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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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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

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 ...
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Should we prefer British or American spelling?

So long as it's consistent within a single post, it doesn't matter what style is used. Assuming, of course, that it meets all other guidelines for politeness, legibility, and so forth. There's no ...
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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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I believe WB:SE has a bias against non-heterosexual questions. Maybe it ought to stop

I didn't participate on the question (until just now when I commented). I would have closed it as unclear, not off-topic, pending an edit that provides cultural and perhaps temporal context. I would ...
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Reasoning behind deletion of gruesome content

The question was deleted by a moderator. Here is a link for users that have more than 10k reputation and can therefore see deleted posts. It was deleted because it crossed a line. Yes, we have ...
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Accepted answer is a mix of given answers

Accepted answers are like car dealership stickers Personally, I hate leaving one of my questions without an accepted answer. But that's me. Neither I nor you owe anybody anything. In fact, if you ...
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Please help me understand these downvotes

I am pretty sure I was the first to downvote your answer! Note, I am also the person that asked the question. I downvoted your answer because it changes the premise of the question. In a black-box ...
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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

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-...
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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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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 ...
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Intentional attacks in Answers

All questions about religion will ultimately get controversial answers. There are aspects to every religion that aren't entirely pretty. Against that some people have fundamental objections to ...
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Why did my/all answers get the hard-science tag warning banner on this question?

As I wrote in a comment to this meta question, I was the one who added the post notice to the answers, roughly six hours ago. First, we don’t use scripts. That’s extremely unfair, in my opinion, ...
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Migrated question to Writers SE

What happened Thank for bringing this up. I agree that the question should have stayed on Worldbuilding; what happened behind the scenes was a complicated series of events and some miscommunication. ...
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I believe WB:SE has a bias against non-heterosexual questions. Maybe it ought to stop

While the proposed topic is indeed important, it is unfortunate that the question given as an example is a bad example. "I had an idea involving a society where LGBTQ individuals are more accepted ...
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Intentional attacks in Answers

Neutral third (fourth? fifth?) party here. I've read the whole thread now for the first time, and I have to say that I don't think the answer you're talking about is meant as an attack on ...
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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

It depends. Questions about building a world in which people may be painfully killed (for example my bonegrass question seem to me to be acceptable (obviously, or I wouldn't have written the question)...
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Is questioning a well known trope on topic?

I would say yes. A trope is just a common bit of worldbuilding, it's no less on-topic than another perhaps more original question. The one place tropes can get a bit off-topic is when they start to ...
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"Question Closed: Too Broad" despite numerous clarifications and stipulations

Personally, I find it disappointing that we still have the problem of not leaving commentary when voting to close. I will attempt to be clear about what I find problematic about the question. Note ...
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Is there something wrong happening to my question?

Couple things I wanted to state explicitly: I do my best not to look at the author name when I interact with post. I interact mostly with posts on first pages of "new questions" and "active questions"...
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Reasoning behind deletion of gruesome content

Secespitus got most of the main points correct; I'll add on a couple things from the moderator discussion behind the scenes. I know that us potentially being on a government watchlist thanks to some ...
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Why are my illustrations being removed from my question?

When an image is used into a question or an answer it shall support what is being said. When I saw those gifs, my first question was: "Why is the smoke cloud of a rocket launch here?", followed by a "...
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Why were *two* mods required to close this question?

L.Dutch wasn't yet a moderator when they voted to close that question (on July 9th); they were only elected on July 17th, over one week later. Prior to that, they had normal 20k+ privileges, but not a ...
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Why was "How can The Temple of Elementary Evil reliably protect itself against kinetic bombardment?" put on hold?

Popularity != Suitability This same question has been asked a number of times on Meta. Basically, "my question's popular with no comments but it got closed, what gives?" Popularity has nothing to ...
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Is the question "Hacking the universe" too broad?

I've been alternately trying to define to myself why this question is too broad and trying to answer the question (it is one of those questions that makes you go "I have an idea! Wait, ANOTHER idea!" )...
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Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?

Yes, I think it should be okay to ask on this site. If you find those questions distasteful, then you should also find any of the following distasteful: Murder mystery novels Dr. G - Medical ...
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Closing of True Name question

As the author of the question, and with a similar reluctance to @TimB to use my own modhammer to reopen, I humbly suggest that the question is in fact a perfect match for the Scope of our ...
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"Only Three Books" question set

I think they are worldbuilding all right. The problem is - is there really a way to answer them objectively? Or for the answers to be good subjective? I'm really unsure about this, and seeing what ...
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Is broad impact of a specific change too broad?

Yes, the broad impact is the deciding factor, not the broad cause The premise of the question can be as elaborate as the author is willing to spend time on the question. It doesn't matter. The ...
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