Here's the question How to stop players from making the game X-rated tagged .

As far as I know, tag is supposed to be used for questions about Dungeons and Dragons editions comparison and history. If the OP would not edit the question, what should we do with this (presumable incorrect) tagging?

The author asks about a specific problem emerged when playing a specific D&D edition (5e, I guess). The problem itself is kind of , but it is not possible to just remove and add tag, because it would screw up the most upvoted and accepted answer, which specifically mentions "D&D" several times.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is a handy title change. Thanks. 👍 \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 10:39

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This tagging's OK. It's not the “wrong” game tag. We use [dungeons-and-dragons] when the question isn't about any one edition in the series, which is normal for history questions about the series, but can also be the case for other questions.

In this case knowing it's D&D is relevant, but we didn't care which edition when it was asked because just knowing it was any edition of D&D was enough information to answer it.

Like any game system, D&D introduces a set of gameplay expectations, social dynamics, and a specific set of tools in-game and at a general game management level to help resolve the issue. Other games don't have the same set of those things. Knowing we were working with what D&D generally brings to the table was enough for us to work with. (Consider that we'd have very different responses if this was Monsterhearts or Apocalypse World, which have explicit mechanics and expectations around X-rated content, where D&D expects none whatsoever.)

For many social issues, the exact edition isn't going to affect things beyond the mere knowledge it's D&D, so we didn't need to ask specifically for the edition. There are definitely some social contract variations between different editions though (e.g. expectations around the GM vs player relationship, and how adversarial it is, have changed over time) so in those situations we're likely to ask for more detail.

So: knowing & tagging it's D&D was appropriate and good enough.

Asking them to provide their edition as you've done in comments is fine, as that's a standard request for information. They might provide it or not. If things remain just as they are though, I think that's OK.

  • \$\begingroup\$ On the other hand, new users posting game rules questions may need to be reminded to give an edition. \$\endgroup\$
    – MrHiTech
    Commented Jul 4, 2018 at 10:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MrHiTech Yes, definitely. This doesn't extend to rules questions at all; rules questions are always about a specific edition (because no D&D rules exist outside editions). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 4, 2018 at 10:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ It’s probably worth pointing out that some aspects of the social contract have varied some between editions of D&D, i.e. asking about expectations and social dynamics is not necessarily itself sufficient to justify opening a question up to all of D&D rather than a specific edition. This particular thing, though, absolutely; that hasn’t changed. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Jul 5, 2018 at 13:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Good call, updated. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 17:24

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