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Can we make "on hold" less terrible?

The "on hold" to "closed" process is a property of the Stack Exchange software. It's not something we can change on Worldbuilding. As far as I know, it's not even possible to change the labels on a ...
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Why is it allowed for users to down-vote a question that is already closed?

Question is still there, so it can be voted on. Downvotes and close votes are tangential to each other. Close votes are about "Should this question really be here? Is it answerable?" and votes are ...
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What happened here and why is the question/some answers partly open?

According to the question timeline: The question was asked on Physics on 2015-05-24. On Physics, it was answered by Jimmy360, docscience, anna v, WhatRoughBeast, Loren Pechtel, Thorsten S., Cedric H.,...
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I was answering a question in "worldbuilding" when it was closed in my face. I would like to know who did this

Closing questions off topic questions is an integral part of the stack exchange format. If closing questions didn't prevent people from answering them then the act of closing questions would be ...
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More information about closed questions for new people

Don't add more automatic messages - the existing ones are being ignored enough The problem is that the generic text in the boxes that are displayed on your question if it gets put "on hold" ...
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Why is this question about an underwater city off-topic?

It's off topic for a number of reasons but the main one is very simple: It isn't actually about world building. He's already built the city, he's asking a very simple math question with no actual ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I just spent an hour writing an answer to a question only to discover that it is put on hold as primarily opnion-based. And this is by far not the first experience within a short time I am on this ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

Could do a wording change. Instead of "Vote to Close", "Closed", and even "On Hold", the wording could just be changed to "Paused". Everyone knows that a pause is temporary, and so seeing that your ...
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Why was my question closed as primarily opinion-based?

I think your question needs to be more explicit (especially in the title) that it's looking for the process of naming a location rather than looking for a name. "I have this city, what do I call it" -...
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Why was my question closed as primarily opinion-based?

I think I have a litmus test for what constitutes a "primarily opinion-based" question. Ask yourself: "What would a wrong answer to this question be?" For the process of a place name developing, ...
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How could "Would normal people accept a path of immortality given the following, specific restrictions?" be answered, given that it was on hold?

There is a grace period for answers that are in flight when a question is closed, because it's really discouraging and frustrating to spend an hour writing a good, solid answer to a question only to ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I don't have enough reputation there to use it myself, but Stack Overflow has a triage system and a help & improvement queue for posts that need a little extra help. Since that code is already ...
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I think my question on the 1/72 scale nuke should be opened and was closed for blatantly wrong reasons

Worldbuilding vs Realism Here is a classic issue of tension we have in WB.SE: on one side we have the worldbuilders trying to bring some sense of wonder into the real world --- be that via fantasy or ...
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Is there a way to bring attention to a question I asked?

Any edit or answer will show it as fresh again. This isn't like a common forum — posts are curated and older posts are still interesting. You don’t need “momentum” and “trendiness”. In a fitting ...
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Why is this question about an underwater city off-topic?

That question is not a math problem That question has several problems. First off, many people seem to have dismissed the question assuming it was 4th grade math problem. But carefully reading, it is ...
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How can this after-close answer exist?

I'm going to blatantly steal Monica Cellio's answer to the same question when it was asked on Mi Yodeya Meta in January 2015, because it puts it far better than I can: There is a grace period after ...
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Question closed despite lack of legitimate complaints

You might be misunderstanding this site I was not one of the close voters, but after reading this post and your question, I think some clarification is in order. There is no such thing as a perfect ...
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Fast submarines - Closed question

The problem is that OP did not give a tech level. For calculating resistance, supercavitation makes it really, really hard. Next to impossible without actual testing. And before you say this speed is ...
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Should we direct users whose question will be closed to the Factory Floor?

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 ...
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Was my choice about the behavior of police not being worldbuilding wrong?

Firstly, @JBH should be applauded for not only raising this issue, but for providing a detailed account of his reasons for voting to close this question. I say this, despite disagreeing with those ...
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How can this after-close answer exist?

I’ve seen this discussed on the site-wide meta. The poster can submit the answer late, and it is accepted. Normally the browser communicates with the server and learns that the question closed, and ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I see a couple of options where a frustrated user could be routed to something more constructive. I think it's ok to suggest other worldbuilding communities where the focus is about open discussion ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I ran into this issue lately, in a question about what would Romans do with a steam engine. Posted a meta question, which got closed as duplicate. ;D Forget the Bronze Age, we're firmly in the ...
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Is there a way to bring attention to a question I asked?

Since your reputation is over 75, the right course of action is to set a bounty. With a bounty, you pay some amount of your rep (at least 50) to make your question both more visible and attractive. ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

I still think the answer is to have all questions start out as "On Hold" until they're whitelisted as "ready for answers". New users wouldn't feel singled out then. I'd even be ok with a 1 hour hold ...
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Is there any way to make this question on-topic?

I can't think of a way to make it directly on topic The issue is that you're asking if laws can be turned into a game. Reversing the formulation formula, you're asking a question on how can you make a ...
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I was answering a question in "worldbuilding" when it was closed in my face. I would like to know who did this

I've had a dozen or more questions over the years closed half-way through an answer I was writing. Once or twice I even thought the answer I was writing was some of my best work. It happens - it's a ...
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Can What-If Questions Be Allowed in Universe Factory?

There have been two "what if?" posts so far: What if...the world was round? What if...the moon was another earth? An important characteristic of these posts is that they explore an idea; they don't ...
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Why is it allowed for users to down-vote a question that is already closed?

If you don't plan to improve the question (or answer) then you can self-delete it and that will remove the votes (whether up or down) on that from your reputation. If you do plan to improve it then ...
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