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I'm extraordinarily frustrated by the situation as it stands. I apologize that I cannot at the moment present the specific views and interactions that led to Monica's dismissal. While I can't condone those views, I can say that I believe that Stack Overflow's actions were unwarranted, and represent an overreaction on the company's part. Monica had been a ...


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I think frustrated and tired pretty effectively sum up my feelings and the feelings of many moderators across the network after the last few days. So first a shout out to Monica. She is one of the best moderators I have ever met, and that is not specific to SE. She's been a mentor to me since I was elected a couple years ago and is incredibly generous with ...


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Sadly, the text on Area 51 is woefully out of date on this point. The shortest time to graduation for any SE 2.0 site (that is, all but the few oldest) was six months and that was a while ago. On average it takes about two years, with some sites having been in beta now for close to four years. My understanding is that SE will let sites linger in beta for ...


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As Monica has already pointed out, the information on Area 51 is woefully out of date. (Great phrasing, so I'm borrowing it.) When could we hope to see this site released? The site is already released. It's here, there's activity (plenty of it!), and more than one of the higher-ups seem to feel that we are taking on a difficult type of subject matter and ...


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I think 3 closevotes is less suitable for this site than 5. I think that, because we have more subjective rules, it is more important that there is a broader consensus that a question deserves closure. Worldbuilding.SE is the most creative Stack site; and that makes the rules the most subjective, the most open to interpretation. That is an unwelcome but ...


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You should ask a question on WorldBuilding.SE if you are interested in the perspective of worldbuilders. There are times when people can ask a question in similar form on multiple sites. But the different sites will always have a different focus. Physics.SE might very well answer you orbital-mechanics question if it's about real-world physics, but they ...


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I've just heard about Monica Cellio's dismissal from her post as a moderator on a number of SE sites. Having not seen the evidence that SE used to form the conclusion that the action that they took was required, I will not comment on it other than to say that the accusations against Monica seem to be misplaced given my experiences with her. I like to feel ...


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SE has several communities, each specialized in a different domain: Aviation, Worldbuilding, History, Interpersonal, just to name a few. Why is it so? Well, it is just common sense to cluster a community based on the common interests. At home I keep spoons and forks in the same drawer, well separate from screwdrivers and nails. They are all made of metal, ...


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Main income is advertisement on StackOverflow Taken from Meta Stackexchange What is Stack Overflow's business model? copying the accepted answer: Three ways: Job listings (e.g. the traditional classified ad model) http://careers.stackoverflow.com/employer/about-listings CV Search (e.g. the new-fangled and IMO vastly superior dating model) ...


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I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. The references I chose may or may not be outdated. If you want to be safe you should contact a lawyer. And possibly the SE staff with the contact button at the bottom of the page. From Is it legal to copy Stack Overflow questions and answers?, I will simply copy the accepted answer as it seems to perfectly answer ...


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I would argue that we don't really need to increase traffic to Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding SE is getting a fair amount of traffic. It's certainly as active as, if not more so than, both Physics and Aviation. The community that decides whether they want a question sandbox, and where it is to be hosted, should be the community in question. Nothing is gained ...


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One month has passed since the incident. I have tried as much as possible to judge the behavior, not the persons, as it has always been the guideline for moderators here. The facts: Monica has been dismissed for not following a set of rules not yet deployed. Monica has been dismissed not following the process in place. SE has apologized for the above ...


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Good Idea Short Short Version: Close a questionable query fast, give the new OP some help on how to make it better, reopen the improved query fast. This is what "closing" a query is all about everywhere on SE. Regular Version: What I've often seen occurring in WB is a scenario like the following: a good query gets asked but is poorly written (...


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Located to the left of the answer, below the upvote and downvote buttons there is a gray check mark. Clicking that will turn it green and mark the answer as accepted. See the following image: NOTE: If you are using the website on a mobile phone, you might be able to resolve issues by finding an option in your browser called something along the lines of "Use ...


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Yes. Caveat: Provided that we formulate the specialist SE site questions well, to be GOOD on topic questions AND judiciously synthecize good World-building answers instead of mere copy/pasting the SE answers here. Pros: It lets us build much much better answers, by leveraging scientific field expertise of relevant SE sites which our site might have in ...


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Huge ramble short; Worldbuilding is about fiction and pretty much dedicated to hypothetical questions, this gives you a huge advantage when it comes to getting information useful to you in forming a new world. The other sites you have mentioned may give you hard, real world, facts that you can use but often don't tolerate hypothetical questions at all, I ...


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If a question is actually reworked such that an answer to one variant is not an answer to another variant (for whatever reason), then by definition it is not a duplicate, on-site or cross-site. (They can, however, very much be related, and I would encourage adding appropriate links.) Just make sure to attribute content appropriately. I can't see much reason ...


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I've only fairly recently discovered the site, though I suspect I probably farmed it for answers via google queries over the years. It's been a while since the incident now and I've read the SE responses and the often heated discussion on meta. Unfortunately it seems that a great deal of permanent damage has been done to the trust between SE and its ...


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WB.SE needs to be 5 because we are such a multi-disciplinary stack KeizerHarm already covers most of the reasons why 5 is good in his answer; so, I won't really go into repeating them, but for me the biggest reason why this is true of WB.SE is because WorldBuilding is multi-disciplinary: this makes bad close votes much more common here than in other SEs ...


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5 for close, and mods are not participating in closure, only delete spam and pornograpfy 3 for open What the point in discussing 3 or 5 if half(won't look for it atm) of q's solo closures of mod? We are ahead of the whole se network for average close votes. (All my subjective observations, not actual stat, which woukd be interesting to see) I do agree that ...


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Ignoring the fact that hosting sandboxes for other sites would be very confusing... and ignoring the fact that other sites that don't want sandboxes won't thank us for circumventing their culture and policies... and ignoring the fact that SE would probably ask us to cease-and-desist the moment they found out about hosted sandboxes for other Stacks... We ...


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