This question was closed and since then has had no sign of interaction. I've edited it to solve all the solvable problems given in the comments, so what else must I do to get it reopened?
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Penises = rude and abusive?

I was looking at this question Designing a low technology flamethrower with limited resources and on a whim decided to see why an answer (deleted by "Community") was rude and abusive. https:/...
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Should we warn about (presumably unintended) parallels with racist tropes?

Somebody asked a question asking about a fictional humanoid race. To my eyes, the premise of this fictional race has strong parallels with a real-world early 20th century racist stereotype of African-...
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Are we doing a cleanup effort for old questions?

Is there a cleanup effort on old questions going on? Today I got a comment out of the blue on a question I asked five years ago. This stack was a very different place then, and the question would be ...
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Can we ask OPs for a story-building side questions, if they are completely not important to provide answer?

Can someone explain me what is wrong with this my question: The maximum possible human population in fifty years, if we build up all the land I have asked a simple theoretical (?) question for a ...
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Died of a Theory: A Challenge for Too Story Based and Fishing for Ideas Questions

I wanted to test a theory. I wanted to see what would happen if a question that asked for a narrow list of ideas would react on the site now that a week or two of my previous meta post asking how to ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

Being the most creative and imaginative Stack in the Stack Exchange library has a handful of disadvantages. Stack Exchange's basic behavior is to expect a single objective and answerable question that ...
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feedback on the q - why it is off-topic

I am still interested in that the little q I have A big primitive computer in orbit, very big, powerfull but old technologies from 80's, what is a potential fiat money value for its use? but ...
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The unnatural hair colour question is not a duplicate

This question about dyeing hair into unnatural colour using medieval technologies was closed as a duplicate of this question asking about dyeing red hair into a natural colour in a similar setting. ...
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Does the Stack wish to allow questions concerning the profession of worldbuilding?

EDIT: It appears that the question in question has been closed, then reopened, then closed again, and is a vote into reopening it a second time. We're pretty divided about permitting questions about &...
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I request to open my question again or explain why it's worse than 90% of other questions here

What is the reason behind the First Iron Law of necromancy, "In order to raise the dead you must be dead yourself"? Private feedback: "This question does not appear to be about ...
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Why was this question "unsuitable for this site"

https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/revisions/207782/1 Why was this question originally closed for being "Not suitable for this site"? Question pasted below: What is the reason behind ...
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Are the Science-Fiction and Hard-Science tags mutually exclusive?

A July 2022 renovation of the reality-check tag and others has changed the context of this question. It is now obsolete. Please see the following question and the link under "Conclusion." If ...
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I have no idea whatsever why my question was closed as too-story based, it was pure worldbuilding. I request to reopen it!

What is the reason behind the iron law of necromancy, "In order to raise the dead you must be dead yourself"? "You are asking questions about a story set in a world instead of about ...
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I think we lack "necromancy" tag

I was suprised that there is yet no necromancy tag on WorldBuilding. Please, consider creating it on WorldBuilding, as users can be seeking questions specifically about necromancy for their ...
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What is it supposed to mean when a question is closed for need of details or clarity?

This question was closed as needing more detail/clarity. Looking at the various descriptions of this reason, I have come to the conclusion that the solution would be to edit to add more details and ...
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Should the Science-Based tag demand (similar to Hard-Science) that all world rules adhere to real-life science?

A July 2022 renovation of the reality-check tag and others has changed the context of this question. It is now obsolete. Please see the following question and the link under "Conclusion." If ...
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How to prevent suggestions on reality check?

The tag reality-check states: Asks if a given concept is realistic in a given context. Answers should say yes or no, with supporting info. However I seem to be getting suggestions on alternatives ...
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Is this edit proper form for editing or was my edit out of line?

In this question here: What would a therapist be able to do with the ability to read people's dreams? I made a couple readability edits to spacing and added a recap as a form of TL;DR reiterating the ...
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Is a question with an implausible or logically flawed premise opinion-based?

This question here: If Spider Were the Size of Horses, What Sound Would They Make? It was met with a VTC by AlexP because "the giant spider can make any sounds required by the story". See ...
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We need a community ad to promote creating and voting on community ads

Is it just me, or has participation in Meta dropped off a lot over the last two years? It always seemed like about 10%-15% of users active on Main were also active on Meta. Now it feels more like 1%. ...
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Just made a chatroom for alternative history

Basically, talk about anything you want, as long as it's more-or-less related to the topic. https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/126931/alternative-history-discussion
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Im I ruining genre recognition when I deconstructed supernatural creatures to be Mutants I.E. X men?

Deconstruction is a terrible word to use here. But the only word I can think of to describe my world. But anyway genre recognition is when the audience can understand what genre a movie or tv show ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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How should we handle possibly legally/morally sensitive topics?

This question was triggered by this one : Appstore application to assassinate anyone. I have a lot of troubles dealing with it. Quoting it, the core of the question is something akin to that (Know you ...
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Found two Horned Humanoid Questions

Found two Horned Humanoid Questions... From oldest to newest... I can't find a point of differentiation, except mine, the older one, requiring it be neither "horns = sexy" or actually being ...
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Why does WB.SE treat social sciences as non-existent?

I do not know how to talk about it politely, please excuse my bluntness. This question (Can gender identity exist in a world without gender roles?) is the perfect example that the WB.SE community ...
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Can we have a standardized system for determining how specific tags can be?

I have been on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange for slightly over a year and I have realized that many very specific and rarely used tags exist. On the other hand, certain topics only have very broad tags ...
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Character's capabilities or not?

I wonder how do you read this question: How far could a peak social manipulator go? A Rogue Ant. and I had a discussion in the comments and came to a realisation that we read this question in two ...
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What happened to the chat rooms?

So, I put a temporary hiatus on my activity on StackExchange to try out Reddit. I go back, and this place had become a ghost town, even the factory floor. What happened?
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Testing 3-vote Closures & Reopenings and the Value of Closing Questions

Stack Exchange is testing the use of 3-vote close-voting & reopen-voting. This is an important issue that everyone on this Stack should be aware of. We ended up with five votes to close based on ...
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