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(I'm mostly bouncing off of Chad's Answer here) I think we're more on the same page than you think. It's just a matter of how far you want to push it. Yes, discussing and working out storyline plots is an intrinsic part of "world building" — but when questions veer from specific, answerable questions about building alternative worlds into the realm ...


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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 few times where people trying to be funny put titles that are utterly meaningless when it comes to knowing what the actual question is.


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If we can get the blessing from Robert Cartaino, Grace Note, and/or their group at SE I think we should open up the topic to include storytelling and plot building. It seems that this is either going to be something this site will either fight against its entire existance or something it can embrace and grow with. It will still be very important that ...


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Moderators can see the voting behavior of users. Although they can't see the specific details of each vote, they have the metadata. Furthermore, if you up-vote too many posts of the same user in a short time, the system can undo it automatically under certain conditions: What is serial voting and how does it affect me? If it's done in good faith, you should ...


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It's bad if it's dishonest. Because we, society, have agreed that being dishonest is bad. However, if the two people legitimately like the other person's posts for whatever reason then it's not bad. The obvious extension would be creating a second account to vote for all your posts. That's bad. It's inherently dishonest. In either case it is ultimately ...


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I do think we have a certain subset of tags that get used a lot (like hard-science and reality-check) and/or get talked about a lot (something like magic); it seems like it'd be useful to have these tags in Meta so people can easily access a repository of previous discussions on these tags. I don't think the extra 'meta' is needed though. That would only ...


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If this level of granularity is possible, I'd like to lower the rep requirement for answers on meta to 1. This allows Sandbox participation without enabling accidental mis-posting of main-site questions on meta (as questions). Note that users without 5 rep can already ask on meta about their own questions (and answers). This proposal wouldn't interfere ...


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After looking at the question the OP asked on PPCG I think there wouldn't be any harm in lowering the rep requirement for Meta. The single answer to that question states that there hasn't been any spam in the last 30 days and the comments to the question and answer indicate that PPCG doesn't have to deal with real spam on their Meta Site, only with a few ...


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The "built-in" close reasons -- duplicate, too broad, primarily opinion-based, and unclear -- are built into the SE software and are used on all sites, main and meta. This also applies to the "generic" off-topic reasons. You're right; this close reason doesn't make much sense on meta. I won't say it never applies; I think I've seen it, though I don't ...


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No, there is no precedence (apart from the linked draft) - but why not? The intention is to have a question Sandbox for questions on Main. For example I remember that there were arguments against it being used for questions+self-answer, but it was used like that once (10k link) after a little meta discussion. Personally I don't see a lot of harm in using the ...


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Yes! Other sites have sandboxes, though they may be used for different purposes. Mathematics has one for long posts in general. At the moment, it's pretty empty, but some of the posts have hundreds of revisions. MathOverflow has one, too, which is used semi-often. Physics has one, but a lot of the posts were defaced, and most - if not all - were never ...


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"Help me figure out my plot/story/character motivations" is a bad fit for Stack Exchange, as Robert Cartaino explained here about the "Storytelling and blot buidling" SE proposal (emphasis mine): Yes, writer's block and plot development are certainly common problems for writers, but the site you are proposing is not aimed at the ...


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Yes, definitely. I think a sandbox is a brilliant idea to make sure that questions don't have to be down voted, closed and reworked on the main site, which has the effect of lowering the apparent quality of our site by having more closed questions. However, as a member on PPCG, I have to say the sandbox there is very cluttered. It's hard to keep track of ...


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In my opinion the meta traffic for Worldbuilding is slow enough that questions and answers can be pretty easily monitored by the community. With only a few posts a day letting new users post wouldn't present a significant issue. With that said... I'm not sure if the sandbox is really working as intended. It seems to have turned into a dumping ground, ...


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Do our tags need tags, or do some sets of tags need tags? That is, is it useful to have a meta-hard-science tag and a meta-science-based tag and so on, or are the discussions intertwined and a lot of posts would get multiply tagged? If it's the latter, maybe we need a science-tags tag.


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As Tim said, and I'd like to add this: It's sort of possible to do this with the topic challenges. I make no claims that it's the same mechanism, but still. If, for a topic challenge, you post a question with a funny yet catchy and descriptive title, people are going to want to look at it. The more people look at it, the more votes and answers you get, and ...


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The "meta-" prefix would help when tags do overlap* (rare but possible) and might avoid confusion in actual discussions about tags in Meta posts. I think the "meta-" prefix is a good idea. "bug" could be a tag for the main site, for example. Even with the markup applied (and not everyone will apply the markup when typing), the background color is different ...


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