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Time to retire the [rules-as-written] tag?

We have recently seen some issues around site users being unclear on how to use the rules-as-written tag and some unpleasantness broke out on the topic. Sadly, this has been happening for more than ...
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What Exactly Are the Classification Criteria for the [rules-as-written] Tag?

I seem to have been pulled in an edit war (or at least skirmish) on my question, and would like to understand the basic principles which may or may not be broken by it. My question is interested in ...
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Does using the Rules as Written tag restrict answers to only using RAW?

It has come up several times in the last couple days that people have told posters not to add or to remove rules-as-written to/from their answers because it would force answerers to only use RAW. ...
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Is there a tag for “Official rules problems”?

I recently posted this question. I was looking specifically for an official source, which I expressed by using the rules-as-written tag. However, it was quickly removed with the following reasoning: ...
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Add tag warnings for [rules-as-written] and [dungeons-and-dragons]

Back in Should we add a [rules-as-written] tag warning, and what should it say? we came to a general agremeent on a couple of tag warnings for the site. This post is a feature request directed to ...
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How to answer when GM Fiat is included in RAW?

In the Storyteller System (Classic World of Darkness, Orpheus, Trinity, Exalted, etc.) and Storytelling System (New World of Darkness) White Wolf included the Golden Rule (their version of Rule Zero ...
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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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Are we satisfied with the Tag Wiki / Info entry for the RAW Tag?

The rules-as-written tag has been a really contentious issue here. We have highly debated questions related to the RAW tag's usage (What's it for?, Changing the approach, Keep it?, Rename it?), but ...
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Should the Rules As Written tag be renamed?

(As requested on my answer to a broader question about the rules-as-written tag here, I'm (re-)posting this as a new question.) The tag has its current name for a good reason: For people who hang out ...
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A low-intervention approach [rules-as-written]: back to tagging basics

Sometime during the weeks of wrangling over the rules-as-written tag it occurred to me that, I am pretty sure, we've fallen into a fundamental error that may be the cause of all the problems: Tags ...
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A proposal for moving forward with Rules as Written

With a lack of clear data on intended use being a major sticking point in the recent discussion on the rules-as-written tag, we’d like to make a proposal that should gather useful data on how often ...
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Can we clarify the [rules-as-written] tag wiki?

Another meta answer gives one interpretation, which is different than the tag wiki, which conflicts with how I have seen the tag used, and how it has been described to me. Can we clarify the tag wiki ...
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The [rules-as-written] tag - still useful or is it junk?

A brief history of the [rules-as-written] tag (though all the discussion is ~2 years old): What, exactly, is the RAW tag for? (A good summary of what the tag's for and other meta Q's related to it) ...
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Open-Rules-Mindset vs. Closed-Rules-Mindset

Can any creature elect to make touch attacks or ranged touch attacks? is a terrific question and it deserves the critical attention it is getting. However, that brings forth a very good conundrum ...
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The [rules-as-written] tag is a good tag, but we've made it sick. Let's cure it

rules-as-written has two purposes right now: "this question is about the rules as written" "answer must obey special rules" The latter makes it a meta tag. Meta tags are never, in the long run, a ...
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What, exactly, is the RAW tag for?

As the title says. I'm starting to think that there are a few different views of what "RAW" means here on RPG.SE. I think that it is time to sit down and pinpoint the "correct" way to use the ...
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Experiential audit of [rules-as-written], please?

So, I've been noticing a trend on rules-as-written lately. Mainly, people realising that "rules" is banned, so they use the first tag that starts with rules which, y'know, says rules on it. This is ...
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Are our implicit-information tagging practices becoming a problem?

We have some tags that seem to regularly get used such that they imply information about the post, which isn’t actually stated in the post itself. our various system tags, including [system-agnostic]....
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Change the definition of “rules-as-written” with respect to D&D 3.5

The general consensus that "rules-as-written" with respect to D&D 3.5 means the core rulebooks, followed by their errata, followed by any later published source book and it's errata that does ...
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Synonimise [rules-lawyering] to [rules-as-written], then destroy it

From this meta Q from 2013, the rules-lawyering tag is for questions about engaging in that practice, or people doing so. It isn't for asking about strict rules interpretations; that's rules-as-...
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What are the Pros and Cons of the rules-as-written tag?

Recently there's been a lot of discussion about the merits and/or problems with the rules-as-written in the comments on various questions and in chat. Such discussion probably has a better home here ...
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What are appropriate sources to reference in questions tagged [rules-as-written]?

I'm raising this question based on the discossion around these two questions. In the second question, the accepted answer references the Pathfinder FAQ, which is not considered RAW by some users. ...
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Commonalities in Systems vs Community response

With the wealth of RPG systems and questions that can be given more flavor from answering a non rules lawyering question....Is it alright or just frowned upon to answer from a similar systems ...
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Reviewing the usefulness of type-of-answer tags

We've got a couple of tags that don't describe the topic of the question, but rather describe the kind of answer being sought. system-agnostic and mechanics/rules-lawyering/rules-as-written are pretty ...
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Is it valid to ask similar questions, one requesting RAW and the other XP?

Related to this question. I am wondering if it would be excessive to split up questions requesting RAW answers and actual experience answers. One example would be if I took this question and ...
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Is experience playing a game as valid as citing a rule?

I would argue that, no, it's not. So long as the question being discussed is a matter of RAW, then experience is not a valid argument. If someone has played a game for 20 years, then yes, they're ...