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Policy Clarification: Asking about commercial or third-party worlds

This site is for questions about building worlds, not questions about how others' worlds work. Now very few ideas are completely original, so your world might use elements from, or derived from, ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Should we ban posts using ChatGPT or similar software?

We should follow SO's example and ban answers generated by ChatGPT for now. We already have an incredible creative community and can regularly see questions getting 10+ answers. We also have some very ...
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Should we ban posts using ChatGPT or similar software?

+1 on banning it, for the simple reason: If the asker wanted to ask ChatGPT the question, they could have done so themselves. If they're posting here, it's because they want a human to answer.
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Should we think long and hard about [sex]?

Same Answer, Different Tag My answer for this tag is basically the same as for the other tag: sex is simply part life and part of culture (even more so than torture). Every life form that reproduces ...
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Should we ban posts using ChatGPT or similar software?

I would agree with banning chatbot answers for numerous reasons. From a plagiarism perspective, it would be functionally identical to aggregating everyone else's answers into a single post. It just ...
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Policy Clarification: Asking about commercial or third-party worlds

I think I need to challenge the entire premise of this question. I don't care if your question is about Star Wars, Star Trek, The Forgotten Realms, or something completely out of your imagination. I ...
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Scores and synonyms

Yeah, the synonym-suggestion interface really doesn't work well on most sites. First, there's the problem you brought up. Second and possibly more important, even if you do manage to suggest a ...
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Is it Fair to Encourage People to NOT Answer Questions that Need to be Closed?

As a user of this site, and as a moderator, I've seen a number of questions that received close votes for being 'bad', that to me as a subject matter expert in certain areas were eminently reasonable ...
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Should we ban posts using ChatGPT or similar software?

An AI that can answer creative questions will perhaps exist in our lifetimes. But that's a research tool in competition with Stack Exchange, not a research tool complementing Stack Exchange TL;DR: We ...
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Help Center Upgrade: The Future of Storybuilding

We should embrace the madness From the moment this Stack graduated from Area 51 it has tried... valiantly, nobly, and with substantial effort... to separate worldbuilding from storybuilding. In a ...
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Seeking community consensus about "Why would X lead to Y?" questions

I've been seeing a lot of those too. I'm not sure what to do with them. They remind me a lot of the questions we see on physics like "Why do photons have wavelengths?" The only true answer to these ...
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Real Life cannot be an overriding limitation on any question unless specifically requested

If the question doesn't specify the expected direction of answer, it's reasonable to infer from what information there is. The Sea of Japan question doesn't specify any level of future tech, alternate ...
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When and how to challenge the back story?

My opinion on this event is fairly simple and straightforward: I think we too often rely on Science As We Know It to be the end-all be-all of measures by which we view, critique, understand, and ...
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What pictures do we like and dislike in a post?

I think the general rule should be to avoid gratuitous or unnecessary images. Does the image really add something relevant or is it just noise? If the image is just noise feel free to edit it out ...
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Does the Stack wish to allow questions concerning the profession of worldbuilding?

Obviously Yes, I'd argue that this is a valid type of question here as it touches on methods and process of worldbuilding. The job of the geopoet is, after all, the monetary extension of the artistic ...
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Purposeful offensive-contents in a question

We have had questions that deal with sensitive topics -- rape, torture, genocide, and more. The topics aren't inherently offensive (though they require delicate handling), but the way a question is ...
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Taking some issues

It is harder to write good questions about culture, politics, and other qualitative issues, but there are plenty of them on WB. As someone who has written 3 questions and seen two of them closed for ...
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A proposal to establish policy regarding the torture and execution tags

I am UNANIMOUS in offering a raspberry to anyone from Corporate who tries to lord their authority over any community whose foundation is free interchange of ideas & speech within the limitations ...
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Is it Fair to Encourage People to NOT Answer Questions that Need to be Closed?

Let's not become the Thought Police. Given the site we are let's start with a quote from Babylon 5 : I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey. We stand between the darkness and ...
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Policy Clarification: Asking about commercial or third-party worlds

As long as the answer does not require you to provide information from cannon to be correct, it is fine. Also, if the question requires you to understand cannon for context, it should be something ...
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When and how to challenge the back story?

You've put together a complex story, you're proud of it, you've come here requesting help on Part A. Someone tears apart your story on Part B. The downsides of this are: It can be very demotivational....
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Should we think long and hard about [sex]?

As the person who asked the question I thought it might be worth putting in my two cents on the whole issue. In general, I tried to keep the question as clinical as possible and about as erotic as a ...
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Policy proposal: Questions about names and the process of deriving names are off-topic

Three Points to Consider! First, invented languages are actually, and in fact prominently on topic here in Worldbuilding! What Topics can I ask about here lists languages as a valid topic. I suspect ...
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Should we ban posts using ChatGPT or similar software?

While I'm not as active as I was once upon a time, I did see that block of chatGPT answers come through, and for the most part they were as I expected and matched the descriptions of chatGPT output I'...
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What proof would we accept that an otherwise 3rd-party world belongs to a Stack Exchange user?

TL;DR : No proof is needed for two reasons : The 3rd party rule is not for legal purposes, nor are we in a position to claim in the real author's stead. Of course, this doesn't protect the question ...
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Why, exactly, was Robert's answer deleted?

Thank you for your consideration. I'm going to let most of the edits stand because JBH's edits significantly improve the value of the post. I apologize for the "God is an asshole" direction ...
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Taking some issues

To be frank about it, yes. There are a certain cohort of people on this site that have their heads so far up their tails they're at risk of recursion. Yes, there are some generally self-righteous ...
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Should we take a meta consensus as site policy

It depends, and it's necessarily vague. Suppose a site's community, via meta, voted overwhelmingly to, say, outlaw question closure. That would be interesting, but it wouldn't change anything. At ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Purposeful offensive-contents in a question

offensive contents that have a meaningful purpose in a question I think the key to this lies in your definition of "meaningful purpose"... Yes, some topics are inherently more controversial. ...
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A proposal to establish policy regarding the torture and execution tags

I find the wording of the following statement self contradictory We will answer questions involving the physiological aspects of torture and execution with one, overriding limitation: we will not ...
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