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How do we feel about questions where the answer is "it exists in the real world?"

Things don't have to be fantasy/fiction to be on topic for world building. Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for writers, artists and others using science, geography and ...
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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

In general, I don't have a problem with them since most of the time, those questions are posed in a clinical voice, much like a doctor might describe injuries from a horrific automobile accident. Yes,...
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Let's talk about sexploitation questions

We should take the same approach as with torture questions and I think I'll just copy from my answer to the discussion you linked (see the original for further links): In general, I don't ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

Rephrase the question to remove all references to individual actions and any "should" or "would" parts of the question. Off topic: Would Joe Marine 17 climb this hill wearing his ...
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Is a "real world" question off topic?

Ok so this topic keeps coming up over and over again...and again. The WB site description: Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for writers, artists and others using ...
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A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate

I am in total agreement with this. One minor point is that there needs to be room for differences of opinion and subjective view, even with the "bad questions". Regarding Don’t answer questions ...
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Are History of Worldbuilding questions on topic?

The question asks about the first date when a concept was put in a story. That's not worldbuilding, but plain literature history. If I have a question about literature history I ask it on the ...
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Closing of True Name question

I would like to suggest that the burden on building worlds should go to those who ask the question, rather than those who answer it. I understand Worldbuilding SE to be a place where you can come with ...
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What is the subject matter distinction between Worldbuilding SE and Science Fiction & Fantasy SE?

Scifi.SE focuses on existing works of Scientific Fiction and Fantasy, whereas Worldbuilding is to help people who are developing worlds of Fantasy/Fiction in various areas.
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How can questions be closed as being "primarily opinion-based" on Worldbuilding?

So . . . this gets back to the issue of Good Subjective, Bad Subjective, which is a concept Worldbuilding's struggled with since its conception. The main two points, as they apply here, are: It's ...
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"Only Three Books" question set

I was once a regional manager for a small retail chain. In a manager's staff meeting one day we were discussing how to improve the shopping experience with music. Managers were complaining that they ...
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How curious is too curious?

I think you might have stumbled onto an issue that first reared its head about two and a half years ago, waaaaay back in early 2016. It started with Is Worldbuilding a What If Site? - a discussion ...
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Why was "Making a sword in the stone, in a medieval world without magic" *not* closed?

I am not sure you understand what we mean when we say story based So in the first question you linked, you have a very specific very answerable, no magic question, namely: How can a sword-smith ...
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Can I ask about mythological creatures here?

Now that this is on Meta, I feel ok answering it. Absolutely We've got a whole bunch of "anatomically correct..." questions, along with several questions that branch off into related topics once ...
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How can a parody of an out-of-universe movie question be Worldbuilding?

This question is on-topic because the author is trying to build his own world - he just takes inspiration in a humorous way from an already existing universe Yes, he clearly took paralleles to ...
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A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate

For the record I'm against this change (let's call it a liberalization of policy). However if this is to be adopted I strongly feel we need formal rules and "reasons to close" which at least try and ...
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Why is my question "Too Story Based" and how do I get it opened?

Why is my question "Too Story Based" The key difference between Story based and World based is Will vs Can respectively. For example. Will Joe Marine climb this mountain? ...
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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

It depends. Questions about building a world in which people may be painfully killed (for example my bonegrass question seem to me to be acceptable (obviously, or I wouldn't have written the question)...
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Is questioning a well known trope on topic?

I would say yes. A trope is just a common bit of worldbuilding, it's no less on-topic than another perhaps more original question. The one place tropes can get a bit off-topic is when they start to ...
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Why is everyone suddenly so strongly against homework questions?

What is commonly called a "Homework question" on WorldBuilding.SE is basically a real-world question that can easily be answered by a little research and shows no interest in building a fictional ...
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Why was "How can The Temple of Elementary Evil reliably protect itself against kinetic bombardment?" put on hold?

Popularity != Suitability This same question has been asked a number of times on Meta. Basically, "my question's popular with no comments but it got closed, what gives?" Popularity has nothing to ...
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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

Yes, I think it should be okay to ask on this site. If you find those questions distasteful, then you should also find any of the following distasteful: Murder mystery novels Dr. G - Medical ...
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Closing of True Name question

As the author of the question, and with a similar reluctance to @TimB to use my own modhammer to reopen, I humbly suggest that the question is in fact a perfect match for the Scope of our ...
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Should questions requesting help creating a terrorist attack be answered?

Terrorism is not Off topic We create worlds, and those world may include anything. More importantly, we tend to create worlds that matter to us. And terrorism has stricken minds a lot in the past ...
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Can I ask about mythological creatures here?

We help people to build consistent, fictional worlds for novels, games, etc. A question like "what is a succubus" would be off topic, a question like "here is the succubus for my setting, are there ...
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Is WorldbuildingSE suitable for writers whose works are, more or less, realistic?

It's normally fine to ask questions about building a world that is based on an existing real world, including present-day or historical Earth. Many, but not all, of my own questions fall into that ...
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"Only Three Books" question set

I think they are worldbuilding all right. The problem is - is there really a way to answer them objectively? Or for the answers to be good subjective? I'm really unsure about this, and seeing what ...
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A proposal to finalize the "are real world questions on-topic" debate

I am in agreement with this, and am thrilled with worldbuilding accepting this stance. It also makes the site mesh better with other sites. Regarding: Caveat: Members are certainly welcome to ...
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Is the "suitable dress" question off topic?

I'm going to put a case here as to why it is on-topic, although I'm the first to admit that the argument is somewhat subjective. We often talk about physics, engineering, biology, applied maths, ...
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Suggestion: allow questions about theoretical physics

I think alternative worlds is a valid subject for WorldBuilding, given its name. However, questions in the form of "What if we had exactly the same world we have today, except ________" where the ...
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