Slartibartfast from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series is the ultimate Worldbuilder to me.
Arthur Dent: Are you telling me you originally made the Earth?
Slartibartfast: Oh, yes. Did you ever go to a place - I think it was called Norway?
Arthur Dent: No. No, I didn't.
Slartibartfast: Pity. That was one of mine. Won an award, ...
Actually you are in the right place because while this happens in all of SE, Worldbuilding is only one where it is an actual issue.
The assumption behind "move it to the chat" is that the relevant information to the topic is in the question and the answer and comments either lack direct relevance to the topic or result in a change to the question or answer ...
I don't think this is a good idea - the chat is good enough for what the community needs, but if you find others feel free to create a private Discord space for WorldBuilding.SE and announce it in the Factory Floor, WorldBuilding.SE's main chat room, to see who else wants to join.
As you have already mentioned StackExchange provides a chat and each site has ...
Background info for ease of access...
During the original review of this idea the site was still really new and the conclusion, if I recall correctly (someone correct me if I am off base here) was that we wanted to keep the name simple and obvious for the time being so people could find it and know what it was.
I supported that idea at the time.
Ok now ...
This is a play on words referencing both terraforming, aka world building, and terra firma, which literally means 'solid earth', but in common parlance refers to finally reaching the land that was your goal. This echoes the function of the site, Worlbuilding.SE, which helps people reach their goal of developing new worlds.
Ideas of why things are the way they are, without having to explicitly say it in the story.
These are not official canon, but more ideas to give the world some background.
If something in the story contradicts a theory, feel free to remove the theory.
The 5 Challenges are possibly a throw back to astronaut training, where you might have to survive ...
I'm not sure if this is a good idea...
I'm not an avid user of the chat rooms, but even I've seen the usual "vtc plz" it seems kinda close to encouraging voting rings, just with close and reopen votes.
I guess I'm just a little concerned about users getting into close/reopen battles on questions that under the normal run of things wouldn't have drawn that ...
The main idea is that neither the questions, nor the comments are places to discuss and/or debate. The chat is. So if you have some disagreement with someone (in a good way), and the point needs to be discussed, you should go to chat.
Once you come to some form of understanding, you can adjust the comments on the post or the post itself with the summary of ...
I like this idea. The content of the session interacts with the style of the session, so think about that dimension too. How many active participants are you expecting? How many do you need for the session to be viable? How will you help people follow what's going on if there are a lot of people chatting?
Here are some quick thoughts about some ...
Things & Items & Animals
Here you find info on things and items specific to our world & story.
when boiled makes a broth that can soothe burns and fight infection
strong, spicy smell (when boiled)
something that is charged through radiation
Charged up over The ...
Here you find info on different concepts of our world & story.
vessels full of advanced technology
in order to serve on these vessels one must pass The Five Challenges
The Great Scattering
event back on Old Earth
The meteor incident
Bremdag and Hemdul and possibly others were on a 'mission' to collect parts from ...
Here you find info on the locations of our story.
World (no designation as of now)
several moons, not all of them visible at once
lavender horizon at early morning
People live in vast underground arcologies that protect them from the harsh sun
Section of fallow land between the Arcologies and the Spirewood
I don't think this would be useful
I find it a bit cumbersome that the author is forced to ask a new question for a scenario every time, especially because following questions are often not so hot and risk being closed.
Yes, it is cumbersome to ask a new question for a new scenario. You are supposed to show some work if you ask a question and expect people ...
Good idea, but I'd want a proof-of-concept before planning too far.
We can have a chat session to see if chat sessions work. We can try scheduling it, and then see who shows up and if anything gets done. Based on that, we can decide whether it's worth it to do more. Maybe for the first meeting it'd just be chat-regulars, since we should always have some of ...
It's nice to point them to the Factory Floor for more open-ended discussions. Just make sure to mention the requirement of having at least 20 reputation on the StackExchange network. It would be incredibly fruststrating for a new user to get their question closed with a terse comment that says "Go there" only to find they are not allowed to do anything "...
Chat messages can't be removed after the edit period of 2 minutes. They will stay in the chat the way they are. Mods can theoretically change them, but there is no reason why they would need to do that for comments that served their purpose and were moved to chat.
Why is there a timeout to delete your own chat messages? and
Allow owner of ...
In general, I agree. This is not a forum, but often further clarification / commentary is needed beyond the comment section.
That being said, when this happens on Main, I think meta posts provide a great place to continue discussion - after all, Meta has the discussion tag. Often when the comment section gets too long, a meta post can be helpful.
Over on Stack Overflow we have Stack Overflow Close Vote Reviewers (we do reopens and deletions as well). Of course, the moderation load is much larger over there (our Close Vote queue hovers around the 10k mark most of the time and was once about 100k). We have a website with tools, rules, etc (i.e. asking for up/down votes is strictly forbidden)
Since this website allows the use of nicknames/usernames, it would be nice if it were hard to confuse the bot with actual users. I personally would prefer the name to include 'bot'. Something like Bot, The Builder; WB Bot...
I definitely would not want the bot to be named after any fictional character or to be some kind of internal joke. All people here are,...