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With my little experience reading lore forums, questions and debates always find it hard to the element of discussion in context.

I see questions/answers in [Worldbuilding] will require references to easy the context for the reader.

I am suggesting a way to create references to elements previously defined by the community, in order to be reused. Similar on how tags work.

e.g.

What characteristics a newborn from a Gasplanet [Gasplanet] should have?

Proposal: Worldbuilding

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  • Those are still the same natural laws, just applied to a different environment. Maybe you'd have to choose either a better example to fit the title or a better title to fit the example. – drat Jul 21 '14 at 8:04
  • I guess I don't really understand what is being asked here? If the question is "Can certain questions be stickies?" the answer is no. This is not a forum. Usually moderators of the various exchanges keep the most commonly asked questions handy for helping newcomers. – James Jul 22 '14 at 15:42
  • Yeah, I guess I wasn't clear enough. I'll give another shot: If the proposal is to build a site for Worldbuilding (fantasy purposes), I was suggesting a way to reuse elements (when writing a question or an answer) by making references to -previously created- items (questions, answers, tags). – celerno Jul 22 '14 at 18:13
  • @James Let me know if my comment is clear enough to update my question. – celerno Jul 22 '14 at 18:15
  • That is the intent of all exchanges really. So it is built in to how these sites work. Essentially each exchange is a searchable repository of previously answered questions, and when you go to ask a question the site actually recommends previously asked questions that may cover your answer. If a question is asked and has already been answered the community is responsible for identifying the previously answered question, usually via a comment with a link and then the question is closed as a duplicate. Does that answer your question? – James Jul 22 '14 at 18:21
  • I did my best to update the question based on your feedback. – celerno Jul 22 '14 at 19:29
  • I think I'm still missing the intent of this question altogether. I don't think we have a ton of flexibility in terms of customizing the site to have it do something that other Stack Exchange sites don't. Perhaps when/if we grow larger we'd have enough clout to get more unique features pushed our way. What you've shown looks similar to tags, though not identical. One thing I do think we need to watch for is that definitions like this are likely to vary. What's considered a "gasplanet" in my universe might be very differently from yours (e.g., the 70% threshold, rarity of life forms, etc.). – rbwhitaker Jul 28 '14 at 13:07
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I guess this could indeed be useful say when you ask a question with many terms that refer to other questions: Could a Shalalala survive on the Tululu planet? Assuming the characteristics of Shalalala and Tululu have been debated in another question, you'd want a quick way to refer to them.

And maybe, the same thing could be true for common worldbuilding terms that aren't so common in English but are actually existing concepts (like gas planets in Celerno's example).

Is all that also built in SE?

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Thanks for updating your question, I suppose my answer is: This is already built into the way SE works. If we want to be able to search previously answered items or included definitions they need to be managed via tags. Essentially that is what tags do.

So...yes and no. No we don't need to do anything special, yes what you are looking for should be covered.

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