This meta question was prompted by the following 3 questions on mainsite (mainly the first two):
- Do multiple sources of Temporary Hit Points combine or do you only get one set?
- How does Armor of Agathys interact with getting temporary hit points?
- Dark One's Blessing and Armor of Agathys Synergy?
Currently, #1 and #3 are both closed as duplicates of #2.
However, question #1 seems to ask more about the general case, and simply uses armor of Agathys and False Life as examples of that general question. In contrast, question #2 specifically asks about armor of Agathys (including in the title), and about what happens to the effect of armor of Agathys (i.e. if you're hit with a melee attack, the other creature takes damage) if the character gains another source of temporary hit points as well. Question #3 seems fairly similar to #2, in that it asks about the effect of armor of Agathys if another source of temp HP is gained.
My initial thought was to wonder if #1 and #2 should be merged (into #1). If they were truly duplicates of one another, then #1 asks about the general case whereas #2 is more specific, so it would make more sense to have the dupe target be the general one. I was thinking that the answers to the #1 and #2 also both address the general case, since there is a general rule. Under this interpretation, #1 would remain the final version, #2 would be merged into it (its answers copied over). I'm unsure if #3 would then be left as a duplicate of the remaining question (#1).
However, upon rereading, a different interpretation occurred to me:
Perhaps question #2 isn't quite a duplicate of #1. #2 specifically asks whether the damaging effect of armor of Agathys if you get temp HP from another source, whereas #1 simply asks if they stack (#2 seems like it potentially already assumes they don't stack). If this interpretation is correct, then it seems like question #1 should simply be reopened. Question #3 also assumes they don't stack and would stay a dupe of #2, since question #3 is a specific subset of #2.
I'm not positive which interpretation is correct. Thus, I decided to ask here on meta.
What should be done about these three questions about temp HP?
- Should #1 and #2 be merged into #1, which would cause its answers to be copied over? (If so, would #3 be left as a dupe of the remaining question?)
- Should question #1 simply be reopened, leaving the other two questions as-is? (This is what I'm leaning towards after some thought.)
- Should all the questions be left as-is?
- Or something else?