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Spoilers: I'm going to say most of these are Idea Generation. 1. How would Facebook Sysadmins prevent the summoning of Cthulhu? About worldbuilding? Meh. This one seemed what-iffy to me - there was no clear link between the fact that Cthulhu was running rampant and needed to be stopped by the sysadmins, and the world it was happening in. This wasn't so ...


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I have a world with large turtles who resemble some islands. Except that they move, even if quite slowly. And I have a population who lives on those islands. The problem is that some days the fog is so thick that they can't see where the next turtle or the shore is. And since the turtle moved they don't know where they are. What techniques could they have ...


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Maybe that is a problem but I don't see how it can be solved. When someone ask a question, it's because he don't know the answer and often doesn't know everything on the question's topic. With this lack of knowledge, it's hard to set the correct boundaries. In my head, my questions always seems very simple. That's usually a bad assumption. People always ...


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I don't feel that this is a problem and once you have answers addressing factors you didn't consider you can't really change the question as it invalidates them. On this SE site, we don't like that. I think that if you still need additional answers about an area was wasn't covered, asking another question focusing on those aspects would be the best way to ...


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In space, do "shipping lanes" make sense? About worldbuilding? Yes, this is about building a world. How will x work in the future given y scenario. Risking off-topic? No, this one seems pretty clear to me. How would having multiple moons affect tides? About worldbuilding? Yes, clearly on topic...though if we don't want to continue answering ...


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I largely concur with this answer. I think the Christmas question could be adapted into a solidly-on-topic question by instead asking: would a human colony on Mars preserve its Christmas tradition and if so in what ways, given the differences in year length and environment? (The parts about Santa getting there seem more iffy to me.) You'd want to scope ...


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How many humans can I abduct without getting noticed? I don't really think this is worldbuilding, it seems much closer to plot-building to me. It may also be borderline too broad. But I think for the most part, it's answerable and answers are judgeable, so this may be a good example of a good question that doesn't fit on Worldbuilding. Or maybe it does fit, ...


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Background On a world similar to ours, with thick fog near the coastlines, which for geographical reasons has numerous small islands near it. Due to storms, reefs, and rocks, it's not uncommon for boats to wreck, and if the sailors don't drown it's not uncommon for them to wash up on one of the islands. Due to the fog, spotting the sun isn't always ...


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Summoning Cthulu - It's just a fancy way of saying 'there's a virus, how do they stop it?' It's more about dealing with a specific, limited instance, rather than building out a world. You weren't asking how this could be prevented, and you're not asking about the long-term effects. Thus, I'd say it's off-topic because it's about individual actions. Possibly ...


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I think we should stay mostly as we are. It is true that questions here are hard to scope, but I think that's a good thing: it enables you, exactly as described, to get answers addressing factors that you haven't thought of that might actually be important further down the line. If answers do not fully address your questions, then as the help center says , ...


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What single element could destroy the world? About world building? I don't really see how this would be considered worldbuilding. It's about destroying a world, but it's our world, not a fictional one you're building. Also, it's not so much about the best way to do it, but the best way given some random criteria that no one would actually use when trying to ...


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I think I mostly agree with everyone else on these ones with one big exception. Nanobots: On topic. The fact that it could be asked on biology does not make it off topic here. Ice breath: On topic since we've established that creature design is on topic. Time: On topic Orbital Bullets: On topic. In my opinion this question should be allowed it does not ...


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I think 1, 2, 3, and 5 are on-topic for reasons already given in other answers. I want to address #4, which I mod-closed after a few days (and several flags). FYI, it later received a reopen vote, went to the review queue, and got four "leave closed" votes there. I say all that just to report the data. The question asks about a weapon to be used under a ...


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How many nanobots can I have in my blood? I agree this seem plenty on topic for world building. Its a matter of what a human can take given a loss of blood volume to nano bots. You could potentially ask the question on Biology sure but that doesn't make it off topic here. How could I scientifically explain ice breath? Creature design questions are ...


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Overall, I agree with your assessments, but I do have some additional thoughts on the orbital bullet question. As an aside, it seems like “Idea Generation” has become somewhat of an evil phrase around here. Idea generation seems fundamental to the site, but we need a better way to describe and identify the difference between proper narrowly scoped idea ...


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World Destruction: I have mixed feelings on this one. I'm not sure it is really world building. I've got a combination of concerns around the broad scope and the fact that it's not really about building anything. Perhaps if you asked about the plausibility of destroying the world with a specific element that might be better. Space warfare: On topic. Fall ...


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On my world, there is a rare magical storm. It appears as a fog and transport randomly one or more person to another place. There is a population of fisher who live on the shore. Since it happened a few times, they developed some methods to help them find the shore in the middle of the fog, without any other information on their current location. What could ...


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Shipping Lanes: On topic Multiple Moons: On topic Medieval News: On topic unless we decide history questions are off topic. Personally I think they're fine but I know some people disagree. Medieval Magic: I sort of agree, this could be closed as too opinion based if asked now. On the other hand a definitive "no" answer with reasons can be given so maybe ...


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Weaponized Jellyfish I agree this is pushing into idea generation territory but overall it's in pretty good shape. Multiple brains Again risking idea generation, and that's supported by the number of questions in the comments. Overall I agree it's the right side of the line though. Non-head mouth Same as the others, you seem to ask a lot of interesting ...


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Non fusion stars: On topic Immortal wars: Subject is fine but too broad Average Joe: Too broad. Subject is ok since it's "can" not "should" or "would". Language structures: On topic. 25: On topic.


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What would it take to build a ship capable of crossing the Pacific? Yes, No, This definitely fits the risk profile for what if but I believe this one is properly developed and constrained to be on-topic. What good are herbivores in an animal army? Yes, No, Seems defined enough to me. How to defend against the “convince-me” ray gun? Yes, No, It is idea ...


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Speed of Light: Maybe too broad but overall I think it's fine. Turtle: On topic Avian Intelligence: On topic ISS surviving apocalypse: Off topic - clearly too broad just from the number of answers and the fact that several answers are a list of possibilities. 6 survivors: Too broad. "what could these people do in order to maximize humanity's chances of ...


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