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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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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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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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Welcome to new moderators Michael and James!

Due to increasing needs and request for handling the load on Worldbuilding, we've been requested to get new moderators into the site. However, as it's not really been that long since your last ...
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Congratulations, Worldbuilding!

Congratulations, Worldbuilders. Today we hit a total of 20,000 questions on the main site! Good job on this milestone, everyone, and keep those questions coming!
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PSA: Please use those flags!

While it's still as true as ever that flags and close votes are not super downvotes (or even super delete votes; standard policy for moderators in response to "please delete this" flags is to decline),...
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Published works based on questions/answers from Worldbuilding.SE

Has anyone published a game, story, or picture that's partially based on questions and/or answers from Worldbuilding.SE? The definition of publish is very loose -- it can include stories published on ...
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The Sandbox will need extra attention

Today I discovered what I can only describe as the juvenile nonsense surrounding Monica Cellio's dismissal as a moderator. I've spent hours wading through it and almost coming to tears over it. No ...
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Case Study Series

As discussed in chat and based on Tim B's recent post , I'd like us to have a series of case studies, where various users of the site post their five top-rated questions (or any five questions of ...
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Public Service Announcement: Don't edit out links from spam posts

Twice in a row today: posts flagged as spam, with no spammy content in them because someone edited out their links. Please, don't! Flag spam as spam and let the moderators handle it. I understand ...
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Call to Sandbox Duty

The sandbox questions don’t do any good if the proposed questions don’t get any feedback. I’ve referred people to this sandbox, and the idea is to get better posts. For that to work we need to ...
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Risk Factor Definition: Too Story Based

We're going to look at merging the "Too Individual" and "Too plot based" close reasons into "Too Story Based". Keeping in mind the discussions from Risk Factor definition:...
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2018: 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, in ...
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We need more editors

How am I supposed to earn the badge for approving edits if the only people making edits are those whose edits don’t need approval?! :-) Ok... more seriously: I think more users in our community ...
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So, about the swag

We've been asked by the moderators of Worldbuilding to investigate the current status of official Worldbuilding SE swag, given that the site has a design. We've gone to check with the design team - ...
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Worldbuilding SE is participating in Winter Bash 2015

Or, as they say, bring on the hats. We participated in the annual Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2014. Because everybody loves hats, we have decided to so again this year. Winter Bash 2015 will run from ...
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So let's talk about burning the fantasy-based tag

But first... required reading, a question asked two days into private beta. We have come a long way since then and I think that we need to have a serious talk about what fantasy-based really means. ...
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Sandbox for Proposed Answers

What is the Sandbox? This "Sandbox" is a place where Worldbuilding.SE users can get feedback on prospective answers they are writing. This is useful because writing a clear and fully ...
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Topic challenge: alien geometry

I propose an alien-geometry topic challenge. Its often hard to tweak the mathematics of a world (for example, you can't really make 2+2=5 in a reasonable way), but one way you can is by tweaking the ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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MathJax render failure in Suggested Edit queue

Now that we have MathJax, people are editing old posts to replace compromises with clear mathematical notation. I just approved an edit to this answer. In the Review Suggested Edits queue, selecting "...
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Should we rename [spaceflight] to [space-travel]?

While looking at my own answer to Space flight vs space ships?, and specifically the bullet list at the top, Spaceflight is about the process Spaceships is about the technology ...I was ...
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Worldbuilding Podcast #01 - The Pilot (No Pressure)

The Worldbuilding podcast The Factory Floor has released its first episode, available now for all your nerd needs and subsequent complaints. Episode 1 has James as host, and sees our esteemed cast ...
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Ontology of Question Types

With regards to the current discussions about "idea generation" and "what if" questions, I've written an ontology, or categorization of answer types. (Those with programming experience will ...
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Giving away upvote: is it doing any good?

I have seen that some users here are quite liberal in dispensing upvotes. I am generally not in favor of such liberality, but also not against it. Personally I give upvotes when I see something ...
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My [neural-network] suggests to burninate this tag

While looking for tags appropriate for my new question I came across neural-network tag. Currently, it only have a single question (closed as off-topic) and no description. On said question, it doesn'...
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Why migrate a question to a stack on which it is even more off-topic than it already was?

I asked this question some hours ago, a question which turns out to be more complex and have more implications built into than is useful, so it was closed, that's fine by me. But then it was migrated, ...
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Proposed addition to "Anatomically Correct" to establish Q quality expectations for the series

With TrEs-2b's blessing, I propose the following be added to his Meta question, Anatomically Correct Series, for the purpose of helping OPs understand the minimum requirements for and expectations of ...
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Please Don't answer and/or upvote “bad” questions (yet)

Exhibit 1 12th vs 21st century archers in a battle to death, who would survive? This is blatently off topic and anyone with some experience here would recognise that WB is not for random fiction what-...
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Popping balloons (Burnination request)

I propose that we Burninate the balloon-whales tag. As of the current posting, there is 1 question using that tag. I think balloon-whales is too specific a tag for WB. A combination of flight + ...
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Should we merge 'water vessel design' and 'shipbuilding'?

The phrase 'water-vessel-design' (water-vessel-design) is really wordy; something like 'ship-design' would be a little better. However, we do have the tag shipbuilding (shipbuilding), which is An ...
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Worldbuilding Podcast #03 - Technology and Ewoks

Episode 3 is up! Thanks to Green, Nex and Art (Double thanks to Art since he does all the technical stuff) for making the podcast possible. In this episode we dream about what we would do with magic....
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Can you help review the answers on this popular question?

We have a question that at the time of writing has over 30 answers (including deleted ones): Is there any job that can't be automated? With that sort of scale it's likely that excellent answers ...
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Tag Wiki Edits not Showing

I recently made an edit to the "fantasy-based" tab. The edit shows up in the history of the tag wiki. But if I visit the tag wiki page it doesn't show anything there. Robert Cartaino approved the tag ...
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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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Please merge and perhaps synonymize [microgravity] and [zero-gravity] tags

We currently have zero-gravity and microgravity. As discussed in Do we need a micro-gravity tag separate from Zero-G?, in many situations these two are effectively the same thing. The tag wiki ...
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Add feature to automatically add a notice to new questions

I added an answer to the question Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing? and wanted to raise this as a new Meta-Post to discuss as Tim B and dot_sp0t ...
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Tag synonym proposal: writing-systems -> language

Two tags are relevant here, language and written-material. Full tag wiki excerpts: language: For questions about the written or spoken language of a world. written-material: For questions about ...
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Identifying incorrectly tagged [hard-science] questions

One of the more confusing things about this site is the hard-science tag. Looking through the meta site, there aren't a lot of clear policies surrounding the tag. One particular problem I have is ...
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Can we better welcome this first-time poster?

What would be the main reason to avoid providing confidential data to the police by a company? This Q starts with a note about being a first-time poster and not a native English speaker, etc. So It'...
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What makes a good "what would be the impact of X?" questions?

I see a lot of questions along the lines of "what would be the impact if X happened?" These seem to me to be skirting the edge of on-topic, even for our blessédly open-minded Worldbuilding site. So ...
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Does "What are the implications?..." = Idea generation?

[To be clear, plenty of good questions are posed: "what are the implications on _____", or "what are the _____impliations?" I've got no problem with those. It's the un-scoped "what are the ...
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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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What's with the occasional hidden ad?

As you can see in the above screenshot there is an ad-services add in the corner of the screen. While I recognize that I have a dark extension (which is why I saw it), the ad is still present in the ...
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Is this vtc comment misrepresenting my actions?

I am wondering if the statement in the comment is correct or if it misrepresents the tiny edits and their timing? I think I've worked quite hard to not alter the question after the original post and ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Can we change the privilege page for "comment everywhere" to explicitly mention magic links?

Magic links for comments are great They allow you to very easily write helpful comments, as they allow you to link to each sites most important resources with very short links where you don't need to ...
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How can a question be "Too Story Based" if there is no story involved?

This question is currently on hold for being too story based; What would be a realistic timeline for these prosthetic related events? But, the problem I am having is, there is no story in the ...
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Please make tags and meta tags visually different on meta and main

Now there is no visual distinction between bug and bug when used in comments, even if proper markup is applied ( [tag:bug] and [meta-tag:bug]). Even worse with ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...

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