This post is now outdated. See the revisit instead: Revisit: ‘5e’ as sufficient system statement
As a community we have a long established policy of not guessing game systems. In cases where the game system is unclear we require question askers to clarify, before answering their questions.
This is a policy that I support, and is more generally well supported among longer-term site users.
However, in recent weeks (and possibly before that), one particular aspect of the enforcement of this policy has led to disagreement between a number of very experienced site users - including those who are normally staunch proponents of our 'never guess the system' policy.
Specifically, there have been a number of instances where a new user has identified their game system as '5e', in the body or title of their question and not added a system tag.
A couple of examples can be found here (check the edit histories - some explanatory comments have been deleted):
(These questions are both from the last fortnight, any other examples are welcomed.)
There have been two competing responses from experienced site users to these sorts of posts:
D&D 5th edition is commonly referred to by its players as simply '5e' - it was your clear intention here to name that specific system, I will add the appropriate system tag for you and we can get your question answered.
There are hundreds of RPGs in the world and many of them may have a fifth edition. Please be more explicit, are you playing the fifth edition of D&D? Until you clarify the system your question should be closed to avoid the possibility of it accumulating wrong answers.
In an attempt to resolve this community disagreement, and avoid future edit rollbacks, what should our response be to these kind of questions, going forward?
Should '5e' be considered a clear enough statement of system, such that it doesn't require further clarification under our 'never guess the game system' policy?
FWIW, I tried in this question to not position myself on either side of the debate - let me know if you think I failed in that respect and I'll try and adjust accordingly.