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Let's talk about sexploitation questions

We should take the same approach as with torture questions and I think I'll just copy from my answer to the discussion you linked (see the original for further links): In general, I don't ...
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Is it appropriate to close a question as a duplicate of a newer question?

I'm going to disagree with Ash, as well as quite possibly others, here. To me, an older question can be a duplicate of a newer question. It's not a given that the newer question must be the one to be ...
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Is there hard data on users' cliques for close votes?

Data I analyzed all the data for 2017. I got the list of question-closers for 1719 questions that have been closed for any reason but not deleted (deleted posts usually have no upvotes or answers ...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

No, a hard-science question cannot validly be a duplicate of a non-hard-science question. The existence of the hard-science tag on a question places specific requirements on answers. Answers that do ...
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What's the point of flagging/putting on hold years old questions?

Our definition of what is an acceptable answer or question has evolved over time. We should strive for consistency across the site. We often suggest to new users to take a look around the site to see ...
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What to do when a question should be closed but an answer is good?

We close the question, the answers remain for anyone who views or finds the question but no more can be added. The question has up votes and high quality answers so will not be automatically deleted.
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Is it possible to make the bar for closure higher?

Yes, it's possible to adjust both the number of people required to close a question and the reputation needed for someone to vote to close in the first place. Note that reopening a question uses the ...
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Why is this hard-science question marked as a duplicate of a non hard-science question?

I see that one of the voter for closure is Community. This means that the OP got the prompt that a possible answer could be provided by the other question and indicated that the indicated question ...
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What's the point of flagging/putting on hold years old questions?

On Stack Overflow this was actually a pretty big deal. Very early on, while the Stack Exchange model was still developing, things were pretty wide open. The community was smaller and the occasional ...
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Is it possible & sensible to have a limits for putting questions on hold?

Mithrandir24601 pointed you to a couple of posts (1, 2) that address your first concern pretty well. The distilled point is that questions set precedents. The scope of a site is often established not ...
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Close votes - please state reasons

Closing questions is important in order to get them clear and on topic before any answers arrive addressing the wrong question. Giving a clear statement of why will not only help the question poster ...
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Yes, questions can be Too Localized. But usually they are at far greater risk of being Too Broad

This is a very good point. Most of the questions I've seen so far are just that. Questions instead of problems. Including those problems could help narrow many of those "too broad" questions down to "...
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Are Space travel questions on topic?

My opinion is that "world" building can extend to the environment in which those worlds are located, i.e. the world's universe. Many worlds are located within universes which are primarily space. By ...
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Is there hard data on users' cliques for close votes?

I don't have any data at hand, but here's my feeling based on what I've seen on the site and a few things to keep in mind for this topic. You can't see who voted to close before the closing is ...
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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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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

I agree with Michael's answer that a hard-science question has stricter requirements and thus shouldn't be marked as a duplicate (if it's really a hard-science question and not a tagging error). ...
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Reminder to close-voters

I will post an answer to this one with a similar sentiment. It pains me to see that 75% of new questions on WB are summarily put on hold. Users with the power to hold can comment with suggestions (...
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Are we closing too many questions?

I do think that there have been some over-zealous closures recently, but generally we strike the right balance. We do need to be careful both not to close questions that should be open and to open ...
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How are the "anatomically correct" questions asking for evolutionary insight on-topic?

Improperly Constrained The fundamental problem with "too broad" and "opinion based" is a lack of constraints in the question. Someone asking "How do I evolve a creature to be ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

Simple: YOU DON'T Generally, fishing for ideas is defined in all those cases, that the question is extremely broad and there are no real factors that make one answer better than another. As a result, ...
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Unfairly put on hold

Getting the hang of what is and isn't accepted on a site is never an easy task. Even seasoned users have some time struggle with one or another question. So you should not feel bad about having a ...
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How do I create open ended questions with subjective answers?

I don't think you're that far off, actually. You have a problem (mapping a solar system) and you want to know how to do it (just what SE is for). What's missing are criteria for success. Instead of ...
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Should we close old questions?

We certainly shouldn't discourage it, if questions should be closed then closing them is a good idea. Equally though I don't see a need to encourage it. If people see questions that need closing then ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

I voted to close this question. First off, it really does belong on Physics.SE. While we can answer physics questions, it's best to handle them on the "mother" SE site. The physics questions I find ...
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Should we put the fantasy water races question On Hold?

Too Broad I would argue that this question is far too broad: the asker must specify a lot more detail about their world and about what he or she is looking for in an answer. Because right now, all of ...
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Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic?

Questions with multiple answers are not inherently off-topic We are getting into The problem with opinion based questions here. The main problem from my point of view is that this is a big, blurry ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

I see a lot of very long posts. I agree with some, disagree with the rest, but to my eyes those are all TL;DR, which is not inviting to discussion. I voted to close as off-topic, using the "this is ...
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Is it appropriate to close a question as a duplicate of a newer question?

The general Stack Exchange answer is that the best question should be the duplicate target. That means that in some cases an inferior old question will be closed as a duplicate of a superior new ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

I concur... An edit delineating exactly how far from shore one may fish and what sort of license one needs to fish in these waters would solve a lot of problems. Main issues I see: The old "VTC ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

CC BY-SA Do not forget that all "user contributions [are] licensed under CC BY-SA". Answering a question with facts, or even with barely supported opinions, is unproblematic; facts and ...
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