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Magic questions can be answered objectively if: Rules of magic are stated, and question is about their internal consistency. Rules of magic are stated, and question is about physical / biological consequences Magic is taken from existing mythology, and question can be answered using that mythology (warning - this one might fall into off-topic territory) ...


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My take on opinion-based questions is the following: A question is "primarily opinion-based" if every reasonable answer would be exactly equally valid. There are quite a few problems with opinion-based questions, especially in the context of magic. For a longer discussion about my stance on the small line/ the big blurry region see my answer to The problem ...


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I think collectively we need to be putting questions on hold much faster, not slower. Either that or we should have a moratorium on answering until it is settled what the question actually is asking. People who jump in and start answering the question while it is still developing are actually more of a problem than an aid, in my observation. Unlike most of ...


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I do think that there have been some over-zealous closures recently, but generally we strike the right balance. We do need to be careful both not to close questions that should be open and to open ones that should be closed. All we can do to correct this is exactly what you've done here, when a "questionable" close occurs we discuss it together. Once ...


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How can we be more granular about indicating these questions that are based on plausibility? I believe that it has to be on the asker to provide that information. If you're asking a question like that, you have to let us know what kind of answer you're looking for. We have a couple of broad categories for these kinds of things, but we can't have a meta-tag ...


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Putting question on hold is not the end of that specific question When question is put on hold, you just cannot answer it. However, if author of such question corrects that question, it can be reopened. Also, if author is unsure about what should be fixed on such question, they can always ask here, on meta. Its not about you, its about specific question ...


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No. Reality-check means that the answers can pick holes in the question’s premise. Such questions may be somewhat different in nature, as well. I think you misunderstood the meaning of the tag.


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Since I was the fifth close vote, I'll identify the items that caught my attention as problematic. The question specifically calls out that the asker is "looking for ideas" for a solution. This means there aren't really any constraints to define a "best" answer other than being within the concept of a Medieval/Fantasy setting. Magic is allowed, but the ...


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I think your question needs to be more explicit (especially in the title) that it's looking for the process of naming a location rather than looking for a name. "I have this city, what do I call it" - Opinion based "I have this city, how do I come up with a name for it" - Opinion based "What is the best process I can use to come up with names for a city ...


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I think I have a litmus test for what constitutes a "primarily opinion-based" question. Ask yourself: "What would a wrong answer to this question be?" For the process of a place name developing, are there any wrong answers? I know of places that were named on a bet, named for game shows, named by drawing out of a hat, named for religion, named for irony (...


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A year and a half ago, there was an interesting discussion of redefining "too broad" here on Meta. What I find a bit worrying is that the conclusions (or notions) come to in that discussion appear gradually to have been set aside, at least to some degree. The result is that I think we have become too quick to close questions. One of the dominant points in ...


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Personally, I've noticed a lot of new users on the site within the last couple of weeks. While this is a good thing, these low rep users have been responsible for asking a lot of questions which are not on-topic, or match some other close criteria, and also have answered some questions in ways which clearly fall short of the standards to which we hold our ...


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I honestly don't agree that your query is terribly opinion-based. I think your root question: what specific actions can the rulers take?, given the constraints of culture, history, and technology, is no more opinion based than every other entirely fictional question we deal with in this forum. I don't think you need to change anything. As for the Catholic ...


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First - because leaving this unsaid would bug me - "whatever you want the plot to do" is grounds for closure for being too story-based, rather than primarily opinion-based. An example of the latter would actually be, "What color should the awning of my shopkeeper's store be?" You could argue there are psychological factors to picking a ...


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Opinion-based Question very often involve the Respondent's own inferences because the question doesn't describe enough Last year, year before, we had a huge meta discussion about the relative merits of a no-longer-existent close reason known as "Idea-generation". The results of that discussion was the identification of Question Constraints as an essential ...


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We really need to start reading between the lines in some cases. At its core, this flawed premise of the large spider really has some key components even if not explicitly stated. A particular type of spider: Loxosceles reclusa a change away from reality: A horse-sized spider a potentially flawed premise: less gravity/more oxygen to make it possible an end ...


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Not necessarily, if you provide your evaluation metric. Example: What is the best way to commute to work? This is opinion based: car, bike, bus, walk are all good answers, and there is no way to pick one. What is the best way to commute to work? Commute distance is 10 km, I will evaluate answers based on the time of commute. Is not opinion based, as a ...


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At possible risk of being downvoted, closed or banned (IMHO, the criteria are clear as mud), I'll venture an opinion in two parts: 1. Worldbuilding as a topic is fundamentally different from many stackexchanges (such as those re math or physics, where correctness can be judged against fact.) Thus (for worlds contrary to Natural Law in our universe), many ...


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For me, this question is on the edge. I see this point why this question should be left open: It solves actual problem many worldbuilders faced: The question was asked by myself several times: "I have a world. That world has a magic. The magic behaves according set of rules. These rules are discoverable and apply all the time. Isn't that actually just ...


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Philosophy is not opinion. Which philosophy one prefers may be, but a philosophy needs to be logical and consistent. This question seems to go to the very heart of building this individual's world. Is the magic system going to be rigorously based in scientifically testable principles? Or is it going to be a non-testable system? Obviously we can't make ...


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All exposition/examples aside, let's look at the real question here: Is a question with an implausible or logically flawed premise opinion-based? To this my answer is absolutely no. When a question has an implausible or logically flawed premise, it means that the question needs to be answered as a Frame Challenge. Frame Challenges are a specific types of ...


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While I agree that the problem you're talking about exists, I don't think it does here. What the OP of that question seems to need is perspective. I'd almost say the question should be closed for being too easy, all you need to do is point out that you just need to define what magic is, then see if the magic in your world fits that definition from the ...


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OK... here's one that I think SHOULD be closed as "primarily opinion based", even if we relaxed the rules for WorldBuilding as compared to other SE forums. I have no idea what "spark reptilian DNA means," but let's pretend that means something meaningful to us all. The question asks: "How do the space colonies justify war with their brothers, and what ...


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I had a question on the skittery edge of impossible, but I asked for possible science back-up on it. Can we use science to explain a creature that feeds on emotion? I would have liked a tag called fringe-science or speculative-science for this particular question.


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If a new nation on an artificial island was founded, what kinds of names might it be given? User @Kevin believes his question is not opinion-based I answered that I think it IS opinion-based ... AND I offered a litmus test I think we could use to define questions that are truly opinion-based, thus providing a path to objectively decide if a question meets ...


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The metrics for "opinion based" and "too broad" are something we continuously grapple with here, so don't worry if your first question has trouble. It's something even I have trouble with. The first step is to ask questions, so good job coming to Meta. You came to the right place to seek clarification! To answer the question you've asked here, we can ...


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If you're looking for a hard-and-fast metric for casting close votes, you've come to the wrong place for anarchy, brother You should watch that entire clip to get the joke... We all know that Worldbuilding is the most subjective Stack in the Exchange. There are days I wonder how on earth it passed the Area 51 tests to become a Stack. But, here we are and it ...


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I think both reasons are equally valid: the lack of details is striking, and because of the lack of details any answer is equally valid and answer are likely to be based on opinions. Don't forget that the closing reasons are not an orthogonal set, thus some overlapping it's very likely to happen.


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So in your opinion, the naming of colonies is a system with rules. Let's look for example at the names of ancient Greek colonies. This is a very good example, because (1) they established quite a lot of autonomous colonies, and (2) they seldom resorted to the lazy solution of naming them "New Mother City". So then, we have: Colonies with ...


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I think the answer to this is "sorta, but not really". Yes, all questions that ask about imaginary, unknowable, or mystical things are going to require some level of opinion to answer. Where the "not really" comes in is how you ask. For instance, your question could be answered by: They can read and project thoughts, so they just communicate telepathically, ...


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