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This probably is not a full answer but I wanted to make a particular point. We have discussed and agreed upon standards which are completely reasonable and said rules should be enforced. Following those standards also comes with the responsibility to explain how things work to users, particularly when they are new. This means no close votes without ...


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(I am not a moderator and normally the term "moderator" on the StackExchange network describes elected (diamond) mods, but I do have access to the mod tools privilege on Writing.SE and am close here on WorldBuilding, therefore I will take your sentence about "what existing moderators think is a valuable contribution" to mean "what do other people with ...


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As a general rule of thumb, when a user does something wrong or off, they will notice. Either a moderator will get in touch, or the community will make it visible through comments, votes and meta question. See for example the recent example of ACS and torture discussions here. You say that you have not received any warning, so it sounds like you are fine. ...


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I'm actually posting under my own name. I'm exactly who I say I am. This decade of this century I happen to work in business intelligence, although I have worn a few hats in my time, and seen a tiny bit of the world. I have an interest in short stories (reading and writing them), and I am positively obsessed with ontology, astrophysics, neuroscience, ...


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Ask 10 people what "Worldbuilding" is, and you'll get 11 different answers. For some it will be analyzing the effects of magic on world economy, for others designing the weather system for planet in a particular orbit. And you know what? None of them would be wrong. Worldbuilding truly is an incredibly broad topic, from creature design, to linguistics, and ...


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This sounds like a good idea. Giving a moderator access sounds like a reasonable idea, but in general, this is something that can be handled by the community without diamond intervention. So if a moderator wants to actively participate then great, but, like the blog, this wouldn't be an official thing and can thus be done by anybody. Mi Yodeya has a ...


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On the one hand: Stack Exchange encourages people to edit both questions and answers As I've pointed out in previous versions of this discussion, the biggest problem here is that this is a highly creative Stack and edits are easily in conflict of a basic Stack Exchange editing rule. From the Help Center we read... Edits are expected to be substantial and to ...


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I mostly agree with what Secespitus wrote, but there's one thing in that answer which I disagree with (as seems to be common). If you see something that you're unsure about, you don't necessarily need to start a Meta discussion about it. If you are completely unsure, it might be best to take no action at all, and rather just leave it for others. If you ...


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I have more interests and hobbies than I have time or money for. Most of my spare cash seems to go to my woodworking shop and now I'm learning how to do black smithing and I love it. (more money gone...). I love to learn and I love to read, so I tend to have a bit of knowledge about a very wide range of things. Part of my interest with worldbuilding is ...


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I think that's a good idea. It requires a group of 3 to 5 active users. I think it would be preferable to have at least one mod in the team. We could repost the blog posts, post hots or challenging questions. And maybe engage further in the worldbuilding community of twitter. Twitter is always a rather nice way to have headlines and short stories promoted ...


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A closed question doesn't have to be closed forever. You can try your best to edit it into shape instead, or you can wait a week or two before posting it. If you think you can edit the question without changing OP's intent, then do so. If you can't, then the reason for waiting is so that they have a chance to fix their own question first.


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Have a look at this post in the main Meta: What causes a "Rude or offensive" comment flag to sometimes cause instant deletion? It is now closed as a duplicate of What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?, which I find less clear. Anyway, it seems that the presence of some words in comments and posts will cause automatic deletion once a rude/...


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Stress Less: If it worries you, then just make a point of answering more questions. Some people love the creativity, and others are looking for points and badges (it takes all kinds). I suspect that most people here earn more points off answers than questions, so the point-driven people are okay with it. Maybe you're feeling insecure about your worldbuilding,...


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Kind of a backup to Secespitus' answer; There are a small handful of users that are verified help vampires. They routinely try to pull focus from everyone else and ask endless streams of questions, often laying in wait for people and then ambushing them to try to suck more life giving help out. Also, because help vampires can't see themselves in a mirror, ...


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This turned into a pretty lengthy answer. TL;DR: Flag as "not an answer", vote to delete, comment on the answer to let the poster know that it's likely to be deleted, and encourage them to participate elsewhere on the site until they have earned the necessary reputation. There already exist several pro forma comments for this. Different people ...


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The planet part is easy. I'm from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, as you can tell from my profile. On a more serious note, my primary interests lie in the sciences. I love physics and astronomy, and I hope to major in astrophysics in college. I'm always reading something new. I find that looking so much at other worlds makes me ...


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Lurk for a couple days on the edit review queue and you will notice that when rejecting edits, you must pick a reason: Vandalism Conflicts with author's intentions No improvements whatsoever Attempt to reply Irrelevant tags Disruptive editing (inserting POV biases) ?? By the way someone please edit the list above to make it correct. Those are the no-no's ...


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Probably an over sensitive/over protective keyword bot. Does Community respond to user flags? If so, then that might be part of it, if over sensitive people didn't like it and decided it needed to be removed for no actual good reason.


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That was probably not the reason Looking at the activity log for the answer... ...we find that the user was removed from Stack Exchange a mere 13 minutes after posting the answer. As far as I know, bots cannot remove people from Stack Exchange, so this appears to be a human intervention. Considering the severity of the action, and the lack of offensive ...


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Well, I haven't been around long, but I love to share, and I like the spirit of the question, so here goes... I'm first and foremost a programmer (web, database, Java, pretty much anything anyone decides to teach me), but for as long as I can remember in my spare time I've been building and exploring fictional worlds. Whether it's the three other survivors ...


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We need a "Suggest Edit" feature Philosophical legal arguments aside, there seems to be two camps based on how bold people are with their edits. The issue is that an edit, when made by someone with above 2k reputation (which everyone people participating in this discussion have), that edit is applied immediately. We are wielding a mallet and have ...


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We're still alive! Although we're sorta in low power mode again because of a lack of content. We had a bit of a bump in the spring, after which things fell off. At the moment, there's one submission in the queue that I've been meaning to get to since the weekend - I'll hopefully approve that sooner rather than later. But as always, anyone who has an idea for ...


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They are just a bit of fun, used on every site that signs up for it, not just here on worldbuilding. You can adjust the size, position and rotation of your hats to make them sit on your avatar better. Get involved as much or as little as you like, they will all disappear in a few weeks anyway :)


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Several of the tags you can put on me are: physicist, practitioner of historical european martial arts, gamer of both the video and table-top persuasion, programmer/app developer, collector of myths, german-speaker, and meddler in linguistics as well as other fields. In short, I feel like I'm a pretty inquisitive person. Curiosity gets me into trouble ...


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Most works that deal with geopoetry per se are non-fiction. Tutorials, how-tos, manifestoes, personal statements, advice articles, and the like. As for fiction... One could, I think perhaps successfully, argue that Silmarillion is an answer to this question. It is, of course, highly mythologised, but I think lays out in a high artistic form some of the ideas ...


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There are two types of Worldbuilders - those who ask questions and those who give answers. When I say 'Worldbuilder', I'm just referring to the way someone uses this site and not the actual act of Worldbuilding. It's not really true, but it's pretty close to it. If you take a quick glance at the publicly available information about this website, (by which I ...


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J.R.R. Tolkien's short story, Leaf by Niggle, jumps to mind as an example of this. Quoting from its wiki article, it: ...offers the underlying philosophy (Creation and Sub-Creation, ...) of much of Tolkien's fantastical writings. ...is often seen as an allegory of Tolkien's own creative process, and, to an extent, of his own life. I suspect it will be ...


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The first time that I got access to Moderator Tools on a stack, I asked if there was something that I should do with them. The general answer is no. They provide some information that is mostly useful to moderators in rare circumstances. They aren't really something that you need to use regularly as a non-moderator. Also note that Moderator Tools are ...


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I would strongly advise to try to either convince the OP to improve his/her question or edit it yourself. If it's only a matter of grammar, do it right away. A duplicate is a duplicate. I, for one, would not want to set a precedent. If, however, the OP isn't responsive after a reasonable effort, and no "simple" edit can fix the OP, then do ask your own.


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While the comments identifying 4chan as an unsavory place are well-founded, I don't think it's true that unsavory places have nothing to offer the intrepid world-builder. /tg/ certainly has a gaming world bias, but it's also populated by sundry sci-fi and medieval fantasy nerds who often provide feedback that is broadly applicable to the task of ...


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