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How to deal with "Please develop my High Concept" questions?

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 ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

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 ...
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Are we too harsh on the so-called "opinion-based" questions?

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 ...
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How can questions be closed as being "primarily opinion-based" on Worldbuilding?

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 ...
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Why are 'plausible magic' questions so poorly received?

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 ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

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? ...
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"Question Closed: Too Broad" despite numerous clarifications and stipulations

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 ...
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Should we generously allow questions that should be elsewhere but would never survive the VTC process?

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, ...
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Why is everyone suddenly so strongly against homework questions?

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 ...
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Are we too harsh on the so-called "opinion-based" questions?

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 ...
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Proposal: ALL questions start "on hold" for 1 hour

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 ...
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What to do if question gets marked as duplicate even after stating and demonstrating how it's different?

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 ...
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"I have an implausible end goal. Please tell me how to get there!!"

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'...
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How to deal with changing close-vote reasons

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 ...
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Is it true that fluff is distracting?

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 ...
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Can a "too story-based" question be saved with the "In a world..." defense?

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 ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

Like the poster of this question I have concerns about the arbitrary interpretation of vote to close reasons, this is due to twenty years experience in the legal services section of a government ...
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Request for Clarification: Real World Questions Requirement of Context

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 ...
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Is it time to officially close and terminate all questions applying to the Anatomically Correct Series?

A Troublesome Solution to a Problematic Trouble Issue: It seems to me that the underlying issue is that this proposal rests on what is admittedly an opinion, that there are voluminous and (and this is ...
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Proposal: ALL questions start "on hold" for 1 hour

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 ...
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Can we get a "bad assumption" option for closing questions?

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 ...
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Is it true that fluff is distracting?

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 ...
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Question closed as dupe when it isn’t

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 ...
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Site Policy: Judging When a Question is a Duplicate

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 ...
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I disagree with this question reason of closure

I would tend to agree that the question is not opinion based. The forces mentioned are science based and therefore a non-opinion based answer can be reached based on what we understand these forces ...
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Is there hard data on close votes?

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, ...
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How to be a close voter

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 ...
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Idea Refinement: Clarification and Examples of VTC Reasons for New Users

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 ...
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What Am I Doing Wrong?

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 ...
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