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We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts

Creativity vs Science Lite Somewhere in this discussion and definitely in the who we are / what we do sections, we really need to stress that worldbuilding is a creative endeavour and that we ...
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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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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

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 ...
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Policy Recommendation: We recommend that users wait 24-48 hours before selecting a best answer

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 ...
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A Plea for Consistent Close-Voting

The problem is not inconsistency. All active VTC'ers are rather consistent in their votes. The real problem is the lack of a well-defined policy. As it is now, 'opinion-based' is a purely subjective ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

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 ...
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Please wait at least 24 hours before Accepting an answer

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, ...
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We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts

Story in questions Is storybuilding part of WBSE? can I ask about my story? (e.g. let people do a internal consistency check on my story) can I give story details to explain something in my question? ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

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 ...
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What changes about real-world questions are needed to the help center?

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 ...
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A Plea for Consistent Close-Voting

Subjectivity Rules the Day As you know, I'm often in agreement with you on matters of custom and even policy. I think my main concern here is not so much the desire to be consistent in voting to close ...
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Speculative but factual Books: Worldbuilding or not?

This is Worldbuilding I honestly do not even understand why this question is being asked! We've never called into question anyone's motivation this way before (with the exception of obvious non-...
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Speculative but factual Books: Worldbuilding or not?

This is worldbuilding, so on-topic And I'd dare say even more so than Star Wars, Asimov's Fundation, Elden ring or any other "traditional work" because we -almost1- don't have the story part ...
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How do you find a chat room that doesn’t appear when you click on it?

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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Search Tips Wanted Please

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 ...
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Sharing the "how-to" meta content via help

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 ...
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Help tour includes a potentially confusing user avatar

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 ...
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Clarifying “What topics can I ask about here?” from the help center

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 ...
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Our tour includes a comment that doesn't practice what we preach

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 ...
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Modify the "How do I write a good answer" help center page to clarify worldbuilding

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 ...
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Speculative but factual Books: Worldbuilding or not?

TLDR: We're here to build worlds not write textbooks. If we examine the question OP is clearly asking about building a world. Asking for help writing a textbook would be inappropriate for this site, ...
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Proposal : An automated "tutorial" notification for new users with low-score posts

New users are often unaware of the details of the UI and, as a consequence, have a poor UX. Adding a notification which ends up in that same UI won't make any good for them. I still remember when I ...
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We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts

Worldbuilding Stack Resources The Stack provides a number of resources to help you with your worldbuilding. Please consider reviewing these resources before asking a question. Worldbuilding Meta is ...
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Speculative but factual Books: Worldbuilding or not?

I just replied to your comment on my post, but I think these concerns are unnecessary. I've been doing lots of research, combing through journal articles on a range of relevant fields, and yes, I've ...
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Phrasing questions such that answers can be objectively voted upon

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 ...
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Sharing the "how-to" meta content via help

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 ...
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No clue why the gas question is not world building

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 ...
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We're going to upgrade the Help Center page, here is the 100,000-foot-view discussion of the what-we-cans and what-we-can'ts

I don't have a formal write up for this, but I would like to see more specific resources for people with moderator privileges about what to do in common situations. We are given privileges, and there ...
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No clue why the gas question is not world building

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 ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

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, ...
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