Skip to main content
23 votes
Accepted

What's the preferred reaction to "bonus points for..." addendums?

I'm going to go somewhat against particularly sphennings' answer and say that "bonus questions" or "bonus points for..." can be appropriate. I've used that myself at times. Searching among my own ...
user's user avatar
  • 29k
20 votes
Accepted

About children and sex

I remember a question a while ago along this same question line where "[X] WB topic makes me uncomfortable, what should I do about it?" There's no shortage of topics that [X] could be: violence, ...
Green's user avatar
  • 52.7k
20 votes
Accepted

Inactive Sandbox 2017-18

In accordance with http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/1728/sandbox-overflow, many answers containing now-graduated questions have been deleted. This is designed to be a repository ...
16 votes
Accepted

Inactive Sandbox 2018

In accordance with http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/1728/sandbox-overflow, answers containing graduated questions will be deleted. This is designed to be a repository for all ...
15 votes

How to deal with questions that are clearly not meant seriously?

Maybe this is just me, but . . . I kinda hate it when people justify an action by saying "Ah, the user's just trolling", or "Obvious troll is obvious", or any of a number of remarks I see again and ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
  • 101k
15 votes

Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

No, a hard-science question cannot validly be a duplicate of a non-hard-science question. The existence of the hard-science tag on a question places specific requirements on answers. Answers that do ...
user's user avatar
  • 29k
14 votes

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 ...
Monty Wild's user avatar
  • 61.8k
13 votes
Accepted

Follow-up questions on question

Just ask. Link to the original question in your question. Use a single sentence to clarify why it's not a duplicate. You're not (to borrow a concept from video games) kill stealing; the site is here ...
Ranger's user avatar
  • 17.5k
13 votes

About children and sex

In all honesty: No, they don't bother me. What you have to remember is that these questions are about a fictitious world or a (hopefully) fictitious version of Earth. The society in question may be ...
Frostfyre's user avatar
  • 25.2k
13 votes
Accepted

Would a 'Handwavium' tag be a bad idea?

Yes. It's a bad idea. (or at least I would argue against it) I say this mainly because handwavium is used to explain away things we aren't worried about when we are bending the laws of the real ...
James's user avatar
  • 32.9k
13 votes
Accepted

Aesthetics in questions: Why people hate pictures

No hellfire, just basic maintenance. We don't like stuff that degrades the signal-to-noise level. That's not just true on Worldbuilding; it's true across the network. Stack Exchange sites are ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
13 votes
Accepted

Should we generously allow questions that should be elsewhere but would never survive the VTC process?

In general To me, the point of this site is so that authors (of whatever stripe, RPG makers, screenwriters, traditional book authors, etc.) can ask about making realistic worlds. As a result, ...
Brythan's user avatar
  • 25.3k
13 votes

Should we narrow down the scope of the Anatomically Correct Series?

I'm still really sore at SE.inc, so forgive me that this probably has a pretty harsh tone. Before I begin, every user should understand something. Users like HDE226868, L.Dutch and many others have ...
JBH's user avatar
  • 124k
13 votes

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 ...
Cyrus's user avatar
  • 22.4k
12 votes

Catalog of Question Types

I need an infinite list of things. Suitable: Off-Topic Description: These questions are usually idea-generating questions and are easily identified by their unconstrained nature. For example, "...
JBH's user avatar
  • 124k
12 votes

Catalog of Question Types

I need a situation that would enable a character to (do) X Suitable: Off-Topic Description: These questions are about a story set in a world, not about world building. They are sometimes fit for ...
The Square-Cube Law's user avatar
12 votes
Accepted

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 ...
elemtilas's user avatar
  • 40.4k
11 votes
Accepted

Any weird old tips for "clickbait" titles?

As I feel that I am the "that user" mentioned :), I'll explain my views on the subject. We all know that reputation is a bunch of virtual points on an internet site. Nevertheless, we all like to ...
clem steredenn's user avatar
11 votes

Challenging Questions' Premises

We've discussed cases before when it doesn't work that way or that's not possible are valid answers if correctly written. I don't think it's a valid reason to close a question, but it is a valid ...
Separatrix's user avatar
  • 118k
11 votes

How to deal with questions that are clearly not meant seriously?

There was a line in Small Gods (Pratchett) challenging the logic of a round world because everyone knows all the water would drip off the bottom. I see no problem with questions that aren't asked ...
Separatrix's user avatar
  • 118k
11 votes
Accepted

How to lock my question and/or answers?

Locking can only be done by a moderator, or by the system under certain circumstances. It's not something you can do yourself. A locked post cannot be commented on, voted on, favorited, edited, or ...
David Z's user avatar
  • 1,398
10 votes

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 ...
StephenG - Help Ukraine's user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

How long should I wait before posting a bounty?

It's a judgement call and depends on the specific circumstances. Here are some factors to consider: The software allows you to post a bounty starting when the question is two days old. (And it must ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
9 votes

Catalog of Question Types

I need a finite list of things Suitable: On-Topic Description: These questions seek insight into a class of issues (I use "class" in the programming sense) that often leads to a bullet ...
JBH's user avatar
  • 124k
9 votes

Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

I agree with Michael's answer that a hard-science question has stricter requirements and thus shouldn't be marked as a duplicate (if it's really a hard-science question and not a tagging error). ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

Inactive Sandbox 2019-2022

Graduated Questions List In accordance with Sandbox Overflow!, answers containing graduated questions will be deleted. This answer is designed to be a repository for all those questions that have ...
9 votes
Accepted

Is a question asking for a method to generate ideas generally considered "too broad"?

Maybe my question should have had a list of requirements the method/answer shall fulfill (to narrow down the spectrum of valid methods and allow one answer to be clearly the best). This one. Think ...
L.Dutch's user avatar
  • 289k
9 votes

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....
Ash's user avatar
  • 44.2k
9 votes

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 ...
elemtilas's user avatar
  • 40.4k
8 votes

Is There A Way To Revert An Unwelcome Edit From Another User?

Yes, it's called a rollback. Go to the edit that you wish to change, and click the "rollback" button directly below the edit description. You should have ...
Zxyrra's user avatar
  • 20.6k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible