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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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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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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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Use name doesn’t render in all browsers?

Evidently it’s possible to use characters or formatting codes in use names that don’t work on all platforms/browsers.
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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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Should these two questions about the absence of weapons be merged?

Here are two questions by the same user asking almost the same thing: How to justify the absence of weapons (originally asked here, still open) How can I justify the absence of weapons? (migrated ...
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Should topic challenges link to the previous challenge?

The very first thing I'm usually interested in when a new topic challenge arrives (and thus the previous one has ended) is the results of the previous challenge. However while the new one is easy to ...
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Deprecation of the modern-in-medieval tag

After a dicussion in WB chat, we decided to perform a tag cleanup/restructuring on the modern-in-medieval tag. (@MonicaCellio said it was okay) It was originally added in early April 2015 but has not ...
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Can we make topic challenges Community Wiki?

On the tenth topic challenge, just posted, we have some disagreement about the correct places to vote. The important part here is that there is some disagreement, not that it is about votes. This is, ...
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Collaborative project: How do we feel about licensing?

Over in the Collaborative project's chat room, we've been making some progress with the project to create free worlds for anyone to use. We've found a point that's hard to agree on - licence - as in ...
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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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2019: 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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Site background image flicker

While scrolling up/down a page, the background image no longer flows smoothly like it used to. At least, I thought it used to. The image to the left, of the robot and the person with the long hair ...
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Bug: Medal selection overlapped by tabs on user page

Earned a new badge today on Meta, but noticed that the option bar (is that the right term?) to select the next badge is partially hidden by the category tabs. Currently on Windows 10 using Chrome v. ...
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Why are the comment shorthand links not supported for answers as well?

While composing an answer to Sandbox style Meta for characters or story help? I noticed for the first time that the [something.se] shorthand link for denoting other stack exchange sites isn't ...
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Flags declined in the last 7 days...not?

So, I was going about my business on Worldbuilding today, when I tried to flag a post and found myself under a flag ban. While I was under a flag-ban previously, it had expired a few days earlier. I ...
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The End of "Life" as We Know It

The "Life" tag has had a long journey. In October 2014, the tag was first discussed in meta. We decided it was too ambiguous to consolidate with biology, because it can be used outside of that tag. ...
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Greg Egan does it again

Those who like reading this site will enjoy his latest universe. E.g. Here, we sketch a possible world within this universe. We won’t call it a “planet”, because that word carries too much baggage ...
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Cartography synonym of map-making

I have just proposed cartography as a synonym of map-making, can the community look at this and see what they think? I think cartography and map-making should be made synonyms because they are ...
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Why Not An Answer flag is sometimes unavailable?

Yesterday I encountered an answer I thought was not really an answer. I clicked Flag, and got only three options: spam rude or abusive in need of moderator intervention Due to lack of any other ...
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Is there actually any World-Building stack-exchange-merchandise or was when it was stated more of a hypothetical statement?

On the post for the worldbuilding stack exchange background, there was a snippet about potential merchandise Swag Worldbuilding poster, t-shirt, and coffee mug Is there anywhere to actually buy the ...
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How can I draw attention to a Sandbox item (proposed question posted as an answer)?

It is my very first encounter with the Sandbox which is a great idea especially for newbies. However I have noticed that I have received very little feedback for my item and I am wondering about what ...
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Long names break formatting in the badge list

I was scrolling through the list of awarded Revival badges out of curiosity and noticed something a bit strange: It appears that users with long names cause their user profiles (and the date the ...
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Notification drop down not counting all votes

It seems that it's missing a couple, this matched the app output as well. Though the main reputation gain tab is getting them all.
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Help requested to review a popular question

This question: Assassinate a semi-omniscient crime lord Now has 30+ answers. It would be helpful if members of the community who have the time available can go through all the answers and vote/flag ...
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Why has there been a recent surge in close votes to review?

On a normal day, I'll see two to four suggested closures in the review queue - but over the past week or so, it seems to have been much higher - seven? when I checked yesterday, and eleven today. Is ...
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Getting the most out of Community-Wiki Answers

So, a couple of times I have used Community Wikis for answers that didn't directly answer the question, but provided a good starting point for making a good answer. But it seems that no one actually ...
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Why was my question marked as a duplicate when the limits are obviously different?

My question has been marked as a duplicate despite extensive research and noting how my question differs from the questions I'd found. Does Capitalism and Democracy survive free energy and automation? ...
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Tag for cubeworld questions

With the recent duplicate question concerning a cubeworld, I realize that there are quite a few on cubes and other shapes with similar questions such as what the gravity would be like. And these ...
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"Why should I depend on my minions?" Being closed

This is getting annoying .... instead of asking the best place to hide, Im simply asking why would a evil lord depend on his minions. But I get a response like this, "This question demonstrates a ...
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Chrome app for Worldbuilding

So I've made a chrome app (see a screenshot here) that simply opens the web browser to the Worldbuilding SE. Since I have homepage set to chrome://apps/ and I visit WB frequently, I thought this would ...
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There is a wrapping bug for tag feed links

At the bottom of this page, I see the following: The blue words should really be "recently active technological-development feed", and the text should wrap. A similar effect shows up here for hard-...
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Are discussion oriented questions authorized?

I read this question: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/21161/cliche-world-who-would-you-be-and-why And I wondered if it were okay. Can we authorize questions which lead to ...
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Hard Science not-so-hard: wiping out humanity

The question How to wipe out humanity within a week? is marked with a hard-science. But, IMO neither the question, nor any of the answer really live up to the exigence. Or am I being too strict? ...
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Do we need [space-construct] and [space-station]?

So I had fun with space-questions, and learned we have a space-construct and space-station. It occurs to me that every spacestation is a space-construct. I can't immediatly immagine a spacestation ...
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"Page down" stops working after editing

OS: Windows 10 Browser: Firefox v. 68.4.1esr (32-bit) Problem: After editing a post, the "Page Down" key becomes unresponsive. After pressing the "Esc" key, the use of the "Page Down" key produces a ...
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Does the Worldbuilding Contribution Model follow Social Network Norms?

I've been working on preparing some lectures for my upcoming semester of Business Intelligence Systems at University of Canberra, and I wanted to add in some teaching on Social Network Analysis (SNA). ...
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New cosmology tag?

I am thinking of adding a new tag that might be helpful in Worldbuilding. One of the tags I am think of at the moment is cosmology. Cosmology For questions about the creation and development of ...
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Why do I sometimes see questions in the low quality review queue that I already flagged?

Sometimes I flag questions because I don't think they are a good fit for the site and these questions are later shown in my low-quality review queue. Why is that the case? I already flagged them and ...
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Mention the sandbox to first-time question askers

In hindsight, I would have asked my first question in the sandbox before asking it for real, because while I got a lot of answers, they were a bit disappointing. I've used other Stack Exchange sites, ...
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Is this question about humanity using genetic memory too broad?

Suppose humanity had the ability to access the genetic memories of their maternal line. The lives of ancestors on their mothers side could be open to them with a certain amount of training. The effect ...
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Why does flagging as "too broad" also count as "duplicate"?

I flagged a question as "too broad". Then I realized the author had previously posted the same question and decided to change my flag to "duplicate". I retracted the "broad" flag, but the user ...
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Why is this question opinion based?

(First time here, I hope I'm doing it right ;) ) It's about the original Beauty question. Why is it tagged as opinion based? There are several definitions of beauty, e.g. at Merriam Webster, that ...
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Does my answer fit the hard-science tag?

I'm currently having a dispute with JDługosz whether my answer to a question tagged hard-science actually meets the hard-science tag requirements. I'd be interested in what others here think about it....
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Should we have a "How to write the perfect answer?" discussion?

Sometimes, popular questions draw a large number of answers, and end up with answers that should be comments, or largely similar answers (some users prefer to write their own answers, even if they are ...
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Fitting a question to the scope: Counting Systems

This question was asked yesterday Developing Counting Systems It was voted off-topic: not about worldbuilding. And some comment even suggest to move it to Math.SE. One other user took it to him to ...

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