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Why Everyone Should Help in the Sandbox

This post exists because SE no longer has community advertising. I expect the post to be closed and removed, but I hope a bunch of people will see it first. What is the Sandbox? The Sandbox is a page ...
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Why close hypothetical question about possible history of Venus?

IMHO, this question should not be closed: If ancient Venus really were once habitable, what was its atmospheric composition and average surface temperature? The question asks for a specific, non-...
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Help Center Upgrade: How do we feel about the word "Plausible" and its synonyms?

Before I get going into deeper policy questions, I need a good referendum on how we feel toward the word "plausible" and any of its synonyms (realistic, possible, "as real as possible,&...
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I have nominated "guns" as a synonym of "firearms"

EDIT: Thanks for your votes! The synonym was approved. I have nominated guns (31 questions) to be a synonym of firearms (162 questions). You can vote for or against here. This is postedin Meta ...
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How do I edit a question that was open-ended without discrediting one of the original questions

So I'm new to this site and I tried to ask a question about possible powers someone with electromagnetic manipulation could do and listed off powers I know he already would have, but I was told it was ...
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My question was falsely removed as rude and abusive

This question has recently been deleted as rude and abusive for what appears to be no real reason. While I must admit it isn't my finest work and probably should have been closed as 'Opinion-Based', ...
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Help Center Upgrade: The Future of Storybuilding

Thank you for your help reviewing the first post: We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts We've got an idea ...
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When should a question with the `hard-science` tag be on one of the Science SE sites?

The hard-science tag is very vague on when it should be used. Yes, there's a wiki on the main site here that says how to use it on this site, but what 'markers,' if you will, suggest whether a ...
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A request to undelete my answer

My answer to the question Can an Alcubierre drive be built by starlifting? was deleted as not providing an answer to the question. This is factually untrue. And since our goal is to help you with an ...
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Is there any high concept question test more specific than the book test?

To clarify first, I'm not trying to get rid of this policy. I'm just trying to ask if there are any better signs that something might be high concept before I waste my time and the curators time ...
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Should we do something about some lesser used and practially synonymous tags?

There's a lot of very little used tags with no tag wiki that are used on practically identical questions. I think we should make a lot of them synonymous considering there's no reason i can see for ...
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We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts

@HDE226868 has agreed to help us update the Help Center pages. I believe it's time for a fairly thorough review of what we want for the next stage in the Stack's lifespan. It's an opportunity we're ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Do we want to enable a banner stating that AI content is banned on WB.SE?

There is a post on Meta.Stackexchange stating that it is now possible for SE sites to enable a banner that states that AI content is banned or must be cited. Since AI Content is banned on ...
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How can we make the "where to site a backup colony" question more focused?

The refers to the question If 30% of global military spending for the next 30 years were instead spent on an "intelligent life" backup colony, where should we site it and why? [closed]. The ...
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WB Stack Moderator Referendum?

I miss the Worldbuilding stack. I left because I did not like getting my ideas deleted by moderators. And it occurred to me: what if WB stack had different moderators? I think the current ...
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Should we burn the Tactics tag?

The tactics tag has 140 questions and is defined as: Summary For questions about short term actions, often in a military context. Consider also [military]. Wiki Empty A quick review of questions ...
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Is this question asking "Which of these federal agency would investigate an unmanned, radioactive UFO crash" acceptable?

I'll keep this brief: In a previous post on the official site, it was brought to my attention that the question, linked here (Which Law Enforcement/Government Agencies Would Be Called to Respond to ...
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Alternate reality, is seeking help to understand reality permissible?

Alternate reality requires understanding reality, should we help? Worldbuilding Stack Exchange exists to help users in their worldbuilding. One particular branch of worldbuilding is alternate reality, ...
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Advice: What is Worldbuilding?

The official statement about worldbuilding in the Help Center is this: Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a site for designers, writers, artists, gamers and enthusiasts to get help creating imaginary ...
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What are some alternatives to Worldbuilding Stack Exchange that are “brainstorming sites”?

I will admit, I’m not in the best mood after this, so I’m going to keep this streamlined to avoid me losing my cool and turning this question into a rant full of… choice words. Either way, I’m asking ...
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Please take a moment to clear outdated comments from the Sandbox

My sincere thanks to everyone who participates in the Sandbox! We've built up a growing list of deleted posts (very normal!) and they could use a bit of maintenance to keep the web page from becoming ...
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Are frame challenges in comments disallowed, and if so by what policy, and can this be more clearly communicated to users?

(I am setting this up as a separate question to focus on this issue alone, without being mixed with other stuff.) It has recently come to my attention that at least some moderators consider frame ...
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Problematic moderation actions

On this question What would the effects of a space based laser weapon system capable of tracking and destroying any projectile posing a threat to human life? there were a series of what I'd consider ...
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Can we include a "spherical-cow" tag?

I recently added a spherical-cow tag to the list of available tags, and applied it to an excellent candidate, but it was removed. You could call this a "why" or "why not" question, ...
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We've suddenly begun beating the snot out of new(ish) users - and that's saying something coming from me

Two things have changed recently. A lot of new users have begun using the site. Not surprisingly, they're not seriously reading the tour or the Help Center. And none of them save one are showing up ...
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Is there a rule prohibiting “follow-ups” [duplicate]

My question was closed, with my requests for reopening being declined even after resolving every concern presented, except one. This stated that I cannot have multiple answers, with the person stating ...
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Proposal : An automated "tutorial" notification for new users with low-score posts

Prior note While in most cases a proposal's score is a clear indicator of how much it is accepted, it will be hardly the case here. Indeed, we're talking about new user engagment here, and newcomers -...
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Why was my answer to "Can selective breeding maximize human intelligence without major complications?" deleted?

The answer in question. I started writing it when the question was still open, poured 4 hours of work into it, it got 5 upvotes, and then... it was silently closed while I was sleeping, with a ...
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How to limit the range of answers to questions which are not technically considered opinion based?

TLDR; Specifically this is about the last mile problem, not about opinion basis. Though I'll grant that opinion basis is related and perhaps implicit. Note: I may be incorrect in my interpretation of ...
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Merge Middle-Ages and Medieval tags

middle-ages and medieval are exactly synonymous. They are two different names for the time period and culture of Europe between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. I suggest keeping Medieval as it ...
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Should we have a [role] tag?

There are a lot of questions asking after a potential role for a certain creature or device. Since other tags will narrow down potential use (which is nevertheless usually beneficial to prevent ...
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What happened to the "tour" button?

I believe this picture should help understand the issue at hand : Tour button? Toouurr buuttooon? I cannot find the button to reach the tour anymore, even though it is still accessible by direct ...
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What are the limits of open-endedness, hypotheticality, and encouragement of "discussion-based or extremely long answers", are they too subjective?

Per the tour on the main stack, querents should not ask "Questions with too many possible answers or that would require an extremely long answer". Also, per the help center, querents should ...
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Allow internal-consistency tags with science-fiction, science-based, or hard-science tags

The internal-consistency tag currently reads: For questions that ask if a given concept is consistent, or being used consistently, in the context of the referenced world rules. Answers should say yes ...
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What did I do wrong and how to know if my question got reviewed

I had a question here https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/250438/106249 and it said it is getting reviewed how do I know if its been done. Also what did I do wrong in this question.
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Will we have a Holiday Bountapalooza this year?

The holiday bountapolooza is (was... shall be again...) an invitation to search for and place bounties on deserving questions and/or answers. It not only helps get people in the mood to post bounties ...
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What do you think about a fake bounty? (this isn't exactly click-bait...)

I would like to draw attention to one and, eventually, more questions that I've posted that have community wiki answers. The Bounty system isn't really designed for that, but it's the most obvious way ...
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Why do people link the word "edit" in their comments?

Open question. I'm curious why some people make the word "edit" in their comments a hyperlink to the edit action. Particularly why they do when responding to users who are not exactly new to ...
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Restore space-exploration as a separate tag from space-travel

I have been working on a story for some time similar to Andy Weir’s Hail Mary Pass that involves deep space observation in search of a probe target and as very often happens I have to use three of my ...
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Restore the aerodynamics tag as distinct from flight

The overlap between aerodynamics and flight is far too small to link these categories as synonyms. Only a small subset of things which fly (in fictional worlds) rely on a subset of aerodynamic ...
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Do we need to attribute the work of others if we include it in our posts?

I've noticed that some users on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange include images and text in their posts, either questions or answers, that are sourced from elsewhere and are not their own work. As a ...
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Why, exactly, was Robert's answer deleted?

Regarding this answer, which I'll duplicate here in the case of people who can visit Meta but can't see deleted content. There is a significant debate about this going on in the scifi community. We ...
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(Not so?) Suspicious Deletion of Suspicious AI Generated Responses

Regarding this question, in light of this policy. I think we can all agree in principle that AI generated text has no real place here in Worldbuilding, with the possible exception of queries about AI ...
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Chat is back! The Factory Floor is once again open for business

Stack Exchange has historically distinguished itself from forums by following a very matter-of-fact philosophy: questions, answers, comments, and no chit-chat. While this helps folks get answers to ...
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When are comments needed?

Recently, I decided to clean up some old comments that should not be needed. I decided to go for low hanging fruits first, and went for comments starting with "welcome" which either did not ...
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Advice: real facts vs. worldbuilding rules

There is a LOT of information in the world and unlike the days of yore, it's available instantly. Most of that information is good. Some of it is bad. Some of it is really bad. But even if we only ...
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Policy Proposal: We do not engineer technologies

We are receiving questions asking for us to factually invent an idea or technology with increasing frequency. The questions are usually asked by people with insufficient education but a strong desire ...
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Trying to understand why a relevant post with a peer-reviewed paper directly linked to was considered "low quality"

The structure of this website makes it every difficult to speak to people on the other side of a set of moderation buttons, leading to confusion and infuriation. This is one such situation where peer-...
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Regarding tags related to nuclear phenomena

I noticed that we have both the strong-force and weak-force tags, both of which I feel should be absorbed by the nuclear tag. I also noticed we have both the radioactivity and radiation tags. In this ...
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