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You should add another, more mundane example of a fictional dependency Settings that include alternate laws of physics are definitely not going to be confused with basic real-world questions any time soon. Before I personally know if I agree with your proposal or not, I would like to ask that you narrow down your requirement of fictional dependencies by ...


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Names are nouns, not adjectives. In the most general acception, adjectives are one kind of modifiers which can be applied to nouns. (Articles and numerals are other kinds of modifiers; and the English language is notorious for allowing "noun piles", chains of nouns modifying each other apparently without limit, for example, "air bag ...


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I think it's reasonable to say that naming questions, where no answer is more valid than any other, as being opinion based and therefore off-topic. However, I think it's also reasonable to distinguish between simple naming and categorization within an established field of study. Were the Worldbuilding SE to be asked, in an alternate universe where it did ...


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Three Points to Consider! First, invented languages are actually, and in fact prominently on topic here in Worldbuilding! What Topics can I ask about here lists languages as a valid topic. I suspect this was probably written before the invented languages forum got going. I have no problem with exporting all language invention questions to the other forum and ...


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The Wyes and Wear Fours On this point: "The question should inspire answers that explain "why" and "how."" However, this Stack is much better at answering "how" than "why," which questions are often closed as opinion-based unless sufficient conditions, restrictions, and expectations are provided. I believe ...


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Bang on the Elephant! I think this is a very important clarification to the Real World Question Policy, and a long time coming. It seems to me that this clarification might also cover questions of real world speculation in the guise of worldbuilding as well. As with RWQ, speculation is fun, but without sufficient or acceptable context, neither question type ...


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It appears this issue is easily repaired by removing a single word from the science-based tag summary and a sentence from the hard-science tag wiki First of all, it is critical to understand the purpose of tags. They do NOT scope the question. They scope the answers. Yes, I get the fact that people will commonly use them from the perspective of "This is ...


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I think as written it's pretty clear that the tags are mutually exclusive. From the hard-science tag Requires answers backed up by equations, empirical evidence, scientific papers, other citations, etc. Contrast with: science-based and reality-check tags. From the science-based tag For questions that require answers based on hard science, not magic or ...


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The original question in May 2019 asking for a policy clarification listed a number of issues: Pros: It expands the number of questions people may bring to our stack. It increases the visibility of our stack to search engines (e.g., "Star Wars" is mighty visible). Cons: It might (and probably does) duplicate what's going on at SciFi.SE (and ...


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Food for Thought at KeizerHarm's Tag Sale I think my answer to the other question addresses the issues of overzealousness of rule & Policy application. To summarize: I concur with your position that "research is not worldbuilding". However, I must also point out, that WB is not a research facility and I am not being paid enough by the Lords of ...


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Some Considerations This is a question of application of the Policy on Commercial & Third-Party Fictional Worlds. The basic policy is We have an unwritten rule that questions about commercial worlds (e.g. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, etc.) should be asked on the Science Fiction & Fantasy stack; and its description and discussion can be read here. ...


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Moved to a new question


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Accept them under these conditions : -If they don't damage the explicit message The obvious part : If someone ask explicitly about women (or men) doing something related to their gender in society (ie. statuses in society, men/women relationships...), don't accept the changes as the message will be changed. Now then, there's always a grey zone and this makes ...


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This is a phishing/malware campaign affecting many Internet sites, not just Stack Exchange, see for instance this article. Charcoal, the organization behind SmokeDetector, is aware of these posts and they are often automatically spam flagged. They post these answers on all kinds of questions, you were just unlucky to be hit twice.


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The edits were ridiculous If the world has really come to the point where reading the words "he" or "she" are intrinsically offensive, then we've really come to a sad state of affairs. But I beg you, understand what I'm saying in its correct context. The OP asked a question about a fictional world of their own creation. In that world, the ...


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It was painfully obvious that the OP was asking a Real World question for the purpose of solving a Real World problem And that's off-topic. There is a small group of people out there who figure this Stack should field any and all questions that come to it — but that is NOT how Stack Exchange designed their service, and it's their service, not ours. We're ...


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I didn't try to open that link, however the same scam attempt has been scattered on several questions on WB, none of them with images. I assume whoever is behind that scam wants to filter out the thinking brains and go for those who do not put much thought into clicking links.


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Of Course You Can Anatomical features & structures are the pease & corn of WB. We've had loads of anatomy questions as these are basic worldbuilding questions and fall under "systems". I disagree with you on one point, in stating that this forum is for " making sure that the features of your world are sensible and realistic/logical.&...


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My own take on the question in question is that it initially didn't have enough information for a reasonable answer to be able to be given. Then, subsequently, when the question was edited so as to state that this was a real-world question, it became dubious if the question was on topic at all. There may be situations in which a real-world-based question ...


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One small clarification, since it seems to have come up a bit in discussion. It’s true that correcting pronouns, including towards gender neutral pronouns where relevant, is a positive contribution. When folks come across this organically, it should be changed and is an improvement to the post. However, folks shouldn’t go well out of their way to make these ...


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The only part of L.Dutches answer I would personally take exception to, is the notion that "it looks more like you are trying to start a debate on nuclear power", which personally I didn't read into the question. But Diamond Mod's are privvy to more information than any other user, and may be aware of previous information we aren't (either from ...


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Answering in comments in frowned upon, because it circumvents the quality checks in place. If those 3 comments were actually working with the OP to make the question a better fit for our community I would have left them in place. Since those comments were instead answering the question, I took 2 of them down. The 3rd one was self taken down by the commenter....


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Leave it alone, change of any sort irritates me. That's my personal reaction, when I think about how our stack functions I'd also prefer it was left alone for two reasons: Accepted answers are one of the tools that I quite often use to understand how the person asking the question sees the question when I'm deciding whether I can contribute anything further ...


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Changing the pronouns to make them inclusive is compliant with the Code of Conduct Be inclusive and respectful. Avoid sarcasm and be careful with jokes — tone is hard to decipher online. Prefer gender-neutral language when uncertain. If a situation makes it hard to be friendly, stop participating and move on. If the edit goes in that direction, it should ...


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TL;DR - We need a test run, a month, it is hard to say without actual experience. Thinking about it, especially after Qami's post, it should be different for various sorting methods : Oldest first - it should be unpinned Highest votes - may be pinned Recent - probably unpinned The reason is the desired outcome, which is important when we choose this or ...


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Keep pinned, for quick & deterministic comparison between accepted answer and top-voted answer. "How far down will I have to scroll to find the accepted answer?" Writing it out really makes it sound like a first-world problem and or/a silly thing to be concerned about. But for a user who is navigating tons of questions each day, constantly ...


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A Possible Solution JBH brought up the "infinite list of things" vs "finite list of things" and I think that is probably your best bet for "improving" your question. I think the questions you link to provide a key to the success of the list type question. What I'd suggest is a simple inversion of your assumption. As it's ...


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I think that the evolutionary need/pressure for intelligence or bioluminescence is just better understood than the evolutionary need/pressure for hairlessness. Questions about evolutionary pressures have been met with more scrutiny lately as people began using them to ask for evolutionarily paths for every creatures they could think of, with no worldbuilding ...


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Leave pinned -- on Worldbuilding. Unpinning is absolutely the right behavior when people are asking questions about biology or physics or most other Stack Exchange sites. The person asking the question is often simply not qualified to say which answer is right, or else they wouldn't be asking. But on worldbuilding, the utility of an answer really is in the ...


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