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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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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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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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This is gonna be long. You've asked some very important, very complex questions and I'll try to do them justice--but you don't have to take my word for it. As we get deeper into the material I'll be offering links to references, histories, and further explanations of various themes and topics. I highly recommend using those links as jumping-off points for ...


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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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This is the classic "easy" case for voting to close as unclear. You read a question about Eladrin in D&D5e and thought "I wonder if it's the DMG eladrin or the MToF one--it matters." Or you read about a monster and thought "I don't recognize that, and I own all the books...." Vote to close as unclear. If you've got a moment ...


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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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It's fine for answers to use them as support, but generally answers shouldn't rely on Crawford tweets alone Jeremy Crawford explained the change in a tweet on January 30, 2019: It looks like the Invoke Tweet of Jeremy Crawford feature has been nerfed. Official rulings are now found in the Compendium only, with this account merely providing a "preview&...


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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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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 ...


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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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World of Darkness isn't D&D, and citations may not always be feasible. I want to make clear at the outset that I do agree with you, and where proper citations and rule references are possible they should be included. I try to do this where possible when answering WoD questions, but it isn't always possible or especially desirable. There are a few ...


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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 ...


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This answer won't discuss the policy or why we do it, that's well covered elsewhere. It will take the Good Subjective/Bad Subjective policy as gospel and explain how to give Good Subjective answers and Back It Up! specifically. First, per How do we ask and answer subjective questions?: Answering Subjective Questions The blog post Good Subjective, ...


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Instead trying to accommodate non-English texts in general, I suggest a user of a non-English edition Comment how the desired information can't be located in that non-English edition and request from the querent or respondent more context. That's because, while I think it's a great idea to accommodate non-English speakers, asking folks to use a text's ...


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Write a better answer! If you feel that answers to old questions aren't satisfactory, then add a new answer. If want to downvote, you of course can, but I tend to err on the side of 'not editing others work massively'. Others are perfectly fine with that and both methods seem acceptable here (and if it isn't, usually OP reverts.) In the case of non-active ...


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The answer you linked contains this explanation of the problem with the FAQ: The D&D 3.5 FAQ inherited the reputation of its predecessor, the “Sage Advice” column in Dragon magazine. [...] The common problem with the Q&A articles, both “Sage Advice” and the FAQ, is that they were written by second parties with no better judgment than a good DM or ...


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Source Requirements are more of an edge-case If we require/recommend that questions regarding specific rules be accompanied by either tags or citations for the books that the focus of the question includes, things will likely get squirrely pretty quickly. I think the few examples where this presents a problem is magnifying the problem. Overall, there are few ...


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Yes they are. It's OK for a question to be unanswerable at the time it is posted as long as it meets all of the general requirements the site has for question quality. This happens most often for questions with the [designer-reasons] tag, which is generally included when a question asks why a system does things in a particular way. The only people who can ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Use either for convenience, but prefer the physical book if available at hand My reasoning is that books have a permanence that digital media (in the format of D&DBeyond) lack. Most of the online material for 3rd and 4th edition is either gone, or requires a trip to the Wayback Machine, resulting in many broken or re-directed links. D&DBeyond or ...


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Yes it is fine to cite the D&D 5e SRD; some caveats may be needed For the most part, the rules texts match. The issue is that in some cases, the SRD rules don't perfectly align with the rule books, but in other cases the official errata got folded into the SRD before the rules errata are published. A classic case was the rules text for Polymorph ...


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Some Suggestions for Users I don't have strong opinions on how, if at all, things should be changed on the Moderation side of things, so I'm not going to opine on that. Instead, I'm going to make some suggestions for what we, as engaged members of the community, can do. More Aggressive Downvoting I can't necessarily speak for other users, but speaking for ...


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You don't have to show personal experience. The idea is to show support for why your answer is a solution to the OP's problem Not all questions are asked in the same mode, and not all types of answers are equally appropriate for all questions. A question like "how will it affect a combat if I add +2 AC to this monster against this particular party?"...


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Yes The more general question, about whether we allow asking about developer statements which may or may not exist, appears to be yes. That's based on precedents and on it not transgressing any rules. I think it's also fine to leave it as “yes” after meta discussion, since I don't believe it causes any structural problems that the site isn't equipped for. ...


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This question is complicated, because there's a lot of different things going on here. In general, "Why is question X treated different from question Y?" isn't a real good question. Well, they're nearly three years apart, different people participated in each, maybe a mod hadn't drunk coffee that day, etc. Proof by "but but another question did it" is ...


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As always, it's a continuum. If someone produces an entire piece of content from whole cloth - e.g. a new character class, feat, spell, monster - we really think they should playtest that before claiming it will do what they think it will. Real game designers know all too well that the thing they write down off top of their head may or may not meet its ...


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Yes, it falls solidly into the “fair use” exception to copyright claims. There is no difference between novels and game books as far as this goes. Just do not quote excessively; quote enough to support the point only.


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Answers aren't useful if they just tell you what to do. They're useful if they help you understand what you're doing. Or: a supported answer is an answer you can put your weight on. Even if an answer contains a block of rules text, it could still be removed for being unsupported. If nobody who reads the answer understands how to apply the rules text to the ...


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