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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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Is Worldbuilding a What If Site?

Yeah, I'd say we've moved from Worldbuilding SE to Whatif SE. I see three problems that need to be dealt with: 1)- External image. Our most popular questions don't actually seem to be about ...
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How many questions here are really about worldbuilding?

(Speaking for myself, not in any official capacity) I think the questions you list there are all fine. They may not fit into everyone's own area of interest but they are all relevant to building a ...
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What's wrong with "idea generation" questions?

In my opinion, idea generation questions are not a good fit for the Stack Exchange model for several reasons: There are no criteria for picking the best answer -- everyone's ideas are equally valid; ...
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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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What's wrong with "idea generation" questions?

When should I close a Question as "Idea Generation"? We have an "Idea Generation" close reason, but it's important to apply it reasonably. In particular virtually every question on this site is ...
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Are software recommendation questions on topic?

I would say "Yes, if specific enough". Most SE sites don't allow recommendation questions, but there's a whole Software Recommendation SE that's specifically for it. While they're good at ...
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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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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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"Is this realistic?"

Questions in this area should be about the problem you're trying to solve -- e.g. "my people have only three fingers; what counting system would they most naturally develop?". As part of showing what ...
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How many questions here are really about worldbuilding?

In my opinion, one thing, that should be considered is the context. Some of the question people ask here fall also into fields of Physics, Biology, Geology, etc. But the questions world-builders need ...
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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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Are purely virtual worlds on topic?

Purely virtual worlds must have rules, maps, weather, societies, currencies, etc. as well, so yes, they are on topic. They may be similar to ours (like Level 13 or Matrix) or very different (like Tron)...
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Are alternate earths on topic here?

I would say yes, as long as it pertains to the world building (and thus is a fit for the site's scope in the first place). The site is defined in Area51 as [a] Q&A site for writers/artists ...
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How to deal with "funny questions"?

I only spent any time on the "alien social activities", but based on that it seems to me that "funny questions" are very much relevant to world-building. While the questions on this SE tend to focus ...
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Is Worldbuilding a What If Site?

I've been wanting to start a meta discussion about this too. Thanks for bringing it up. I, too, feel that we're getting more of this type of question lately and that it's not good for the site. The ...
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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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Worldbuilding.SE, as opposed to History.SE, Physics.SE

It's not uncommon for a question to fit reasonably on more than one site. A site forms when a group of questions fits together and they don't all belong on another site. We have overlap with History,...
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Worldbuilding.SE, as opposed to History.SE, Physics.SE

As an active member of Physics.SE, if it isn't about physics as we know it, it's not the place to ask it. Lots of world-building type questions need to be "snuck in," thus why people are interested in ...
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Should we answer off-topic questions?

I agree. We should model the behavior we want from others, and getting a bunch of answers for questions that should be put on hold doesn't set a good example. If you know that a question should be ...
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Would we support expanding existing (fictional) worlds?

We do. Deconstruction of an existing world helps reveal elements that you might not otherwise have thought of. Expanding or reconstructing them does likewise. Modifying one or two aspects could ...
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Procedural generation questions on topic?

We accept questions about physics, history, and linguistics. I see no reason to prevent questions about mathematically modelling things like this. It's of use to people who are worldbuilding, so ...
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Is Worldbuilding a What If Site?

I've griped about this in the past, so I'm glad you've brought this up. I agree with a lot of what has already been said, especially in Monica's answer. However, I have a different direction I'd like ...
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Are questions based on movies okay?

I don't see any reason why a question based on a movie couldn't be on topic. In fact, I'm fairly certain that we have plenty of those, if for no other reason then because someone saw something they ...
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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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"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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