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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, people died or were severely injured but there's not glorification of their injuries/deaths. There's no judgement call of whether their deaths were a good, ...


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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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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 useful way to define a standard version of English for the site--even within, say, American English, we'd have to choose which style guide to adhere to. We cater ...


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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 a world you already have in mind, to ensure that it works how you think it does, or to see if there is a way to achieve what you want with the resources you ...


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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 expect the ratio of people who will identify -- that is, would say if asked -- as LGBTQ to be very different in medieval England, modern-day California, modern-...


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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 question about murder/torture/... occasionally and most of the time these try to be somewhat civil about it - not so in this case. HDE 226868 commented about the ...


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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 think about it, what's the point of telling people which answer suited your needs? At best, it makes everyone else feel bad. At worst, it might suggest that ...


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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 question about how to utilize excess energy, your answer talks about reactor efficiencies and $/Watt ratios. You might have valid points, but you don't even try to ...


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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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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 existing canonical universes. And yes, he clearly is trying to go with the trope of Redshirts dying. But he does not want to know how this is handled in the show. He ...


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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 didn't have the equipment necessary to pipe Pandora to their customer's ears. I knew they all had CD radios in inventory and suggested they set one up and ...


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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 again and again. The reason for my distaste? Describing something as "trolling" doesn't actually say anything about what's wrong with it. If something is Too ...


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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, because it’s not easy for a script to figure out if a post meets certain criteria. There are exceptions, in the case of spam answers, but it’s much harder to ...


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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. In the interest of transparency, here's what happened: The OP, Aric Fowler, asked the question. The question garnered some votes, comments, and a close vote or ...


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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 than in our own world." There is no such thing as an LGBTQ individual. By definition if somebody is L they cannot be G; T people are grouped with L, G and B ...


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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 religion in the first place. That's the thing about public platforms, people will have views that others find disagreeable, and they will put voice to them. All in, ...


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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 delve into specific story-based instances of the trope or where they are asking about a specific story based instance of the trope in a particular other world (...


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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 that I did not vote to close, but neither did I vote to leave open when presented the question in the review queue. I believe you identified the core problem in ...


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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" lists, and review queues. I'm active during certain parts of the day. If you happen to be usually active during similar period, you have higher chance to get ...


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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 of our questions here has become something of a meme in chat, and we've had a number of meta discussions about whether we should allow questions on distasteful ...


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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 "wait, why is Deep Impact quoted here?". And I had to read again your question to understand what it was about. Unless your target is to confuse your readers, I ...


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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 do with suitability. Especially on this site. We're creative and imaginative, which means the rules are much more important, not less. Just because a lot of ...


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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 Christianity. It's true that it doesn't paint a flattering portrait of the religion, but, well, not everything about Christianity is flattering. Looking through the ...


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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!" ) and I think I've finally resolved both points to a single answer. The answer to this question is effectively: Anything you want it to be. That means there ...


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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), but questions specifically about methods or torture or unpleasant death are likely to not be well received. That said: if you ignore the subject matter the ...


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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 Worldbuilding Stack. At the core, it is asking why a category of intelligent beings would be willing to subject themselves (or, less plausibly, be unwilling subjects to) ...


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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 kind of answers these attracted I tend to be on "no" side: partial answers, strange opinion answers, low quality frame challenge, write your own - between these we ...


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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 binding close/reopen vote. As an aside, the ability for a moderator to be able to cast a non-binding vote has been a long-standing feature request, but it ...


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I think the Stack Exchange system actually provides a bit of guidance in the matter. Consider the description of the no improvement whatsoever reason for rejecting an edit: This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. Changes are either completely superfluous or actively harm ...


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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 Examiner the television show Questions about causing human extinction (arguably worse) Questions about genocide (arguably worse) ... The topic itself isn't inherently ...


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