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Sometimes I find a back story is too unrealistic*, that it becomes jaring, and means the answer to the core of the question would therefore also feel unrealistic. So what I tend to do, is point out the issues and come up with a plausible alternative backstory, then I can provide a realistic and plausible answer to their core question. It is easy, lazy and ...


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I would say that a harsh critique of the backstory is normally not necessary. The OP sets the criteria, and it is our job when answering to answer as though the backstory is true... with one exception, Hard-Science tags. JBH makes a good point in his comment by saying, how you go about handling this should be based on the user's experience. If the user is ...


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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 answer every question in this forum. We have a lot of very intelligent, very science oriented (science almost to the point of dogmatic faith) people here and it's ...


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It was me who was "challenging" the back story. Except I wasn't challenging the back story. The question was of the form "people are doing X causing Y effect; how long will the effect last?" The problem was that doing X would not have effect Y; in order for the question to be answerable, just as JBH says, it is irrelevant what people were ...


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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. You've put a lot of effort into this. "THERE'S NO WAY THIS COULD EVEN HAPPEN! DO YOUR RESEARCH!" would feel like a gut punch. It discourages concise ...


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How would Isaac Newton defend Charles Darwin? In my world, when a person dies and goes to Heaven, God may encrown him/her to an angel. Isaac Newton was encrowned to Angel of Force and Embodiment of Classical Mechanics. Other angels didn't like that, for his works during his life were tremendous. Many residents in Heaven used to believe Heaven was on the sky, ...


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What obstacles would a single continental landmass create for a conquering army? The baratheon empire is the largest kingdom in the world today, encompassing most of Europe. It's king, Stannis the Mannis baratheon, has the dream of uniting all the world's people under his righteous banner. With the most dominant and powerful empire in the current world, he ...


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