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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&...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
20 votes

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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Can we improve the way we treat newcomers?

There is a misconception in the question Improving an improvable question is definitely the first step. But it's not always possible; not every question is improvable without asking the asker to ...
15 votes

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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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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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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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 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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Closing questions instead of fixing really minor issues

Thanks for asking this, it's a good issue to get out there, because I know it bothers people a great deal. There is no other rpg system that I am aware of that uses those terms - '9th level' '...
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When should an old, upvoted, well-answered question be closed as off-topic?

To answer your titular question (which doesn't really match the body): close voting has nothing to do with a question's age, score, or answers. If it's close-worthy by our current standards, we close ...
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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 ...
11 votes

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 ...
10 votes

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 ...
9 votes

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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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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9 votes

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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8 votes

"Find Me a Resource"

List-type questions can be okay. You said in your answer: We don't allow list questions because the list has to be maintained in order to be correct. This isn't the problem with them, though; many ...
8 votes

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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8 votes

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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When should an old, upvoted, well-answered question be closed as off-topic?

I think it's on-topic. Map-making for RPGs has challenges and solutions that map-making for other purposes doesn't have. If a question's primary issue is something that requires RPG knowledge to ...
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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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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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Should this post be historically locked?

Realize that the type 1 you link to was written 5 years ago, when "too localized" was a close reason and attitudes back then were even more restrictive compared to current SE standards. Nothing has ...
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