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Stance on using D&D Beyond for references?

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 ...
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How should we handle answers that use Jeremy Crawford's now unofficial tweets?

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 ...
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What are the citation expectations of answers on RPG Stack Exchange?

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 ...
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Why is one +21 question On Hold when a similar question is ok with +53 votes?

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 ...
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A Modest Proposal for answers that aren't backed up

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 ...
24 votes

Can we encourage askers to provide the source or quote of their things?

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.&...
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How do we back up affirmative answers to "Am I understanding this correctly"-style questions?

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 ...
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Should I accept an opinion-based answer if an objective one doesn't appear to be forthcoming?

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 ...
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How should we handle answers that use Jeremy Crawford's now unofficial tweets?

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 ...
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Do we need to do anything about old, upvoted, accepted answers that are not up to scratch with our standards today?

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 ...
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Should we refrain from posting answers which rely on unreleased content?

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. ...
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Are the citation requirements for objective questions not applicable to systems like World of Darkness/Mage the Ascension?

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 ...
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How do we appropriately back up a subjective answer?

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 ...
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16 votes

Please consider using book references that will be understood internationally

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 ...
16 votes

Do we need to do anything about old, upvoted, accepted answers that are not up to scratch with our standards today?

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 ...
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At what point is an official D&D source unacceptable?

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 ...
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Are rules questions that require a developer (official OR non-official) response ONLY valid for our stack?

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 ...
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Can we encourage askers to provide the source or quote of their things?

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 ...
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Does a high score on an answer excuse the requirement to back up the answer?

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 ...
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Does a high score on an answer excuse the requirement to back up the answer?

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 ...
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15 votes

GIFs, pictures and Copyright

Going to echo doppelgreener here: It's not necessary for us to police copyright law to this degree. In this instance you're even policing Blizzard's copyright harder than Blizzard itself does. Clips ...
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How are you meant to provide personal experience on mostly mathematical questions?

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 ...
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Checking in: do we need any updates to our Citation Expectations Q&A?

There is room for subjective, experience-based answers to objective mechanics questions. Sometimes, they are necessary. There is one particular section of the citation guidance that I think could be ...
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Is it fine to cite the SRD in answers even if WotC does not consider it an official rules source?

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 ...
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Stance on using D&D Beyond for references?

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 ...
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A Modest Proposal for answers that aren't backed up

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 ...
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Why is one +21 question On Hold when a similar question is ok with +53 votes?

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 ...
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12 votes

Are rules questions that require a developer (official OR non-official) response ONLY valid for our stack?

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....
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When do homebrew suggestions need to be playtested by an answerer?

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 ...
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Can we quote parts of novels in our questions and answers?

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 ...
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