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The first thing to do when coming across such a question, in my mind, is to vote to close as too broad. Sorry, but as posed (and I have seen a few such examples myself, so I know what you mean), it's simply asking for far too much. It cannot meaningfully be answered in its current form, particularly within the Stack Exchange format, and therefore should be ...


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Rephrase the question to remove all references to individual actions and any "should" or "would" parts of the question. Off topic: Would Joe Marine 17 climb this hill wearing his backpack On topic: Could a well-trained marine wearing a 30kg weight backpack complete a 1-mile route with 500' of ascent in 10 minutes Off topic: Would ...


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So . . . this gets back to the issue of Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, which is a concept Worldbuilding's struggled with since its conception. The main two points, as they apply here, are: It's fine to have questions that are a bit subjective or opinionated . . . . . . but answers to those questions must be supported in some way - they can't just be pure ...


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Am I allowed to say it? HELL YES!!!!!! I've often said in comments as well as in other meta discussions that if we really took the "opinion based" rationale for closure as seriously as is normative elsewhere on Stack Exchange, we'd literally have to VTC 95% or more of all our questions. By definition we deal in the irrealis. That is, things that ...


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Back It Up! can mean real-world history or physics or linguistics These are valuable fields that can give a fictional world a sense of realism, or at least credibility and verisimilitude. Answers that reference these things are often going to be better than those without them. Back It Up! can mean extrapolate from reality Yes, many of us want to build worlds ...


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There is an increasing tend on the Stack to measure "possible, plausible, and probable" by Real Life I've noted over the last six months that more and more people are judging questions by real life and not by the rules of the world of the OP. It's not overwhelming, but it is, IMO, a growing problem. However, the Stack has always had to push back on ...


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It won't be implemented First of all, SE won't implement that. This is not useful to StackOverflow and goes against the idea of the site: Ask questions, get answers, no distractions Putting questions on-hold would go against the fine-tuned SE workflow, this is not only a pain to implement, but also has a high risk of failure. This is not what on-hold ...


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Personally, I find it disappointing that we still have the problem of not leaving commentary when voting to close. I will attempt to be clear about what I find problematic about the question. Note that I did not vote to close, but neither did I vote to leave open when presented the question in the review queue. I believe you identified the core problem in ...


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In general To me, the point of this site is so that authors (of whatever stripe, RPG makers, screenwriters, traditional book authors, etc.) can ask about making realistic worlds. As a result, instead of stringing together some pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo that they created by reading pop science articles and then speculating based on their ...


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What is commonly called a "Homework question" on WorldBuilding.SE is basically a real-world question that can easily be answered by a little research and shows no interest in building a fictional world. It's fine to have a fictional world based on the real world (it's the only sample we have after all) and it's fine to ask about real world stuff in such a ...


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We are required to face some realities Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum. While we tend to work around them, we are bound to Stack Exchange's basic question-writing rules as found in the help center. The most notable problems are (a) every answer cannot be equally valid (it must be possible to choose a best answer) and (b) questions can't be open-...


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Upvote tooltip for questions: "This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear" Downvote tooltip for questions: "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful" Looks like the solution is downvotes, rather than close votes.


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Honestly, it took me two looks to find the note in your question body where you disputed the claim of it being a duplicate. And you didn't really do that. If you look at other questions that have been claimed as duplicate you can see that many put a notice about it at the top of their question, using different formatting to make it stand out and be easy to ...


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As Michael pointed out this is very close to the previous Meta discussion about How to deal with “I have a High Concept, please do my work for me” questions? The OP has this cool idea, but they haven't really thought about the reasoning/implications and now they want us to come up with the reasoning/implications. While the older Meta discussion was about the ...


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To make thing worse, each user has a single close/reopen vote. Once it is cast, it's gone. This rules out the possibility of reopening because no longer too broad and then closing because primarily opinion based. What one can do is: don't use the reopen vote leave a comment to the OP and other users, explaining the issue: the question was too broad, now ...


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I'm borrowing David Mulder's comment to the question here, because it adds useful context to the question: What I fear is that it will just create a positive feedback circle where more and more questions like those will be asked, as they are/can be fun to read and thus get upvoted and even make it to the hot questions list. A question like the linked one ...


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You are being told that your fluff distracts from your questions. Fluff itself is fine. But everything needs to be balanced. Your questions contain a ratio of fluff to content of about 9 to 1. So for every line of actual content in your questions there seems to be 9 lines of fluff. A good ratio would be around 2 to 5, for every 5 lines of content there's 2 ...


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I’d say yes, but with the caveat that we have to advise caution: It’s possible that the two questions could become quite different. To illustrate: ‘My character is told he is immortal...’ can only have an answer specific to the character and the story, and this is story based. ‘In a world where people are told they are immortal...’ can elicit answers ...


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I strongly agree with L.Dutch: if we just allow every question we turn into a "Please google that for me" and a "Which Wikipedia site contains these keywords?" search engine. That's not what the site is supposed to be and not what the value should be. I will focus on some of the things said in this question, the important parts have been bolded by me: ...


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Why is my question "Too Story Based" The key difference between Story based and World based is Will vs Can respectively. For example. Will Joe Marine climb this mountain? <character and mountain specs> That depends Is he lazy? Why is he there? What motives does he have for vs against? How's his life insurance? If you can easily negate any ...


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Inevitably WB will get questions based on false assumptions and all sorts of sloppy thinking. Any question about the evolution of space whales or space-based lifeforms is almost certainly guaranteed to get steam pouring of out my ears. Many WBers will throw the book at anyone who dares ask about any possibility of faster-than-light travel or communication. ...


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Not "on hold", but "pending" + review. Justification and background: We put a lot of questions on hold, few of which get reopened. (Many do get edited, though a majority do not.) We know anecdotally (example, another example) that closure causes frustration for the asker, for people who answered and then saw the question change, and for the whole ...


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In addition to what the others said: your question (and comments) suggest that you think your goal should be memorable questions. That's not the goal. The goal is clear, interesting questions, and additionally ones that will help other people who will find them via search engines. Nobody cares about your storytelling when reviewing questions here. Your ...


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You can edit your question and politely explain why the proposed duplicate does not cover what you are asking. Immediately after your question will enter the reopen queue, and community members will decide if it can be reopened or not. Alternatively, other members can simply vote to reopen the question, and again it will enter the reopen queue. If the ...


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I spent a bit of time digging into this. I looked at the past 365 of questions posted on the site to get the numbers. Here is what I found: Over the past 365 days, there were 6,534 questions asked, of these: 3,313 have received at least one close vote or flag, 2,135 questions were closed, 1,534 of the questions had at least one close vote or flag that ...


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I think there are three parts to this meta question, beyond what is explicitly asked: The specific question you've mentioned, What kind of poisons could be used in a hospital setting? To what degree precedent matters, and how the scope evolves dynamically over time. Close voting (which you're suggesting some users are doing too often, or irresponsibly) ...


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VTC Reason: Primarily Opinion-Based (POB) This is the most difficult VTC reason for new users to understand because it is different from the default reason provided by Stack Exchange and we cannot change the text on the VTC form. This explanation supercedes that form for all purposes. The problem with a creative and imaginative site like Worldbuilding.SE ...


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I'm going to leave my original answer, which was partially in response to Frostfyre's query about the closure of his question and partially an introduction to the issues of judging duplicates. This answer is focuses solely on the issue of judging duplicates. Duplicity There might be a better word out there, but my head's chasing all the ideas for this ...


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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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