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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 ...
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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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How should we handle "Let me Google that for you"-type questions?

We accept such questions. (That's a link to the Meta.SE FAQ entry on this subject.) In part, we do because we are the content that Google serves up, and if we can provide better content or a better ...
20 votes

Are questions about roleplaying within a video game context on topic?

The platform someone is using to roleplay will obviously have a practical impact on their situation and the relevance of solutions the answers might present, but that's par for the course here. ...
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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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How to handle the case if the closure of my question was clearly a misuse of VtC power against newcomers?

I've undeleted this because I want to explain. (You may also want to take the tour before continuing to read this, as it covers some important basic concepts for how the site works, and I notice you ...
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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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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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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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What's so wrong with taking a question at face value, just because someone suspects an XY Problem?

This is not site policy; this is Stack Exchange rules – Be nice. Each and every one of us is required, by the tenets of the Stack Exchange network, to be nice. Being nice means, among other things: ...
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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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11 votes
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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?

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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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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10 votes
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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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10 votes

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 ...
10 votes

How can I better formulate this question about Easter Eggs in 5e adventures to make it stackable?

The question invites speculation. I think 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....
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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 ...
8 votes

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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Are questions about roleplaying within a video game context on topic?

I think it is obvious that the question being discussed is about role-playing games and should be on-topic. The video game is just a platform the asker is role-playing on, and has no real bearing here....
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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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