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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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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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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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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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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 have slightly ...


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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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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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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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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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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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What you must understand is that there are truly great programmers in the world, capable of churning out code to solve any problem. ANY problem. And there are managers in this world who have truly strange problems. Manager: "Can you build me a web site that turns users who visit it into fish?" Great Programmer: "Yes! Give me 2 weeks and all the Mountain Dew ...


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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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I agree with the attitude that closing questions is the end of worldbuilding. It's sad to squash creativity like that. However, I do regularly vote to close questions regardless. I justify it to myself by noting that StackExchange's Q&A format is not the ideal format for all questions. Many questions (particularly here and on Philosophy.SE) really ...


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I am a new user, and my question was closed as off topic. So I am no closer to getting the answers I need, and do not have any understanding of why the (edited) question is unacceptable. This isn't encouraging to continue, and I would like to express that I would feel much more satisfied if someone had taken the time to attempt to see what I was getting at ...


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Hat's you say? Looks like a beard to me!


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I find your lack of faith disturbing


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It was I that posted the quoted comment above. I have a bunch of loosely connected thoughts on this subject so please be patient... I myself have somehow become a moderator been given some moderator privileges for Worldbuilding. Very nice, thank you for the confidence. But not even once has anyone approached me on how to do it; not even with an automated ...


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