It's fairly well known that homebrew is a rather... contentious topic on this stack. From what I've noticed during my short time here, it looks like homebrew questions get a significantly higher number of downvotes compared to other questions.
While I understand why people generally dislike homebrew content, I do wonder whether some of the "homebrew-hate" goes beyond the guidelines described in this meta post.
From what I can gather, it seems that homebrew is typically downvoted due to a lack of effort of lack of research. However, I often see homebrew questions, that, while being poorly balanced, nonetheless demonstrate a clear enough effort that they don't deserve a downvote.
The most recent example is this question, which:
- Demonstrates a high level understanding of how Monks are balanced around budgeting Ki points.
- Has a strong thematic
- Has a stated goal (wanting to "feel like Yojimbo")
Of course, as demonstrated by the answers, the question is guilty of unbalanced numbers and is somewhat ignorant of the general style of 5e features.
But these are precisely the kinds of problems that homebrew-review should try to fix.
So, should poorly balanced homebrew be considered low-effort or unresearched, and are they deserving of negative response they always seem to get? I fail to see how this stack can educate new homebrewers if each of their questions are met with derision and scorn.
I'll admit that I have a soft-spot for these kind of posts as I remember my first steps into homebrewing being rife with exactly the same kind of problems, and I wonder whether I would have continued if I had been met with the same response as they.