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NOTE: This answer is for the "What Questions Can I Ask Here?" section of the help center. All text from this line on is intended for the article. Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a site for developers, designers, writers and artists to get help creating imaginary worlds. This includes geography, culture and creatures for the world. Questions on this site ...


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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 you want. I'll convert this answer to a community wiki so that anyone and everyone can add to it. Contributors: Please alphabetize contributions. Thank you. ...


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Yes, by adding the following bullet point under "questions are welcome that are about": How to achieve a specified effect in a defined world, including by the use of technology or magic, while maintaning in-universe consistency


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Yes. I propose that we add as a bullet point under "as long as they are not about": Historical events of or historical facts about the real world, except when provided as examples or comparisons in the construction of an imaginary world (consider the History or respective subject-specific Stack Exchange sites)


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Like the poster of this question I have concerns about the arbitrary interpretation of vote to close reasons, this is due to twenty years experience in the legal services section of a government department where we worked at high standards of evaluation, consideration, analysis, and particularly in the interpretation of the criteria, rules and operating ...


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I voted to close this question. First off, it really does belong on Physics.SE. While we can answer physics questions, it's best to handle them on the "mother" SE site. The physics questions I find we cover best are the ones where the physics is "too out there" for Physics.SE. In this case, antimatter anhilation is mainstream physics. We teach it in ...


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While every Stack Exchange site has its own distinct differences, Worldbuilding is “more different” in some ways. Rather than being an answer to a need for some task you are trying to accomplish, here we often have a showcase of different creative answers. If you have a real-life need like a programming or software usage issue, once you have an answer that ...


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I’d edit that down: Consider waiting 24-48 hours before selecting the best answer to allow our world-spanning community a chance to contribute. Short and to the point. Doesn’t judge those who disagree. Makes the case nicely.


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I see a lot of very long posts. I agree with some, disagree with the rest, but to my eyes those are all TL;DR, which is not inviting to discussion. I voted to close as off-topic, using the "this is not about worldbuilding" option. The reason I did that is because I think there is no worldbuilding involved in the linked question. It should be as simple as ...


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I propose a simple modification to this section (bullet 4): as long as they are not about: Actions of individual characters, rather than elements of the world they inhabit Character building Elements of plot Facts about the real world, or historical or modern events, except when provided as examples or comparisons in the construction of an imaginary world (...


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I propose that we change the relevant paragraph to: Note that questions must be specific as well as answerable. If you are looking for discussion, brainstorming, or an overall process rather than specific question-and-answers, the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange might not be a good place for your question. Such questions may however be welcome in ...


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Moderators can edit the on-topic page in the Help Center. Please propose a specific addition on meta so people can vote. Thanks. The tour is largely not editable. (I think we can edit the first paragraph, but that's not the place to put this info.)


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NOTE: This answer is for the custom elements of the tour. Beyond these two lines it is all intended for the three or four lines of the tour that describes what we can or cannot ask. Discuss content in the comments. Ask about... Creating elements of a world. Specific effects of events on a world. Technology and magic. Don't ask about... Specific actions ...


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Chatrooms with only a few messages are automatically deleted after 7 days. I can see them because I'm a moderator elsewhere in the Stack Exchange network; I don't think there's much harm in sharing it:


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I've found that one of the best ways to find an existing question on any Stack Exchange site is to start to ask it. Type the title and then look at the list of questions it suggests -- often I find my answer there. Other than that, is:question combined with tags ([tag-name]) and search keywords is often productive. If your keywords are ambiguous (for ...


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No, we should not choose a different post for the tour because of the avatar The people that look so close at the tour that they realize there is an icon that is similar to that of Reddit are likely not the people that will ignore everything else (plus the fact that it's obviously an avatar of some user) and try to use the site like Reddit. At least that's ...


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Perhaps an area of focus we need to work on isn't so much "what topics can I ask about here" but rather "What is Worldbuilding Stack Exchange all about?" Going back the Source, we read here at the Stack Exchange tour: Stack Exchange is a network of 172 communities that are created and run by experts and enthusiasts like you who are passionate about a ...


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Can the Help Center "How do I write a good answer" page be modified by our wonderful Mods? As pointed out in a comment, the answer to this is no. A few pages in the help center can be modified by site mods; How do I write a good answer? is not one of them. More often than I like, I find people posting answers or comments that are more interested in "...


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Yes One, that's way too long. The example should be a comment such as "Could you please clarify ..." Also, I completely agree. This comment is mostly not a good example. This is like a kindergarten teacher saying, "Remember to be nice! Also, Randy, your mom smells like a dead tortoise!" (Of course, the comment in question is not rude, ...


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While I understand the motivations behind this proposal and actually support them, my concern is that the word 'objective' can itself (in this particular context) be subjective. I'd argue that it's possible (albeit unlikely) that this proposal, if implemented, could muddy the already murky POB waters. At best, it's likely to reduce magical traffic and I'll ...


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First off, yes, it does appear that the page in question is not editable by moderators. That said, I'm not so sure that phrasing is necessarily a problem in practice, even if people were to take it more literally. Notice that the bullet point specifically talks about open-ended questions. That's basically what we call idea generation questions: every answer ...


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We should link to How to write the perfect question from the on-topic help page, in the paragraph after the lists of what is on- and off-topic. That paragraph currently reads: Note that questions must be specific as well as answerable. If you are looking for discussion, brainstorming, or an overall process rather than specific question-and-answers, the ...


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Questions about the real world are on-topic, except for historical events of or historical facts about the real world. That would go to History SE. So chemistry question are on-topic. Sometimes people think it is off-topic but this is not true as long as the question is about worldbuilding. These kind of questions can normally be asked here or on ...


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In your edit which introduced Meta questions into your post you said (emphasis yours): Second edit: It's fine with me if this is kept on hold but the help center says on topic world building topics include: "Effects of events or world elements, including biology, technology and magic, on specific aspects of that world's societies, cultures, and ...


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The specific page of the help is the on-topic page, which says Worldbuilding SE welcomes questions on the following specifically Effects of events or world elements, including biology, technology and magic, on specific aspects of that world's societies, cultures, and environment and later as long as they are not about: Actions of ...


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The problem with the statement "Your question must be phrased in such a way that answers can be objectively voted on by the community." is that it provides zero guidance on what constitutes "objective". No-one needs to be a philosopher to know what constitutes "objective' is essentially "subjective". And especially here where the majority of topics that are ...


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The main problem with the question under discussion is that a serious answer would require a lot of work and a lot of physics; there are not that many people on this site who have the capability to do the work, and, in addition, there are not many people on this site who would appreciate it. The accepted answer, posted by the inquirer themself, is painfully ...


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First of all, most things I remember as being here are things I answered. So if I'm trying to find something again, I start by searching my own posts. I also know what vocabulary I would have used. Clicking on the rep number to get to your profile includes a search blank with a filter already filled in. Add the search words to that, to search your own ...


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The Ask Patents Help Center, for example, has content that is different from the usual boilerplate. However, most of the Help Center pages are not editable by users or moderators. What Code Review has done is draft the pages on Meta. When ready, you can ask a Community Manager to publish the draft.


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Unfortunately I don't seem to have access to edit this page, so our options are limited unless Stack Exchange want to add this as a feature. I agree that particular line is unfortunate but most of the page is reasonably well suited to our needs.


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