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I think this goes back to one of the core statements about Stack Exchange sites. Asking Expert questions, getting expert answers. To me, and I have no context having not read or played Fate, it seems like people are so bogged down with non-expert Fate questions that the first instinct is to give an answer suited for a beginner in the system and not an ...


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I have removed this answer. “Advises actual real life harm” is a pretty good identifying criteria for answers that are a bad idea to have on our site—though in this case it's more like “advice that if taken seriously will lead to someone dying”. As you noted (and cited in your comment on the answer) people expecting to swim around in a 60-pound suit of ...


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I look at this from the point of view of the voter, and I try to give answers which are clear to vote on. As a voter, I feel tricked when two different answers that would each be sufficient on their own are lumped into one single post. It means I have to choose only one response to two answers, and that's not cool. (And it leads to "I disagree" comments, ...


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Use both whenever possible There's really no difference between the paywall for a book and the paywall for a site. Whenever I get the chance I cite both the book and online: (PHB p. 245). Barriers to entry To someone that doesn't have a book, (DMG p. 270) is exactly as inaccessible as https://www.dndbeyond.com/compendium/rules/dmg/dungeon-masters-workshop#...


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In my opinion: Answers should actually answer the question. This is non-negotiable. The real value of multiple answers is different perspectives. I mean, really: five or ten answers just rewriting the same post are pretty worthless! All this really does is make sure the top 1-2 answers keep getting all the upvotes while all the other ones languish (because ...


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Nothing First, the tweets we often reference to, Crawford, Mike Mearls, etc. are used to support our answer. Usually it goes in a way like this: A designer has clarified how this certain situation should be handled A designer has clarified how a thing should work, and my answer is built upon the consequence of the clarification A designer has clarified how ...


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It was unclear and mostly wrong and showed a lack of expertise Note that all of this, more or less, was brought up as suggestions for improvement in the comments under your answer (by multiple people including myself). In general, if you are wondering why you are getting downvoted and there are comments pointing out flaws in your answer, they are often ...


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Add whatever you find useful for the asker That's my approach, at least. I'm obviously guilty of the essay answers mxyzplk mentions. From my experience, many users, especially new users and new players, often state questions that are not their problems. I think this question exemplifies it the best. The question states Do wizards get bonus spell slots from ...


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For now, neither It is completely okay not to accept any answer if you feel the issue is not clear. You are under no obligation to reward the highest voted answer either. The two systems have different purposes. Try them "Accept" is also there to indicate what has actually worked for the querent. If you try the answers out and see that one solves your ...


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Stack Exchange is a rigorous Q&A community with a mission to build up a reliable knowledge base for future readers. It's sort of like Wikipedia in that regard. To accomplish this mission we need our answers to be clearly backed up so visitors can verify our answers for themselves. Without any citation we are just random people on the internet and our ...


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Bounties always draw attention to a question, it's just part of the bounty effect. They encourage new attention no matter what because it gets highlighted for a while. That means new answers, but it also means people voting to moderate those new answers. Bad new answers will get downvoted like usual, good ones will get upvoted. To answer your questions: It'...


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If a question specifies no system, a useful answer assumes no system. It has a responsibility to do so, or else it's potentially not useful. An answer providing D&D's mechanics or content as examples is perfectly fine so long as the answer still talks in general RPG terms, and not system-specific terms. An answer becomes not useful once it just assumes ...


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If you can effectively support that the question is unanswerable, that is almost certainly itself fodder for a good answer: if you're drawing on cited material and/or personal experience as appropriate, and following the usual guidelines for good answers, you can give a great and useful response to the question. If you don't have an answer yourself, and you ...


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No Here's the deal. Everyone (most people at least) know they can do whatever they want in their games. But they are asking a question not because they need someone to tell them "sure you can! make it up! let your freak flag fly!" but because they want to know what the game rules actually say, if only as a starting point. Therefore if the question is "...


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Definitely Just as it's appropriate to change the accepted answer to your question that was once correct, it is appropriate to downvote a once-good answer. However Before I do this, I would first comment to why the answer is no longer correct, perhaps with an errata link or some other damning source so that they may be able to edit the answer themselves.


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I understand, I really do. I wish popularity contests didn’t break out occasionally and stir up trouble, and I wish voters would leave them to die down faster after a close. By and large, the activity does drop off though. And it doesn’t really encourage asking that kind of question on purpose. Answering it might be encouraged a bit, but those who don’t ...


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There's a mixture of things you might be referring to. I'll go through our policy: We expect that answers should be an attempt to wholly and independently answer the question, such that it could work if no other answer existed. We don't do "tack-on" answers, though you might see those on other stacks. (Should I be requesting people answer the question ...


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Answering from related media is fine, but be careful to be explicit, as how things work in the RPG is not always completely aligned with the a) different mechanics in video games and b) fictional liberties taken in novels. For some questions, answers from those might be appropriate and for others they may not be. Lore questions should be safe (though even ...


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There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but care needs to be taken in how it is presented Good answers frequently include contextual information above and beyond what is directly asked by the question, including analysis about the relative merits and value of rules and options in question. The additional information helps the querent make fully informed ...


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There's two expectations going on you're running into: If you're attempting to partially or completely solve the problem, exclusively do that in an answer. from Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments? If you're writing an answer, try your best to directly and comprehensively address the problem in the question. We will judge ...


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Self Answers to questions are good Across Stack Exchange, there's always been a stigma against self-answered questions due to the perception that this is intended to function as a kind of Reputation Farming. I don't agree with that perception, both from a theoretical perspective, and from the practical perspective of observing that Self-Answered questions ...


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No, use either. I personally prefer d20pfsrd for everyday use because it's organized better and includes FAQs and relevant dev threads and stuff, but that's not an official declaration. PRD It's dumped there by Paizo, so it's "official" (given that they don't really spend a lot of money on editing it for obvious reasons). People report errors in the PRD ...


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It's cool to add good answers to old questions. We even have badges for it! And answers are always held to the same basic standards no matter how old the question is. But if what you're focused on is answers which mostly re-state existing answers, sometimes a different way of explaining something is useful--everybody's got a slightly different way of ...


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Support why they are correct Add the full rule context and explain the rule to the best of your ability. Usually these kind of questions come from a misunderstanding or lack of comprehension of the rules. You should try to clear up their confusion as well as directly answer the question. If possible draw parallels to other rules from the system that use the ...


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Unfortunately for the hapless souls who offer that "yeah this works" answer when it's wrong, the usual resolution communities use is to downvote that accepted (but wrong) answer more heavily than it would usually see until it's very, very obviously wrong and that readers should keep scrolling, and because it's accepted they can't delete it. Other answers get ...


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Downvote it. Leave a concise comment. If I can, write a better answer. Downvote because I find the answer unhelpful: this gives the writer a signal that there's something wrong, and more importantly it helps the site sort answers by quality so future readers can tell the answer's got something fishy going on. Leave a comment saying "I think X is wrong" ...


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The well-received “no” answers I've seen followed this kind of pattern: No, that lore tidbit isn't defined anywhere. I have read this vast swathe of material about this setting [like most of its novels and supplements]. Based on my experience, if the answer was anywhere, it would be in these specific books I'll name/describe, all of which I have read and ...


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Because Being […] off topic for the game [is] misleasing to DW readers, and we already have system agnostic questions about this topic. It is a really bad idea to answer questions about games without any knowledge of the game. Even deciding that the game is irrelevant requires being an expert in the game. We often have the problem that people feel ...


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If you want to do something about it, Post another answer or place a bounty Obviously if you have a better answer than what's already there, post it. If you don't, then a bounty is the tool for the job: it'll give the question new visibility and convey the fact that you think the question is poorly answered. It may even attract new and better answers.


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Generally they need to be deleted or updated. If the author is a regular a comment indicating that the question has changed and that they should edit or delete their answer is best. If the author is a drive by or hasn't been to the site in a while then you've got a choice to make. If a minimal edit can be made to bring it into the new scope of the question ...


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