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What's wrong with this answer?

Here is a question I asked a couple of months ago — Is "a special melee attack" an actual game term? Most upvoted answers agreed that there was no game term "special melee attack", ...
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Does a high score on an answer excuse the requirement to back up the answer?

Existing Guidance Reviewing guidance on meta and our post notice on main, it seems we put forward as a matter of substantive policy that answers must be backed up and supported, either objectively ...
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Are interviews reliable sources for supporting an answer?

The current site policy is to not consider tweets from Jeremy Crawford (or other game designers) as main support for answers to D&D 5e questions, following the Official Ruling section in the Sage ...
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How do we deal with duplicate questions where a rule change has made an old answer obsolete?

So today I came across a question about booming blade, which has been closed as a duplicate of this question. They are duplicates, but a rule change has potentially made the old answer obsolete. A ...
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Why am I banned from posting?

I answered the questions and suggestions, but I am apparently not allowed to post now. Please explain. I apologise if I overstepped somewhere. I'm new to this exchange.
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Should we refrain from posting answers which rely on unreleased content?

Today is the day of the Tasha's Cauldron of Everything release. Answers quoting its content starting showing up yesterday. Since it is here now, obviously this question does not apply to Tasha's ...
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Why was my answer to a question about the naming of oozes deemed “not an answer”?

I recently answered the question What's the difference between a jelly, a pudding, and other oozes? by saying that there is no answer to discover. However, my answer was deleted. That's fine in ...
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Should I accept an opinion-based answer if an objective one doesn't appear to be forthcoming?

I asked this question about the limitations of the Pathfinder spell stone shape, which are not well-defined in the game system. I was looking for either an explicit rule that I missed, an evidence-...
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Is it okay/good practice to cite other answers just after publishing your own?

Sometimes it takes time to write a (hopefully) good answer: you have to search for references, for the exact wording of rules on manuals, looking for the description of a particular magic item, etc. ...
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Why are users saying my answer isn’t an answer?

I posted on a thread, but users downvoted and replied saying it wasn’t an answer. What do they mean? What does it mean for an answer to be too forum-like? Someone told me not to comment in an answer. ...
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Convince me I shouldn't stop visiting RPG.SE

It's been my experience over the past couple years that the RPG stack is becoming more about rules lawyering and less about how to have fun with the game. It's reached the stage where it seems ...
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Why was this answer to the question “Can a player choose to fail a spell's ability check contest?” deleted?

The question Can a player choose to fail a spell's ability check contest? has a deleted answer. For users without 10k rep, here's a screenshot of the answer: While the post score is very negative,...
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Was my edit to this answer on a Q&A about Spell Sniper an edit too far?

I recently made a substantial edit to this answer to the Q&A "Which spells benefit from the Spell Sniper feat?", that would make a good dupe target. The help page on editing says: Edits ...
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Are answers that include designer reasons on-topic and allowed on this site?

This question was based on a thought I had in reaction to this: Is a question that ends up only having 'designer reason' answers off-topic even if designer reasons aren't specifically what ...
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Getting a straight answer from questions filled with frame challenges

On the question How to create a villain for level 1 players, there are many great answers, however they are all frame challenges. They don't help someone who needs to actually create a conventional ...
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How can we address questions about homebrew balance?

Often we get questions such as Is moving between separate attacks of the same spell unbalanced? The trouble I always face with these questions is "unbalanced with respect to what?". All house rules ...
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How does the post notice for unsupported answers get put on?

There is a post notice for answers in need of support, but I'm unclear as to how that post notice is placed. If we see something that needs support, what is the process for noting that? Obviously a ...
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Should answers be framed in response to the Title or the description? [duplicate]

The question Does activating a scroll require satisfying the spell's verbal and somatic components? frames the question in the Title such that "Yes" would mean the exact opposite regarding the ...
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Answering own questions

A while ago, I asked “It is reasonable to ask a question that you don’t actually need answer to?” (here) and the response was negative: no, you shouldn’t ask a question unless you have it as a real ...
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What is the best way to deal with duplicate answers which reference each other?

We often see situations where answers incorporate parts of other answers trying to create complete answers. Here is an extreme example where 2 answers each contain half of the information, and both ...
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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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I think this answer might be harmful

This answer currently suggests swimming while wearing a full suit of metal armor would be a reasonable thing to do in real life. In actuality, jumping into water with a full suit of metal armor on ...
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Are the citation requirements for objective questions not applicable to systems like World of Darkness/Mage the Ascension?

I recently saw a question tagged about World of Darkness/Mage the Ascension and commented on answer that they didn't provide any citational support from the rules. They did add some in, but then I ...
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How to revisit citation expectations for subjective questions

Based on questions like Medix2's, Medix2's other question, and my earlier one, there is a big disconnect between the historical guidance for supporting subjective answers and what the community likes/...
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How to deal with a broken link?

This answer has two broken links. The answer itself will be fine since it already recite the summary of the link content, but what should be done with the link? Leave it alone? Comment that they are ...
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Should I update my answer with information from someone else's answer?

In this question I made an answer and @illustro also provided an answer which includes information that I feel would improve my answer (I made a similar point in my answer, but his answer provided ...
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Why was my “not an answer” flag declined on this answer?

Answers can be flagged as "not an answer", the description for which says the following: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, ...
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How to share what actually happened, after what I asked about is resolved? [duplicate]

So, let's say I ask a question about some actual issue. And I get answers, and maybe already accept one of them. Then the situation gets resolved whatever way in reality. How should I tell what ...
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How to properly review a homebrew?

There are quite a few questions asking to review homebrew. The best way to ask such questions is covered in this meta: How can I ask a good homebrew review question? I'm interested in how I should ...
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Are self-answer questions still allowed?

Shortly put I had a mechanics question about infinity-rpg regarding the stealth system that was not immediately clear. I figured out the solution eventually within the book, but thought it might make ...
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Do we need to do anything about old, upvoted, accepted answers that are not up to scratch with our standards today?

I stumbled upon this question today, which has this answer. It's upvoted (currently sitting at +18/-2) and accepted, but is very short and has a standard banner message across it that I've seen ...
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Is focus on a question's title rather than the text acceptable?

I feel that some of our users have taken the change in norms with subjective questions too far. This comment is the last straw. Any actual experience with allowing players to vote what can or ...
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How do we appropriately back up a subjective answer? [duplicate]

If anyone has other approaches to subjective support, please provide an answer on the duplicate questions linked above. It is clear that we require answers to be backed up here- whether they are ...
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On “active” answer ordering and micro-edits

Recently, the my default answer display order was changed from "highest vote first" to "latest edit first" (probably due to misclick on my part). I had not been aware that that was even possible, and ...
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Is it appropriate to edit an answer just for tone?

When reading an answer to a recent question, I felt that the content of the question was good, but the tone (and commentary) of the question seemed negative, verging on personal criticism. I didn't ...
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A Modest Proposal for answers that aren't backed up

This has happened many times, but I'm going to focus on the most recent question where answers have flooded in that aren't backed up but are highly upvoted. If we do, in fact, want people to support ...
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No longer accepting answers from this account

I'm sure this sort of question gets asked a lot, but I've just tried to answer a question and I'm banned? apparently my previous answers where not well received. The thing is, I've only ever answered ...
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How should we handle adding citations to older questions and answers?

While I understand we've had guidelines on Meta to discuss how a user should handle their own citations, I think we should visit how and when we should edit Questions and Answers regarding citations. ...
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What kind of edits are acceptable to a question after an answer has been posted?

This post originates from this question, but is not about handling that question. I will summarize the transpired events for context. The question is about a specific rule and at its core about ...
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How do we back up affirmative answers to “Am I understanding this correctly”-style questions?

A new user left this answer to the Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?: Legal and working as intended. I found this question (and answer) when looking through the review queue, and there ...
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What warranted multiple downvotes and a delete vote here?

In D&D, how do you find attack bonus for weapons? Okay, clearly not a 100 score answer -- I don't own the books (certainly wouldn't have them with me at work even if I did). Is it a clear no-no, ...
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Should questions about Pathfinder now link to Archives of Nethys over d20pfsrd?

An extension of this other meta question; Paizo has taken down their own PRD and officially licensed the Archives of Nethys page as their reference document. Archives of Nethys provides a community ...
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When there are multiple near-identical correct answers, which answer should be accepted? [duplicate]

What is the general consensus for accepting an answer when there are multiple, near identical answers posted at the same time? Not my question, but the question "Can a Bard use an arcane focus?" has ...
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Is it OK to edit an outdated answer to facilitate a vote change?

A rule has been changed, and an answer that was correct became wrong. The recommended course of action is to downvote and wait. However, downvoting is not possible if you upvoted earlier, because ...
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When do homebrew suggestions need to be playtested by an answerer?

It is unclear to me when someone needs to provide playtesting for homebrew suggestions and when they don't. As an example, in this answer, MattDM provides a really good answer for the first half, ...
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When do we close a question for drawing opinion-based answers and how can we try to get ahead of such closures?

I'm not talking about opinion-based questions, but the flipside of when a question could generate good subjective answers, but doesn't. This question does have several parts that are tied together: ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote an answer that may have been good at the time it was posted, but is now incorrect?

Suppose that while browsing through old questions, I find that the top answer, while almost certainly correct at the time it was posted, is now incorrect. I add a new answer with the current, correct ...
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How should we handle answers that only address a minor part of the question, but not the main question?

Related to How should we handle this question, most of the answers to which only address the minor/secondary question? That question addresses how we handle questions that have multiple parts, where ...
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How should we handle this question, most of the answers to which only address the minor/secondary question?

This question How bad is Sunlight Sensitivity (of Drow, etc.), especially for casters? has two questions on it: How bad is Sunlight Sensitivity, especially for casters? How to mitigate it? Now, it ...
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Are one-line “mic drop” answers merely frowned upon or actually prohibited?

Are one-line answers merely bad answers (presumably meant to be down-voted or commented upon to suggest improvement) or are they actively against the rules for posted answers (beyond salvation and ...