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This question is what we call a real-world research question. This is mentioned in our on-topic help article: Generic real-world topics Questions about a general real-world topic such as history, geography or economics, whilst relevant to RPGs, may be off topic if they are not RPG-centric (or better belong on another Stack Exchange site, such as ...


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The question lacks cultural context The question provides no setting information that would enable answers to address the question directly. There is nothing in the question that explains, for example, the setting's history of slavery, how the setting's slavers treat slaves, the setting's attitudes toward slavery and freed slaves, or even the cultures of ...


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I'm going to echo your run-down of the possible reasons for it being put on hold, based on the current revision and not earlier ones: Too broad: check It's too broad in two ways: the target group is enormous and heterogeneous; an in-depth design analysis of how to appeal to even a narrow group is worth a whole book. Worth a book Some questions can be ...


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Nope, leave it in place. Someone could search with phrasing more similar to what you used than the original. See : SE Meta: If your question is closed as a duplicate, should you delete it? SE Meta: Do not delete good duplicates!


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When we close a question, it becomes "On hold" for 5 days, then becomes "Closed" thereafter. They're functionally the same thing (closed) except for two differences: When a question is On Hold, an edit performed on it will push it into the Reopen review queue. (I don't know if this can happen more than once.) "On hold" sounds temporary, and this is the ...


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I'm one of the people that voted to close your question. @GreySage's comment on your question pretty much nails it, but I will elaborate. Honestly, I think your question is awfully close to being off-topic for the site: it strikes me as an idea generation and discussion question ("Help me come up with ideas to do X"). To me, it seems like you're asking us ...


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Questions asking about a general real-world topic such as history, geography or economics might more likely belong on another Stack Exchange site (e.g. History) than here. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself … Would an RPG expert give me a better/different/more specific answer to this question than a Historian, Geographer, etc? If yes, then feel ...


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You can just leave it as-is. If you have more specific questions to ask, you can follow those up via posting new questions. I don't want to delete since I like that answer and would like to let them keep the rep boost as thanks, but keeping the question up as "on hold" seems to be the wrong move. It's actually OK to leave it on hold if you're not sure ...


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“Primarily opinion-based” is the wrong close reason, but the question should still be closed, in my opinion. Designer-intent questions have been ruled off-topic here, and that’s inevitably what this question is. It might be salvageable if you reworked it to emphasize more the history as the thing you want to know—maybe asking about context, e.g. did D&D ...


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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 wisdom of crowds: multiple people give answers based on their expertise in the subject, then the voting of other experts lifts up good answers and pushes down ...


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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 the community put your question on hold. That's not true. Five members of the community put the question on hold. As one comment pointed out, only the most-votes-...


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Go ahead! But please make sure not to just cut-and-paste, and that you do have this problem yourself (so that you are able to meaningfully answer any comments to clarify the question). Ask your own question in your own words, and all will be good.


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Issues with the linked question: As I see it, the problem with the linked question is that it's not clear what would make a good or bad answer to the question, nor what would make one answer better or worse than another. The criteria for making those determinations aren't defined in the question. That responses are possible is irrelevant, and a standard ...


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One of the patterns that I've noticed showing up persistently at RPG.se is what I'll call, for lack of a better term, Low Quality Question Fatigue. The LQQF pattern is visible as the appearance of unusually stringent voting standards being applied to questions asked by certain citizens. The details vary, but it can be downvoting, withholding upvotes, or ...


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We do not need trivial rules definitions littering this site. We might as well have "What is Armor Class," "What is a longsword," "What is a Dexterity saving throw," "What is an orc," etc. We are not here to reproduce rulebooks in their entirety, one snippet at a time. "Canonical" or not. These are not valid. Furthermore, for non-open licensed systems, I ...


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Optino #3, migrating, is totally possible and the most sensible option in this case. Mods have access to the merge tool, which—well, let me just paste the usage guidance beside its button: Questions should be merged when they are 99% identical and it would be beneficial to have all the answers from multiple duplicate questions in one place. This deletes ...


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Leave it closed until the OP comes back I've thought about this from a lot of potential stack-philosophy angles, but I keep coming back to what I think is a very compelling practical reason not to reopen this question without confirmation from OP: it has potential to make a mess and no significant benefit. Consider what would happen if, after editing the ...


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No You should not delete questions closed as a duplicate. Those serve as signposts to the primary question and can help those thinking of the question in a different way discover it. You could delete questions closed for other reasons - but why? If the system wanted them deleted for being closed, they’d get deleted once on hold turns to closed. Note ...


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The points everyone else has made are good, but I'll add one more: Experts closing questions because they are familiar with what the answer would be and/or what it would involve to make an excellent stack-appropriate answer, is generally good and expected as long as the close reasons are valid. In this case, experts looked at your question, determined that ...


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I think it is on-topic... I tried searching questions that ask similar things but we do not have a tag for it and it turned out to be ineffective (I tried this search but it's really weak -could someone with better SE-search-fu improve this?). (Quick meta-ception: is there value to add a tag for this topic? buildings perhaps?) Failing that, here are a ...


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Save the first edit of an [on-hold] question for fixing the issue of the question (or working towards it) As you implied in the question, after being put on hold, the first edit to the question will kick it into the queue to be reopened. This mechanic is there to make question fixes more visible and to help get those fixed question reopened. However, if you ...


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It’s currently long enough to dissuade reopen voters from re-reading a niche question written about foreign (non-RPG domain) technical concepts. It’s also written at a much higher grade level than necessary, making it much more likely to exceed the recreational reading grade level of your desired audience (reopen voters with only passing interest in a niche ...


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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 the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. This question you've asked is the second kind of question. It is not actually a ...


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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: Ultimately, the reason given is just what received the most votes, which may have been due to misunderstanding. But even if it’s on-topic, it is still ...


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If you want to ask Can a warlock with strength 0 use fell flight to fly underwater? ask that It's not necessary to make a question easier to answer by pointing out all of a question's disparate parts using bullets. In fact, this question's specificity almost guarantees that the question hasn't been asked before nor will it ever be asked again. And although ...


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The question asks for a rebalancing not for an evaluation The specific wording is what matters here. How should this homebrewed class be made into something that will not unbalance the game? ... has an infinite number of solutions. If it instead just said "what parts of this class will unbalance the game?" it would be fine.


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Re-ask the question with the appropriate system tag (The following is a summary of what, as far as I can tell, should be done under the current policies and is neither my endorsement nor lack of endorsement for those policies; debates of them are best left in the various Metas more specifically about them) Given the current policy to never add a system tag ...


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This is not a duplicate The dead giveaway on this one is that one of the comments contains the actual answer. Trying to find it in the "duplicate" requires going to the third answer on a question that doesn't look like it's related in any way whatsoever, and carefully reading it to find a link buried in the middle of a paragraph, then editing the link ...


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(Disclaimer: This isn't a definitive statement on what the guidelines on this type of question are, but a statement of what I would like them to be. Upvote/downvote agreement/disagreement accordingly, and if a mod comes along with a more definitive statement, feel free to ignore entirely.) The only change this question needs is a more prominent reminder ...


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It's closed purely on a semantics. The "querent" (ugh that word) didn't put his question into precisely the right form, so it gets closed. The questions is clear, clearly answerable (and indeed answered), so why should it be closed? It’s closed as primarily opinion based. The comments explain this. It looks like a discussion starter to me and we avoid those....


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