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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 not satisfy the criteria of that tag do not give original poster the information they seek, in much the same way that answers invoking magic are not valid ...


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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 solved their problem. If the OP indicates that their problem is solved by another question, even though the tags are different, there is little we can do, aside ...


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If you are just looking for random more ideas you are in the wrong place. The idea is to have answers that are better according to the criteria defined by the OP, not to have brainstorming sessions. Criteria are where you can try to start with a new question. Just add a link to the other question at the start and say something like: I have seen [this ...


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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). However, it's easy to see how this happens, so we should also clarify the distinction in the question itself. Tags are easy to miss, especially on mobile or in the ...


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If every answer on the duplicate is also a valid answer on the original, then it makes sense to move them. Sometimes the duplicate is more specific than the original, and answers on that duplicate don't cover all the cases in the original; in that case I don't think it makes sense to move. It also night not make sense if both questions have collected ...


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This is not possible for a normal user You can't. The dialog would tell you that you can't mark the question as a duplicate if the other one doesn't have an answer. Go on the unanswered tab and select any question. It can even have answers, but if they are in that tab those answers don't have any upvotes (yet). Copy the link. Go to the active tab. Choose any ...


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Yes. Caveat: Provided that we formulate the specialist SE site questions well, to be GOOD on topic questions AND judiciously synthecize good World-building answers instead of mere copy/pasting the SE answers here. Pros: It lets us build much much better answers, by leveraging scientific field expertise of relevant SE sites which our site might have in ...


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I'm one of the commentors on your question and I'll take the time to expand on my comment. I'm bothered that your question was closed as a duplicate of another question that was itself closed as unclear. That presuposes that your question is as unclear as the earlier question. Frankly, I'm not convinced the earlier question deserved to be closed as ...


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I see the tags as a matter distinct from the question(s) asked in the title & body of the Query. The cited questions share two tags in common: Kessler Syndrome & science-based; don't share other tags: near future, orbital mechanics & satellites. Given the random nature of tag utilisation I don't see that as a viable sieve for determining ...


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While the questions clearly are not duplicates with any close reading (the first asks specifically about viewing reflections off of other planets as opposed to the use of a mirror) there is an important guideline regarding duplicate questions that is not being properly followed. This has happened with this question but it's not an isolated incident. I've ...


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WB:SE is not a discussion forum The natural creativity of Worldbuilding.SE and the very ambiguity you are discussion are at natural odds with the intent of Stack Exchange and its original site, Stack Overflow. The reality we must abide by is this: Stack Exchange sites are not discussion forums. Consequently, we are bound to the basic one-specific-...


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Given the actual closure behaviour I've seen "question X is a duplicate of question Y if, and only if, any valid answer to question Y is an equally valid answer to question X." doesn't seem to be the practice. The practice appears to be more like "question X is a duplicate of question Y if the existing valid answers to question Y are equally valid ...


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I remember the confusion with the 40mph runners, where we weren't sure whether it was an evolved trait or a suddenly given one as the responses would be completely different in each case. One government regulation and the other evolved social dynamics. I feel the same is true here and the two cases should be held clearly separate.


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I issued the close vote. I felt that anyone looking for hard-magic ways of transmuting elements will necessarily need to deal with the general conservation of energy as the most crucial part of that framework given the massive amounts of energy involved. If you hand-wave that away then you are quickly out of the realm of hard-magic. I also want to ...


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If a question is actually reworked such that an answer to one variant is not an answer to another variant (for whatever reason), then by definition it is not a duplicate, on-site or cross-site. (They can, however, very much be related, and I would encourage adding appropriate links.) Just make sure to attribute content appropriately. I can't see much reason ...


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As soon as one of them has valid, upvoted answer, we should close other one There is no requirement that new one should be closed. Duplicates should be, and if new one is better, and attracts answers of better quality, then close old one, simple. Exception: close question if it's repeated by the same user Don't know if it is possible for regular users (at ...


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Whether a question exists elsewhere -- another Stack Exchange site, Quora, an academic site, etc -- should not affect whether the question is welcome on our site. We should judge each question on its own merits. So closing as off-topic just because it also exists on Physics isn't the right approach, except maybe in the degenerate case of an exact duplicate ...


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How does one ask a hypothetical/theoretical question, which was asked before, without being marked as a duplicate? You are not supposed to be able to. Stack Exchange is about building a knowledge base and helping future readers as much or more as helping you here and now. If you are about to ask the same question, do not. The proper way to do it is to set ...


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Considerations: Q2016 specifies horns. Q2018 specifies a broader range of protuberances including antlers and perhaps teeth (tusks) as well. That is a point of differentiation, but it is one of detail rather than substance. Whether the underlying mechanism is bone, tooth or hair, the desired result, getting humans to have hard bits sticking off, is identical....


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(...) hypothetical, or theoretical. There is no absolute answer (...) If the knowledge needed to answe a question is covered by a theory, then it will most probably have one absolute answer. This is the case with many reality check and science-based questions, such as, for example: The Paradox Men - Cosmology How would one design an undetectable nuke to ...


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