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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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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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New ask page: How do we want to use it to help new users specify their system?

The stack exchange network recently got a new question page (our meta post which links to the MSE post). With it comes an expansion of customization for the individual site (which needs to be ...
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Don't signal your edits in text

To amplify the bullet from here: Stop using the "Edit:" syntax of forums. We have explicit revision histories on everything, so everything should read as if the best version was the first version. ...
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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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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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I think I just created the [roll20] tag; is it appropriate?

I didn't notice we didn't already have a roll20 tag for the pretty big virtual tabletop located at roll20.net. I added a few tags to a new question and afterwards clicked the roll20 tag to see the ...
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How should we handle answers that use Jeremy Crawford's now unofficial tweets?

The 2019 sage advice compendium has released, and it includes a change to what is considered "official rulings." Previously, Jeremy Crawford had the capacity to make official rulings over twitter. ...
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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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How do we handle it when the asker's problem is just that they're confused?

How do we handle questions when the asker's problem is that they are confused or proceeding under a misconception? Most often the asker can't write a self-aware statement of the actual problem ...
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How should we deal with answers that are basically duplicates of existing answers to the same question?

I've been seeing a lot of answers to questions that are basically duplicates. There may be some nice variants, but it’s basically already been answered. How can we discourage this? How can we ...
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The role of chat at RPG Stack Exchange

TL;DR Meta is where consensus happens. Questions and answers have to be good questions and answers without requiring "context" from chat. Any Stack Exchange site has three realms for interaction: ...
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Should I ask a poster to quote the rules he or she is confused about?

We have several questions recently where a commenter asks the OP to quote the rules for their game so that they can help them. Is this appropriate?
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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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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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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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Stop repeating answers, please

A certain kind of questions attract many answers which are essentially the same answer repeated in different words, or posted with different formatting, or expanded to include all sorts of only ...
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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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Should there be a sandbox for question development?

The Worldbuilding metastack has a "Sandbox for Proposed Questions" where questions can be workshopped after a fashion to get them into a form where they will be less likely to be closed for opinion, ...
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Is this question about bonus actions a duplicate?

Today, a question was asked regarding the bonus action granted by the Crossbow Expert feat in D&D 5e. There's been a large amount of contention about whether or not the question is a duplicate of ...
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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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If an answer to question A can be found in question B, should we close A as duplicate of B?

Related: Non-duplicate question with answer in another question Should/can we change the Duplicate notification? Situation — there are two different questions Aq and Bq. Question Aq has a specific ...
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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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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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Should we merge the [critical-failure] tag with the [fumbles] tag?

The current tag descriptions: critical-failure (20 questions): For questions about critical failures (sometimes called "critical fumbles"), a mechanic in various RPGs in which results of ...
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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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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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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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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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How should we handle this question that refers to information that's likely to change over time?

I'm curious specifically about the question What is the order in which published D&D 5e adventures should be played?, which listed the published D&D 5e adventures available at the time the ...
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Pathfinder sources: aonprd vs d20pfsrd

We have already had a similar discussion years ago, when the official SRD was Paizo's own PRD. Now things have changed. Archives of Nethys (henceforth AON) is a community-mantained, errata-including ...
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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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Are the Pathfinder published materials safe to reference in RPG Main questions/answers?

This question touches on the OGL, but talks more about WotC (dnd3.5e) and CC vs. OGL conflict. Some places I've looked into regarding this: Paizo Community Use Policy - linked to by Pathfinder_OGC ...
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Should questions about Pathfinder now link to Archives of Nethys over d20pfsrd?

An extension of this other meta question; Paizo has taken down their own PRD and officially licensed the Archives of Nethys page as their reference document. Archives of Nethys provides a community ...
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Pathfinder & D&D 3.5 Tags

Whenever I see questions such as this there is a high possibility that there is going to be two answers in one, and that creates a dichotomy of which the answerer could be right with one and wrong ...
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Pathfinder sources: prd vs d20pfsrd

For answers to Pathfinder questions is either a more preferred source for citations and references? Is either of them treated with more authority by members of this stack exchange site? Links the ...
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Should the [pathfinder] tag be renamed to [pathfinder-1e] (with the former as a synonym)?

Pretty straightforward question. Pathfinder's 2nd edition has just been released, and correspondingly there is a pathfinder-2e tag (as well as the pathfinder-2e-playtest tag for the playtest version(s)...
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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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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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Are questions about rule intent on topic?

A reasonably common type of question on RPG.SE is "Why does this rule exist" or "why is a rule this way?" These questions come in several flavors, which are not mutually exclusive: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Re-revisiting the “don't guess the system” policy

Sometimes people ask us questions about game mechanics without explicitly telling us what game system or edition they’re playing. At the time of writing, our current policy is to never assume the RPG ...
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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?

As a community we have a long established policy of not guessing game systems. In cases where the game system is unclear we require question askers to clarify, before answering their questions. This ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

When the question does not specify a system, but an educated guess can be made, other users often edit the tags themselves without waiting for the querent to confirm the system they are interested in. ...
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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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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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