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What should we do with these two questions on knowing if Charm is cast on someone when spell fails?

A question was recently asked about whether a target of charm who made their save would know that a spell was cast on them. I had found the this question which includes that case of the new question ...
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Is it acceptable to include your opinion of the quality of character choices in an answer?

I've noticed what I consider a trend to include whether or not character choices (Classes, Subclasses, Feats, Qualities, etc) are a "good" choice either in comments or frequently as part of an answer. ...
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Should answers be framed in response to the Title or the description? [duplicate]

The question Does activating a scroll require satisfying the spell's verbal and somatic components? frames the question in the Title such that "Yes" would mean the exact opposite regarding the ...
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Is it OK to edit out “I'm new here…” statements from a question?

Frequently new users will have statements in their posts like "I'm new here", "Rookie DM here", "This might be a stupid question", etc. Like this question. Is it ok to edit out these statements? I'm ...
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What Do We Do With “Read The Book To Me” Questions?

This is somewhat of a related question to Why Are Our 5e Questions Terrible? - but this post is about questions from people who haven't read the book yet, and want us to do it for them. This is a ...
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Provisional Moderator Nominations

Related: Moderator Pro Tem Announcement It is time for this community to contribute some names of members you would like to act as provisional Moderators. A handful of members will be appointed to ...
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Should I narrow down this particular question about combat without opportunity attacks, or leave it as broad as it is?

Here's the question — How would combat work without opportunity attacks? It virtually asks "why games need opportunity attacks and what happens if we remove them". It was asked in context of D&D ...
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When a Question changes, should answers change, too?

This question on OOC talk has changed significantly since it was originally asked and several answers given. When something like this happens, offering new information, is is best to edit an answer ...
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What kind of edits are acceptable to a question after an answer has been posted?

This post originates from this question, but is not about handling that question. I will summarize the transpired events for context. The question is about a specific rule and at its core about ...
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What, if anything, should we do about these D&D 5e multiclass spellcasting questions about spell slots?

Currently the following question exists If I multiclass into 2 or more spellcasting classes, how do I determine my known/prepared spells? All of the following questions are currently marked as ...
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Answering own questions

A while ago, I asked “It is reasonable to ask a question that you don’t actually need answer to?” (here) and the response was negative: no, you shouldn’t ask a question unless you have it as a real ...
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How should we handle questions about transitioning to virtual tabletop during COVID-19?

With the current events we're all dealing with, we have a lot of folks transitioning from face-to-face gaming to virtual. Playing virtually is not new to our community nor is it new to many many ...
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Is poorly balanced homebrew considered “low-effort”?

It's fairly well known that homebrew is a rather... contentious topic on this stack. From what I've noticed during my short time here, it looks like homebrew questions get a significantly higher ...
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How should I handle my question about whether hearing is useful in spotting a hiding creature?

I wanted to ask a question that goes against something that some (many? a lot? most?) DMs believe. I thought it would be best to be clear and thorough in explaining why I came to the conclusion I did, ...
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What is the best way to deal with duplicate answers which reference each other?

We often see situations where answers incorporate parts of other answers trying to create complete answers. Here is an extreme example where 2 answers each contain half of the information, and both ...
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Should there be additional guidelines for poorly-balanced homebrew?

This is a follow-up to this question. I'd highly recommend giving it a read before proceeding. I'm posting this as a new question because DaleM brought up a good point that, in dramatic fashion, left ...
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Can we make [pbta] a synonym for [powered-by-the-apocalypse]?

In many places online, people refer to all games derived from Apocalypse World as "PbtA", short for "Powered by the Apocalypse". Could we make pbta a synonym for our powered-by-the-apocalypse tag?
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Can we slow down with the “when did X appear and how did they differ between editions” style questions?

There's now four on the top page: Artificers Druids Rangers Warlocks The first line of the help page states: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you ...
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When I have a series of questions that are unrelated to one another, how much time should I let pass before asking the next/each question?

When I have a series of questions that are unrelated to one another, how much time should I let pass before asking the next/each question? There are several options that I could take. For example, I ...
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When should we apply the [targeting] tag?

targeting can be a very general tag, because basically nearly every spell/attack etc. involves a target. Should we only be applying targeting when the querent specifically mentions targeting? Or is ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why do people use “Emphasis mine”?

When people ask, answer, or comment, why must they keep using "Emphasis mine"? The section is bolded or otherwise emphasized so I feel that the statement is completely wasted. Am I missing some reason ...
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A dupe target with an incomplete answer: is this dupe designation mistaken?

One of our users has asked a question about the PHB+1 rule in Adventurers League(AL), but is specifically asking about some ambiguity regarding season 9 sources. The title looks like it fits another ...
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How do we help this new user formulate a question about their homebrew Toadstool that can be properly answered?

A new user has posed this homebrew review question, which has gone through a ton of edits and is seemingly in a rollback war between users: How would a major buffing ability effect challenge rating? ...
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Are questions about Elder Scrolls lore on-topic?

Elder Scrolls Online has a bustling online community of roleplayers. I found myself recently playing the game that way for quite a bit, and I've found a great amount of joy getting together with my ...
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Can we encourage askers to provide the source or quote of their things?

Recently, this question about Eladrin's Fey Step brought some confusion because Eladrin is "talked about" in DMG as an Example Subrace (for creating new subraces) while the actual, playable/official ...
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Are abbreviations/acronyms preferred?

I was reading this Question, and notice there are ton of acronyms in it. As someone not super familiar with every released book for 5E, it made the question hard to read and I had to google a few of ...
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There's a new Ask a Question page!

The new ask page is now live on the network! is the post on main meta (meta.stackexchange.com) describing the thought process behind and the new features of the Ask A Question redesign. Check it out ...
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What qualifies as an “actual problem”?

It was put to me by moderators that my question did not pose an actual problem, and when I did pose a problem statement, it was characterized as "doesn't seem like a real problem" and "disingenuous". ...
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Does a suspended user still gain or lose rep for votes cast on their Q&As while they are suspended, after the suspension ends?

A curious thought came to me while browsing the Stack today. A suspended user has their reputation locked at 1 and doesn't gain or lose any rep while suspended. I.e. regardless of how many votes—up ...
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Are these two questions about converting saving throws into rolls against a fixed number duplicates?

See the two following questions: How can I convert D&D 5e Saving Throws into Defences? Is "Unearthed Arcana: Players Make All Rolls" Correct? These two questions fundamentally ask the ...
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Would asking for a comparison of 4e warlock pacts with 5e warlock patrons be primarily opinion-based?

I was planning on asking the following question: Does each warlock pact type from 4e have an equivalent in 5e? I know little of 4e, but am familiar with 5e. I know there are various types of pact in ...
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Is this question about invisibility a list question?

It turned out that there are multiple 1st-level abilities that make their user invisible, and that's why this question has 3 answers as of now, all of them showing a way to get invisibility at level 1....
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Hidden gem in DMG errata

Mage Furnishings (p. 300). A roll of 73 produces a sextant, not a sexton. Sexton Sextant
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How do I stop a “more senior” user, that seems to dislike my logic, from harassing every answer I give on StackExchange-RPG

For the resolution see bottom of post How do I stop a "more senior" user, that seems to dislike my logic, from harassing every answer I give on StackExchange-RPG? I'm starting to feel very pushed ...
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Migration flags should be more general than “questions about video games”

Recently, I tried to flag https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/31792/how-does-one-keep-up-a-poker-face as “Definitely off topic: Probably Board-Gaming related (maybe not even that)”. Unfortunately, ...
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Are questions about a fantasy video game setting on topic here?

I'm running a 5th Edition D&D campaign and one of the players asked to be an Asura from Guild Wars 2. By talking it through with the player, we decided to use the Tinker Gnome racial ...
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Migration flags should be more general than “questions about computer-based games”

Recently, I flagged a question about a console game (The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker) as off-topic for this site. However, I noticed that the flags I had to choose from were as follows: Both flags ...
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Are all questions that are even tangentially related to Computer-Based RPGs or computer games off topic for this stack?

My question How do Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2's “rolling” for stats actually get generated? was closed as being off-topic because Questions about playing video games and developing video ...
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Mechanics and setting in videogames using a well-established P&P RPG system: on-topic?

There are a bunch of games out there (Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, many Bioware and Obsidian games in general) that use AD&D, D&D 3.5, D&D 4 or other Pen & paper Role playing ...
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“Designer intent” vs asking specifically about the existence of statements from the designers

I'm looking in particular at the close/edit history of How can a wandering, destitute GURPS DFRPG Cleric cast high cost spells? The original question was asking explicitly if there was a statement ...
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Is something wrong?

Before you consider answering or voting, please read the whole question. As the second of three questions mentioned in this meta, I wish to ask if something is wrong. The meta question was inspired ...
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Is the [rage] tag useful?

I see that we've recently gained rage as a new tag. It feels to me like it's both: too specific, as it's a tag for one specific character ability, and too general, as it could be for any game with a ...
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Should we add a [rules-as-written] tag warning, and what should it say?

I’ve recently discovered Stack Exchange has a feature called tag warnings which cautions a person with further information about how a tag should be used. Tag warnings look like this: This example ...
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When is it OK to assume the system without it being considered a guess?

This question was asked by a new user today. The terminology is clearly referring to D&D 5e, and they even link a related 5e Q&A. However, I still proceeded to ask the user that we cannot ...
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Can I ask for item ideas focused around a specific theme?

The theme I have in mind specifically that causes my question is that I want to ask for item ideas I can drop into a DnD 5e campaign that are easter-egg items for star wars, but nothing as blatant as, ...
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How Should We Tag D&D Versions?

Recently discussed in the Moldvay question, but this keeps getting hashed out in weird sub-questions so I thought I'd re-ask this more general question somewhere it can be found in the future. How do ...
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Is it ok to ask for comments on downvotes?

Whenever I post an answer I immediately get downvotes. This always puzzled me as there never seems to be a reason for it. I tried posting a comment asking if downvoters could please leave a comment ...
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What is the policy on linking to non-official sites?

This question references dnd-spells.com, which is not an official WoTC and property and has even been temporarily shut down by them in the past. What is the policy on these references?
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What tags should questions get?

In the comments on this question I noticed a discussion, and on visiting chat I saw someone already talking about it. Here are the relevant comments from the question's comment section: One more ...

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