62 votes

Save The Robot!

Some history Let me start with a story. Back - what, three and a half years ago? almost four - in the mists of ancient time, a strange site wandered into private and then public beta. We weren't like ...
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23 votes

Please lower the reputation requirement to participate on WB.SE Meta

Yes, we should lower the reputation requirement, for questions and answers Lowering the reputation requirement to post answers, and therefore to participate in the Sandbox, is a good step to make ...
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22 votes
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Enforcing mandatory comment when downvoting

This is an oft-declined request on Meta.SE. For example: Mandatory comment after downvote Must comment while downvoting Change Down Voting to Require Comment for Why & Change Flag to Report Make ...
22 votes

Hanging up my spurs now that the horse is dead - an open letter to SE about why their model is wrong

Posting this as an answer, instead of as a comment, because then you might read it :) Personally I've never found comments to be a problem. This is just my own perspective, but I've always found ...
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19 votes

LaTeX notation for Math

We've enabled MathJax on both the main and meta sites. As indicated in editing help, simply use $ as a delimiter. Enjoy!
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17 votes
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Why does the reputation system exist?

The reputation system exists for two reasons. To encourage and discourage certain behaviors and to give more experienced users increasing privileges and responsibility. The easiest ways to gain the ...
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17 votes

Can we extend mhchem support in MathJax to include physical units?

I support this request: Worldbuilding users can benefit from having mhchem enabled.
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15 votes

LaTeX notation for Math

I agree, while writing my answer to the tides question I thought would have been very useful to have formula available. Also the question about gravity strength. If maths formula were enabled we'd ...
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13 votes
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Idea for an unofficial contest

Honestly, while it's a fun idea I don't think it's needed and I don't think we should encourage people to make jokey titles rather than ones describing the question. We've already had that problem a ...
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12 votes
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What exactly is "Opinion Based" and why do we shun it?

There can be multiple correct answers. Acceptance doesn't mean "this is the best (or most-correct) answer"; it means "this is the one the person asking the question liked best". Sometimes it isn't ...
12 votes

Why can't Worldbuilding be combined with Science Fiction and Fantasy?

The linked question doesn't cover "would this work in my world?" and the other is "how did this work in this world?" What the accepted answer on it says is: Scifi.SE focuses on existing works ...
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12 votes

Proposal: ALL questions start "on hold" for 1 hour

It won't be implemented First of all, SE won't implement that. This is not useful to StackOverflow and goes against the idea of the site: Ask questions, get answers, no distractions Putting ...
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12 votes
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Can you ask questions anonymously?

Yes, you can. Method 1: Ask anonymously from the start The simplest method is, essentially: Log out of all sites. Navigate to the site you want. Ask your question. You'll get a temporary account ...
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11 votes

Hard-science reminder on answering?

I was just reminded of something that we do on another site that I think would help, that we can do today (requires no code changes or special actions from SE). On Mi Yodeya, once a year for a few ...
11 votes

MathJax and Pending Edits

I don't have any such edit to look at immediately, so I'm going from memory here. Please excuse any inaccuracies. There are different "views" of posts in the review queues. Particularly, there is a ...
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11 votes
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Definitions of Site-Specific Jargon

Changing the Help Center is not a simple thing — and it shouldn't be. Most of it is in the control of Stack Exchange, not the individual Stacks. This is a perfectly good place to create exactly what ...
10 votes
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How can we define which sites appear in the Off-Topic list?

Beta sites don't get to customize this list, but moderators (once we have them) can migrate anywhere. If you think a migration is called for, use a flag to say where and it'll be reviewed. The ...
10 votes

Worldbuilding chat feeds?

I agree with meta as posted chat messages and main site as ticker feeds. Works well for RPG.SE
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10 votes
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Can mods be changed to cast close votes like everyone else not as a moderator?

As Tim B explained, there are many good reasons for moderators to have the power to take immediate action, sometimes even in the face of community disagreement. This is not just limited to putting ...
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10 votes

Can we add "Logically Self-Contradicting" as a reason for closeure

I do not recommend closing these questions Many of the questions we see on the site do demonstrate a lack of knowledge in the topic being asked about. If the question is asked in good faith and ...
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9 votes

Should we rename Idea Generation?

The text of the idea-generation close reason is: Questions about Idea Generation are off-topic because they tend to result in list answers with no objective means to compare the quality of one ...
9 votes

Can we get a "bad assumption" option for closing questions?

Inevitably WB will get questions based on false assumptions and all sorts of sloppy thinking. Any question about the evolution of space whales or space-based lifeforms is almost certainly guaranteed ...
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9 votes

Proposal: ALL questions start "on hold" for 1 hour

Not "on hold", but "pending" + review. Justification and background: We put a lot of questions on hold, few of which get reopened. (Many do get edited, though a majority do not.) We know ...
9 votes
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Why is it allowed for users to down-vote a question that is already closed?

Question is still there, so it can be voted on. Downvotes and close votes are tangential to each other. Close votes are about "Should this question really be here? Is it answerable?" and votes are ...
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9 votes

Can post notices on the hard-science tag actually do something?

This is one of those areas where a topic breaks the model a bit. For questions, we have essentially two axes for voting: Closing a question - possible even if highly upvoted - makes it eligible for ...
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Notices for our traditions: Anatomically correct (and Santa)

I agree with this answer, and have some things to add. Post notices are not band-aids over weak questions: A question doesn't get a free pass just because somebody used a particular phrase in the ...
9 votes

Should we improve the discoverability of our Sandbox?

While steering new users to the Sandbox is good, the real problem is that experienced users don't read it and comment. I've used it myself and got almost no comments on my question proposal (the ...
8 votes
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Can we have an SE blog for this site?

If per-site blogs are ever coming back, it won't be for a long time. We love the enthusiasm, and we still think new ongoing blogs would be super cool, but site blogs are just not anywhere near the ...
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8 votes
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Why do people downvote but refrain from commenting the reason?

As one of the people who sometimes downvote without any comments, I will try to list for you my personal reasons for downvoting: 1: You are too political, borderline trolling. If the question is, say,...
8 votes

Is There A Way To Revert An Unwelcome Edit From Another User?

Yes, it's called a rollback. Go to the edit that you wish to change, and click the "rollback" button directly below the edit description. You should have ...
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