I made a claim in chat roughly a year ago:
And I'd like to reflect on how that went for me, and what I learnt.
My motivation originated from me asking a spate of dnd-5e questions sometime in 2021 which were the sort of 'open to interpretation' questions where the literal reading of the rules wasn't as useful as just asking your GM to make a ruling.
I realised that, because of the way D&D 5e is written, it was all too easy to create hypothetical situations with unintuitive results, that ended up generating what felt like an almost infinite number of questions. At the same time, those questions would likely be useless if they ever came up in an actual game, because someone's GM might sensibly decide to rule a different, more intuitive way.
This realisation was particularly important to me, because even without the non-hypothetical questions, D&D 5e content here vastly outnumbers that of other games and RPG topics.
Secondly, I definitely noticed occasions where I felt I was slightly 'manufacturing' a non-D&D question so I could ask a D&D question, but I did my best to make sure the non-D&D questions were all real problems I had, even if they weren't current problems. Othertimes I noticed I was completely holding off asking a genuine D&D question I had, because I couldn't think of a non-D&D question to go along with it.
And much more rarely did I notice I had 'saved up' a non-D&D questions to ask when I had a D&D question I needed answering. That felt weird, like I was still prioritising the D&D questions. It didn't last long.
One positive I noticed was that when I couldn't ask my D&D questions on this site, I ended up asking my group and my GM instead. That meant I knew how he'd rule, and the group was aware of my questions. I could go into more detail about how I thought it might be relevant, and didn't need to waste effort making sure the question wasn't too narrowly focused on our group or providing context to the community here.
I also noticed I started looking for more non-D&D questions to ask, and eventually ended up asking them without having D&D questions in mind that I needed 'neutralising'.
Finally I definitely stopped asking the bizarre theorycrafted questions that had little to no purpose, and only occasionally brought them to chat.
Was this exercise worth it? Would I do it again?
It was certainly worth it to break me out of the habit of those questions about bizarre hypothetical situations. And it made me discover lots more non-D&D games I might have questions about.
Most importantly it encouraged me to bring the relevant questions to my group and GM.
I don't think I'd strictly stick to this again, but I would go back to it if I found myself falling into bad habits.
- I also included the dungeons-and-dragons tag, and had I felt the need to ask, other D&D versions would have been included too.