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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

When the question does not specify a system, but an educated guess can be made, other users often edit the tags themselves without waiting for the querent to confirm the system they are interested in. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Changing [new-world-of-darkness-2e] to [chronicles-of-darkness]

Gosh, it's been a bit since we had a WoD tagging thread, huh? As per today's announcement, the game lines formerly known as the New World of Darkness 2nd Edition are now being collectively called the ...
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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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Should we add [sentient-magic-items] as a synonym of the [intelligent-magic-items] tag?

Right now, the intelligent-magic-items tag exists, with the tag info: For questions about intelligent or sentient magic items. (In D&D 5e, at least, these are referred to in the DMG (p. 214) ...
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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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Let's burn [books]!

For some reason we have a books tag. I propose that we burninate it. It tells you nothing about the content of the question. You can't be an expert on "RPG books". There are exactly two questions ...
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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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Lets get a clear consensus on the use of [nwod] vs [nwod-god-machine]

There is a ongoing issue with the tagging of the various Editions of the World of Darkness Lines. See: Shall we review the various World of Darkness tags' use? Clearing up White Wolf World of ...
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Should the [fumbles] and [critical-fail] tags be synonyms?

As the title asks. The two tags, fumbles and critical-fail, are both highly similar. It makes sense for them to be marked as synonyms.
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What benefit does the “rules-lawyering” tag bring to our community?

Taking a look at the tag rules-lawyering, I wonder what benefit it brings to our community. Here is how I see it being used in pathfinder/dnd-3.5e questions: "I want to get correct answers." Here and ...
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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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Worth of “GM” and “players” tags

On the main site, we have a gm and players tag. However, these seem like they are vague. For GMs we have gm-techniques and gm-tools, and everything else I can find that's tagged [gm] seems to boil ...
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Should the [d20] tag be [d20-System] instead?

There's an infrequent but noticeable trend to use the d20 tag on questions about dice or critical hits or the like, despite the tag being clearly labelled as specific to the d20 System: The d20 ...
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Should we rename [besm] to [big-eyes-small-mouth]?

We currently have besm. Should we rename it to big-eyes-small-mouth, and keep the old as a synonym? It's under 25 characters, so it's not impacted by the extension in tag length.
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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 ...