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How is the community doing? [2018]

(Largely cribbed from the 2017 check-in) 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. About a year ago we did this ...
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Time to retire the [rules-as-written] tag?

We have recently seen some issues around site users being unclear on how to use the rules-as-written tag and some unpleasantness broke out on the topic. Sadly, this has been happening for more than ...
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How to deal with questions that just don't understand the scope of the RPG landscape?

We've had several questions lately that we've been closing. What point-buy systems of magic (like psionics in 3e D&D) are there? , https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/14120/what-are-the-main-...
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What, exactly, is the RAW tag for?

As the title says. I'm starting to think that there are a few different views of what "RAW" means here on RPG.SE. I think that it is time to sit down and pinpoint the "correct" way to use the ...
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The gremlin in our answers: “Fate is narrative” answers to mechanical Fate questions

It seems like there's a gremlin in the Fate answers. He bites without warning, no one is immune, and while he'd been quiet for some time, he's back now. And he's making it hard to get good answers, ...
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Is there any interest for a Discord server?

I've been thinking about this for a while. What do you guys think about a Discord Server for our Stack? I mean, we do have the chat rooms already, but Discord would enable a few other ways of getting ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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5answers
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What should we do about people downvoting to try and push subcommunities they don't like off this site?

I understand that people are in charge of their voting, and we generally avoid legislating voting in any way as it is fundamentally unenforceable. Nevertheless, the use of downvotes to explicitly ...
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How do we handle a desire to challenge the frame of a question?

Sometimes, someone asks a question that seems like it might suffer from the XY Problem (asking about your attempted solution instead of your actual problem) and you want to point that out. Or you ...
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Why do people use GM versus DM?

As I've been on SE, I noticed that many questioners and answerers use 'GM' to describe the person running the game as opposed to 'DM'. I know that DM stands for Dungeon Master and that GM stands for ...
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The [rules-as-written] tag - still useful or is it junk? [duplicate]

A brief history of the [rules-as-written] tag (though all the discussion is ~2 years old): What, exactly, is the RAW tag for? (A good summary of what the tag's for and other meta Q's related to it) ...
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What exactly is a playstyle?

So we agree that we embrace all styles of roleplay. Recently I answered a question and made a remark about "good roleplaying" or "good roleplayers" being people that would play a role, seperating ...
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Why do people want to give answers that were not asked for?

I have noticed that people want to give answers and leave comments that the question is not asking for. This question, for example, has people immediately saying "don't" instead of just answering the ...
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Is homebrew an acceptable answer to a question?

Perhaps it's just the game designer in me, but for many of the questions asked here I almost automatically start thinking of homebrew solutions to whatever problem the asker is having. Would providing ...
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2answers
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Keep my homebrew stuff secret in order to avoid biased answers

I asked a question about a subclass feature from an Unearthed Arcana article. I know that Unearthed Arcana stuff is playtest material and therefore might not be balanced. That’s why I wanted to ...
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“Players who see it differently are simply wrong”

Yes, that's what I read today in comments on an answer to this question. Again: Players who see it differently are simply wrong Someone downvoted me, based on the fact that his playstyle must be ...
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Is it acceptable to include your opinion of the quality of character choices in an answer?

I've noticed what I consider a trend to include whether or not character choices (Classes, Subclasses, Feats, Qualities, etc) are a "good" choice either in comments or frequently as part of an answer. ...
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Burninate [players]. The tag, I mean

I've browsed through the players questions and found these ones: Questions about issues with problem-players Questions about social aspects of role-playing games or group-dynamics Question about ...
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How should I flag comments criticising my choice of game/edition?

When a comment that is definitely non-constructive offends me, but I am unsure whether it passes muster as patently offensive (i.e. offensive beyond a reasonable doubt), should I flag it as non-...
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2answers
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How do we deal with harmful stereotypes in posts?

Everyone has unexamined assumptions about "other" groups of people, and sometimes that comes through harmfully in an answer or question posted to the site, either unintentionally or intentionally. ...
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2answers
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What if you agree with an answer, except for one part that is not really on-topic but you find very wrong?

For the context, I am speaking about KRyan's answer to How much money can I make up with class features?. As it is I completely agree with it, except for the last sentence I find completely wrong. On ...
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How to handle “assuming this Jeremy Crawford ruling on [X] to be true, how do I apply that ruling to [Y]”-related questions?

Since WoTC have officially stated that Jeremy Crawford's twitter posts are no longer official and that published sage advice is still just guidance, I've seen a couple of recent questions pop up ...
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How can we improve this community? [closed]

As a web developer I frequent a lot of Stack Exchange communities and never have I experienced one with such a community of judgement and nitpicking. Some of these exchanges don't even phrase topics ...
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How can we rein in playstyle conflicts on a Q&A?

How do I handle a player asking insistently about game secrets between sessions? and its answers seem (to me) to be verging on a few troublesome points: a GM knowing better than his players what's ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2answers
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Discourage the use of terms like RAW, RAI, and RAF

RAW, RAI, and RAF muddy the water As users who talk a lot about the mechanics of games, we often lose sight of the rest of the community. Terms like RAW, RAI, and RAF can be confusing for many users, ...
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Proposing a [cheese] tag that is a category of rules exploits/fun

With this question in mind, there are others, I'd like to suggest a cheese tag as a clear identifier of people looking for fun exploits. This particular question, and the comments in response, is why ...
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What stack do I go to for RPG information designed for people who actually want to enjoy the game? [duplicate]

This stack appears to be entirely designed for Rules Lawyers and has little to no useful content for players who want to enjoy the game they choose to play, any suggestions for somewhere else one ...
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0answers
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Why was my question closed as too broad, unclear, or opinion-based?

There are a good number of questions, especially from users new to the site, that get closed as too broad or opinion-based. This is a post we can link them to for more guidance than what comments can ...
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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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