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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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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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What should I do when a question does not specify the game system being used?

Occasionally, a user will post a question that includes neither a system tag nor an explicit statement of the system being played. Since we no longer have a policy of immediately closing such ...
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Are open-ended system-introduction questions off-topic?

I asked What is Avatar Legends: The RPG, and how does one play it?. It was closed within 30 minutes with the reason "This question needs to be more focused." Should we close it and questions ...
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Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy

We occasionally get questions which don’t specify which game system they are about, and which are about specific aspects of that game. Because the context and answers depend and vary with the system, ...
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Are questions about Warhammer 40k Lore on-topic?

Questions regarding lore of a given setting seem to be on-topic on the site, if the setting in question is related to a tabletop roleplaying game: Is giving a kobold a weapon considered a marriage ...
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How shall we frame our upcoming revisit of the Don't Guess the System Policy?

As a community, we should discuss how to frame the upcoming revisit of the Don't Guess the System Policy. We need a transparent and fair vote, so we ought to establish voting rules that prevent ...
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An asker seems to have been misled about the system they were using. Should we do anything about it?

There is a curious case that resulted in bunch of questions that are tagged with one system, while the OP was confused about workings of a different system - and some of these tags were applied by OP ...
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Can we generalize our policy on linking system-specific rules, toolsets, etc. as clearly stating the system?

Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this meta now refers to an outdated policy. We have this question about reopening a question and tagging it pathfinder-2e on the ...
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Can we reopen this item stacking question?

Do these items stack? was closed and has comments requesting an edition and system be specified. However, the question appears to clearly indicate its game already: it cites a book (Tasha's Cauldron ...
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I just showed up here. Should I be somewhere else if I play other RPGs more than D&D?

Seems like in name 'role-playing games SE' is as such, but by the numbers this is really D&D (and mostly 5E) SE. I've seen this happen before on other sites (Usenet even), where the most obviously-...
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Generic Tags should be Generic

Most Tags generally are meant to be generic. That means that they should not be specific to any one game unless they need to be specific to a game. Such a game-specific tag is aspects belonging to ...
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How can I find questions that don’t require system-/setting-specific knowledge to answer?

I thought of this while reading the “this is DND-ish SE” answer. When the systems you play most have 0 and 11 questions, game tags aren’t a useful option to find questions interesting to you. How do ...
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Get the SE system to enforce system tags [duplicate]

I'm new here, but I've already picked up that Standard Policy is to tag questions with the system that you're playing in, and that the vast majority of questions can be closed a "Lacking details&...
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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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Revisit: Is "5e" a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?

Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this meta now refers to an outdated policy. This is a revisit of Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a ...
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What is the “Don’t Guess the System” policy?

Note: As of September 3rd, 2021, this policy has been removed Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this policy is no longer in effect. New guidance pending. When a user ...
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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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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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Why do I need to specify my game system, and how do I best do it?

I asked a question, but it was closed, with users asking what system I was asking about. What do they mean, and why do I need to specify this? Someone said my question was missing a system tag. What ...
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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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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 the system tag policy be stated to askers in advance?

Whenever I do something for the first time, I read the instructions. I spend time to understand the rules and try to follow them in good faith. Yet after having spent this effort, if I am later get ...
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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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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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Can we get a new question close reason for this new policy? [duplicate]

Based on the most highly upvoted answer to Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy, it's pretty clear that this policy is here to stay. One of the things I hate about how 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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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy [duplicate]

Note: As of September 3rd, 2021, this policy has been removed Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this policy is no longer in effect. New guidance pending. Sometimes ...
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Answering questions across Revised editions

I've been answering a few Cypher system questions recently and I keep encountering cases where the issue being discussed has a justification within the revised version of the core rulebook. In my ...
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How can we tag the different Polaris games?

I have just bought a new RPG called Polaris so I looked up the polaris tag on the site to see if there were any questions about it. All of the results appear to be for another game called Polaris ...
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What is the process for editing the tag prompt?

Today I came across this old question: Can our tag-prompt nudge toward including system? which I think is really great. It looks like nobody is taking action, though. What is the process for editing ...
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Can we add a "please tag your system" on-hold message? [duplicate]

This question has a common problem where a new user is unfamiliar with the requirement to tag questions with the correct rules system (e.g. dnd-5e). The question was put on hold, but with the generic "...
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Should we have a tag for Wendy's Feast of Legends RPG?

Wendy's has released an RPG called Feast of Legends. It's a hilarious and incredibly good parody of D&D but it's also a legitimate RPG in its own right. Should we have a tag for it or just enjoy ...
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Tags eclipsing system tags?

This question recently had the "firearms" tag added to it: What's the expected benefit of the second pistol? I don't object, but now it shows up as the first tag, and the title (in the window ...
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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?

This post is now outdated. See the revisit instead: Revisit: ‘5e’ as sufficient system statement As a community we have a long established policy of not guessing game systems. In cases where the ...
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Is Heroes and Dragons the same thing as D&D 5e in terms of system tagging?

This question came up and during a discussion, it came up that it wasn't exactly 5e that was being played. The game itself is Heroes and Dragons with more specific rules found here. Fundamentally, it ...
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How to handle sub-tags that lack appropriate parent tags?

So, a new user just posted a question that had the warlock tag, without any other tags. The warlock tag is defined as such, on its page: This tag is for questions pertaining to the D&D warlock ...
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Appropriate response to questioning which version of D&D I'm asking about

I play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (aka 1e) and have for quite some time. Mostly I've been the DM. I've started to ask questions here about the rules to help better understand the game as it was ...
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What qualifies as guessing on a system?

Two questions in quick succession, Do Hexblade warlocks choose their spells from the Hexblade spell list or the warlock spell list? and What’s the right calculation for the Homunculus’s hit points ...
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How is the [system-agnostic] tag supposed to be used?

Coming off my discussion about this meta I have realized that I have no idea how the system-agnostic tag is supposed to be used correctly. Or, I thought I did but that not everyone agrees. Or maybe ...
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Should this question about player attendance be system agnostic?

This question is asking about an issue that seems like it is pretty clear of system mechanics. However, it started as being tagged with dnd-5e and it is clear that is the game being played. I ...
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Should the [wfrp-4] tag be renamed to [wfrp-4e]?

Pretty straightforward stuff. We generally use the -[#]e tag suffix to denote different editions (presumably because that's how those editions of those games are ...
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Can we color system tags to emphasize that they're different and "more meaningful"?

So, this is kind of an "asking about a problem I don't have" feature, but I wanted to float it out there. As an answerer of unfrequented systems, I've noticed that many questions follow what's come to ...
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You can help new users identify their D&D edition!

As most of our established users have learned, we have a strict tagging policy requiring the asker to specify the game system when asking a question in most cases. In games with substantial changes ...
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For general 'universe' questions, should we keep a generic 'universe' tag or tag all the various systems available for the game? [duplicate]

This question was spurred by an edit to this question: How can I avoid plot pitfalls that are common to the Star Trek franchise? which consisted solely in adding the star-trek-fasa tag. While I see ...
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Only D&D on this Stack?

Sorry, I'm new to SE so don't hate me if this is a painfully newb question. I love RPG's but dislike D&D. This Stack is called role-playing games, but from what I can tell it is 95 % D&D. ...
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Would question about legally obtaining access to system X be on topic?

There are many old / obscure / indie RPG systems, not available off the shelf, not easy to find. Or easy to find as a pirated version. Would asking how to get a legal access to specific system be on ...
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