I've found several subclasses, optional rules, and other content on Dungeon Master's Guild that I'd like to use in a game, all of which are Free or Pay What You Want. Is it OK to ask questions about the balance of this type of content? If so, would this use the tag, or something else?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think I’ve got a meta answer somewhere around here where I discuss handling questions like this the same way we do homebrew reviews. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 20 at 22:05

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Yes, we handle these sorts of questions

It doesn’t actually really matter if it’s homebrew on some forum somewhere, something posted to the DM’s Guild for free or at some cost, or even official material: “what effects would adding this content to my game have?” is a reasonable question and one which we have handled just fine numerous times in the past.

As for ... yes, I think it should apply, but then, it should probably also apply to a question of “hey, this new official book came out, and I have doubts about this new class,” which is fundamentally the same sort of question, but calling that “homebrew” review is just wrong. I think we should, perhaps, rename the tag , or something?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it permissible to directly copy & paste the content? \$\endgroup\$
    – User 23415
    Commented Mar 22 at 15:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ @User23415 generally no; it's not okay to copy and paste content wholesale because copyright. You can link it, summarize your concerns, or paste relevant snippets, or ideally all three. \$\endgroup\$
    – fectin
    Commented Mar 22 at 16:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Not a bad idea on the tag rename! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 22 at 20:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ I dislike the tag rename, because if a new person searches the tags for "homebrew", the tag should really show up. I'm no SE specialist, but can we have multiple tag names pointing to the same tag or something? \$\endgroup\$
    – Gloweye
    Commented Mar 26 at 8:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Gloweye A tag can be synonymised with another. That acts as an alias - all existing questions with the synonym will use the canonical tag and people searching for the synonym will find the canonical as well. For example [dnd-5th-edition] is a synonym of [dnd-5e] and if you try to use the synonym in the tags you will find the [dnd-5e]. \$\endgroup\$
    – VLAZ
    Commented Mar 26 at 9:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Then this sounds like a very appropriate place for a synonym, rather than a full rename. \$\endgroup\$
    – Gloweye
    Commented Mar 26 at 11:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Gloweye Yes, the two should definitely be synonyms—pretty sure that’s inherent in a tenant, that the old becomes synonym for the new, but thinking again maybe not. Anyway that was my intent. But anyway, with synonyms, we don’t keep both tags. All uses of the synonym become the canonical tag automatically. Here, I think homebrew-review sound be the synonym, not canonical. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Mar 26 at 12:50

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