Questions tagged [answers]

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What do we do with answers made obsolete by a question change?

There's a current case of an infrequent problem: Why is Donjon offline? Dakeyras's answer was a response to a question that was once there. It was made in good faith, and is a helpful answer. The ...
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Should I be requesting people answer the question independently?

For a while now, we've had answers like these ones which fail to really answer the question on their own, but just add some extra information building on other pre-existing answers. They often even ...
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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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What constitutes copyright infringement?

Looking at the question on teleportation, there is this answer that appears to quote a body of text from PHB3. I don't actually own that book, so I couldn't check it out. But that got me thinking ...
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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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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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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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Whether to answer or not if one believes there is no answer possible

So, there is this (good) question about asking for a particular authoritative source. However, I believe there can be no answer either because of some fundamental problem with the framework or because ...
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How to answer a RAW question when the RAW are silent?

What do you do when the OP says they only want RAW but the RAW don't mention what they want? I went for "tell them the RAW are silent but give them your humble (and indeed tongue-in-cheek) opinion for ...
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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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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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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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Should I post two answers if I find contradicting arguments?

RPG rules, in pursuit of flavour, can sometimes be flowery and ambiguous, even self-contradicting[citation needed]. In doing research for improving one of my answers that tries to resolve an ...
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Do I edit or create a new answer when my view on my current answer changes significantly?

Researching my answer to this question: Can the arcane/druidic focus staff double as quarterstaff? has lead me to re-evaluate my answer to this question: Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane ...
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What to do with a good answer to a duplicate question after the closure?

Recently someone asked about a Rogue sneak attacking on another's turn. I poked around, sure we'd answered it, found nothing, and answered it myself. Later another user found the older duplicate ...
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A question has some facts majorly wrong: should I be correcting them in comments or an answer?

I've come across a question where the querent has some facts majorly wrong, and they seem to be a substantial cause of the problem they're describing. I know that we refrain from answering in ...
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Should we be answering the question, or the question posed in the description?

Most specifically referencing this: Does a natural 20 on an animal handling check do anything special? The stated question is more general than the one asked (and answered) in the post body. In this ...
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Can non-open-license rules be discussed, or not?

Context This is in relation to this question here: Is there a limit to how much stuff you can carry? And in particular this comment from a mod: [...] Age of Rebellion is not open licensed and ...
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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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What kind of answering guidelines should we have?

If there's guidelines for asking questions, there should probably be some guidelines for providing answers. To this end, what do you think we should say? Edit: I've also suggested this item for ...
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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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What are the customs for incorporating other answers into your own?

I'm new to SE as a contributor. In this answer I didn't initially think about the time to relay information to other players, but several other people pointed it out, so I added a note to my answer as ...
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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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What's our policy with answers advocating piracy (accidentally or not)?

In my question about legal 5e PDF's, it has, more than once, attracted answers advocating piracy or even linking to pirated versions of these PDF's. Is our policy just to downvote and move on, or ...
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should I post an answer to a slightly old question that already has some good answers?

to be more specific, should I post an answer to a question if I like at least one of the answers it already has, but I believe it is missing something that I myself could add, or should I just add ...
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What's the proper way to ask for new answers?

So I have a question that is very relevant...and has been asked before. This question was asked all the way back in the prehistory of today's technology - 2010. Most of the answer acknowledge that ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

My reply was in answer to this question about 'How to make players settle differences IC? I posted my answer, got a comment from SevenSidedDie, replied to it, then he replied and deleted my answer in ...
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Edit vs own answer

There were 2 answers for this question, both more than 50% right. I ended up adding my answer, but should I change the other answers? On one hand they contain factual errors, so they should be ...
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What is the best way to respond to an incorrect answer when a comment is not enough?

I just had an answer to the question What can someone do while forced to doff armor from the heat metal spell removed, with the suggestion that it might be better as a comment. I initially started ...
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What do I do with a question that contains multiple questions in its body and/or title?

How do I address a question where the description does not match the title? For example, the question's title asks for one specific thing, and in the description, a different (sometimes multiple) ...
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How should I provide examples of experience as support for my answer?

I attempted to answer a question about group dynamics today, which I did by talking about how I think this issue would be best resolved. I received two comments, suggesting that I should provide ...
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Do we always need to have 'accepted' answers?

Roleplaying is a hobby where the players and gamemasters collectively define the game they are playing, and although there are rulebooks, the style and rules in effect are primarily determined by the ...
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Is there a way to sort questions by ones that have higher question scores than answer scores?

Just based on what I've seen so far, it seems like people generally are more excited about upvoting answers than questions, with the effect that for most questions with a good answer, that answer ends ...
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What logic dictates the order answers show up in?

Assume a question has four answers. One has 0 upvotes, the other three all have 1. Is there any logic to which will show at the top of the page if you refresh? From testing it looks like the 0 will ...
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Please consider using book references that will be understood internationally

This originally was an off-topic comment elsewhere. I think it's important enough to warrant it's own post. As this is an international site, our language is English. However, many people play games ...
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Is it acceptable to resurrect old threads with new answers?

I was browsing the main site and came across this veteran 1.5 year old question, and I feel that I have a useful answer to add - a house-rule interpretation that hasn't been brought up in the current ...
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Pathfinder sources: prd vs d20pfsrd

For answers to Pathfinder questions is either a more preferred source for citations and references? Is either of them treated with more authority by members of this stack exchange site? Links the ...
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Should answers include true, useful info that doesn't answer the question?

I just answered a question about resolving attack rolls when you roll a result that's within your weapon's critical threat range, but isn't a natural 20. KRyan commented to suggest that my answer ...
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Answers that expand on existing answers

I've seen this a few times recently, and wanted to check what the 'official' line is. My understanding is that when you want to expand on an answer that someone else has already given, the way things ...
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Clean up Duplicate Answers in forgotten character question

What to do when a player loses or forgets their character sheet? is an fairly important question roleplayers want answers to. It belongs on the site. It is quiet a old question posted in 2010. During ...
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Is it valid to ask similar questions, one requesting RAW and the other XP?

Related to this question. I am wondering if it would be excessive to split up questions requesting RAW answers and actual experience answers. One example would be if I took this question and ...
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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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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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Should answers for questions about (re)sources for games be made CWs?

The idea occurred to me when I answered this question, specifically asking for resources for a D&D campaign focused in Amn. I'm fairly new to RPG.SE (and SE in general), but a quick search for "...
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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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We have better advice for answerers in our “On topic” page than our “How to answer” page

Our Help page "What topics can I ask about here?" has some lovely site-specific advice for answerers under the heading When replying to questions, be aware of our site guidelines: Not everything ...
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What can we do to help promote supported opinion-based answers rather than closing a good question due to bad answers?

This is somewhat related to this question on question closure due to speculative answers, but it goes a bit further. I've seen a couple of questions here and here that are clearly stackworthy, but ...
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How to best re-work answer?

I answered How do I run a maze scenario without using a map? a while back; while I think my recommendation's a great one, I stipulate that the presentation's very hard to follow. (That is, I don't ...
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I want to write a Q&A: how do I go about doing that?

While I'm rather new to the website, I've picked up quite a bit regarding one particular topic (the Rainbow Servant prestige class for 3.5th edition D&D), and I would like to write this ...