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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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We need to talk about late votes to “policy” metas

Let me start by trying to give a definition. We’re here talking about meta discussions which strongly guide or dictate behaviour, and in particular where there are opposing, incompatible options and – ...
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Can we generalize our policy on linking system-specific rules, toolsets, etc. as clearly stating the system?

We have this question about reopening a question and tagging it pathfinder-2e on the grounds that the OP linked to the system-specific rule document. As much as I've been on the side of waiting for ...
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What is the “Don’t Guess the System” policy?

When a user posts a question, we usually need to know the game system and edition in order to adequately answer their question. Sometimes a user fails to sufficiently specify this in their question, ...
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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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Are interviews reliable sources for supporting an answer?

The current site policy is to not consider tweets from Jeremy Crawford (or other game designers) as main support for answers to D&D 5e questions, following the Official Ruling section in the Sage ...
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What is the Nature of Stack Policy Decisions?

Note: I understand the reluctance to use a word like "policy" here. But it appears to me to be a fact that, when any sort of in-the-moment dispute arises, there is an inevitable appeal to ...
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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?

This is a revisit of Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?, which has for a while been cited as part of the Never Guess the System policy, specifically to the ...
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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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What is the process for establishing and maintaining policies?

The core question I'm looking to get an answer for is "What is a policy and how does it function?". Specifically, how does something become policy, and who is responsible for maintaining or ...
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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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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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What are the rules and policies of RPG.SE?

Is there a list of rules I need to follow here? What are the site policies I need to know about?
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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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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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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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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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The policy change regarding game-rec questions needs review

A recent meta post about the efficacy of game-rec questions, which had the initial tone of "How are we doing with this question type?" became a tacit vote to ban the question type. This is ...
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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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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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Further Reading in Questions, not comments

A useful kind of comment we get on both questions and answers frequently goes as follows: Related: [link description](link target) or, less helpfully: [Related](link target) When this is, in ...
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Can we affirm that RPG.SE embraces a plurality of playstyles?

I've recently had the dubious pleasure to have been told both that the high visibility of RAW-centric optimising online is an illusion and nobody actually plays that way in a real game, and that old-...
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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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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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How are the meta FAQ supposed to be used?

Are they rules, recommendations, convenient places to hold discussions? How are they to be used? What expectations are there when you link someone to a meta thread? Are meta top answers a suggestion ...
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Revisiting citation expectations of good subjective answers

There have been quite a few questions on Good Subjective answers and their policy, and I would like this one to avoid discussing what moderators are or aren't doing to enforce the current policy. ...
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How to address undue criticism that targets diverse answers?

I find that my opinions are being unfairly targeted by high ranking members. How can we keep the quality of the answers if diverse or taboo opinions are targeted? Two examples: How can I help our ...
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Can I include a screenshot of a diagram to support my answer?

I recently answered a question where the best support I could find is in a diagram presented in the beginners rules. I attempted to translate the diagram to the best of my ability but it isn't as ...
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When a question limits the scope of answers, but that limit eliminates everything, how should we handle it? [duplicate]

Inspired by the recent questions about overly strict implications of “spells do only what they say they do”: How can food created by a spell be destroyed? How can magical vines conjured by a spell be ...
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Is it acceptable to append the “dnd-5e” tag to questions that lack it but are about Adventurers League? [duplicate]

This question was missing the dnd-5e tag but is asking a question in the context of an Adventurers League game. I know we have a policy against guessing game editions but, in this case, no guess was ...
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'We do not enforce style' - how to react to discrepancies between policy and reality?

I've seen it repeatedly Officially Declared that 'we' do not enforce styles, and do not do trivial changes that have zero effect on clarity. And yet in practice, over the course of my stay here, I ...
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A Modest Proposal for answers that aren't backed up

This has happened many times, but I'm going to focus on the most recent question where answers have flooded in that aren't backed up but are highly upvoted. If we do, in fact, want people to support ...
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When do homebrew suggestions need to be playtested by an answerer?

It is unclear to me when someone needs to provide playtesting for homebrew suggestions and when they don't. As an example, in this answer, MattDM provides a really good answer for the first half, ...
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Are Tag Criteria Prescriptive or Descriptive?

Which of the following is true: Tag criteria are prescriptive; one reads the criteria of a tag and checks whether they apply to the question; tag criteria change through meta discussions and/or wiki ...
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What are expectations/policy around spoilers?

I have, on a couple occasions noticed either (1) a spoiler box being used incorrectly - that is, it didn't actually hide all the info that was spoiler info. And (2) a spoiler box being used when the ...
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Are one-line “mic drop” answers merely frowned upon or actually prohibited?

Are one-line answers merely bad answers (presumably meant to be down-voted or commented upon to suggest improvement) or are they actively against the rules for posted answers (beyond salvation and ...
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How Trivial an Edit is Too Trivial to Make?

I know that trivial edits (and style wars/most style edits) are inappropriate on RPGSE. But the question arises, how trivial is trivial? For example, I recently saw this edit on an old question: one ...
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How to improve/maintain the quality-of-life of small fandoms in the face of a dominant big fandom on an open Stack Exchange?

Back when I joined RPGSE, I of course noticed how big the D&D demographic is here. And at first I thought, 'Hey, I can just Ignore all the AD&D tags and Watch tags of my games and everyone has ...
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Why doesn't this site allow opinion-based side questions?

I have asked several questions which contain side questions. For example, in a question regarding familiars using magic items, I asked What would be the best magic item(s) to give an imp (for ...
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Should we encourage users to wait 24 hours before accepting an answer?

There are those here who encourage users not to accept answers before waiting at least 24 hours. Most of the time it is presented as something that "we" recommend or encourage. Some even refer to it ...
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How to show the most recent community consensus in meta?

This meta: What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify? is an old post that has received faq tag. However, there is an attempt to revisit the ...
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Revisiting our “never guess the game system” policy

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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Is there a list of site rules which can be linked to new users?

New visitors to the site are routinely linked to the Tour, which introduces certain banned topics: Questions which are off-topic, primarily opinion-based, have too many possible answers, or would ...
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Can we develop a system to avoid/discourage subsequent homebrew critique question edits?

While our policy on homebrew-critique questions makes a lot of sense as the questions are certainly able to be answered effectively by experts and fit all the criteria for an on-topic question, these ...
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Who handles an apparent violation of the Stack-wide Terms of Service?

I'm not going to identify the account in question right now, but I have noticed one particular account who continually makes posts using "we", rather than "I". There are more subtle contextual clues ...
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Stack Exchange is developing a new Code of Conduct

The second draft of our Code of Conduct is available for feedback and review over on Meta.SE. This is an update to/evolution of the "Be Nice" policy which currently guides site use and moderation. ...
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Are questions about specific people's campaigns on topic?

As in individual games rather than the game system itself. A recent question, What is this story I recall about an extremely long ever-changing character backstory?, had the following comment ...
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Should I delete an answer I posted too soon before knowing the question was a duplicate? [duplicate]

I ninja-answered the question Can one still deal Non-Lethal Damage if they trigger the Automatic Kill feature? with an answer right before it got closed due to being a duplicate, because I didn't ...
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Can I use a bleeped-out-swear if that's the name of the article I'm referencing?

I know there's a pretty strict policy on swear words on this site. I just wrote an answer referencing an article by The Angry Gm, the title of which is How to Build F$&%ing Awesome Encounters! I ...
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Terms wiki deletion

I am not happy that this question was closed by three votes. Can we change the limit here to be more representative of the numbers that can now vote to close topics? It is reasonable that it should ...