Questions tagged [close-reasons]

This tag is for discussions of our canonical and custom close reasons.

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Why was my question closed as too broad, unclear, or opinion-based?

There are a good number of questions, especially from users new to the site, that get closed as too broad or opinion-based. This is a post we can link them to for more guidance than what comments can ...
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Could we have a separate close reason for missing system tag?

A lot of the times we close a question for being unclear, it's because it's missing a system tag. I would guess that's the case for over half of our closed-as-unclear questions. With this in mind, ...
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Does "Ask the DM / GM" equate to "Primarily opinion based?"

I've noticed that in some cases people vote to close as Primarily Opinion Based when they think the only possible answer is "Up to the DM". There's a slight twist in this community where it'...
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Are questions about roleplaying within a video game context on topic?

Based on the following question, which happens to be about a roleplaying game taking place within the (non-roleplaying) videogame of Terraria. How to deal with erotic role play (ERP) frequency in a ...
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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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Should questions be closed because there are speculative answers?

Why is the word "Rötschreck" spelled with an Umlaut? was temporarily closed with the reason that it is 'drawing primarily speculation/opinion' (emphasis mine). I'd like to point out ...
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We should talk about the word "should"

Occasionally a question gets asked that is approximately of the form: I have this problem, what should I do? or I have this problem, should I do X? These are then closed as opinion based, ...
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What custom off-topic close reasons should we have?

Custom "off topic" close votes are coming to RPG.SE soon, and the NC and NARQ close reasons are being (partially) replaced: Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, too broad, opinion-based, off-topic ...
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What's so wrong with taking a question at face value, just because someone suspects an XY Problem? [closed]

Someone asks a question, and it's a valid question that has answers that we can provide. And then someone else comments that they think it's an XY Problem, asking what their real problem is, and votes ...
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Close Reason for "Homebrew this for me" questions

I've recently noticed a couple questions that seemed like "make me some suggestions for this homebrew idea I had". I voted to close both as an off-topic Shopping/Recommendation request, as to me they ...
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How should we handle questions with a straightforward answer that only requires basic research?

I've seen this problem many times on this site, but the most recent question, which also incentivized me to write this meta post, is Do effects that activate on a critical hit still activate when the ...
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How should we handle "Let me Google that for you"-type questions?

Inspired by this question, which lay dormant since 2013 but was recently dug up and answered. I feel like this question should have been closed, as the answer can totally be gotten by googling "dice/...
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Should this dice question be open or closed?

This meta is about the mainsite question How I can I roll a number of non-digital dice to get a random number between 1 and 150? It was closed by five users, then reopened by five other users. (Many ...
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Our shopping recommendation off-topic close reason is too generic

The off topic close reason for shopping questions is this: “Shopping” questions and other recommendation requests are off-topic, but can be asked on any one of a number of role-playing games ...
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Can we add a "please tag your system" on-hold message? [duplicate]

This question has a common problem where a new user is unfamiliar with the requirement to tag questions with the correct rules system (e.g. dnd-5e). The question was put on hold, but with the generic "...
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My question was incorrectly put on-hold for "being about video games"

I have a question about my Role-playing Games Stack Exchange post: Are there any published sources on what a "Templar" should be? A member of the community incorrectly placed my question on-...