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Some history Let me start with a story. Back - what, three and a half years ago? almost four - in the mists of ancient time, a strange site wandered into private and then public beta. We weren't like any site that had been seen before. We were trying to be a community of artists and writers and game designers and illustrators and storytellers and, most of ...


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Yes! Full speed ahead to Planet of the Hats! Everyone loves hats - they promote lots more activity on the site during a time when there would usually be less activity. There is no need to ruin the fun of everyone just because of a few weird outlying anti-hats who would hammer on the "I hate hats" button the moment they can. When they do this,the ...


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The Factory Floor, From Slartibartfast line to Arthur "Welcome to our factory floor" in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


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The Factory Floor, From Slartibartfast line to Arthur "Welcome to our factory floor" in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


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Yes, we should lower the reputation requirement, for questions and answers Lowering the reputation requirement to post answers, and therefore to participate in the Sandbox, is a good step to make communicating the usage of our Sandbox to new users easier. It allows easy access to the Sandbox in case people had a bad start and need help to write questions. ...


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We've enabled MathJax on both the main and meta sites. As indicated in editing help, simply use $ as a delimiter. Enjoy!


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I would be for hats. Like X-27, I find that the hats do lead people towards more interesting questions and answers than they usually would. It's a fun tool to help encourage people to leave their comfort zone. The only concern I might have would be if the hats lead people to create poor quality questions or answers for the sole purpose of getting a hat in ...


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I agree, while writing my answer to the tides question I thought would have been very useful to have formula available. Also the question about gravity strength. If maths formula were enabled we'd be able to refer to the proper gravitational maths much more easily.


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The World Workshop It implies that this is where you can finish building unfinished worlds (and the alliteration is a nice bonus as well.)


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I figured we might as well keep track of all of this, so I've created a community wiki answer. A list of the questions with bounties started during this season: Logic to support specialized kingdom level militaries, asked and bountied by James (+100) How long would it take a region to geologically settle down after a major cataclysm?, asked and bountied by ...


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NOTE: This answer is for the "What Questions Can I Ask Here?" section of the help center. All text from this line on is intended for the article. Worldbuilding Stack Exchange is a site for developers, designers, writers and artists to get help creating imaginary worlds. This includes geography, culture and creatures for the world. Questions on this site ...


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We should always avoid abbreviations of important words in tags. You've just run into one major reason why: it makes it harder to find the tag. So yes, we really should change this tag to spell out "gravity."


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I was just reminded of something that we do on another site that I think would help, that we can do today (requires no code changes or special actions from SE). On Mi Yodeya, once a year for a few weeks, we allow questions that are "purim torah" -- humorous questions usually based on misunderstanding some text or custom. (Trust me; this deviation ...


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I would agree with X-27 if the button were not “I hate hats”. Hate is a strong concept and one of the precepts I try to live by is “do not hate”. We need a button for I mildly dislike hats I’m not sufficiently interested to put up with it Don’t mess with my custom skins I like them, but I don’t want to take on anither distraction right now etc. And all ...


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The World Workshop It implies that this is where you can finish building unfinished worlds (and the alliteration is a nice bonus as well.)


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I feel like logical-consistency is a duplicate of reality-check. The latter is designed to do what your tag does: ask if an idea is consistent within the laws of physics of the universe in question. You can use reality-check on a question whose premise involves the force of gravity falling off as $e^{-|r|}$, rather than $r^{-2}$, whereas it would be harder ...


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I don't have a clue about this hats thing, but I'm in :)


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Just for completeness: Worldbuilders' General Chat For anyone who wants to vote to keep it the same.


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The question is fine, the answer is not I disagree with @Molot's answer. There are plenty of good, thorough answers to the question, and it is completely possible to cover the bases just like with any other "good" post. Popular questions tend to get lots of attention, and that often results in some relatively bad answers, but that doesn't mean the ...


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Yes, by adding the following bullet point under "questions are welcome that are about": How to achieve a specified effect in a defined world, including by the use of technology or magic, while maintaning in-universe consistency


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The falling-out isn't between the main site and Area 51, but rather between Google and Stack Exchange. Anna Lear, an SE developer, tweeted about a Google API change two days ago. That's when the moderator tools for viewing traffic reports stopped working. (These are still broken as of this writing.) Why is some part of this chain reporting 20M visits? ...


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I'd kill "superheroes" tag and just keep "super-powers".


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We can change the question, see here: http://data.stackexchange.com/physics/query/92078/possible-about-questions However we need a Q&A on the site that matches those criteria, and so far we have none. Basically you need a Question and an Answer where both are less than 400 characters long, both have no fancy formatting, and both have a positive score. ...


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More examples of posts that would be much improved by the availability of MathJax (LaTeX maths formatting): geostationary orbit near the surface minimal radius for simulated gravity


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Sounds like a worthwhile idea to try out to me. I would suggest going with post-apocalypse and using the tag wiki excerpt to make it clear when each should be used. That way, someone typing apocalypse into the tags field will be offered both and immediately see a short description of when each should be used.


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List of bountied questions Add your latest bounty here! Plausibility of helium dominated atmospheres on super-Earths, asked by TheDyingOfLight and bountied by HDE 226868 (+200) How soon can the first stars form?, asked by HDE 226868 and bountied by We are Monica. (+200) Would tanks or small walkers be better for Lunar militaries?, asked and bountied by ...


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I can see how the tag might be useful in cases where you want to be clear the answers should not use cybernetics etc. However Flesh Humans is ambiguous too though as things like mutants, bio engineering, etc could be very different from humans as we know it but still flesh-humans. For that matter if you start implanting chips in people's skulls where does ...


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I propose that we change the relevant paragraph to: Note that questions must be specific as well as answerable. If you are looking for discussion, brainstorming, or an overall process rather than specific question-and-answers, the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange might not be a good place for your question. Such questions may however be welcome in ...


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Here are a few more questions I've come across which would likely benefit from math support. What is the maximum size of a flying creature? Feasibility of anti-matter as a fuel and possibly: What would happen if magic was constrained by the second law of thermodynamics At least one of the answers to Is it possible for life to evolve on planets without ...


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Here's another question which would benefit from math: I want to be able to put formulas about beam divergence into an answer I'm contemplating.


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