I'd like us to revisit the discussion had here: Should we have a canonical "Can the Wish spell do X?" question? This is not a duplicate because I think a change of landscape, so to speak, warrants a revisit, and I am seeking input about what to do about that if we decide not to close any questions.
First, let me reintroduce the types of questions we're talking about here. We have numerous questions about the D&D 5e spell wish that all follow the same basic formula:
Q: Can wish do this thing?
A: Yes, but the spell description says its entirely up to the DM how it works out, if at all. [And sometimes these answers include a list of ways the DM can twist the wording].
These questions follow this basic formula:
- What happens if you make an impossible wish
- Can you use Wish to allow yourself to cast Wish without risks?
- Can the Wish spell kill?
- Can you use the Wish spell to duplicate a 9th-level spell?
- Can the Wish spell be used to allow someone to be able to cast all of their spells at will?
- How are Wishes for things of similar power to Wish's listed effects granted?
- Can the Wish spell make the effects of an attuned magic item permanent? (closed as opinion based)
- Can the Wish spell change my spell list?
- Can Wish revive a creature consumed by Lich imprisonment?
- Players Circumventing the limitations of Wish
- Is this an ironclad wish?: "I wish for just my body to be young again but to keep all of my physical, mental and magical prowess"
Some of these questions have attracted a fair bit of noise, and the good answers are invariably meditations on the answer formula I described above: "Yes, but the spell description says its entirely up to the DM how it works out, if at all. [And sometimes these answers include a list of ways the DM can twist the wording]." At the time of the original discussion, even the best answers to choose from generally followed this formula, and no one answer stood out as being a good candidate for a canonical answer.
I would like to suggest that this is no longer the case. On May 17th, 2021, another one of these questions was asked: Is this an ironclad wish?: "I wish for just my body to be young again but to keep all of my physical, mental and magical prowess". I wrote an answer that would go on to be the highest scoring answer in the wish tag and is currently the highest scoring answer of 2021. My answer there deviates from the typical formula by providing concrete guidance for working wish into the campaign as a cooperative worldbuilding effort rather than playing into the "player vs. DM" dynamic that these questions usually dance around. I don't mean to toot my own horn too much here, but I really think that, in general, this is the answer everyone with this type of question should be reading.
So I would like to seek input on the idea of closing some of these questions as duplicates of the one with my answer. Of course, some of them likely have some distinguishing nuance about them that merits leaving them open, but I think a fair few of them really are just variations on the common theme described above, and of course, it would be up for discussion and review which of these questions would be well served by this, and which would not. I did make this proposal on the original meta discussion on this topic, but that was as an answer, and it did not attract any discussion at all.
So, is this a good candidate for a canonical question for this question type?
With that out of the way, this question is a bit of a two-part question. As I mentioned before, my answer is broadly applicable to most, if not all, questions of this type, but not only applicable, the best answer to most, if not all, questions of this type. This leaves me with a question begging for an answer: if we opt not to close any of these as duplicates, is there a reason I shouldn't post my answer to more of these questions?
This would likely have the effect of generating a bit of rep points and Necromancer badges, but the real reason for doing this is that I think people who find these questions should be pointed to the best available guidance. If we aren't closing anything as duplicates, just posting the answer where appropriate seems to make more sense than leaving a comment to the effect of "There is a good answer to your question over on this other question". It seems to me one of the utilities of duplicate closure is so that we don't do this.
That said, if you are in favor of not duping any of these, why shouldn't I farm Necromancer badges by posting my answer to these questions where it applies? Hypothetically, if I were to do this, I would space them out considerably, weeks or more, I'm certainly not asking "why shouldn't I post my answer ten times in one day?". I know why I shouldn't do that.