As the title says.
I'm starting to think that there are a few different views of what "RAW" means here on RPG.SE. I think that it is time to sit down and pinpoint the "correct" way to use the corresponding tag, so we can prevent further confusion. I will list how I see some people using this tag:
Please Cite Rules — RAW as a shortcut for "rules citations are needed", like this one.
Literal Mechanics Consequences — Questions about what happens if we take book literally, like this one.
How does this work? — Questions about finding rules, that may or may not exist. Most of the time, those questions also add "If those rules are missing, house rules are welcome", like this one.
Is the rules-as-written tag valid for all of those uses? Are there other uses for which it is valid?
So far, we've had a bunch of other discussions about rules-as-written tags and such:
- Experiential audit of [rules-as-written], please?
- What are the Pros and Cons of the rules-as-written tag?
- What are appropriate sources to reference in questions tagged [rules-as-written]?
- “By the Book” Tag — not really rules-as-written, but almost the same use nowadays.
- What benefit does the "rules-lawyering" tag bring to our community? — the discussion that was the genesis of the rules-as-written tag
Now, looking back at these metas, I'm not sure if we need to have this tag at all. It seems to be causing more trouble than it is worth, and the consensus seems to have been, more than once, that it is indeed a bad, meta tag. Anyway, if we want to keep this tag, I think it's time to define what we want this tag for.