Every now and then we get questions from someone who might not understand there's actually more than one edition of D&D, or they have rulebooks from two or three different editions — but they all say "Dungeons & Dragons" on the cover, so they were thinking they're all for the same game.
I've been considering for some time whether we might benefit from having a viable canonical question we can point people to so they can identify which edition their books correspond to. We can point people to this when they need to determine what edition they're using (since the books don't exactly say on the cover), but also specifically my impetus for requesting this now is it would be a great thing to link to in the dungeons-and-dragons tag warning we're planning to add.
So my question comes in a few parts:
- Is this a good idea and viable, or has my brain cranked out an unworkable idea? (I won't take it personally if you think this wouldn't work.)
- Should we do this thing?
- If it is viable, how should we go about making it?
- If it isn't, is there some other way we should handle this, or something else we should do instead?
I'm guessing the most reliable thing to do would be to point them to the logos, since each edition has a fairly distinctly unique logo. 🤔 I'm not sure how universal or reliable that is though, especially when it comes to supplements, if we cover those.
For clarity the intention here is one question that serves as a canonical resource we point people to, not to OK a category of questions for specific books each. (I'm sure they'd be individually OK.)