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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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“Does It Break Anything” Questions

I've now seen enough examples of "does it break anything" questions regarding D&D 5e to ask about them in the general case. I don't think that they're bad questions, but I feel that they ...
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How do we deal with duplicate questions where a rule change has made an old answer obsolete?

So today I came across a question about booming blade, which has been closed as a duplicate of this question. They are duplicates, but a rule change has potentially made the old answer obsolete. A ...
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Is this question better tagged house-rules or homebrew?

I am considering a revision to the D&D 5e mechanics of maintaining barbarian rage. I consider this to be a small change to a specific rule and thus fitting of the house-rules tag, rather than ...
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Trying to ask the moderator a question but don't have 20 rep to ping in general Chat. How do I PM the moderator?

Last post was deemed an advertisement by moderator. Not trying to place ads but see if anyone wants to play a new game we have. How can you do that without mentioning the name of the game? It is ...
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Is this question about Hide of the Feral Guardian off topic as a designer intent question, and if so, can it be salvaged?

What is the point of this line in the Hide of the Feral Guardian? It's relatively short, I'll provide the entire question text here: The Hide of the Feral Guardian, a legendary item from the ...
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Is this question about Brass Braziers a duplicate? [closed]

Candidate for closure: Is the brass brazier required for find familiar? Candidate dupe target: What are the details surrounding the brass brazier required for the Find Familiar spell? Is this question ...
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Please undelete my answer regarding the worthlessness of high school friendships

So, I posted an answer to this question, which has now been closed, and when I logged on today, I saw that my answer was, for some reason, deleted. Users with the required rep can see the language. ...
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What is this question actually asking and is it on topic?

This question on the history of the use of 'plate' terminology in D&D has created some concern about what is being asked and if it's on topic. I'm still unclear as to what OP actually is asking ...
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Dealing with More Comments After Movements to Chat as a User

This isn't a huge issue, (and may be a duplicate, but I didn't see another like it), but on a recent question there was quite a bit of discussion on a pair of answers which was ultimately moved to ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

I recently commented on this answer. I wanted to share how I think the answer can be improved, but I evidently did something wrong. Since there is no deletion notice, I have to ask here: What did I do ...
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Run Fast and Jump for Joy: Winter Bash 2020 Photo Album

For many of us, role playing games provide an escape from the world, allowing us to be someone else in another universe, together with friends, new and old. As we near the end of 2020, let us ...
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Is this question about the nature of an Echo Knight's Echo a duplicate?

Candidate for closure: Is the Echo of a Echo Knight actually a creature? Dupe Target: Does an Echo Knight fighter's echo provoke an opportunity attack when it moves? Is this question asking if the ...
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How do we deal with clarification comments on questions from deleted users?

How do we deal with clarification comments on questions from deleted users? While How to avoid killing player characters due to a single (un)lucky roll? prompted this question, this is not about the ...
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Are any of these D&D 5e questions about creatures attuning to and using magic items duplicates?

The following questions about creatures attuning to/using magic items in D&D 5e are all somewhat similar, some involving specific features that may or may not actually impact the answer to their ...
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Are any of these questions about the type of additional damage in D&D 5e duplicates?

The following are all related or relatively similar questions about effects that deal damage without specifying a type being combined with effects that deal multiple types of damage at once: Can I ...
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Should we refrain from posting answers which rely on unreleased content?

Today is the day of the Tasha's Cauldron of Everything release. Answers quoting its content starting showing up yesterday. Since it is here now, obviously this question does not apply to Tasha's ...
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Discussion on thread “Artificer Eldritch Cannon Protector temp hit points and Wildshape”

Currently there is an edit war with regards to the [dnd-5e] tag on this question: Artificer Eldritch Cannon Protector temp hit points and Wildshape The question is unambiguously about D&D 5e, but ...
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Is my question about the difference between spell ranges “Self” vs. “Self (XYZ)” really a duplicate of this question about “Self”-range spell targets?

My most recent question, What is the difference between a spell with a range of "Self" and a spell with a range of "Self (XYZ)"?, has been marked as a duplicate twice (it was ...
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What is the process for establishing and maintaining policies?

The core question I'm looking to get an answer for is "What is a policy and how does it function?". Specifically, how does something become policy, and who is responsible for maintaining or ...
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Revisit: Is “5e” a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?

This is a revisit of Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?, which has for a while been cited as part of the Never Guess the System policy, specifically to the ...
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What is the “Don’t Guess the System” policy?

When a user posts a question, we usually need to know the game system and edition in order to adequately answer their question. Sometimes a user fails to sufficiently specify this in their question, ...
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How has the ruling of JC's tweets now being unofficial affected www.sageadvice.eu, in regards to RPG.se?

We used to have answers referencing JC's tweets as RAI/RAW, but now that they are no longer official since the release of the SA Compendium, what effect has that had on the www.sageadvice.eu page? I'm ...
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Should this question be closed as a duplicate if it is answered in the body of another question?

My question, the potential dupe target: Is there any way to give proper disadvantage on saving throws against spell effects to a creature with Magic Resistance? New question, answered in the body of ...
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5e question that doesn't have a system tag

So I saw this question today: Does Favored by the Gods work with counterspell rolls? I believe this is obviously a D&D 5e question because: In the question it says "5e" It also mentions ...
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Is this question about an Ordinary Items Database an off-topic tool recommendation question?

Here is the question: Looking For Historically Accurate Ordinary Items Database For Dungeon-Stocking Tool recommendation questions are off-topic on rpg.se. Is this question a tool recommendation ...
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How should we handle questions about site legality?

This is a bit of sticky question because it concerns the scenario where it's unclear if a site is a pirated site or not. We clearly need to link to only non-pirated content, but when someone has a ...
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What could be done to improve the question about Joules of energy required to lift in-game objects?

the question How many Joules does strength values ten through twenty estimate to? a lot of negative votes and was voted to be closed very quickly... and I don't understand why. What could be done to ...
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What do we do when a question is covered as a subset of another, but the answers are insufficient for answering the special case?

Taking a look at the revision history of the question, "Can an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight with the Magic Initiate feat (picking the wizard list) use spell slots to cast the chosen 1st-...
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Is this question about the Magic Initiate feat a duplicate that should be closed?

Candidate for closure: Can an Arcane Trickster or Eldritch Knight with the Magic Initiate feat (picking the wizard list) use spell slots to cast the chosen 1st-level spell? Dupe Target: Can you cast a ...
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Is this question about alternatives to the word humanoid too broad or opinion-based, or is it well-scoped?

The question: Is there an alternative word to be used in place of Humanoid? At time of writing this meta, the question is on the verge of being reopened without modification after its initial closure ...
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Where do we draw the line for “racially charged” terms? [duplicate]

Recently, I've been informed that under no circumstances is it ever permissible to use "racial slurs" other than to clarify what I'm asking about in questions about racial slurs, and ideally ...
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Should this question on unconscious creatures and a banshee's Wail be closed as a duplicate of this other question on unconscious PCs and hearing?

This recent question What happens when an unconscious creature fails their saving throw against a Banshee's Wail? seems to be a duplicate of this question: Can an Unconscious PC hear you? As the ...
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How do I reference a racially charged term without it getting deleted as a “racist slur”?

For reference, I'm old enough to have been a child in the casually, obliviously racist period in the United States -- many terms that are now considered "racist slurs" were in common usage, ...
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Is this question about equipping ordinary soldiers with magical equipment (primarily) opinion-based?

In lieu of a seemingly inevitable open-close tug of war, I'd like to put this question forward for discussion: Which magic item of very rare or lower rarity is most useful to protect a group of ...
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Should this question - about Extra Attack + Hunter ranger's Whirlwind Attack, and separately about Whirlwind Attack + Horde Breaker - be split in two?

The question Do the Hunter ranger's Extra Attack, Whirlwind Attack, and/or Horde Breaker features work together? seems to be asking 2 entirely separate questions in a single post: One aspect of ...
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Is changing a gendered term to a non-gendered term a grammatical improvement? [duplicate]

PixelMaster's answer to this question about deferring level-ups went through a suggested edit review. Other than adding a hyphen (changing 'no go' to 'no-go'), every single proposed edit replaced the ...
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Can this question on real-world corollaries to Forgotten Realms civilizations be salvaged?

I asked this question: Are any of the kingdoms/realms of the Forgotten Realms based on real world civilisations? It was closed for asking about Designer Intent, which is off topic. I've run into pages ...
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We have about 30 questions mentioning Path of War that are not tagged as such. What should we do about them?

Using this search query, one can find slightly more than 30 questions that clearly mention Path of War, an alternative ruleset for Pathfinder published by Dreamscarred Press, but that are not tagged ...
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How can I ask questions on RPG.SE about plot-specific details of my campaign without spoiling things for my players that use this site?

Several of my players also peruse this resource. How can I ensure that questions I ask here regarding plot-specific campaign details don’t spoil things for those players?
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Is Lords of Waterdeep applicable to determining what is possible in the world of 5e (or 4e) on Rpg.se?

Noting that Lords of Waterdeep (LOW) comes with a "Rulebook" that is labeled not merely "Lords of Waterdeep / Rulebook" but rather says "Lords of Waterdeep / Dungeons & ...
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Would it be helpful to have a Question Workshop thread?

This idea is somewhat borrowed from puzzling.se's Riddle Sandbox and math.se's Draft Sandbox threads. Would it be helpful or beneficial to have a thread on meta for posting question drafts as answers ...
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Why is [bonus-action] such an underused tag and should we do anything about it?

At time of writing, the tag bonus-action has only 27 questions. Searching "bonus action" (in quotes) yields 1119 results. Is there any benefit to a retagging project here? Do we just try to ...
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Are these three questions on gemstone size and value duplicates?

How big is a 5,000gp diamond? and How big is a gemstone in the dmg gemstone table? and How big is a 50 gp diamond? These three very related questions are potentially a triplet of duplicates. Rather ...
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Should I accept an opinion-based answer if an objective one doesn't appear to be forthcoming?

I asked this question about the limitations of the Pathfinder spell stone shape, which are not well-defined in the game system. I was looking for either an explicit rule that I missed, an evidence-...
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Is it okay/good practice to cite other answers just after publishing your own?

Sometimes it takes time to write a (hopefully) good answer: you have to search for references, for the exact wording of rules on manuals, looking for the description of a particular magic item, etc. ...
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Guidelines for migration from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange

I'm putting together an effort on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Meta Stack Exchange to give users guidance for when they should migrate1 a question from SFF to a different site on the network. The ...
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Convince me I shouldn't stop visiting RPG.SE

It's been my experience over the past couple years that the RPG stack is becoming more about rules lawyering and less about how to have fun with the game. It's reached the stage where it seems ...
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I asked a bad question, how should I fix that?

The question I am talking about is this question about the telepathic range of a familiar previously summoned by Find Familiar while a Flock of Familiars spell is active by the same caster. Now, the ...
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RPG.SE is 10 years old today! Let's tell some stories!

RPG.SE entered beta on August 19, 2010. The site has been around for a long time and seen a lot of people - some just passing through, others deciding to stay. As we are a site inherently based around ...

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