As of now (2016-02-10 20:04 UTC -6), there are 4 questions tagged with , but it's not clear to me what topic or category it defines, based on those (4) questions it has been used.

I imagine it used when somebody asks about "hypothetical or fictional planets, or alternate Earths". Still, it might not be the most appropriate tag, since I suppose (rather, speculate) that the motivation for most of such questions is not necessarily "world building" in the sense of, e.g., a science-fiction work, but more for modeling or simple curiosity.

And what about some homeworks? (e.g., this one) Should they be tagged as well?


It appears those questions are about hypothetical/fictional planets. It appears there is some consensus that such questions are on-topic, but I'm not sure whether is a good tag to use. The purpose of modelling a hypothetical/fictional planet is not to write a science fiction novel, as questions on World Building SE are. The purpose is to better understand processes within a model.

I welcome suggestions for alternative tag names and we can rename/remove the tag.

  • $\begingroup$ What about "hypothetical-planet"? It might be good for hypothetical/alternate Earth too. $\endgroup$
    – carnendil
    Feb 11 '16 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ @gerrit: To avoid confusion with the SE World Building site maybe a name change for the tag would be a good thing. I initially thought of world-creating, but that could be problematic, then I thought maybe world-modelling. Terra-forming is a related but different subject. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Feb 23 '16 at 1:30

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