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In my opinion, idea generation questions are not a good fit for the Stack Exchange model for several reasons: There are no criteria for picking the best answer -- everyone's ideas are equally valid; the question is too subjective. It's just a kick-starter for a discussion or a debate -- SE is not a forum (1, 2), and does not care to have "good discussions." ...


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When should I close a Question as "Idea Generation"? We have an "Idea Generation" close reason, but it's important to apply it reasonably. In particular virtually every question on this site is asking for ideas to be generated in some way or another. The key thing that would cause a question to be closed with this reason is that the question is too open ...


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Rephrase the question to remove all references to individual actions and any "should" or "would" parts of the question. Off topic: Would Joe Marine 17 climb this hill wearing his backpack On topic: Could a well-trained marine wearing a 30kg weight backpack complete a 1-mile route with 500' of ascent in 10 minutes Off topic: Would ...


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When science isn't science Science and speculation aren't a good mix. When the two meet in one post, it's incredibly easy to speculate that something might be a good scientific theory. However, this may also attract downvotes: where science is required (such as the hard-science tag), we like to see hard, verifiable science, preferably with citations. You ...


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The LateX code required to give a particular output can be learned from a variety of sources, from the TeX stack exchange site to mathurl.com where you can piece together an expression and then see what code produces it. This and this are also good dictionaries for LaTeX. You can also click "edit" below any question or answer you'd like to emulate, and see ...


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We want to make it easy for people to contribute to the blog, whether there's one article that you want to write or you have an idea for a whole series or you're just not sure and want to check us out. This post is for you. How to get your work on the blog If you have an idea already, please either comment here or tell us about it in the blog chat room. If ...


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How to Use Medium Each time a new contributor has been brought on board, we've had to get them up to speed on the tools we're using - specifically, we've had to explain how to use Medium. This is through no fault of the fine folks who write for the blog, so we'd like to smoothen the onboarding process by providing this guide on how to get started writing ...


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Why is my question "Too Story Based" The key difference between Story based and World based is Will vs Can respectively. For example. Will Joe Marine climb this mountain? <character and mountain specs> That depends Is he lazy? Why is he there? What motives does he have for vs against? How's his life insurance? If you can easily negate any ...


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Question: Are you actually answering the question, within the constraints stated in the question? Should be answered: Yes Worldbuilding SE is a part of the Stack Exchange network, which is not an ordinary discussion forum. When you post an answer, you need to ensure that your answer actually answers the question that is being asked at the ...


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Question: Is your answer consistent with present-day relevant scientific knowledge, or does the question specifically ask for or allow for answers based in something other than present-day scientific knowledge? Should be answered: Yes Worldbuilding SE allows for questions that completely disregard present-day scientific knowledge; for ...


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Question: Is your answer clearly formatted and legible? Should be answered: Yes Layout is important Titles are a great way to get a point across quickly, if your answer allows a brief phrase summary this is the place to put it. You can follow the title with a longer summary if you're giving a long answer, but get readers engaged quickly with the point you'...


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Question: Is the question likely to be closed/Should the question be closed? Should be answered: No If the question should be closed you should focus on either getting the question closed or editing the question to keep it open rather than answering the question. By answering questions that are off topic, too broad or primarily opinion based we are ...


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Question: Are you summarizing the relevant parts from links you provided? Should be answered: Yes It's important to summarize the most important parts from linked resources in your answer as the idea behind the StackExchange network is to provide canonical answers to questions other people might have again in the future. If someone ...


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Too broad -- too many questions Your question was put on hold because it asks too many questions, which makes it hard to answer with a concise and focused answer and makes it hard for the community to rate answers that address only some of your questions. Tips on how to fix: Separate your question into multiple questions. In general we recommend asking ...


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A conversation with the OP of this question led to the following response (modified for the general audience). Systems vs. Circumstances Worldbuilding is the process of describing systems. People may be involved in some of those systems (e.g., a bureaucracy), but it's not the people you're building, it's the system. Here at WB.SE, the moment you ask about ...


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Question: Have you read the other answers posted for the question to ensure you are not duplicating what another has already posted? Should be answered: Yes. You should not read the question and immediately post your answer. This often results in duplication and low quality answers. To provide good answers that help the original poster (OP) best, you ...


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Question: Have you explained the reason why the premise of the question won't work? Should be answered: Yes Challenging the premise of the question is allowed, however you must do it very carefully. Unless the question is asking about the plausibility or science-based answers, generally "We should accept the parameters of the question and go from there." If ...


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How to publish submissions (for blog editors and Worldbuilding moderators) (We have several people with edit privileges on the blog. These are my notes to make it easier for others to publish stuff, because maybe someday I'll want to take a vacation or something. :-) ) On Medium Go to the list of submissions ("stories" on the blog menu) and click ...


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Question: Is your answer written in a neutral or respectful tone? Should be answered: Yes. As a member of the Stack Exchange network, you are expected to be nice to everyone. This doesn't mean you have to be a bootlicker (in fact, you probably shouldn't), but a respectful tone is expected and lack of such can, especially if it keeps going on ...


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Question: Did you skip the body of the question and respond to headline/title? Should be answered: No. Headlines and titles that perfectly summarise the essence of a question are very hard to write and sometimes are even impossible. There is a high probability that you cannot provide a helpful answer without reading the full body of the ...


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Question: Can your answer be boiled down to "use magic"? Should be answered: No! Nononononoo! Even if a question is talking about magic do not take that as a liberty to answer with 'use magic' or any variation of it. Not only does an answer of this kind mock the question, it also mocks anyone investing time and effort into writing a good ...


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Question: Did you back up/explain any numbers or 'facts' you mention? Should be answered: Yes While the reasoning behind a statement/assertion might be perfectly clear and replicable to you, it may not be so for those reading your answer. Heavens forbid it might not even be comprehensible for the person asking the question in the first place! ...


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Question: Is your answer actually up-to-date with the current edit of the question? Should be answered: Yes. Sometimes a question is edited either to fit better with the scope of the Worldbuilding and StackExchange Q&A format, or clarify the author intention of the question. While we try hard not to invalidate existing answers, sometimes it is an ...


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Question: Have you actually answered the main question, rather than the related questions and possible implications? Should be answered: Yes. Question may have several question marks, but the main answer usually is indicated in the title and bolded in the body. Your answer should address the main concern, and then you can expand your answer to address the ...


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