Questions tagged [answers]

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Are “leads on” answers considered helpful?

Related to the question: "Share monk AC bonus with animal companion mount? " The user clearly describes the problem, and the qualities that are looked for in answers, namely something that requires ...
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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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My solution derives from several answers and comments, what to do?

I asked this question which, having read answers and comments, Should have been a very different question. Probably should have been flagged as opinion based =] I've accepted the answer from Carcer ...
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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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What to do with semi-opinion questions in dnd-5e?

I am a little uncomfortable with some dnd-5e questions. I would guess what I am going to address in this question might be an issue with any other RPG which is still in the process of being updated/...
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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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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 if you find an official source supporting an existing answer?

Here's the situation. Someone asks a good question about a specific rule interpretation. User 1 responds with an answer along the following lines: The rules on page [x] establish this as a case of [...
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Are habits from D&D 3e making answers to 5e questions more prone to overly rigid answers?

A possible problem First of all, I am not trying to pick a fight with anyone, I am only trying to make the site better. Having only been a member on this site for a few weeks now, I am concerned by ...
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Can I answer a lore question with information from non-RPG media?

Say that I see a question about the Shadowrun setting. I happen to know that the answer to the question can't be found in the RPGs, but it is answered in the novels and/or video games. Can I use that ...
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Answers that agree with other answer

Should we be flagging answers that basically say: John's answer is great and I agree with everything he said, and also this! On other SE sites, this should be a comment on the answer and the ...
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Should every answer be “The Answer”?

Sometimes a person doesn't have "The Exact Perfect Answer" but tries to help with some suggestions or a bit of brainstorming. After all, there are multiple playstyles, but frequently I see those "...
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If a question does not have a 'true' answer, is it acceptable to give advice or input based on past experience?

In event of a question being asked that does not have an actual answer, is it appropriate to provide advice on how the asker could handle it instead? For example: a question asking about how the ...
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How can I write a good answer for a topic that no official source book covers?

Several times, a valid question arises about some topic that unfortunately is not covered by any official source book. These questions do have merit, and the very fact a canonical vacuum exists make ...
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Was it really necessary to mod delete this? Why are there votes?

I am not convinced that voting would not have taken care of this answer. Beyond that, providing a link to a XKCD comic rather than an SE meta struck me as bad form. The justification for the mod ...
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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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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 should the answers on the question about Throne card be handled? [duplicate]

This question about the Throne card from the Deck of Many Things has attracted three answers which all say the same thing. That is, all three answers are duplicates of each other. How should the ...
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How can I respond to important information brought up in comments in my answer?

So, I'm struggling with improving my answer to this question. I've written out several major partial edits, but I keep discarding them because they all change my answer to address the way the querent ...
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What made my answer invalid?

I can't clearly understand why my answer to What reasons have the designers given for why unarmed strikes aren't 'light melee weapons'? was downvoted and deleted. How could I make the ...
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Is there anything that can be done about duplicate answer spam?

Some of our questions, especially good ones, draw a LOT of answers. Unfortunately, a lot of the time many of those answers make the same points over and over, often without introducing any new ...
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A question was asked years ago. Is it still OK to answer it?

Can a party function without a Cleric or Paladin? was asked in 2014. It has answers from 2015 and 2016, whereby the latter answers adds nothing fundamental to already given ones. Another example: ...
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Should I Delete My Answer If I Now Think It's Wrong?

I had posted an answer to this question: Can a druid get out of wild shape to avoid an opportunity attack? Which I think was rightly refuted. After some consideration, I considered my answer to be ...
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Another poster has answered correctly, should I delete my answer?

This is specifically for this question but I believe is generally applicable. If I have answered a question, whether it is a good or bad answer, but another user writes an answer which is more ...
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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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Are Omnibus answers problematic?

I have noticed, in my time on all the Stacks, but RPG.SE especially, a tendency for some users to collect all the answers already given for a question, and post them as one big omnibus answer. These ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Should I try to improve my answer even after it was selected?

Pretty much as the title. I would like to add more information and edit the organization of the answer I gave and was selected by the asker, is it bad practice? Will my answer lose the selected mark?
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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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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 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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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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If I have multiple solutions or alternatives to a problem, should I post them as separate answers? [duplicate]

After you have answered a question, the page shows the Add Another Answer button. Sometimes I combine all advice in one answer and may even include one or more alternatives to a problem. Am I ...
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Rewarding old answers with bounties

Thrice recently I've placed a bounty on an old question (1, 2, 3). My intent in each case was simply to reward an existing answer, and I indicated such in my bounty notice. I feel like these bounties ...
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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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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 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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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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How to handle an excellent answer to not-quite-my-question?

Still fairly new, need advice on this one: @Jack Lesnie posted a great answer to How do I, as a player, encourage more role-playing in Adventurers League? Unfortunately, I think it's a great answer ...
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How best to incorporate a comment into an answer?

Two comments to this answer would, I think, be nice to incorporate into the answer proper. Is there a way to do this wholesale, or do I effectively need to re-create each of the commenter's references ...
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If you disagree with the answers to your question, should you post an opposing answer?

I answered this question. The OP clearly disagrees with my answer (or maybe just wishes the answer were different). I've encouraged him to post an opposing answer if he disagrees, but he seems to ...
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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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How to ask people to re-answer a question in light of new information, when you're not sure if the answer has changed?

There were a lot of questions answered before the DMG came out that hypothesized about what it might include. Now that the DMG is out, those answers might be wrong. If it's obvious that they are, ...
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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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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 ...