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Should RPG.SE enforce not enforcing a specific standard for handling gender pronouns?

This is a follow up to our standing guidance on pronoun use in Q&As around the site: Should RPG.SE enforce a specific standard for handling gender pronouns? The question asks: Should RPG.SE ...
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How to format a side-by-side comparison table? [duplicate]

I was thinking about asking one question, but to do so would require me to show my research so far, and that research would be best presented as a table of features, having similar features in same ...
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Can the duplicate linked question be changed to a more appropriate answer?

In this question: Do the effects of spells granted by items require concentration? I asked about items that grant named spell effects, not casting spells from items or items that give a spell-like ...
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How are you meant to provide personal experience on mostly mathematical questions?

In What can I do to make a Kobold encounter interesting? there was a question of how to make an encounter more challenging. I noted the example of Tucker's kobolds, where you lead the people to ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Which tag should we use when OP thinks they are asking about a house rule but it is actually an official optional rule?

The description for house-rules states: House rules are small fan-created additions and replacements to core rules in a rules set, and this tag should be used when there are locally-created rules at ...
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How can I get answers about items serving a specific purpose, without my question being closed as duplicate of a Q&A that doesn't care about items?

I'm looking specifically for items that can mitigate issues with light sensitivity. I asked here: Are there official items for mitigating light sensitivity? and it got closed as a duplicate of How can ...
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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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The question list's "actioned X time ago" alignment is broken

The “asked/answered/edited X time ago” messages on the question list are always right-aligned. Today that right alignment seems to be missing, except for when they word wrap to the next line. It ...
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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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Let's fix the [arcane-archer] tag!

The arcane-archer tag has a quite wrong tag description at the time of this post: The Arcane Archer is a fighter subclass in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (published in Xanathar's Guide to ...
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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 this question about player race selection be open or closed?

I've noticed that this question about limiting exotic races has gone from closed, to opened after some helpful edits, to closed again (without seemingly significant edits). Even now, it has a re-open ...
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Watched and ignored is not displaying for me

I have two watched tags and 85+ ignored tags. As of checking the site today (06-09-21 PT), the process of highlighting watched tags and blurring ignored tags does not appear to be functioning the way ...
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Community Cleanup Duty: Game Recommendations

There are still QUITE some questions out there that are game recommendation questions and not closed or locked. It might take months to go and close and lock them all by hand, especially since game ...
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Is it possible to search for edits with a certain content, specifically adding a tag?

In the spirit of good faith, here are my fears and weaknesses. People mistake system-specific questions for rarely-encountered systems as either system-agnostic or dnd-5e questions about once every ...
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Why was this PF 1e question about a sorcerer using Page of Spell Knowledge with higher-level spells closed as a duplicate?

This question: As a Sorcerer, can use I use a Page of Knowledge to use Spell Slots granted by my Charisma bonus, even if they're higher level then otherwise? Was closed as being a duplicate of Can ...
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Is this a legitimate follow-up question?

I was wondering if a Water Elemental can freeze, so I read the stat block (twice), yet apparently I somehow missed (twice!) the part that partially answers my question. Hence, I asked the question Can ...
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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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What is the most starred message in TRPG General Chat?

I can't seem to find a way to sort starred messages from TRPG General Chat. I want to know what message has the most stars. So yeah, this is supposed to be a fun post. Answers should include a link to ...
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When discussing the “don’t guess the system” policy, let’s make a special effort to assume everyone is acting in good faith

Community discussions about our “don’t guess the system” policy happen from time to time, and it has been my observation that these discussions can often get...what’s a good word for it...intense? I ...
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I'd like to adapt a set of spells from AD&D to the 5th edition. Ask for review together or one by one?

There is a set of spells available only to the Vhaeraun clergy described in AD&D Demihuman Deities book. They look easily adaptable to D&D 5e and I want to do it and ask for a review. I want ...
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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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Can we reopen this item stacking question?

Do these items stack? was closed and has comments requesting an edition and system be specified. However, the question appears to clearly indicate its game already: it cites a book (Tasha's Cauldron ...
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Is it bad form to cite non-RPG fandom content in your question?

I'm not sure I did a great job of explaining what, exactly, I'm looking for in my recent question, Are there any gods or godlike entities in D&D associated primarily with fear? . I'm basing my ...
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Uncomfortable about inconsistent application of criteria for valid answers

This is a common problem (it seems) across social related SE (gaming, workplace, interpersonal etc). The criteria for an answer require either an objective citation, or that the answer is based on a ...
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Are questions related to building LARP safe weapons on-topic here?

According to Are questions about LARPs on topic? LARP questions are OK here, as LARP is a subset of role-playing games. But the question I want to ask is more about DIY techniques than the very act of ...
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Is it possible to have spoiler text in subscript?

In this question I had a parenthetical statement that was a little too long and would interrupt the flow of the question. I decided to place it at the end, in a smaller font, using the subscript ...
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How do we handle questions that are repeatedly closed and reopened?

I recently posted this question about character optimization: What class has the most damage output per round at level 6? I made several revisions to it, and it received the required 5 votes to be re-...
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Spoiler quotes aren't rendering correctly

I was trying to edit this question, as it contains spoilers: What happens in Curse of Strahd if the players destroy Strahd's coffin or prevent him from returning to it? I was just trying to hide ...
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My question was closed for being opinion based. Now it's been reopened and closed again. Why?

I recently posted What class has the most damage output per round at level 6?, asking about character optimization. Without additional context, the question was: what are the most optimizable class/...
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What is the definition of a "viable character"?

I have seen mostly two definitions for a "viable character": Unlikely to die in the first few encounters Not much weaker than the strongest possible character of similar build Is there an ...
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Making Citations Accessible

Years ago I had to fight to preserve citation styles - especially fighting inline citation. Because I honestly believe Inline citation is ugly and throws off my reading experience. Now, Citations in ...
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What's next for the issues raised in the community check in?

As I am writing this, it has been 45 days since the 2021 Community Check-in. Many of the answers identify observed site trends, with scores indicating community agreement with those observations. So ...
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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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My profile picture is distorted

This is what my profile picture should look like: But resized. Here is what it looks like in my profile from my computer: Here is what it looks like from my phone: You can notice the wrong ...
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Should we add [volume] as a synonym to the [3d-space] tag? Or would a separate [volume] tag be a good addition?

We have a 3d-space tag which applies to all kinds of various things. Should we add a synonym of volume to it for the more than 60 questions about volume calculation? Or would a separate volume tag be ...
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On a suggested edit, what is indicated by a tag being both red and green?

I recently reviewed a suggested edit and this is what I saw: As you can see, spells appears twice, once as though it were removed, and once as though it were added. Is this a bug? What does this mean?...
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Should we refrain from tag-only edits to recent questions that also need substantial body edits?

Suppose we have a new question that needs substantial body edits and some tags. If I do not intend to do the substantial body edits immediately, should I refrain from adding the needed tags?
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What are the research expectations of questions on RPG Stack Exchange?

Over the years one thing has become very clear here on RPG.SE: we expect at least some amount of research done by the querent before they ask a question here; Our Help Centre page on "How do I ...
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If I posted a homebrew feature on this site, and plan to publish it (after revising based on feedback), what credits am I required to give?

I have not found any information about this on the website, but if I missed something blatant, please tell me. I have posted numerous homebrew features on this website , and I have used advice gotten ...
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Is this question about experience points in earlier versions of D&D off topic as a "rule intent" or "designer reasons" question?

Why do characters with a high prime requisite gain bonus XP? The question presents some information, then asks: What is the reason for this rule? Did the game's designers ever explain it, either ...
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Generic Tags should be Generic

Most Tags generally are meant to be generic. That means that they should not be specific to any one game unless they need to be specific to a game. Such a game-specific tag is aspects belonging to ...
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Why do my answers and comments keep getting shut down because I say "thank you"?

Every time I post an answer to my question or someone makes a small suggestion I respond and then I say something along the lines of "Thanks" or "Thank you". This ends up in my ...
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Is the [simulacrum] tag a necessary addition?

I notice that the simulacrum tag has been added again. My personal opinion is that it is unnecessary. Seeing as the user who has added it most recently rolled back my standard procedure removal edit, ...
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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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Should this Extra Attack + Thirsting Blade question be closed as a duplicate?

The question Extra Attack & Eldritch Invocation Thirsting Blade was reopened after being closed as a dupe of Does this strict reading of the rules allow both Extra Attack and the Thirsting Blade ...
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What should comments be used for?

I was in the process of drafting a minor frame challenge in a comment, and found myself thinking 'is this an appropriate use of comments?' I hit up the meta hoping to find some general guidance on how ...
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Why am I suddenly being notified of privileges?

Yesterday, I got a notification informing me that I had received access to the Edit review queue. Today, I was notified that I had received access to the Reopen votes review queue. Not to brag, but I'...
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What is the etiquette for adding supplemental information to a good answer?

On this question, a user provided an excellent mathematical derivation of a numerical question that had been asked and provide a plot of the results. I thought that a different form of plot was a ...
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