Questions tagged [closed-questions]

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Statistics on RPG.se Questions Closed and Reopened in 2016

Shog9 has put together a bunch of statistics on question closing and reopening in 2016 for all the sites on MSE: 2016: a year in closing. I've pulled in the data for just RPG.se here, for the ...
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Don't tear down this wall [question]!

How long does it take to build a wall? has been closed as being off-topic as a real-world research question (per campaign research questions, II). I agree that real-world research could answer this. I ...
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Why is asking how to roleplay a slave close-worthy?

This meta is about: How do you roleplay a suddenly-free slave? It was asked yesterday, then answered (with a good answer), then closed, and just now (after asking this meta) has been reopened. The ...
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How much subjectiveness is OK?

This came up during the proposal phase on Area 51 -- and I felt at the time that unlike many other Stack Exchange sites, a site on RPGs will be largely subjective. Sure, there are definitive answers (...
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What to do if seeking the answer to an existing question that's been closed because the system wasn't specified?

A long while back, when I was first starting to get confident about asking questions on this site, I had a question I wanted to ask. However, I searched, and the question I wanted to ask already ...
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Should closed questions be edited without fixing the question?

This question was recently edited to add italics to a link to a spell. This edit was done after the question was already closed due to being a duplicate, and therefore put the question into the 'vote ...
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Question flagged as too broad, but I got an answer I liked… what now?

I asked a question about how to hide something from PCs. It got closed as too broad, which I can kinda see, but I got an answer before it was suspended that gave me exactly the information I was ...
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Should this question be reopened (when we don't know if it's OP's actual question)?

Is it possible to remove the attunement property of a magical item? was originally posted in an idea-generating form that wasn't really a good fit. (See, for instance, "short version" in revision 5 of ...
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Are requests for specific users' house rules on- or off-topic?

Recently, a user posted a question asking for a specific user's house rules. This question was promptly closed as off-topic, and I feel like the community made the right decision, but I can't put my ...
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Difference between 'On-Hold' and 'Closed'?

I noticed that the system flags some questions as being 'On hold' when we vote to close it and others are flagged as 'closed'. Are there differences between each label?
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New User Experience: Why allow downvotes (esp. below 0) on already closed questions?

So - most [closed] questions are posted by new users. But experienced users continue to "pile on" and -1 vote them, even after they are closed! What gives? As far as I can see this: This ...
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Why are 2, very similar optimization questions treated so differently?

Both of them has a common theme, "how can I get the most of these characters, given these boundary conditions", but the treatment is very different: How can I optimize this “max-languages” build’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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Non-duplicate question with answer in another question

Regarding the recent question "How do I quickly find the official errata for any book?". It was closed by several heavy users as a duplicate of "How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?". ...
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An otherwise-valid question was closed because it was posted by a suspended user; is there any reason I can't repost a similar question?

This question asked something I myself would like to know. Unfortunately, it was closed for purely administrative reasons -- viz., because (per a diamond mod's comment) the querent was a suspended ...
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Why was this recalculating CR question closed as too broad?

This question was put on hold as too broad. As far as I can tell, it isn't too broad - recalculating CR is a defined process, and we already have questions of this type on the site. As far as I can ...
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Wizard God: too broad?

Consider Optimizing a Wizard that does no direct damage in D&D 5e: asked thirteen months ago, closed as "too broad" that day by 5 users, some commentary prompted OP to specify criteria, still on ...
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Partially answered second question in old question causing dupe flagging in new question

I flagged What passive scores exist? as a duplicate of How can Investigation be used passively? (as with the Observant feat) based on the titles. However it was pointed out that the primary question ...
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Is this question about a site listing absurdly powerful D&D 3e/3.5e characters really a recommendation question?

I have stumbled upon this question: Site with absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5. It asks about a site that the querent has seen. The question does not ask the users to suggest a game, not ...
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If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it?

If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it? I really don't know if I can clarify that any more.
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Was this question closed because it was about realism/verisimiltude?

Was this question closed because it was about realism/verisimiltude? Or some other reason(s)? Is it possible to wield a 'greatsword'? Not that it's a great question, or isn't easily ...
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Why was this post about roleplaying my character's ethics closed?

How to roleplay my character's ethics according to the DM when I don't understand those ethics? I don't know what to add. I can't see by any means how it's opinion-based. I am asking for ...
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Can we reopen this question that is marked as being a duplicate of two completely different answers?

I think Does a Life Cleric casting Goodberry at higher spell levels get more potent Berries? should be reopened. I have a generic concern with the closure in that it does not seem helpful to mark ...
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Should the exhaustion spell level question really be put on hold?

What level should this exhaustion-causing spell be? was asked and includes an element of homebrew, but has only 11 specific answers it can possibly be. The question presents a given spell, and asks ...
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Why is it unacceptable to answer a closed question in chat?

If someone asks a simple question that is closed for being too basic, there doesn't seem to be any way to help the poster, which would seem to disillusion new posters about using the site. (I ...
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Mounted archer/caster question should be reopened

What's the best build for a mounted archer/caster? was closed as Primarily Opinion-Based. It is not. It is something on which experts can vet the quality of a given suggestion and vote accordingly; it ...
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Why lock this question?

https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/8163/can-a-dd-character-be-launched-into-space I don't see it as meeting any of the criteria given in What is a locked post? I have no quarrel with the ...
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This question about a problem from a player's perspective is not answered by the linked duplicate question from a DM's perspective

Can you make a single roll multiple times? was marked as duplicate and at first "I failed to open a lock. Now what?" was the only linked 'duplicate' question. Taking a look at its answers I found ...
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It’s that time again—Good hunter deity question closed, shouldn’t be

We once again have a perfectly reasonable question, Is there a complete list of good-aligned gods of hunting?, that has been closed. It should not have been. This time there is the claim that it is a “...
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Reopen canonical “What is advantage?” question

What is advantage? This question was asked earlier and addressed something that while trivial, is a significant rules query. The term advantage, while having a specific meaning in 5e, is used as a ...
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Why did this question allow one answer after hold but not mine?

I was in the middle of writing an answer to this question when it was held for being a duplicate. (This meta is not about the duplicate status, just that it was and still is held as of this meta.) ...
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How should I phrase my question about gaming's early days?

A moderator (and then the community) put on hold this question. Even were sufficient reopen votes garnered again, based on chat about the question and Mxyzplk's closing comment on the question ("This ...
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Can we save this question about an house rule against evil actions?

This question has been closed, reopened, closed again, and is now on track to be reopened. I see some issues with the question and it has gone through at least one major revision which doesn't seem ...
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Why was my comment deleted?

I added a comment to this question explaining what I thought it needed in order to get the question reopened. As far as I am concerned, my comment was no different to the countless comments I and ...
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What does it mean for a question to be closed?

My question just got closed! What does that mean? How do questions get closed? What do I need to do to get my question reopened? This Q&A is our specific one to expand on the guidance in the ...
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Question closure: Why does a round last 6 seconds?

I recently asked Why does a round last 6 seconds? on the main site. To the best of my experience, this question is on-topic, specific, answerable, and reasonably scoped. Nevertheless, it was closed as ...
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A question is closed that I think I can answer, what do I do?

This question I believe is a good one, and I think is answerable as an overview of what XP systems are used for, both psychologically and game-design wise. I'm fine with the community's decision to ...
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How do we handle changing the close reason on a question?

How should we handle if a question has been edited and the current reason for its closure no longer holds, but it is now close-worthy for another reason? For example if it was closed as a duplicate, ...
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Is there a list of site rules which can be linked to new users?

New visitors to the site are routinely linked to the Tour, which introduces certain banned topics: Questions which are off-topic, primarily opinion-based, have too many possible answers, or would ...
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Why is the court Infernal language question being voted closed?

The standard five people have now voted to close What does the court dialect of Infernal sound like? as opinion-based. I'm tempted to reopen it because it's directly asking for published material, ...
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Please modify the front page algorithm to demote closed questions

Lets face it, our question volume isn't all that high. This means that questions tend to hang around on the front page for a while, either good or bad. In particular I've noticed that closed ...
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How should these questions about temporary hit points/Armor of Agathys (that are currently marked as duplicates) be handled?

This meta question was prompted by the following 3 questions on mainsite (mainly the first two): Do multiple sources of Temporary Hit Points combine or do you only get one set? How does Armor of ...
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How to get this question re-opened? [duplicate]

Recently this question was asked: "Should I share personal dream sequences with the party as a DM?" Clearly as a "should I" question it was inherently opinion based and was closed. However I think ...
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Is this question too opinion-based?

A player has asked the DM to ignore the lore to enable his character concept. What are the pros and cons if the DM does so? has gone through two close-reopen cycles. The first seems pretty ...
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Why was this homebrew question held as Too Broad?

This recent question was held as Too Broad, but it just as narrow in scope as many of the other good homebrew questions are. It provided one homebrew creation and asked for an evaluation. We've left ...
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Clarification on the information in the closed question banner

I am a user with more than 3K reputation and have the privilege to vote to close or open. Looking at closed questions, I have some questions of my own. It seems like most of the information on closed ...
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Are questions that are On-Topic but generated a lot of opinion based answers doomed to never be solved?

So I am still unsatisfied with the responses I got for the way this post got moderated: How to roleplay my character's ethics according to the DM when I don't understand those ethics? After ...
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Drow wizard with Wild Talent question

This question about a drow wizard who received the Wild Talent feat was closed as Too Broad. It should not have been. Per this meta discussion, questions like this are supported here, and we have ...
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I got several good answers and a best answer, so I'm good - but should I put work into getting my closed question reopened?

I asked the following question: How do you determine what action belongs to who in a modernist GM-based game? I got an answer out of it and even some upvotes, and I don't really want or need anything ...
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Would these official commentary questions be on-topic (and good questions)?

The question Have the D&D 5E designers ever done an official commentary about why they have designed certain rules the way they did? was recently closed due to lack of focus (the close reason I ...