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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2021, this policy has been removed Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this policy is no longer in effect.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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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

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2021, this policy has been removed Following the results of Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy this policy is no longer in effect.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 the ...
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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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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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Should we rename the [adnd] tag to [adnd-1e]?

Relevant recent Meta: Appropriate response to questioning which version of D&D I'm asking about The user for that meta is describing a difficulty they're facing on this site where use of the adnd ...
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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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Do we want a [homebrew-review] tag separate from the [homebrew] tag?

The vast majority of the homebrew questions we get are asking us to review their homebrew, either directly ("Is this balanced?") or indirectly ("What LA should this race have?" or "How much should ...
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Iä, Iä, [Cthulhu] Fthagn! (Driving a boat through it.)

While commenting on the need for a God Machine tag that stands separately from the nwod-god-machine tag, I made an offhand reference to a hypothetical cthulhu. Turns out we have one. Turns out it's ...
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Rename fate-fae to fate-accelerated

I propose that we rename fate-fae to fate-accelerated. Fate Accelerated is the proper name of the system; FAE is the initialism for Fate Accelerated Edition. Changing the tag to fate-accelerated ...
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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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Should the [gm] tag be burninated?

I've been looking through the gm tag, and it looks to me like it's not a particularly useful tag. Here are my thoughts: The tag is not specific enough, as it doesn't say much about the question.. ...
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The [random] tag is no more

Unless anyone has any objections or wants to salvage/synonym random somehow, I'm going to burninate it in a couple of days. Randomness itself doesn't seem like a useful area of expertise, and the tag ...
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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 there be a separate tag for One D&D?

Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast announced the playtest material for its next iteration of D&D, codenamed One D&D. Later that day, they released the first Unearthed Arcana document with part of ...
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Burninate [players]. The tag, I mean

I've browsed through the players questions and found these ones: Questions about issues with problem-players Questions about social aspects of role-playing games or group-dynamics Question about ...
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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 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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Do we want a [total-party-kill]?

I recently noticed that we have a total-party-kill tag. It seems reasonably useful, if only to link together a bunch of related questions, but it's currently only used on three questions (and I added ...
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Is it irresponsible to bump numerous questions by adding tags?

Following the highly supported answer here: Why do we use [Published-Adventures] instead of more specific tags? I feel like adding specific tags to questions about specific adventures is a good idea. ...
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How can we be more awesome?

I've often gone through and edited out the system name from question titles. One of the reasons I do this is so that the question titles are snappier and more likely to get attention. Lets take a ...
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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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Let's make [game-recommendation] actually be for recommendations of games

We should split game-recommendation up and make it just be for actual recommendations of games. This has come up before, but hear me out, because we only need to create one extra tag to offload all ...
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Has [system-recommendation] grown too big for its britches?

We occasionally get adventure/encounter/setting/campaign recommendation questions that are asking for a subjective evaluation, not just objectively-identifiable features. They're infrequent enough ...
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"Magus" is a bad tag - let's fix it!

the tag magus is described as "Pathfinder class that blends martial prowess with spell casting, from the book Ultimate Magic.", yet that is very very system centric. The term magus/maga is also used ...
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How should we tag questions about making magic items?

In order of their folksonomic creation, we currently have the tags magic-items (May 16, 2011), crafting (Oct 1, 2014), and magic-item-creation (May 26 of this year). Notably, the more general ...
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Avoid just copying text into the tag wikis

Our tag wikis are best when they have informative descriptions and excerpts. However, we have a low-grade but ongoing problem with copyrighted material being copied and pasted into our tag wikis. ...
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New enchantment tag, not sure about this

So the enchantment tag was created today, and assigned to five questions. We already have conjuration (Conjuration spirited away), divination, illusion, and necromancy tags, so it’s not without ...
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The [multiple-systems] tag has been burninated

I've just burninated multiple-systems. I'm leaving this post for record-keeping. It had the following tag wiki excerpt (and no full tag wiki): For questions that involve multiple rules systems at ...
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Do we really need [rulings]?

This question (which is really more about semantics) added the rulings tag, and the author of that question is also the person who added the description to the tag. I personally feel that this tag is ...
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What distinction is being drawn between house-rules and homebrew?

While thinking about Does stuff strapped to the outside of a Backpack count toward the total weight a backpack can carry? I ended up looking at both the house-rules and homebrew tag descriptions. ...
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Is the Only-Tag Test for meta-tag-ness broken here?

We've talked about meta tags a lot here. One thing that the last round highlighted is that we have a lot of tags that are impossible to use without a system tag. It's been said that tags like spells ...
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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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Why do we use [Published-Adventures] instead of more specific tags?

One criteria i've seen for whether a tag is worth having is whether someone could be an expert in that topic. I find it difficult to believe someone could be an expert in all [published-adventures] ...
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Should questions about Critical Role 3rd party material be tagged Homebrew?

There have been several questions recently that have churned up confusion with regards to homebrew and Critical Role 3PP content. Most recently, this one. Specifically this comment: Should Blood ...
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Has how we want to use our “pan-edition” D&D tag changed?

For questions that are scoped across any and all editions of D&D we have the tag dungeons-and-dragons for that (among its uses). Twice in three days I've noticed questions about monsters across D&...
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Should questions about the 2017 version of Paranoia be tagged differently than older versions?

The 2017 version of Paranoia is a pretty big departure from older versions. Instead of a single d20, perversity points, and communists, we have a pool of d6s, XP points, and terrorists. In other words,...
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Should we merge the [critical-failure] tag with the [fumbles] tag?

The current tag descriptions: critical-failure (20 questions): For questions about critical failures (sometimes called "critical fumbles"), a mechanic in various RPGs in which results of ...
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Rename the [masks] tag to [masks-a-new-generation]

Since we can't make a system tag look different, when possible we should probably expand system tags so they don't look like common game terms. Masks: A New Generation is the complete text used in ...
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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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Let's merge problem-players and problem-gm

We have separate tags for problem-players and problem-gm. I don't especially like this, for several reasons. It's kinda making an assumption about the problem that may not be warranted. Sure, ...
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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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The [rules] tag has just been burninated (again), let's blacklist it

I just burninated the rules tag. It had no wiki, and appeared to be uselessly broad, since almost every question on here is about rules. I'm leaving this question here to record this burnination. If ...
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Retaining lonely system tags

Apparently there is a dev(?)-accessible switch on a per-site basis that disables the script that cleans out tags that have only been used once in 6 months. Arqade recently turned this off because they ...
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Can we reapply the Pathfinder 2e tag to this Pathfinder 2e question?

Razzle-Dazzle and success vs Blindness is asking about two Pathfinder 2e features, linking to the Pathfinder 2e reference document for both features (2e.aonprd.com; ...
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Alchemist vs. Alchemy

Just a note, I just added tag wikis for alchemy and alchemist and cleaned up a few questions for each. I decided against synonymizing because a distinction was apparent in their emergent usage, and ...
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What signals a need to curate the emergent tagging folksonomy?

I'm told our emergent folksonomy means the attitude toward tags is "don't fix it if it's not broken," and I'm all for letting the garden grow wild until it needs pruning. But looking over our tags ...
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Psychic tag clean-up

Per this discussion, I’ve cleaned up most of the confusion with psychic. The only step discussed that I haven’t done is synonymizing psychic with the new psychic-class, as I do not have the requisite ...
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What rules/guidance do we want to give for homebrew review questions, if any?

There seemed to be a strong consensus in this question that we're not happy with how homebrew review is working on the site right now, and that the way forward is to get some additional rules around ...
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