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Would you be interested in running a week system agnostic drive? I am happy to give away some reputation for good questions/answers. The aim would be to broaden the site to include more questions about role playing in general instead of the heavy D&D rules ones.

Good idea?

Bad idea?

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    \$\begingroup\$ What would we be doing to make it happen? My initial answer is "sure, if there's a plan for an effective one." \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk May 23 '12 at 12:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mxyzplk: How about a contest? Other ideas welcome. \$\endgroup\$ – Sardathrion - against SE abuse May 23 '12 at 14:52
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I'd much rather see one of the concrete tags like gm-techniques, roleplaying, or campaign-development highlighted. Those tags tend to create non-rules questions naturally, and are a bit more cohesive.

System-agnostic has a lot of issues: A case could be made that a lot of system-tagged questions should also be tagged system-agnostic, and a lot of people already strip out a lot of important information from their question to create a "pure" system agnostic question. Incentivizing people to break the tag seems like a bad idea.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ System-agnostic, as far as I understand the term, should be use for rules advice that could be applied to any system or no system at all. If you are asking about some D&D $keyword, then you should tag it as D&D. On the other hand, if you are asking about erosion of metals (for armours and weapons) in desert climate, then it should be tagged system agnostic. Does that makes sense? \$\endgroup\$ – Sardathrion - against SE abuse May 23 '12 at 14:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Sardathrion I don't really want to see the site overrun with questions about the erosion of metals in a desert climate. Those questions are tolerable, but they're not really great rpg questions. \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon May 23 '12 at 15:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sardathrion For a question that straddles the SA-on-system-tagged issue see here: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/3601/77 . That question received an objectively great system-agnostic answer (even if it WAS my own answer). Should it be tagged system-agnostic? \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon May 23 '12 at 15:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, I think the above question could be tagged system-agnostic since the poster asks for out of system information -- Both Trail of Cthulhu and Call of Cthulhu but not restrictive to either. Maybe we need to define what the term means? To me, it should mean that answers which are not system specific (either different system(s) or systemless or generic advise) are sought after as well as system specific answers. Does that make sense? \$\endgroup\$ – Sardathrion - against SE abuse May 23 '12 at 15:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ One a side note, I would be much more interested in an What is the erosion of metals in a desert climate? question than an Does Smell carry through deprecated zones in water when a Monk uses Nose Power on a Fish?... And before you ask, yes, that is what most D&D4e questions sound like to me. ^_~ </FireProofArmour::ON> \$\endgroup\$ – Sardathrion - against SE abuse May 23 '12 at 15:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sardathrion "it should mean that answers which are not system specific (either different system(s) or systemless or generic advise) are sought after as well as system specific answers." This is the way things should be all the time. If I ask a question about my 7th Sea game, and you have a non-rules answer that works, you should post it. I shouldn't have to have a tag that says "no, really, I want my question answered." \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon May 23 '12 at 15:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Sardathrion But besides that, it gets into the whole what does system-agnostic really mean? issue. Is it questions that can be answered either rules or non-rules? Is it questions that are strictly non-rules? Is it historical/physical arcana? If we have a contest on a tag we want it to be as clear as possible about what's in and out of the tag. \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon May 23 '12 at 15:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sardathrion "I would be much more interested in..." Okay. Personally, I'm more interested in "How do I make a million dollars over the weekend" than either, but I don't think that's appropriate here :) For the record, a lot of the 4e rules questions aren't great questions either. \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon May 23 '12 at 16:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Agree... Shall you ask the what does system-agnostic really mean? question on meta or shall I? \$\endgroup\$ – Sardathrion - against SE abuse May 23 '12 at 16:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Sardathrion There's already been quite a lot of talk on Meta about what the system-agnostic tag does/doesn't mean. The gist of it is, that it means different things to different people, but is generally popular even in a nebulous state. Which is okay for a tag, but isn't great for a contest. Again, I'd recommend tags like gm-techniques and roleplaying as generating a high degree of questions that match your definition of system-agnostic. \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon May 23 '12 at 16:35

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