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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2021, this policy has been removed Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this policy is no longer in effect.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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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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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This post is now outdated.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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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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Revisiting our "never guess the game system" policy [duplicate]

We have a policy that says we never guess the game system someone's playing when we need to know it but it's not clearly stated in the question. Conditions for our site have changed since it was ...
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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Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this meta now refers to an outdated policy.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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Dungeons and Dragons is dominating the site in terms of page views

Yesterday, in a bit of boredom, I wandered upon SEDE and wrote this query (since corrected by doppelgreener) to see just how dominant is the Dungeons and Dragons scene on this site, using the metric ...
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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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Make it possible for certain tags (like game tags) to always appear first

As I brought up in the comments of this question, it would be great if it were possible to somehow have a specified tag always be listed first on a post, or if certain special tags (in RPG.SE's case, ...
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Are we comfortable with our current position on deleting general answers to system specific questions?

So this has come up a few times now, with different systems. Most recently the main issue has been with Dungeon World questions. We've had a rash of these, with answers from people that know nothing ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Save our system tags!

According to this meta suggestion, single-use tags will no longer expire if they have a tag wiki. We have a historic problem whereby users will ask about a game system (and a tag will be created for ...
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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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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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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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How legit is it to ask & answer some questions about my favorite RPG system (that I have contributed some small material to)?

I really like Legend. I was a playtester for it, wrote them a review on RPG.net, and have since written some material of my own that has been included in their books (if it matters, I volunteered this ...
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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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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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Should I use a narrow system tag, or use a broader tag?

I am playing D&D 4e and I have a question about how I can create an excellent pirate adventure. Since people have pirate adventures in other RPG systems, and Stack Exchange is about useful answers,...
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I've changed game systems, can I reask my favourite questions?

I got into RPing while D&D 4e was waning in popularity, so on the advice from my FLGS, picked up the Pathfinder Beginner Box. Had fun with it for a few years and got some great answers and help on ...
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Are questions about RPG design on topic?

Should questions that ask for help in designing an RPG game, or specific mechanics for an RPG game, be allowed?
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Could we have a separate close reason for missing system tag?

A lot of the times we close a question for being unclear, it's because it's missing a system tag. I would guess that's the case for over half of our closed-as-unclear questions. With this in mind, ...
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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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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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Should we throw [star-wars] out the airlock?

Anecdotally, I've seen a couple times that it's very easy to tag something with star-wars thinking it's a substitute for the nonexistent ffg-star-wars (see Should there be a 'Parent tag' for ...
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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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When does it make sense for a question title to specify the edition?

My very first question on this site was edited to remove the edition from the question title. OK, not a big deal either way, but I guess I can see how stylistically it's a little more polished to not ...
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Does the [system-agnostic] tag conflict with system specific tags?

In this question, the asker tagged his question with system-agnostic. He also tagged it with dnd-3.5e and dungeons-and-dragons. Is this contradictory or in some way contrary to the spirit of the ...
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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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Should there be a 'Parent tag' for the FFG Star Wars games?

We currently have age-of-rebellion, force-and-destiny, and edge-of-the-empire tags for Star Wars. These three games use very much the same system - they use the same quirky dice, the same skill and ...
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Does a widely-played and well-defined hybrid of D&D 3e and 3.5e exist called “D&D 3.x”?

We recently got a tag suggested that had the description dnd-3.x is a tag used to denote a specific and standardized hybrid play style using both the 3.0 and 3.5 versions of dnd simultaneously. ...
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What to do when encountering a non-system tag that describes a system?

This discussion is inspired by Magus Spell Scars. The question doesn't clearly state which system it uses in the text, which is normally a case of Don't guess the system. But the author tagged the ...
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Are system tags only for directly rules-related questions?

This question is tagged with pathfinder. This suggested edit removes the tag, and replaces it with system-agnostic, on the grounds that the question does not directly concern the pathfinder rules. ...
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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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Should questions include System/Setting in title if tagged with system/setting?

For example: "WFRP2e--Does Tzenntch bully Nurgle, if so, can he be reported, and to who?" Then tag the question with WFRP and religion-and-deities. My thought is that the question lead should be ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Should we be more pro-active about seeking clarification on questions tagged with two systems?

Right now, it’s pretty common to have both dnd-3.5e and pathfinder on a question, or dnd-3e and dnd-3.5e.1 In cases such as these, it’s not always clear if the tags are a union (“either-or-or-both”) ...
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Is there a way to decrease the amount of questions submitted without a system tag?

Quite often we get questions on here with no system listed. Often they are by new users. This seems like a fault with the workflow of the site and something that should be able to be corrected. And, ...
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At what point in development is a new system tag added?

With Paizo's announcement of Pathfinder v2 play-testing commencing, it got me thinking. When do/should we make tags for new game systems? As soon as its announced, so people have a tag to use? When ...
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