Only accept answers that answer the question
The "mark as answer" option is yours to do as you wish. Therefore you can choose to use it on any answer you choose. There is no right or wrong way to use it.
However, if you don't feel the current answer fully satisfies your question marking it as an answer makes it less likely that you will receive ...
I don't intend to try to convince you to stay. That's your personal choice and I'm not going to tell you whether or not spending time on this site is is a wise use of your time because I am not you and there is no way I can know what is best for you.
I will say, however, that we value every member of this site though and you have made many high quality ...
Posts with unverifiable quotes are poor posts - not illegitimate ones
We should treat these types of poor answers the way we treat any on the poor answers - through voting; not through censorship.
There are many ways that advance copies containing confidential information can legitimately enter the public domain. A proof copy accidentally (and I mean ...
Here's how this breaks down:
We do not, in point of fact, have a problem with answers talking about designer reasons.
We do have a problem with answers making big claims without proportionate citation, and with misleading answers. This usually gets corrected by downvoting.
Questions asking about designer reasons were banned because, simply, we saw a ton of ...
No, it doesn't eliminate standards
I'll start with a direct answer to the question as asked: no, a high score doesn't remove the need to adhere to community standards. The particular answer linked is not a good one, and your assessment of it as a comment (which would also not meet community standards) seems correct to me.
The most important issue with it is ...
Deleting a well-received answer is an act that should be reserved for extreme abuse.
Not because they are “excused,” but because those votes represent the “will of the people,” and no one here has the authority to overrule that. In short, they aren’t excused—they are simply deemed acceptable by the community.
Ultimately, “policy” here exists in the form of ...
I do; if another answer indicates something I hadn’t thought of, forgot, or otherwise didn’t include (or wasn’t planning to include) in my answer, that I think is valuable and worthwhile, I’ll link to their answer.
I’ll also summarize the take-away from their answer, because in theory that answer could get deleted, and internal link rot is just as bad as ...
This answer is not useful because it's incorrect
Despite the fact that "special attack" was a game term in previous versions, there is no such thing in 5e.
The word "special" does have its natural English meaning, It means "out of the ordinary".
JC says that
the grapple described on p. 195 of the PH is called a special melee ...
Answers must answer the question.
From the help center article on answer deletion (italics mine):
Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are:
commentary on the question or other answers
asking another, different question
“thanks!” or “me too!” responses
exact duplicates of other answers
barely more ...
You probably triggered an automatic block
See What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"?
An automatic filter is in place to ban questions or answers from IP addresses or accounts with a history of extremely poor posts.
To avoid bypassing the filter, its internal rules are a secret, but ...
Your edit did go too far
Because the answer, from your point of view1, is (partially) wrong, and you tried making it right. That is best done by submitting a new answer, one that is right, and backing it up accordingly. If you think the answer is mostly right but there is one point you disagree with (i.e., you think it is a mistake), it's best left as a ...
I will echo my answer here. It’s about tweets, but it applies to interviews.
Readers decide if answers provide valuable information.
Our goal is to help querents and future readers find solutions to their problems, and each person writing an answer is going to do that differently. When you write an answer, you decide what you think is the information ...
Step 1: Bounty the question.
This is one of the purposes of the bounty system - to seek new answers to old questions for one reason or another. I will leave the bounty banner up for the full week, it points out the issue that needs addressing.
At the end of the bounty period, I will award the bounty to the best, most up to date answer. This will mark it with ...
It is site practice to delete unsupported answers
Admittedly it's never really documented/discussed on it's own, but mostly in the discussions around fun topics like game recommendations and designer intent requests. Specifically, when the questions type really needs supported answers, aren't getting them, and we need to talk about how to moderate them.
Suggesting additional information to an answer is what comments are for. We accept their use for certain other things, but this is what they are primarily for. The hover text even reads:
Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information. Avoid answering questions in comments.
You might have to do a bit of juggling to add a picture (...
To understand why we require what we do of answers, there's an important aspect we need to clear first:
RPG.SE is a Q&A site, not a traditional forum
A traditional forum is a place for a conversation. RPG.SE, as a Q&A site, is specialized to creating a repository of questions which have received high quality, expertise based answers.
This influences ...
Why you should stay: three reasons
Reason 1: I'll miss you.
I have found you very easy to interact with on each occasion that we have interacted. I think your approach on games and playing contributes to that, and I value your input.
Reason 2: Experience based answers are still useful
You've got a variety of at-table experiences that I am sure will be ...
It's all about the original question, the querent's goals, and the community's additions
This is really a tough question because the question was fairly clear in it's request:
Wants a BBEG for level 1 players
Wants to know how to go about making one
The answers that came in were some frame challenges, but some also did directly answer the above question ...
(Non-D&D answer since this question is no longer D&D5-tagged.)
I think we've hit a point where different game systems have different standards and your answer should reflect that.
Modern D&D has a lot of rules, written by multiple authors, which accumulate over time.
There are official channels for rules updates and clarifications, which ...
I think the bigger issue is that we can't verify the accuracy of any quotes used.
We mostly can't verify whether quotes came from a leaked copy of the content, an early access copy with an NDA a la an MTG-style partial spoiler, or a legitimate copy obtained via legitimate means. We basically have to take whoevers word for it that they have obtained the ...
Unsupported answers may be deleted
I had voted to delete because while your initial argument on there not being an explanation was reasonable, the remaining part about what you suspect may be going on was completely unsupported conjecture. As likely as it may be, it was just a guess.
At times, that can be resolved by adding a Moderator provided notice to ...
It may be okay to leave one of the answers up with a pile of downvotes.
This is what has happened on the linked question. A substantial negative score is a great sign post that says "this answer is wrong", and in this case, the answer also has a helpful explanatory comment detailing why the answer is wrong.
In this situation, it is probably just ...
We should use the tools that we have.
We want to both respect the votes, that answers accumulate, of onlookers and community members but also the policy that our community establishes over time.
We do this by raising a flag "In need of moderator intervention" and write down that the answer in question needs a banner that informs the reader that ...
The RPG stack can be a tough crowd. Ideally, there should be a clearly correct answer, based on source materials. 'If it happened at my table, I'd rule it like this' style answers often get downvoted not because they are bad in themselves but because everyone has an opinion and generally we are looking for something more.
As Dale has explained, if your posts ...
It's really hard
Getting a straight answer to a question that expresses a minority viewpoint can be extremely difficult on this site. Here's what I do:
Accept you are going to lose ~50 rep on this question and it's going to be very downvoted. If you are very low rep, you have to be careful to ration asking real questions with asking popular ones. When I ...