I wrote three answers to Are there any good tabletop RPGs for young beginning players. I made it three answers instead of one so that they could be voted on individually. (I could swear that, at the time, I’d done that because it was recommended.)

A couple of years later, someone combined my answers into a single answer. So now there is one unfocused answer instead of three focused ones. The individual vote counts (granted, not a lot) are no longer there to tell the reader what the community thinks about the individual answers.

So, when answering System Recommendation questions, should I put all my recommendations in one answer? And if so, why?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Quite related: Should omnibus answers be split? \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Jul 25 '13 at 2:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ As SevenSidedDie said there, I guess there’s a distinction to be made between a single, cohesive answer that mentions multiple systems versus a bunch of separate answers lumped into a single answer. But I suspect finding consensus on the difference would be a challenge. \$\endgroup\$ – Robert Fisher Jul 25 '13 at 13:48

My understanding is that the focus on StackExchange sites is to find the best answers, the pearls. The votes mean "I find this answer useful", not "I agree with this answer" (on meta it is quite the opposite).

From that point of view, an answer may (and often should) have more than one suggestion if there is no single correct answer... which is the most common situation for a System Recommendation question. A useful answer could make e.g. three recommendations depending on different factors that are not specified in the original question. For example: "if your kids are under 7, then Pokemon; if they are over 10, then D&D Basic; etc".

In my humble opinion, one-system-per-answer encourages the "I agree" or "I like" behaviours, rather than the "this is useful".

  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you look at my answer to the question referenced and say whether you think my answer is better as one answer or multiple answers? (Or, I suppose, “doesn’t matter because it isn’t a pearl anyway” might apply. =)) \$\endgroup\$ – Robert Fisher Jul 26 '13 at 15:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RobertFisher One combo answer is better, and your combo answer to the RPGs for Kids question is definitely better. All are "pearls" as they have Good Subjective/Bad Subjective bases. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk - Justice for Monica Jul 28 '13 at 23:13

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