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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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What are the citation expectations of answers on RPG Stack Exchange?

As a Stack Exchange site, answers on RPG.SE are expected to be cited and backed up, but what the expectations are exactly can be hard to find. What are the citation expectations of answers on here? ...
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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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Stance on using D&D Beyond for references?

With the release of dndbeyond, and seeing it used a few times around the site, I wanted to ask if we have (or should have) a policy regarding using direct links to a paywall shielded website, instead ...
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What to do when the answers complement each other?

So, I have asked this question here. It currently has two answers, but none of them is complete (in my opinion). The first lacks the citation of cover as AC bonus, and the second answer last ...
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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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How should we handle answers that use Jeremy Crawford's now unofficial tweets?

The 2019 sage advice compendium has released, and it includes a change to what is considered "official rulings." Previously, Jeremy Crawford had the capacity to make official rulings over twitter. ...
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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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Should I edit the outcome into the question, or answer my own question?

As far as I know, it is okay to answer your own questions. It is also recommended to show your progress with a question, and this is easily accomplished by editing the question itself and ...
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What is an acceptable form for a “no” answer to a question of the form “Does X exist in the lore?”

This question asks whether there is an "in-universe" explanation for a particular piece of lore in a particular setting. Note that there is already a meta question about the question's topicality. The ...
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How to deal with questions that have no best answer?

I've got a few questions where I think the best answer is all of the answers, there's not really one that stands out. Should anything be done to those? or should they simply be left without an ...
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How should we handle posts from new users claiming to be notable figures?

We occasionally get history questions along the lines of, "What's the origin of such-and-such saying," or, "What was going on in the game that inspired this anecdote/comic/video/whatever," or, "This ...
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Does using the Rules as Written tag restrict answers to only using RAW?

It has come up several times in the last couple days that people have told posters not to add or to remove rules-as-written to/from their answers because it would force answerers to only use RAW. ...
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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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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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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 to do when an answer guesses the system of a question rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

We have guidance about instructing that we do not allow and will revert any edit that attempts to guess the system of the question and edit it into the question here. We also have related guidance for ...
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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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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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What to do when there's more than one good answer?

This is meant to be a community resource, not a resource for any one specific situation. However, in the end, the asker is accepting the answer, which will relate to his take on the question. If ...
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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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When rules change but votes don't, how to handle it?

Sometimes, not that rarely, rules change in RPGs. Answers that were good become objectively, definitely wrong overnight, through no fault of their writer. The accepted course of action is to do ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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How can I answer a question really well?

Before you ask, yes, I have read this topic from the help center. With that out of the way, I would like to ask how to make exemplary answers, that gets everybody to want to upvote your answer. ...
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What is expected/customary procedure for crediting info from comments?

Is there a generally accepted procedure for crediting info that someone suggests in the comments of my answer. Should I write something like "@coolrpg points out..." and then the info that user ...
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Should I delete an answer that becomes irrelevant after the question is edited? [duplicate]

For example, this answer (which I've deleted) to What happens when you cast Fog Cloud behind a wall?, but this isn't the only case. The question originally asked about Create Bonfire, not Fog Cloud - ...
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I have a partial answer or useful response to a question, but I cannot create a full answer out of it. What should I do? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm reading a question. It's interesting, I want to help, and I can immediately think of one or two insights that would be useful in constructing or improving a good answer to that question. ...
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Partial answer deleted as not an answer re: Medieval law and a tabletop role-playing game

In the following question: Does Common Law apply to Nobles? The OP asks about applying a certain section of medieval law to the Warhammer Fantasy setting. I understood this to be a question about ...
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How to deal with OPs accepting answers they want to be right instead of ones that are right?

In some questions, it appears people ask a question to get other people to tell them they are correct, or are heavily biased in favour of answers that say that their idea works. For instance, this ...
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Is “No, this is what that would look like” an acceptable answer?

I recently gave this answer to a question asking on how the Sleep spell works. The OP was confused about one part of it. As a counter example I wrote a homebrew spell that did work the way the OP ...
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I have some information to add to help someone solve their issue, do I answer or comment?

So, this has happened to me multiple times now, and to be honest it's getting frustrating as a casual user of this particular SE (especially since the judgements seem less cut-and-dried than other SE'...
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Are “how to handle sexism/racism/other-ism at the table” questions exceptions to the “Good Subjective” rules?

Not trying to ruffle feathers, I am genuinely curious. Usually when subjective answers are provided, a comment is posted to remind answerers of the "Good Subjective" rules. Some questions, however, ...
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Can we get voting unlocked on this post please?

This answer to "I think my DM is consistently faking dice rolls for saves against a specific spell; how do I call my DM out?" is a great answer to an interpersonal question. Unfortunately, presumably ...
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I ran out of characters for my Answer… what to do?

I am working on a monstrosity of an answer, reviewing the various splats of Werewolf the Apocalypse here. All worked well till I tried to add something about the Nuwisha.... at which point this ...