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Does "Ask the DM / GM" equate to "Primarily opinion based?"

They're not the same This is a common equivalence that I've seen applied too, but it's a false equivalence. The idea seems to be that every GM could rule differently, so the answer is as diverse as ...
SevenSidedDie's user avatar
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We should talk about the word "should"

The problem is not with the word “should” per se, but it is a warning sign of an opinion based question, and it does tend to encourage people to answer with opinions and not facts. “What should I do” ...
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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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Are requests for specific users' house rules on- or off-topic?

The question is off-topic because it's a very bad fit for the Stack Exchange's resources (crowds of experts) and mechanics (voting-based evaluation and sorting). The Stack Exchange is founded on the ...
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Close Reason for "Homebrew this for me" questions

I have often seen "too broad" and "opinion based" as reasons to close homebrew requests. I'd recommend using "opinion based" as the close reason.
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My question was incorrectly put on-hold for "being about video games"

Thank you for taking this to Meta: comments on the question itself were clearly not a productive channel for improving your post. I need to clear up one misconception above: you say that a member of ...
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There are practically no objective questions about imaginary worlds, I suggest to use the VtCs as "opinion based" not so seriously

I'm afraid I don't see the problem. Boiled down and paraphrasing, this is what I see this question saying: “I wrote a question that was looking for opinions, which was closed because the site doesn't ...
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Is this question about a chaotic evil character in a heroic party too opinion-based, or is it experience-based?

It is too broad. From What types of questions should I avoid asking?: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish ...
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How should we handle questions with a straightforward answer that only requires basic research?

Vote, answer, or move on. Some days I've seen a question like that and downvoted for "lack of effort." Some days I jump right in and derive some joy from helping someone sort out a crease in ...
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Could we have a separate close reason for missing system tag?

There are two downsides, one technical and one communicative. The technical issue is that we've used up our allotted number of custom close reasons: we get three, and we currently have board/card ...
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My question was incorrectly put on-hold for "being about video games"

Your question was put on hold for other reasons, as KRyan explained in a comment on your question (bolded). Immediately afterwards, he goes on to explain the real reason why it's remaining closed: ...
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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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How can I better formulate this question about Easter Eggs in 5e adventures to make it stackable?

I think one issue is definition, what is an "Easter egg"? One dictionary describes an Easter egg (in this sense) as a hidden feature in a commercially released product (such as software or a ...
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Are requests for specific users' house rules on- or off-topic?

For my part, I found the question... kind of uncomfortable, for reasons I cannot quite articulate? I think it may in part be that I am not interested in inviting questions or criticisms of my ...
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My question was incorrectly put on-hold for "being about video games"

Your description of the on-hold status of the question seems somewhat disingenuous to me. You engaged in a long conversation in the comments on it which include statements such as: Ultimately, the ...
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Should this dice question be open or closed?

Open. Polyhedral dice are within the purview of roleplaying games. Polyhedral dice are a piece of equipment integral to tabletop roleplaying games. The primary use of those dice is for tabletop ...
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Highly-downvoted duplicate questions

Yes. No. Usually we close the newer as a dupe of the old unless there's a dramatic disparity in quality that would make the newer one more canonical.
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How can I better formulate this question about Easter Eggs in 5e adventures to make it stackable?

The question invites speculation. My biggest concern about the question is less that it solicits a list answer or multiple unrelated answers, and more about the type of answer that it asks for. To ...
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How do we handle changing the close reason on a question?

I would flag for a moderator to act, as they can open the question and close it with the new reason by themselves.
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Should Bad Answer Attraction be a Custom Close Reason?

No A question that receives multiple bad answers shows that something in the question needs clarification or tinkering. If the question were in an answerable state, to the standards of the Q&A ...
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Question on opinion based posts criteria

The question https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/89730/is-a-low-con-dex-based-eldritch-knight-viable has two problems: 1. Literally asking for opinions Among other things, the question asks for ...
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Should this dice question be open or closed?

We are not Dice.SE. It should be closed (according to how our current site is scoped) Here's what the tour has to say about the purpose and mission of this site: RPG Stack Exchange is a question and ...
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When do we close a question for drawing opinion-based answers and how can we try to get ahead of such closures?

We should take a hard line on unsupported answers I don't like questions drawing large numbers of unsupported answers having to be closed either. But last time we tried the alternate path of deleting ...
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When do we close a question for drawing opinion-based answers and how can we try to get ahead of such closures?

Questions getting closed because of runaway opinion-based answers Things have changed very recently, such that hopefully this won't happen often anymore. To talk about that, I first need to talk about ...
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Could we rework/reword the "unclear what is asked" closure reason?

The built-in close reason wordings are hardcoded and the same on every Stack in the network to ensure consistency in the basic SE rules. We don't have the ability to customise how the Unclear reason ...
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How should we handle questions with a straightforward answer that only requires basic research?

Closure isn't the appropriate response here You correctly point out that no close reason really fits, and the reason for that is because there's no real issue with that question as the community or SE ...
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Closed question as unclear but has good answer

First, just because somebody puzzled out enough of what you were asking to give a correct answer doesn't mean it's clear to a general audience. One person gave you a good answer; five people voted to ...
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Why is it a problem to ask what other people have done in their games?

Ask us to solve your problem, don't only survey us for our experiences As a Q&A community, RPG Stack Exchange focuses on practical problems you may face. We're interested in questions and ...
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Could we have a separate close reason for missing system tag?

Coming back to this issue, I believe we need a custom on-hold message for questions with a missing system tag. Two years later, it's one of our most common issues and perhaps the most common single ...
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How should we handle questions with a straightforward answer that only requires basic research?

Nothing...or downvote them. People can ask pretty much whatever they want. If it's off-topic or any other standard concern, we can close it. But these questions aren't off-topic. They are just poorly ...
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