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If an answer to question A can be found in question B, should we close A as duplicate of B?

We close Question A as a duplicate of Question B only when all of the following is true: It's the same question, or Question A is already covered obviously as a subset of Question B. “Obvious” here ...
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What qualifies as an "actual problem"?

This is not really about what is or isn't an “actual problem”. Focusing on that would be a red herring. Instead, you ran headlong into one of the quality alarms that the community consciousness shares,...
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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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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

On this one, I think it actually should be up to ♦ mods Obviously, having a ♦ doesn’t allow the elected moderators to dictate site policy; it never has, and it never should. I, for one, am still very ...
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For iterated homebrew questions, should earlier iterations be marked as duplicates of later iterations?

We should probably not be closing as duplicate this way. I've checked with a Code Review moderator about how they handle this. (Code review is currently my measuring stick for what makes successful ...
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What qualifies as an "actual problem"?

I'm Not Defining 'Actual Problems' There is really no percentage for anyone to try to rigorously and exhaustively define what are and are not "real questions" trying to solve "actual problems." Some ...
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Should "Do role-playing games have to be fun?" be closed?

TL;DR: This is a nice question and has useful answers but it's an unbounded list/poll question with clarity issues. It should get a historical lock because it's still a useful reference despite not ...
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Should I provide an answer even if I voted to close a question?

You should re-think your close vote It is, of course, possible to “think” you know what the question is asking, and prepare for that, without being confident enough to actually post an answer—in that ...
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Should a new user be welcomed before the new user's question is closed?

Either can happen in either order. There's not a material difference between them. In fact I'd encourage you to close first so as to not leave moderation measures waiting 2-5 minutes longer than ...
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What qualifies as an "actual problem"?

This is an actual problem: I have players who shoot expensive arrows (worth 100gp!), so when my players use their expensive ammunition sparingly, exactly once per encounter, they are unhappy ...
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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

What Is Needed Is Both A Clarification Of Guidelines.... I think any of the three paths laid out in the Question above are reasonable and I don't really have a preference between them. They all seem ...
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Closing really old questions that have recently been bumped?

Copying part of my answer to the related question you linked: Necro-Closing Spam Off topic questions should be closed, regardless of age. This is consistent with local and network meta guidance. ...
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Are we more lax on questions if they deal with sensitive subjects?

Those are by and large false analogies as questions. Questions asked at a high level are not per se "too broad." If you asked about the racial demographics or religious demographics of the Forgotten ...
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Why do we close questions asking for a range of practical options?

I appreciate the value in having a “menu” of answers to read through and learn from. These can be really informative and a great way to self-learn. However, a question generating that kind of set of ...
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Why was this question that has a lot of community disagreement reopened without community discussion?

I opened that question Perhaps in retrospect I jumped the gun but I'm not about to undo it. I came across the question from the review queues. Typically I skip close/reopen reviews, I just check them ...
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How to deal with tug-of-war close reopens?

These things happen — they're not out of the ordinary or the system malfunctioning, merely uncommon events. Everyone with hold/reopen privileges theoretically gets a vote in whether a particular ...
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Should this question on bludgeoning damage attacks with other stat scores be closed?

I don't understand why you think this is a list question The OP has a problem. They want to use the feats Crusher and Elven Accuracy at the same time. Crusher requires them to deal bludgeoning damage. ...
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How do we handle questions that are repeatedly closed and reopened?

Repeated close and reopen rounds occur in a narrow range of circumstances. One of the most common situations is that a question is simply contentious: several people think it ought to be closed for ...
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Should I provide an answer even if I voted to close a question?

If you think the current question cannot be answered or should not be answered, then the correct thing is to close vote until the question is edited such that it could be answered. If, however, the ...
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What qualifies as an "actual problem"?

The linked question answers the question directly, which is “No.”. Duplicate. “Should the rule be different” is opinion-based. “What is the designer intent” is off-topic. “I want other people to ...
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Are we more lax on questions if they deal with sensitive subjects?

At time of writing, the question on homosexuality in the Forgotten Realms has four close votes for being too broad after being online for 22 hours. At this rate the question will probably have been ...
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Can we improve the way we treat newcomers?

We Value Quality Here on RPG.SE, we strive to generally uphold Stack Exchange-wide best practices as the best way to keep a civil, information-rich discussion going in a community - gamers - that is ...
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Are we using the Homebrew Review discussion correctly?

No, this behavior is not ideal The Meta discussion is for best practices. That is what it provides. It is very good, but not every question needs to be the best ever. People are allowed to ask ...
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How should we handle disagreements on question closure within comments?

Something the mod team has observed is that there seems to be a lot of sensitivity among the community to detecting hints of designer-reasons in questions. Possibly more detection than is really there....
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Should this post be historically locked?

Questions asking for appropriate ways to capture the concept of a character aren’t just on topic, they’re a major subject for the site and literally a large part of the point of the site. It isn’t ...
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How can one person close a question?

There are two groups that can unilaterally close a question: Diamond moderators. Users with a gold badge for a tag on the question can close it as a duplicate. (dnd-5e gold badge holders, in this ...
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What should we do when a querent doesn't understand the full breadth of the material they're asking about

I think we should explain in comments how broad the question is and give the person that asks the question a certain amount of time to edit their question. For example i just asked a question ...
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If I (the question author) cannot see who voted to close a question, was it closed by a moderator?

This is working as intended. You cannot (easily) see who closed your own question Can I no longer see who closed my question? How could we improve our planned post notice improvements? We have ...
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Are we more lax on questions if they deal with sensitive subjects?

I challenge the premise of your question. The question you are highlighting simply isn't too broad. There are many, many overview-type questions on the site that we have never had a problem answering ...
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How do we handle questions that are repeatedly closed and reopened?

The Voting Continues Until The Question Improves Or until everyone with a strong opinion is locked out of the debate. In principle, these open-close wars can go on for a very long time, but probably ...
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