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How do we save designer reasoning questions? [2018] [duplicate]

I think we have a bit of a problem with designer reason questions on the site. A little history: designer-reasons questions were our attempt to save "what is this rule for" questions. Those were ...
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Are questions of designer intent on-topic for this site? [2014] [duplicate]

Pretty much what it says in the title. I recently asked this question and it has been suggested that it is unanswerable. A previous question of this type is here, which by my understanding was ...
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Are questions about rule intent on topic? [2018] [duplicate]

A reasonably common type of question on RPG.SE is "Why does this rule exist" or "why is a rule this way?" These questions come in several flavors, which are not mutually exclusive: ...
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FAQ Index for Role-playing Games Stack Exchange

For frequently-asked questions common to all sites in the network, see FAQ for Stack Exchange sites. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Asking questions How do we ask ...
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How can I ask a good designer intent question?

We currently discuss whether designer intent questions are on-topic. There is a decent chance that they might become on-topic again — I wonder how one would ask a good designer intent question. I ...
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How is the community doing? [2022] [duplicate]

We, the elected moderators, wanted to take a minute to check in and see how the community feels like things are going on the site. This community check-in has been done for the last few years (...
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Should questions touching upon designer reasons be off topic? [duplicate]

This question refers to the closing of a question I submitted a few years ago. Is the omission of a racial +2 to wisdom intentional? At the time, Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition had a gap, in that ...
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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

Admittedly a bit slower that we’d have preferred (our bad), this is a continuance of rule intent discussion. (See why I’m avoiding saying revisit below). As a brief summary, questions asking for ...
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Is it time to revisit rule intent questions?

In June '21, Someone_Evil began a discussion: We need to talk about late votes to “policy” metas. As part of the summary of her overwhelmingly supported answer, doppelgreener includes this point: If ...
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Is a question that ends up only having 'designer reason' answers off-topic even if designer reasons aren't specifically what the asker is seeking out?

If a user asks the question of why some game element is the way it is, but the user is not specifically looking for designer reasons and there's a reasonable expectation of an in-materials answer as ...
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Revisit: Should we include rule intent/designer intent as off-topic in tour and help pages?

In a recent meta question, we had a user bringing a fair point: I have read the thread. But does a meta-discussion overshadow the official page I've cited? Isn't that illogical? How would a user know ...
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Confusion regarding the topicality of and differences between "history-of-gaming" and "designer-reasons" questions

The current policy on "designer-reasons" questions states that they are off-topic and are considered to be off-topic because they often receive answers that make guesses and do not involve ...
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Why is there a blanket ban on designer intent questions when the issue is only with a subset of rpg systems?

This question comes out of a discussion of the following question: Should we add 'designers intent' questions to the “don't ask” questions list on the tour? In Dopplgreener's answer he states '......
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Should we add 'designers intent' questions to the "don't ask" questions list on the tour?

Just as it says on the tin: This comment was left in response to a question closing. The "Don't Ask" section of the Help Center doesn't explicitly state that design intent questions are off ...