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How should we handle changes to One D&D playtest rules that affect questions about previous playtest materials?

At the time of posting, Wizards of the Coast has just released the second One D&D Playtest Unearthed Arcana. It is not surprising that many rules appearing in the first article, Character Origins, ...
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Why was my homebrew-review question downvoted even though I followed the criteria?

I don't mean to sound indignant or anything, but I must admit, I'm at a loss as to why this happened. Just yesterday, I posted a homebrew-review question asking about whether an artifact I had created ...
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Is this question about true polymorph and consumable spell components a duplicate?

The question: True Polymorph + True Seeing = True Death? This question was originally closed as a duplicate of this question, asking if using true polymorph to create consumable spell components ...
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Three tag RPGs: we need a better system for tagging "one page three score" RPGs

This question discusses a one page, three score RPG called Space Junk Cyberpunk: How often do I need to sing Happy Birthday to myself to survive Space Junk Cyberpunk? Right now the question has three ...
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Should the new (2nd) edition of The One Ring be tagged separately from the first edition?

The first edition of The One Ring was released in 2011 (by Cubicle 7). However, Free League Publishing recently released a new (2nd) edition of the game: Now in its second edition, The One Ring™ ...
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Are potatoes on-topic here?

As Potato is a single page game, here it is: Potato was mentioned in this question as an example of a one page RPG, and the objection was raised in the comments there that it wasn't an RPG. My ...
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To what extent does D&D 5e imply a setting?

This D&D 5e question appears to be a question about in-universe lore (and was tagged lore), but doesn't specify any specific setting. Does D&D 5e imply a specific setting? Should we assume ...
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Tag-sorting: [dnd-5e] vs. [dnd-next-playtest]

There's (at the moment of this writing) about 29 questions that mention "DND next", are tagged dnd-5e and not tagged dnd-next-playtest. Some of these questions need to be retagged for sure, ...
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How are we judging One D&D questions and answers?

I am asking because I don't understand what has happened to When using the One D&D Playtest are you supposed to be using the 5e rules too?. The question seems perfectly ok to me and I don't ...
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I asked a bad question and there's nothing I can do to fix the question. What to do?

I asked a bad question. It happens. I'm sorry, I learned my lesson. As soon as I understood it was bad (a few downvotes and two answers within two minutes of each other telling me I misread), so of ...
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What did we learn during the D&D Next playtest that should inform how we approach the One D&D playtest?

The next generation of D&D is finally peaking above the horizon with the announcement of One D&D, including the release of the first of many playtest resources. Playtest content, especially ...
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Do we need a new tag for the "D20-test" terminology?

The new playtest material introduced the new terminology "D20 test", which encompasses attack rolls, saving throws and ability checks. This question asks for all rolls that do not fall under ...
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Should there be a separate tag for One D&D?

Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast announced the playtest material for its next iteration of D&D, codenamed One D&D. Later that day, they released the first Unearthed Arcana document with part of ...
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Are questions about rule intent on-topic? [2022]

Questions asking for the designer reasoning behind a given rule or other game elements have a long history of needing moderation. (If you're interested in past discussions on the subject, you can get ...
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Can we clarify the distinction between [damage-resistance] and [resistance] and then clean up the [resistance] tag?

Back in 2018, V2Blast asked about the tags damage-resistance, resistance, and spell-resistance, and a good reason for keeping them separate was provided. So I've no issues with keeping the tags ...
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How to search for non-D&D-related questions?

I often want to see non-D&D related questions when searching on the site, but there's such an overwhelmingly large number of D&D related products (including Pathfinder and Starfinder) to ...
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Quoting paid sourcebooks - copyright infringement?

Previously I have been told that it's ok to quote paid sourcebooks, even whole paragraphs. However today a mod edited my post to remove content that potentially violated copyright. I made an answer to ...
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How do I build a proper answer without sounding condescending?

A small note before the question itself : I'm unsure if this kind of question fits Meta, since it could easily be interpreted as nothing more than "How do I not offend other human beings?". ...
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Should we have a Monsters of the Multiverse tag?

The recent release of the D&D 5e Monsters of the Multiverse has changed the stat blocks of around 200 creatures, and for PCs eliminated the concept of subraces, revised many racial traits, and ...
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How do I ask statistics questions on this site?

I recently asked this question after asking this question for two reasons. To get a better idea how drowning works in Call of Cthulhu 7th edition To use the answer to decide how to run my next game. ...
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Is the [quintessence] tag quintessential?

I found that the quintessence tag exists. For convenience, here is the tag excerpt: In Mage: the Ascension, quintessence is the substance that makes a thing "real" or "actual." ...
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Site traffic fell off the table the week of May 10, 2022. What happened?

I looked into the site analytics (25k+ rep only) just now and what I found was alarming. Daily page views averaged between 50k and 60k consistently all year until about May 10th, when it just tanked. ...
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How should alt-text be considered for accessibility?

What rarity is the Shadowsong bow in AL play, after the Content Catalog v9? originally had images of an item's description and of an AL catalog ruling. As is a habit, I edited the post to replace ...
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Is creating duplicate signpost questions wrong?

I created a new question as a signpost for an existing question, because the existing question was using language that made it hard to find (at least for me), then immediately closed it as a duplicate,...
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Is the general form of a common question a duplicate of the specific forms?

The situation is the following: there are often questions where the querant is facing a very specific instance of a more general issue. For example: Someone wants to know when a colossal creature ...
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What good are the Tenacious and Unsung Hero badges?

There are two badges, Tenacious and Unsung Hero that never have been awarded. And other than the Illuminator badge that with enough diligence eventually can be awarded to someone willing to put in the ...
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Officially stepping down as moderator

I know it's been a while so it's not going to be any surprise to hear that I'm handing in my diamond. As for reasons, it's multifaceted. Certainly I got burnt out on a lot of issues (handling the ...
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Should I accept an answer to a homebrew-review question if I think I might be biased?

Suppose I ask a homebrew-review question, and I receive at least one answer that, though acceptable with respect to the site rules, I don't particularly like. (Maybe I feel they didn't read my post ...
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I struggled to find a piece of documentation on the site; should I open a question that directs people to it and answer it?

I just had the experience of looking for the "How do I ask a good question?" help page and struggling to find it. The very first thing I did to try to find it was type the page's exact title ...
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Is it okay to ask a question about clarifying the rules, given that the table accepts a specific interpretation of an ambiguous rule?

In a lot of cases, the answers on this site do not make it especially clear which interpretation of a specific rule should be used. Here's a simple example – these two dnd-5e questions about whether ...
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Workshopping a question about Dispel Magic

The D&D 5e spell Dispel Magic is extremely ambiguous and is the subject of many questions on this site. In my view, these questions and answers do not result in a clear interpretation of Dispel ...
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How is the community doing? [2022]

We, the elected moderators, wanted to take a minute to check in and see how the community feels like things are going on the site. This community check-in has been done for the last few years (...
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Should this question about flying a broom be closed for lacking a system tag?

The question Flying a broom, light activity? lacks a system tag and is currently closed as unclear. Should it remain closed, or do we have enough information to guess the system? The current ...
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[strategy]: burninate or fix?

The strategy tag is in bad shape. It's low volume, only 24 questions (14 open, 10 closed) so this is like cleaning the base boards behind the fridge, but big or small, we clean things when we see they ...
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Should we remove the [mutants-and-masterminds] tag from questions about a specific edition?

This is a follow-up from Fixing umbrella tag of mutants-and-masterminds. There are currently 51 questions tagged with mutants-and-masterminds. Only 9 of them don't also have a mutants-and-masterminds-...
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Fixing umbrella tag of mutants-and-masterminds

I recently noticed that mutants-and-masterminds was largely being used in conjunction with either the mutants-and-masterminds-2e or mutants-and-masterminds-3e tags, but not discussing the overarching ...
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Question Workshop: At what level does each class get its subclass?

The question: At what level does each class get its subclass? When building a multi-classed character for a one-shot I wanted to know when each class receives its subclass, since subclasses provide a ...
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Most Overpowered Cohort question closure

Should Most Overpowered Supporting Cohort - Crafter or Buff-Station? remain open, or be closed?
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Is it okay to heavily correct a question/answer that contains a lot of typos/grammar errors?

Sometimes one can find a question or an answer containing a lot of typos and/or grammar errors: is it ok to proceed in correcting them (at the best of one's knowledge) or is it better to leave a ...
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Should a closed question lock out users from undeleting (and/or editing) their existing answers?

Recently, I voted to keep a question open, believing that it was answerable and valid in its current form. I then answered the question, by posting a terse and incomplete answer, deleting it, and then ...
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Is it okay to post a non-answer and then delete it if I intend to come back later and write an actual answer?

I've observed a few cases of users posting a non-answer on a question and then deleting the answer, usually leaving a note in the answer text about how they will come back later and write an actual ...
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The tag wiki/excerpt for [mouse-guard] should probably be updated

The tabletop RPG system Mouse Guard (based on the comics of the same name) appears to have 2 editions. The first edition of the game was published in 2008, and the second edition was released in 2015. ...
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Is it better to use or not use personal pronouns? Specifically, "I" in questions and "you" in answers?

I noticed GcL put comments under answers to the this question and edited its title with this edit description: "Removed personal tone from title." Old Title: Can I make a Wall of Stone with ...
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Is this question about the preservation of books on topic?

The question of concern is How can I preserve books, but keep them accessible?. There has been a good bit of chatter in comments about the on-topicness of the question, and I have seen the close vote ...
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Checking in: do we need any updates to our Citation Expectations Q&A?

This meta is a check-in on: What are the citation expectations of answers on RPG Stack Exchange? I created this meta a few years ago so people could point to it while leaving a comment addressing an ...
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Congratulations for reaching 100k reputation points, Thomas Markov!

While browsing the site, I noticed that Thomas Markov has reached 100,000 reputation points on RPG.SE: With 79 questions and 1,182 answers, he can be very frequently seen around the site helping out ...
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Is this question about between-session discussion stackable?

Is this question stackable, and if not, can it be rehabilitated? In our current game, the PCs are getting pwned by a couple of bad guys. We ended last session in the middle of combat and will pick ...
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Should I have removed the [pathfinder-2e] tag from this question?

This question was asked. When I read it, it seemed to be a general one, and most of the advice was system agnostic, so I removed the [pathfinder-2e] tag and added the [system-agnostic] tag. But, then ...
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Can I add a [spellbook] tag?

At the time of this posting there are 1,406 posts (374 questions) about "spellbook" on RPG.SE. This is an area, along with copying of spells, that is a common source of questions at least ...
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Is RPG.SE a good fit for encyclopedic-like questions and answers?

The question What is a "Game Jam"? asks an interesting question, but maybe is a question asking information more suited to Wikipedia ("Game jam"), which excels at taking a thing, ...
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