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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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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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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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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 ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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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 ...
sphennings's user avatar
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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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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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 ...
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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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Request : Public close voting

What would you do with this information if you had it? If the question garners enough votes to be put on hold, the identities of the voters are shown. If it doesn't, why do you care? It didn't work....
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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How can I Ignore/Block a user?

With the exception of chat, Stack Exchange doesn't support the ability to block users. This is the relevant meta.stackexchange discussion. This is a meta.stackexchange discussion about using a ...
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Private Messages - I think we need them

Your argument, as I understand it, is that there are certain moderation-related issues that you think should be discussed in private - in the room where it happens, I suppose. In other words, you want ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
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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 ...
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We are Too Ready to Close Questions - how to change this?

Our community, and more in general SE, is about ensuring quality of contributions. Quality of contributions means control on what is posted, to assure it fits the model behind each community. ...
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Is necroing a question really okay?

Necroing is Perfectly Fine Stack Exchange, in general, and Worldbuilding in particular are not time limited Q&A forums. Any query asked now is considered valid and fair game forever, for the ...
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Can we get a "bad assumption" option for closing questions?

Let's take a look at your example question. You say that it's based on a false assumption. Presumably, the false assumption that cryogenic suspension "lacks a good scientific explanation." My response ...
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Unfairly put on hold

Getting the hang of what is and isn't accepted on a site is never an easy task. Even seasoned users have some time struggle with one or another question. So you should not feel bad about having a ...
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Do we have any success stories yet? I want to read them!

I agree with the suggestions in this answer to use your profile and (responsible) promotion in relevant answers. In addition, I don't see why we couldn't have a "what are your success stories?" ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Notices for our traditions: Anatomically correct (and Santa)

Each question should be judged on its own merits. Seriously. Personally, I very often feel that the "anatomically correct" questions are poor. They are often both underspecified and broad. The ...
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Worldbuilding Discord Server

I don't think this is a good idea - the chat is good enough for what the community needs, but if you find others feel free to create a private Discord space for WorldBuilding.SE and announce it in the ...
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