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Your replacement for too story based is effectively a mix of too broad and primarily opinion based... I'm also not sure what problem you're trying to solve. Worldbuilding isn't and shouldn't be a catch all for any question someone can dream up. No Stack Exchange site is. The sites don't work that way because the people who answer the questions tend to like ...


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Your answer is not 'obviously hated'. Sentiments such as dislike or hatred should and have nothing to do with an answer being downvoted1. The issue with your answer is simply that it is a bad answer. You're starting it off with some prose that seems to contain bits of information that are a pain to pick out of the unnecessary fluff. You then continue with ...


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It's late where I am, so I'll only concentrate on those two example questions you brought up: What would the world be like if I killed the baby Hitler: This site is trying to create a Q&A repository with specific and clear answers to broken-down problems and questions. A question such as the one above does not fit this site for multiple reasons: It ...


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People upvote answers because they are clever, witty and entertaining, even if they are clearly outside the scope of Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding is generally about coming up with fictional worlds which if not realistic are at least plausible. In the linked question, accelerating a single proton to sufficient energies to disintegrate a planet is completely ...


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How do we go about solving this problem? Simple. Edit the post to fix the errors. This goes whether the errors are in spelling or grammar. If you don't have the time to fix all of it (we tend to get answers especially that go rather well in depth, which makes them rather lengthy), you certainly can fix a part of it. Someone else, or perhaps yourself later ...


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As I mentioned before... I'm thinking that a one post per user rule would help tremendously. Users should be expected to improve their post till it can be posted on the main site, or if it's not salvageable delete it. After all the point of the thing should be to get feedback and improve the question... If that isn't happening they should be discouraged ...


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I think the answer you linked to is one of your best answers, and got upvotes from me and a couple other people, it looks like. I skimmed over some of your other answers, and some things immediately spring out at me about this one: You used block quotes, but in the right places. Sometimes, other people can say things better than we can, and a nicely ...


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I can't speak about the other answers, but my answer was probably upvoted because, at the time I answered, there was nothing in the question about using near-future technology. The goal of the question was to 'destroy the Earth, or at least obliterate all life, using only one element.' I've seen this happen in a few other questions as well, where the asker ...


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Alright... I know I shouldn't feed the trolls, but I think this needs to be said... I voted to close and downvoted this Meta post for being a rant. It doesn't serve a purpose other than stirring the pot and drawing more people and attention to deliberately manufactured drama. It doesn't appear that anyone "snapped" you engaged with the community the way ...


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The specific answer linked to in the question references a short story by a named author, and points to where it can be found, but does not really describe the solution used by that author, short of a brief mention that the specific solution is not explicitly discussed in the work in question. That is effectively what we already consider an outgrowth of ...


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I downvoted the answer and this question because they both demonstrate the same patterns of attention seeking behavior that have been explained to you over and over again. Both votes had nothing at all to do with offering​ a different approach as an answer. There's really nothing wrong with offering an alternative approach, provided that the answer still ...


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I think part of this issue comes from mob mentality, which causes people to behave in accordance with the people around them. Seeing a question or answer that already has upvotes implies it has good content, which encourages people to upvote it again. I know that I, while reading through the existing answers to a question, sometimes forget parts of the ...


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What you call "fishing-for-ideas" questions have been known on this site as ideas-generation questions. You can go and do a search on WB Meta to see how they have been dealt with the past. Previously, ideas-generation was considered a reason to vote to close, however, this was replaced with the VTC categories of opinion-based and too broad and is no longer ...


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Well, towel gun had my VtC, because I see it as a joke, not worldbuilding. Having that out of the way... No One big no. Everything and anything can be a plot element, so accepting plot questions would effectively remove any scope and limits from this site and that's quite against the very point that brought many, if not most of us here. There are many Q&...


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Incorrect answers should not be deleted. They should be downvoted and/or commented on. Note that downvotes are reversible if the post is edited. New users should already have gotten feedback from the First Posts queue. They shouldn't be getting feedback from the Low Quality queue. Perhaps the problem here is that people aren't handling their First ...


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The users might tend to vote without thinking about the consequences too much, because they are not the only one sharing the decision of deletion (I know, I did in the past). Because there are other people required for the deletion, they might think that the others will write something. The problem comes when the others are thinking the same resulting in a ...


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What Monica mentioned is my method as well. I will generally add a note explaining what is wrong with the answer and then say it looks ok...even if it doesn't necessarily. I don't want a user's first post to be deleted 20 minutes later because it popped up in queue...I feel like it chases new people away. The number of these is pretty limited, maybe 2 ...


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Exercise patience. This is most likely a temporary aberration. The fact that two users are monopolizing is something that will happen from time to time. Hopefully they will eventually learn to do questions better. In time, other users will post questions. One way of making the sandbox more productive would be to encourage other users to post their questions ...


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Bypassing the "why was this specific answer downvoted" as the other two answers to this meta question have that covered and diving into the question part of your question, "is it such a big deal to propose an alternative idea, outside the question's scope[...]?" No, it's not. In fact, approaching a given question from a slightly different angle has been ...


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I was surprised by how quickly your post, still in its first version, was downvoted. It was also flagged as not an answer. This was after a period of low traffic on tne site. Why would people spend their own hard-earned rep to downvote if it already shows a −1 and is in the review queue (so a number appears next to the close link)? My guess is because of ...


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I appreciate that it’s frustrating to work up a detailed answer and have it be not-appreciated. I also feel for the OP who sees something that indicates that the question was not read and understood properly.


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Correct me if I'm wrong, but answer ban on meta works all right? If it does, then problem will solve itself, as users who post a lot of poorly received, downvoted posts to sandbox will soon be banned f from posting on meta. And last time I asked, deleted answers actually counted more towards auto ban, not less, so the fact they are deleting does not help ...


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The reason is very simple in fact: The content in worldbuilding, as long as it fascinates people with the possibilities that such a thing might exist, is prone to be supported faster; If the answer has some coherent logic (although totally impractical or close to reality), changes the reader's perception in accepting the concept; Mob upvoting as Frostfyre ...


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