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What's wrong with "idea generation" questions?

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; ...
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What's wrong with "idea generation" questions?

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 ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

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 ...
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Why was my post downvoted?

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 ...
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How do I add mathematical notation using Latex MathJax?

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 ...
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We have a blog!

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....
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We have a blog!

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 ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

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? ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why was my question closed? [Collected Answers]

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 ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

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 ...
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Checklist for the perfect answer - Idea refinement

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 ...
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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. ...
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We have a blog!

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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 '...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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