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I think you might have stumbled onto an issue that first reared its head about two and a half years ago, waaaaay back in early 2016. It started with Is Worldbuilding a What If Site? - a discussion that came about because a lot of us felt that the site was no longer being used for actual worldbuilding. Instead, people were tossing out half-formed hypothetical ...


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It is the responsibility of the OP to ask a clear, concise question That, as of the writing of my answer, is a question run amok. Rather than improving the question, the OP simply appended... and appended... and appended... in massive quantities. Frankly, if you need to express that much information to ask a question, IMO you don't have a question (or ...


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The main reason why I think it is useful to repeat the question in the body of your post is that some questions can be really long. My questions for example are often quite long and that will lead to people already forgetting what I am asking about when they are at the end of my post. Being reminded of the question without having to scroll is nice and being ...


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Questions about specific plotting are off-topic on Writers as "what should I write?" questions. Here's the distinction from the meta overview: Generating Plot Ideas: Asking to brainstorm ideas tailor-made for your particular story is off-topic; that’s too specific to your own work. But identifying a general scenario which naturally presents ...


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There's a difference between loop holes and "the spirit of the question." Which are you asking about? And if you're wondering why I asked that question... Asking a good question is hard — even for experienced users. Everyone needs to remember the following list, which is in no way comprehensive. No question is perfect. There will almost always be ...


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I read over both questions you cited. I think the first is a bit broad but not overly so. On your question, you don't say what metrics your using to choose one element over another. You just ask. Someone responding has to make a lot of assumptions about what the station is there for and the available materials. There are also no links to what a Hill sphere ...


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Question: Have you done research on your topic and included everything that is important for your question? Should be answered: Yes Doing research is an important part of asking a question. First, you show that you don't just want others to do your work and second it helps on enclosing on possible answers as it defines the requirements more ...


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It is a common issue This issue comes open more often than you may think. Two recent examples of people with this issue who started Meta discussion were Vylix, who started the discussion Asked a bad question, can't delete, can't close by myself. What is the correct thing to do? and adaliabooks, who started the Meta discussion Is it better to accept an ...


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I need a situation that would enable a character to (do) X Suitable: Off-Topic Description: These questions are about a story set in a world, not about world building. They are sometimes fit for https://writing.stackexchange.com. Relevant Meta Links: Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened? When should I close ...


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As a general rule of thumb, when a user does something wrong or off, they will notice. Either a moderator will get in touch, or the community will make it visible through comments, votes and meta question. See for example the recent example of ACS and torture discussions here. You say that you have not received any warning, so it sounds like you are fine. ...


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Any answer we can give here will be purely speculative until the miserable miscreants reveal their own rationales. In skimming the query, I can really only conclude that the issue might be one of your style of presentation. As originally written, it was as has been said, a wall of text. Walls of text are unpopular because we have to slog through them. This ...


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Question: Do you ask how your character would act in a given situation? Should be answered: No This is the Worldbuilding StackExchange and therefore per definition not about character building. The biggest problem with this type of question is, that you as the inventor of the character are the only person that can decide with certainity how ...


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Question: Does the question title accurately and concisely summarize the specific question that you are asking? Should be answered: Yes The question title is very important for setting the tone for reading the question. It is the first piece of information that someone will see when browsing the site, and it points toward what the asker ...


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Question: Do answers to your question depend on any knowledge specific to your setting that isn't included in the question, like how your magic system works? Should be answered: No. It's important to include all of the necessary information in your question, so that people don't spend time writing answers that will turn out to be invalid or unhelpful. If ...


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Questions about speculative evolution are firmly on-topic on WorldBuilding (I am not active on Biology.SE, but in general other sites don't want speculative stuff) Questions involving speculative evolution, xenobiology or for example creature-design are on-topic here. They are about creating an element of your world and that is what WorldBuilding.SE is for. ...


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That popup is already active network-wide. But it is only shown the first time you ask a question on a site. See the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange: The new ask page is now live on the network!


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Once a question gets answer(s) it is preferred that any edit doesn't invalidate them, out of respect for those who put effort in writing them and to avoid that a QA site turns out into a forum where edits keep chasing the answers. And then, if the question you wrote and got answers to isn't really the question you actually wanted to ask, you can always (...


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I need a finite list of things Suitable: On-Topic Description: These questions seek insight into a class of issues (I use "class" in the programming sense) that often leads to a bullet list of items. for example, "what are different types of tectonic stress?" or "what are the different governmental types I can use?" These questions result in a ...


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You should ask a question on WorldBuilding.SE if you are interested in the perspective of worldbuilders. There are times when people can ask a question in similar form on multiple sites. But the different sites will always have a different focus. Physics.SE might very well answer you orbital-mechanics question if it's about real-world physics, but they ...


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Maybe my question should have had a list of requirements the method/answer shall fulfill (to narrow down the spectrum of valid methods and allow one answer to be clearly the best). This one. Think of a question like "How can I go from Maastricht to Berlin?" There are many possible answers: Walking Cycling Driving/Taking a bus Taking a train Flying ...


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If someone says that an answer is not appropriate because of context outside the body of the question, I suggest voting to close as "needs more details or clarity". This is the textbook definition of when to use that reason to close. Leaving a comment about that in the answer would be a plus. I think we should also change the boilerplate text in ...


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My humble opinion is that these are extremely helpful to world builders, can have reasonable estimates of "better or worse" (if not quantifiable), and fit the theme and purpose of this site. I think it would do the site a discredit to begin to VTC any such question simply because the quality of the answer isn't quantifiable. After all, the original website, ...


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Question: Is the technological level of your world clear or has no influence? Should be answered: Yes This is a recurrent issue with many questions. The technological level has a huge amount of influence on warfare, society, space travel, economy, etc. In most of the questions, it is necessary to mention roughly where does the world/country ...


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Question: Are you asking about a large number of impacts resulting from your original situation? Should be answered: No These are are often referred as what ifs questions. Asking for the implications on the world and/or society as large is far too broad. See also this discussion.


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The key, I think, is that questions that belong on Worldbuilders.SE are about the backdrop of a story. Things asked here relate to how the world itself works in regards to physics, civilization, culture, and (fictional)history, rather than plot points or dialogue or acts or story arcs or that sort of thing. Some examples: Is it possible for a developed ...


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While I agree that a question can be located solely in the title, getting the format of the body right to accommodate that decision can be tricky. In this particular case, the body of the question provides a significant amount of "this is what I have" information, but doesn't identify any stumbling blocks or problems that need to be overcome. Looking back ...


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The designed mechanism for that is Sandbox for Proposed Questions - if you need to use it, use it. If you feel you do not need to use it - write it right. Many people here write all, or most, of their questions in a way that requires little to no further clarification, holding them back makes no sense.


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Avoiding Closure A guide to writing soft-science questions which survive Seek Causes, Not Effects - soft-science questions which ask "what would happen if..." lead to speculative answers which celebrate creativity and humor over logical progression and causality. These are the kind of answers which most quickly get labelled as "opinion-based", which is a ...


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Just wanted to encourage you to make use of the sandbox to tune your questions before posting them, as people can help you avoid certain pitfalls. Also, come visit the chat, as we can help you potentially focus and clarify your question to its core, and also it's a lot of fun. As to your yes/no question, it might be getting down voted for a lack of ...


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I don't think you're that far off, actually. You have a problem (mapping a solar system) and you want to know how to do it (just what SE is for). What's missing are criteria for success. Instead of asking "what tools/techniques are there", which is pretty general and (as you said) subjective, try to be more specific. What tools do you already know about ...


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