With the advent of the Pathfinder 2 beta, we're sure to start seeing questions on the Stack here. Just today I saw one pop up in the review queue, and it piqued my interest. This particular question is likely too broad (though it's possible a sufficiently detailed answer could do a good job of answering it) but the bigger issue is the one addressed in the comments of the question, answers might quickly become outdated!

The current community consensus seems to be to close such questions until the final version of Pathfinder 2 is released, and then answer new questions when they arise post-release. This will likely lead to a weird situation, however, where identical questions might be asked and one will be closed and another upvoted and well-answered based simply one when they were asked.

Is this unavoidable and acceptable, or is there another way the community could better-address this situation? Perhaps with a Pathfinder2-beta tag, similar to the situation (I seem to recall) we had with the D&D5e playtest materials?


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It is OK to ask questions about games under playtest; we facilitated tons for the D&D Next Playtest as you remember. Answers will be a bit volatile, so sometimes answers will go outdated and new ones will arrive — that's to be accepted with the territory.

(Just don't break your NDAs if you're under any. Some playtests take place under NDA which probably means nobody can meaningfully ask or answer anything about that playtest. We don't have any questions about the Fate Core playtest for this reason.)

That particular question wanted a comprehensive edition comparison, which seems like too much to ask during an unsettled playtest. I'd say we should hold off on edition comparison questions for games under playtest, but that's only my subjective judgement at the moment: the community may disagree and so might my fellow diamond moderators.

I think we should be using a tag for playtest materials. Once the full game is out we can use a tag instead, and people can ask about the finalised version there without potentially getting cruft from the playtest filling the tag. We discussed the idea of doing something like that for the D&D Next playtest (Revisiting whether D&D Next needs its own separate tag, Can we rename [dnd-next] to [dnd-next-playtest] before it's released?) and only afterwards realised the utility of having a tag, and I think we should be doing that from the start this time.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I just today merged a bunch of [pathfinder-2e] questions into [pathfinder-2e-playtest], but I didn’t make it a synonym. We might want to do that though if the tag keeps getting used, to keep all playtest in the playtest tag, and just remove the synonym linkage once it’s released. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 28, 2018 at 20:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie I agree 100%. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 28, 2018 at 21:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm pretty sure that'll be the most effective way to differentiate between the two. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 31, 2018 at 13:12

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