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There needs to be enough definition to guide voting That’s really it. SE depends on votes and voting to work. A question needs to be specific enough to say “This is a good answer, that is not, because reasons,” so that a consensus can emerge and the best answers can come to the top. If a question could be answered in too many ways, or the only way to answer ...


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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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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 problem is when answers are expected to write whole books to completely answer the question. The goal of StackExchange is to have one answer as the best answer. That ...


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I'm borrowing David Mulder's comment to the question here, because it adds useful context to the question: What I fear is that it will just create a positive feedback circle where more and more questions like those will be asked, as they are/can be fun to read and thus get upvoted and even make it to the hot questions list. A question like the linked one ...


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These posts (I hesitate to call them questions) are far too broad for Worldbuilding SE. Not only do they not as specific questions, they more importantly offer no criteria on which to judge the answer. A Breakdown For example, in almost all of the answers the immediate loss of life due to the virus and resulting accidents is easy enough to predict. So is ...


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Maybe my question should have had a list of requirements the method/answer shall fulfill (to narrow down the spectrum of valid methods and allow one answer to be clearly the best). This one. Think of a question like "How can I go from Maastricht to Berlin?" There are many possible answers: Walking Cycling Driving/Taking a bus Taking a train Flying ...


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I have START and CHANGE, give me RESULT : "What happens if I do this?" (Good) I think this is where we have most of our problems. "Suppose on Earth the following event had never happened -- what would change?" is usually still too broad. If you're asking this kind of question you probably need to scope that change -- to biology, to societal development ...


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I do think that there have been some over-zealous closures recently, but generally we strike the right balance. We do need to be careful both not to close questions that should be open and to open ones that should be closed. All we can do to correct this is exactly what you've done here, when a "questionable" close occurs we discuss it together. Once ...


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I cast the first close vote. The reason is due to the following piece of the question, which I believe is its core: How to set a stage and create a world when I have lots of ideas, backgrounds, worlds and characters already but unsure to scope things. How to sort and arrange the world properly? Worldbuilding is not a process as simple as an algorithm. ...


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As you correctly guessed, you were asking two different questions all together: how to prevent electricity by altering physical laws or conditions how to prevent electricity by altering social behavior Each on its own is a fine question, when you put them together you make a hard to digest salad. Look at the only answer you got so far. It addresses only ...


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Honestly I have the same feedback for this question that I had for the other one you asked the other day. The point of the stack is not to build a machine for you that you can use to solve worldbuilding problems. So, asking "how can I edit this... " entirely misses the point of the feedback your question received. What you've done here is try to get answers ...


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Too many questions = too broad And I quote from the version that I saw: How can Santa have enough time to deliver toys to everyone? How can Santa answer all the children? Does he know all the languages in the world? How will Santa leave presents if there is no chimney? How can Santa know where to deliver, if we are not at home, and instead at ...


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What is happening here (What would be the main societal changes if we invented a free and unlimited energy source tomorrow on earth?) is very interesting for this issue I believe: The question started out as too broad, but because it was left open for long enough, people's comments helped narrow it down to a maybe localized enough question. It remains to ...


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A year and a half ago, there was an interesting discussion of redefining "too broad" here on Meta. What I find a bit worrying is that the conclusions (or notions) come to in that discussion appear gradually to have been set aside, at least to some degree. The result is that I think we have become too quick to close questions. One of the dominant points in ...


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Personally, I've noticed a lot of new users on the site within the last couple of weeks. While this is a good thing, these low rep users have been responsible for asking a lot of questions which are not on-topic, or match some other close criteria, and also have answered some questions in ways which clearly fall short of the standards to which we hold our ...


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(Disclaimer: I voted to close one of those question.) The problem is that the climate is a very complex phenomenon (otherwise there wouldn't be any prolonged debate on global warming... or it wouldn't have lasted that long). There are plenty of parameters that come into the definition of a climate, and to my knowledge, not all are even know to the research. ...


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I think these questions are on the verge of being off-topic, because at their core it's really a plot-based question: 'this things happens, how do people react?' It's also a What-if scenario that feels more like curiosity than serious worldbuilding, though I would never want to close a question just because it seemed like the OP wasn't going to use it for ...


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After you made this meta post, the question was reopened and then closed as a duplicate. Duplicates aren't bad! If you didn't find the linked questions, perhaps other people won't either. And perhaps your question will help them find them. Meanwhile, the other questions have answers already, so with luck that helps you. If you don't agree that your ...


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I think that there are many questions of a similar ilk which, as phrased/stated, are simply Big List questions. That's the very definition of Too Broad, one of our main reasons to close a question. It's a problem we skirt, if not attack head on, with many questions on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. This one, though is sort of egregious. At the moment, I would ...


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To Avoid Being Closed As Too Broad Step 0: Start building a world. If you can’t say what world you’re asking about, you’re likely to ask an unanswerable question. Your eventual question may be germane to many worlds, but you should have your world in mind. Step 1: Make sure there is only one question being asked. If you're asking multiple questions, you'...


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One possibility is that you are approaching this from the wrong angle. The trouble is you don't have a specific outcome in mind. You're asking "when I do this, what happens". If instead you ask "I have this starting point, I'm trying to get to this end point, how do I do it?" then it is much easier to have that question suitably constrained. Asking ...


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The questions are building a world where this has happened, so from that perspective they are on topic. It is not asking about individuals or about plot points, so still on topic. However they are very broad and very unconstrained. On that basis they are too broad/too opinion based. They are borderline enough on both that I can see why people are not sure ...


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Taken as is, that question can only be answered at a level of abstraction so high as to be blindingly obvious. 1. Design your alien species. 2. Design their history. 3. Design their tools. 4. Design their culture. 5. Integrate feedback from all previous design efforts to for a new cohesive whole. 6. Design useful objects based on all that. Anyone who has ...


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Starting with: Using Vincent's very helpful framework, let's consider what happens when we add constraints: A is the START B is the RESULT X is the CHANGE or process Giving these types of questions: I have A and X, give me B I have B and X, give me A I have A and B, give me X Or in plain English: I have START and CHANGE, give me RESULT : "What ...


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I think the biggest problem is that some of these are our most well voted questions and yet they really should fall into the too broad category. But because they are interesting and well voted we are loathe to close them...not to mention they can be fun to answer. Scope is what these questions most often need. I enjoy the alternate world scenarios but ...


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Don't edit in ways that invalidate answers, as others have said. One approach to asking followup questions without them being closed as duplicates is to explain what you've learned from previous questions and then build on that in a new question. I had something like that -- that link is to the third in a series of related questions, each of which arose ...


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I would not edit your question. 7 months have passed, that's a long time. You can as a new question, and you should focus on what wasn't answered in your first question. Asking a follow-up question is a good idea generally. There you could ask a new question, and focus on what wasn't answered. You could ask a link to the previous question and explain, that ...


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I agree that your question might have been better written in multiple posts and probably would have been closed as too broad if asked today. I'd say you should not edit a question to an extend that invalidates existing answers. But what you could do is enclosing on the topic as much as you can without invalidating the given answers. Having a short look at ...


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To be honest, I think you went from "too broad", to "primarily opinion-based". And it is still quite broad, we would need to consider all the possible consequences, and then pick "the most" out of them. Generally any question about "the most", "the best", etc. if they aren't followed by a measurable quantity, they make the question unanswerable. How are we ...


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I made my comment because how to reach an end goal from a beginning starting point (no matter what that starting point is), is the basic lesson of all creative writing classes. And there are hundreds, possibly thousands of creative writing classes, websites, and youtube videos describing just as many processes for organizing information and developing a new ...


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