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Let experts make expert decisions. This is the whole point of Stack Exchange. The entire model is people who know what they're talking about answering questions. People come here to ask questions because they expect someone here is equipped to solve their problem. As linksassin admitted: Sure, in 99% of cases we may be right. Then we should let our experts ...


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Per a previous answer: only if 5e doesn't occur in a vacuum If there are sufficient contextual clues to determine "5e of what?" such that a player of the game and that edition can clearly recognize them - then "5e" has communicated what it needs to (and adding the tag becomes helpful). If 5e is referred to and no contextual clues are ...


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Not a duplicate There must be a difference between self and self(range). This question is asking that difference. If there is no difference, then that's an answer, but it's not the same as "Do spells with range of self target the caster" That isn't what this question is asking at all. It may end up containing a similar answer, but that's not a ...


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Posts with unverifiable quotes are poor posts - not illegitimate ones We should treat these types of poor answers the way we treat any on the poor answers - through voting; not through censorship. There are many ways that advance copies containing confidential information can legitimately enter the public domain. A proof copy accidentally (and I mean ...


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The system (and edition, if relevant) must be explicitly stated by the asker The simplest expression of the current policy is: The question asker must explicitly state the game system (and edition, for games with multiple editions) that they’re asking about. Not all questions require a system to be specified in order to be clear. Some categories of questions,...


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Answering the individual questions Note that these "answers" are informal and reflect what I have seen occur in the past with these types of situations; they do not reflect what has always happened or will always happen, only what I would call the "typical" results: Is there any kind of official guidelines that govern policies? Aside from ...


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Basically Nothing I downvoted for a number of reasons: First, all of the edits, therefore all of the phrasing and word choices, belong to the original poster. And if the OP can ask the question in terms of joules, they can almost certainly plug in the m g h formula that the single answer used. This may be presumptuous on my part, but it did not strike me ...


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We can deal with the questions as they warrant, when they are asked. To any question that's asked there are multiple facets and layers. One of the most important are why the question is asked. And without having actual examples of a given question frame, it's really hard (probably impossible) to give a solution to how to deal with them. The closest example I ...


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Sage Advice is nothing but tweets As far as I'm aware, Sage Advice (i.e. sageadvice.eu) is just a person who collects tweets from various people who helped with DnD 5e and its rules (primarily Mike Mearls and Jeremy Crawford) and is not associated with WotC in any way. In fact, the name is even annoyingly confusable with the actually official rules ...


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We should do nothing until the question is clarified. Two instances of edits by different users accompanied by two rollbacks of the same user don't make an edit war. By majority vote, our current policy is to apply a principle of best judgement. However, it is a narrow vote that has been swinging in both directions on different occasions (it initially had ...


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Whether or not you intended it, your words came across as aggressive and hurtful Note that I am not saying that others were not also aggressive in their word choice; what they said could come across rudely (text is really difficult sometimes all the time). On top of that, this is, far and away, a hot-button issue on this Stack, and it has, at times, gotten ...


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This question is off-topic. This question asks for a tool that serves a certain purpose, particularly, a database that lists common items found in various rooms at different points in history. 1. This is not an RPG question. That this question relates to RPGs at all is because its answer may be useful for worldbuilding (which there is a stack for already) ...


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Readers decide if answers provide valuable information. Our goal is to help querents and future readers find solutions to their problems, and each person writing an answer is going to do that differently. When you write an answer, you decide what you think is the information valuable to solving the querent's problem, and the querent and future readers decide ...


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I'm pretty much an outsider nowadays, so this is an outsiders perspective, with little to no regard to policy or how it should work: The brand name "Cola" in my country is being used to describe any kind of drink that is brown, sugary and fizzling. If you order a "Cola" it is assumed you mean Coke. Once in a while a restaurant may not ...


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I think the bigger issue is that we can't verify the accuracy of any quotes used. We mostly can't verify whether quotes came from a leaked copy of the content, an early access copy with an NDA a la an MTG-style partial spoiler, or a legitimate copy obtained via legitimate means. We basically have to take whoevers word for it that they have obtained the ...


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Foreword: This post represents my view as a user not a moderator. It is largely a restatement of my view from the previous iteration of this meta. Allowing '5e' as a statement of the system would be a detriment to our site A brief summary of the reasons I believe it is a bad idea to allow this: Multiple systems have a 5th edition D&D is not the only ...


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Provide Context for Links Links to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Context includes that these are tweets from designers but that they have no official status.


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No; a question should not be closed as a duplicate of a different one that assumes the answer to the first question as a premise. There are plenty of Q&As related to one another on RPG.SE, where: Question #1 asks whether X is true (for instance), or what the answer to Y is. Question #2 assumes/concludes (correctly or incorrectly) that X is true/false, ...


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Such questions are, strictly speaking, XY problems The question of a site’s “legality,” strictly speaking, is unanswerable: It only becomes known after a court ruling. And strictly, that ruling only applies to what the site was doing at the time it was sued, not to anything they’ve done since. useless: These matters almost never actually go to court, so ...


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What do we do when a question is asked that is obviously covered as a subset of an existing question, but the answers are insufficient for answering the special case? Answer it. In terms of acting as a knowledge base, having specific questioned subsets of broad questions answered separately vastly improves readability and searchability of the entire ...


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When you try to make cheese, but end up with some kind of weird custard instead Can I use the Cap of Water Breathing or the Cloak of the Manta Ray to survive inside a Bag of Holding?


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