Questions tagged [citations]

For questions primarily about citations in answers, and general policies and guidance regarding such citations.

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How to handle potentially systemic unsupported answers for 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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What is the best practice for editing in references?

Lately I have been making small edits to posts to include quotes, references to the books, and links to online resources when a question does not include them. Some good examples of this are these two ...
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Confusion regarding the “Good Subjective” post notice and the policy on backing up answers

This is a question for moderators as I'm not sure how else to ask this. There have been the following posts recently: "Please give your feedback on a new “Subjective Citation Needed” post notice " ...
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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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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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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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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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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 is the policy about link targeting locked content? [duplicate]

This question references https://www.dndbeyond.com/, which is an official WoTC website. The problem we face with this content is that it is not accessible without a twitch account (afaik). This ...
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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 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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How should we handle potentially untrustworthy sources?

Based off of this meta question, I think we should address how to handle source citations that are known to be incorrect. If Roll20 (or other 3rd party sources) are known to have errors, should we ...
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Is it fine to cite the SRD in answers even if WotC does not consider it an official rules source?

Based on a discussion on an answer. Jeremy Crawford has said: The sword of sharpness deals an extra 14 slashing damage when you roll a 20 on its attack roll. The SRD incorrectly says otherwise. ...
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Are rules questions that require a developer (official OR non-official) response ONLY valid for our stack?

Is a firbolg's Hidden Step intended to deactivate due to spells such as Booming Blade? has a specific stipulation from the asker that the accepted answer must have a supporting tweet from a ...
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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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How should I cite the SRD?

For this answer, as well as a few others, I've used quotes from the SRD as a source. How should I cite those properly, to help back up my claims, and prove that I'm not pulling quotes from my bum?
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Why is one +21 question On Hold when a similar question is ok with +53 votes?

For what reasoning was this question (What to do about a player who takes risks and dies (without consequence)?) with 21 upvotes and no downvotes On Hold as opinion based and most of the (IMO more ...
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At what point is an official D&D source unacceptable?

So the general consensus of some of the highest rated users here is that the official Wizards of the Coast FAQ is to be ignored when answering questions: What is wrong with the D&D 3.5 FAQ?. This ...
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Feature Request: Citing Tweets

I'd like to paste in a Twitter URL and get a nicely formatted quote with a link back to the original, the Twitter user, date, etc. Lately—primarily due to the convenience of reaching D&D 5e ...
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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 ...