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Why was this answer to the question “Can a player choose to fail a spell's ability check contest?” deleted?

The question Can a player choose to fail a spell's ability check contest? has a deleted answer. For users without 10k rep, here's a screenshot of the answer: While the post score is very negative,...
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Can I get some examples of users assuming a question is asking about D&D 5e when it's explicitly tagged as being for another system/edition?

I know this is common, but my google-fu is failing me (particularly since the relevant search field would mostly be in the comment section of deleted answers). Does anyone have some helpful example ...
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Does the community agree with the part of the “never guess” policy regarding asking meta first? [closed]

To quote part of KRyan's most-upvoted answer about the current policy (that was added in a later edit): [...] we could allow system tags to be edited in without the OP’s input after a Meta discussion ...
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Should this question on bludgeoning damage attacks with other stat scores be closed?

This question has gone through several rounds of open/close and it's unclear to me what the status to be. I had the first comment to the question asking for a better understanding of the bounds ...
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Why was this question that has a lot of community disagreement reopened without community discussion?

This question on bludgeoning damage with a different stat went through a couple rounds of community closure and reopening. But then it was closed again, and then reopened by a single user (mod) rather ...
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Was my edit to this answer on a Q&A about Spell Sniper an edit too far?

I recently made a substantial edit to this answer to the Q&A "Which spells benefit from the Spell Sniper feat?", that would make a good dupe target. The help page on editing says: Edits ...
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How should question protection be used on RPG.SE?

Goal for this discussion Following a recent event, it became clear that RPG.SE lacks sufficient guidance and community consensus on how the protection system should be used here. The moderation team ...
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Are answers that include designer reasons on-topic and allowed on this site?

This question was based on a thought I had in reaction to this: Is a question that ends up only having 'designer reason' answers off-topic even if designer reasons aren't specifically what ...
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Is a question that ends up only having 'designer reason' answers off-topic even if designer reasons aren't specifically what the asker is seeking out?

If a user asks the question of why some game element is the way it is, but the user is not specifically looking for designer reasons and there's a reasonable expectation of an in-materials answer as ...
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Main help center page: Question collection and voting

Coming from this question what to put on the main help center page, the suggestion is to have a (relativly short) list with important meta questions to help introduce new (and network) users to our ...
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Establishing robust guidelines for protection/unprotection [duplicate]

The current policies are inadequate After previously working through the protected questions backlog, clearing out any questions that remain protected despite no longer needing to (as per site and ...
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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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How long should one wait before reposting a question that was closed per “don't guess the system”?

Sometimes valid questions come through that do not explicitly identify the attendant RPG system. Usually, the querent returns to clarify in a timely fashion. But what if they don't? How long should ...
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Should this question about “the Wildemount Chronugy subclass ability chronal shift” be tagged as D&D 5e without OP specifying it?

Straight-forward: this question has caused an edit war and a close-reopen-close war. The argument for tagging and reopening is: The splat book only exists in DnD-5e, so it's not guessing – Pureferret ...
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How has RPG.se used protection? (crunching the numbers on spam and protection)

Very soon we intend to start a discussion about how protection is used on this site going forward. To inform that discussion, I've tried to dig deep and find some data that could help guide this ...
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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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Is a question asking for a resource list of places to find developer commentary on the construction of D&D 5e's rules on-topic and wanted?

We have the following relevant Meta Q&A which covers the topicality of asking for commentary on specific rules (they are currently considered off-topic): Are questions about rule intent on topic? ...
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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 ...
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Why shouldn't I edit a question that has been closed? [duplicate]

I made some edits to tidy up a closed question, the sorts of edits that are commonplace around on RPG.SE, such as spelling mistakes, formatting, retagging, etc. However, I was told that I should not ...
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Should we reprotect the 700 or so questions that were unprotected in the last few weeks?

Someone recently and quietly unprotected about 700 mainsite questions. (Whether or not one should do that is under discussion here.) Should we re-protect those questions in advance of a broader meta ...
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A site user recently unprotected virtually all of our protected questions. Is that okay?

[First off, there's no need to name the user, and I'm kinda-glad in this case that I think it'd be relatively hard for anyone but a mod to go back and figure out who. This isn't about the user. I ...
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What is an “edit war” and is it ever appropriate?

I was recently involved in a series of back-and-forth edits to the tags of a question. In particular, the question lacked any explicit statement or tag designating the system, so it was closed in ...
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Should locked questions be unprotected?

There are a number of locked questions that are protected. This causes them to stay in the protected list indefinitely, hampering cleanup. Since there is no risk that low rep users are going to ...
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So there's this space on the main help center page. Should we put something on it?

You might not be aware — because it is currently empty and you don't see an edit button — there's a space on the main help page which is editable for diamond moderators. It's the space between the ...
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Should a mechanic-specific question that becomes ultimately about GMing be retagged?

My answer to this question about balancing combat powers has reframed it to be about being a new DM with new players. I've said why it's a bad idea in general, I've given some advice, but not answered ...
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Confusion regarding the topicality of and differences between “history-of-gaming” and “designer-reasons” questions

The current policy on "designer-reasons" questions states that they are off-topic and are considered to be off-topic because they often receive answers that make guesses and do not involve ...
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Revisit: Should we include rule intent/designer intent as off-topic in tour and help pages?

In a recent meta question, we had a user bringing a fair point: I have read the thread. But does a meta-discussion overshadow the official page I've cited? Isn't that illogical? How would a user know ...
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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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Are these “history-of-gaming” questions designer-reasons?

We got a few questions that ask for the origin of a monster or name, usually, "why does it differ from the usual most common thing with the same name?" As examples Why is the D&D gorgon ...
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Getting a straight answer from questions filled with frame challenges

On the question How to create a villain for level 1 players, there are many great answers, however they are all frame challenges. They don't help someone who needs to actually create a conventional ...
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Should we separate the [the-dark-eye] tag into multiple tags for multiple versions of the game?

There are multiple editions of the game "The Dark Eye" - 5 of them, to be exact. According to Wikipedia, 2 of them have (official) English translations, though TDE 4/4.1 had only a very ...
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Can/should we include the system tag requirement in our tour?

I may be missing something, but right now, other than by reading this meta, newcomers won't know they should be tagging their system. We have some suggestions on how to address it (Can our tag-prompt ...
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Can this question about homebrewing potentially be reopened?

My question here concerns the following closed question about homebrewing a monster for D&D 5E. help in adapting a monster from a short story to 5E My understanding of the reasons for closure It ...
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What is the best way to ask for a whole homebrew class review?

I am aware of the how to ask a homebrew review guidelines, however, I feel that a whole class review (specifically for D&D 5e here, but may apply to other systems and editions) is a problem by ...
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Inclusive language use

My question concerns this edit to an answer I wrote, but it's actually a more general question. In the answer, I wrote about "dads" owning or having access to computers in the 1990s. Someone ...
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Would this question about when it's better for a Pact of the Chain warlock to have their familiar attack be an on-topic bounded list question?

Recently, I asked this question: For a Pact of the Chain warlock, is choosing to have their familiar attack generally the worse option for the warlock's action? As I mention at the end of the ...
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We have CommonMark

Just thought I’d let everyone know that the SE-network rolling migration to CommonMark has landed at RPG. You can see that link for more details, but for the most part you should expect no real ...
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Rename the [masks] tag to [masks-a-new-generation]

Since we can't make a system tag look different, when possible we should probably expand system tags so they don't look like common game terms. Masks: A New Generation is the complete text used in ...
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Is it acceptable to add the [dnd-5e] tag to questions about D&D Beyond?

The following questions were tagged with dnd-beyond, and did not mention D&D 5e explicitly; the dnd-5e tag was then added by somebody besides the OP, and the questions were not closed between ...
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Improvement on Deleted Answers Help Page - deletion due to rpg.se policies

Deleted answers help page starts with the sentence: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. And goes on to give examples of non-answer answers. Yet, deletion can ...
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Does adding the system tag to this question violate the “never guess the system” policy?

This question: Would Zorquan be a Unity domain patron? As I said in a comment, given that the question includes "2e Forgotten Realms" (provided for background context for lore purposes) and "we're ...
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Advice for getting this question about the overseer's major creation reopened

The question "In this situation, what are the best tactical uses for at-will major creation?" seems complete except for perhaps needing more information about the environment in which the final ...
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FAQ Proposal Index for Role-playing Games Stack Exchange

We have a great FAQ Index post here on the Role-Playing Games Meta Stack Exchange, but our current process for adding things to that list is a little lacking. Currently users add the faq-proposal tag ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Role-playing Games's fifth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them ...
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How should tags for subclasses be used?

As we all know, D&D and Pathfinder have lots of classes, and tons of subclasses, and the same is probably true for many other systems that I'm unfamiliar with. Anyway, I've recently noticed the ...
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To what extent should Back It Up! be enforced?

Currently, the Back It Up! is a bit vague to me. The policy is: Your answers (to subjective questions) must be based on either: Something that happened to you personally Something you can ...
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How can we address questions about homebrew balance?

Often we get questions such as Is moving between separate attacks of the same spell unbalanced? The trouble I always face with these questions is "unbalanced with respect to what?". All house rules ...
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How does the post notice for unsupported answers get put on?

There is a post notice for answers in need of support, but I'm unclear as to how that post notice is placed. If we see something that needs support, what is the process for noting that? Obviously a ...
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Do we need a separate tag for Numenera Discovery?

Someone originally asked about this in a comment on the question: Getting artifacts with XP and crafting artifacts with iotum in Numenera Should we have different tags for Numenera and Numenera ...
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Isn't my question about LARP opinion-based?

Two years ago, I asked a question: How do I get my players' LARP characters to not be a bunch of murderous cretins? It was about a problem that most Russian LARPers know about, a very practical ...

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