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I think it is a terrible idea to revert the policy I disagree, strongly, with the assertion that questions are so often “reasonably clear.” I feel that I have often assumptions made that are incorrect. I also flatly deny—as objective fact—the claim that there is “no harm” in answering such questions. Mistaken assumptions create an unholy mess for no good ...


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There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but care needs to be taken in how it is presented Good answers frequently include contextual information above and beyond what is directly asked by the question, including analysis about the relative merits and value of rules and options in question. The additional information helps the querent make fully informed ...


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Revert the policy, and treat these edits like any other The moderation team believes it’s time to revert this policy and restore the way we handle system information to the default way we handle every kind of post and tag edit: exercise good judgement, and edit when you’re fairly sure. In other words: The new policy is to have no specific policy. Being ...


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The endless arguments across Meta show that there are problems no matter what policy is used. These problems are caused because questions that should have system tags do not have them. We can maintain the policy and people will go against it when they add a screamingly obvious system tag and are told not to do so, resulting in irritation and upset for users....


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Homebrew review is a "show your work" type problem. Homebrew content creation does not necessarily require a master's understanding of the underlying system. While experienced designers to produce better results, we should not discourage those with limited experience or foresight from trying to create new things. Homebrew review is important because ...


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It's precisely because a system tag can sometimes be assumed that it never should be. Back-shelf RPG guy here for a perspective. Here's a couple of questions that put a certain impression on me. One's about a druid who wants to turn into a blink dog. One's about mitigating the effects of critical hits. Neither of them's about D&D - the first one is ...


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I wrote an answer about this a while back, here's a shorter version Get clarification first / promote better engagement with new users One of the advantages of asking the question "What game/system/edition are you playing?" and waiting to get that answer is that we treat whomever asks the question as a person (which IMO is important for the new user ...


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I don't think so While the game is fantasy related, it is not a tabletop role playing game or a freeform roleplaying game. I don't think we can become a repository of all fantasy-related lore and asking these questions on the arqade or another stack would both be more relevant to their stack and give you access to more users who have deeper and direct ...


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I dropped it as a comment, and then in chat, but really it should be an answer. Be warned: I'm suggesting we do a little bit of work, at the same time as I'm overloaded with some wfh/homeschooling things and don't know that I'll actually be able to help out! Post a "I need help quickly transitioning to online because of CoViD19/pandemic restrictions. Where ...


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Approachability is preferred. Posts should not be unnecessarily difficult to read. That means super common abbreviations like “PHB” are fine and nobody has to spell them out. More obscure acronyms can make the post harder to read and understand though—we should spell those out or define them the first time we use them. This isn't site-specific policy so ...


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Separate argument from explanation. The question contains two things: one is a completely valid question with explaining how this became to be an issue, the second is an answer to the question that builds an argumentative structure that answers the issue. You should separate the argument from the explanation. The difference is in the intent: an argument ...


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Do nothing I don't see a reason to intervene or do anything in these cases. If folks want to do this or feel a need, that's fine. Others can downvote or upvote or not vote accordingly based on which answer they like or if they feel another answer doesn't add anything to the discussion. That's kind of how the system works, and I'm not sure why there is a ...


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I see no reason to These questions are interesting! In fact, I just awarded a bounty to aaron9eee for starting them up. We have always had and allowed questions about lore, history of Subject X across editions, etc. This is no way different and I personally find them interesting. If you don't like them, downvote if it makes sense for you. Otherwise, just ...


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From our help page on tagging: A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories. Every tag, this one being no exception, should be used when whatever topic is being described by that tag is ...


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No, it's not a list question, because it does not ask for a list. The question asks what is the earliest level where invisibility is possible. It asks for a minimum quantity, which can be measured and explained. There may be multiple explanations (because there are multiple methods for invisibility) but it only needs one for a sufficient answer. If it ...


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For what it’s worth, in many cases, I consider it unacceptable to leave such information unstated. Tone, keeping tangents to a minimum, and so on are certainly all considerations, and serve as back-pressure to encourage limits on how much of it appears, but there are many times where I feel that something must be said. In extreme cases, I would even downvote ...


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Answering your own question when you've found the answer is fine, and even encouraged: there's even a badge for it! The Ask Question page has an “Answer your own question” checkbox available for a reason. :) Generally it's received very well in the following situations: You have asked a question about an actual problem you're dealing with. Soon after ...


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I feel strongly enough about this, that I think Carcer's comment above should be its own answer: The preferred method for all but the very most common of acronyms and initials should be to spell out the first usage, parenthesize immediately after, then use the short form afterward. That way, you only need to spell out Self Contained Under Water Breathing ...


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Are you looking for a solution in search of a problem? You say "homebrew questions get a significantly higher number of downvotes compared to other questions". Except they don't. This query shows the number of questions, the number of downvoted questions, the downvote rate, the mean, median and maximum scores by tag for every tag with more than 50 ...


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Poorly balanced isn't low effort, but there can be other signs that imply that it is We all make mistakes, and homebrewing is a really good opportunity for making mistakes. So coming up with and working through an idea is likely not going to result in an immediate success. Which means that a poorly balanced homebrew isn't indicative of low effort. The ...


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They're different, but perhaps only subtly so (Full disclosure, I know the answer to the closed question and fully intend to answer it should it get reopened.) The (current) target is essentially asking: From only knowing the name, what is the "PHB+1" rule. The answer to such a question is expected to be where to find the rule, and generally how it works. ...


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Go to Chat I was thinking about this on the drive home and I think this question needs to go to chat to be fully workshopped. The OP is making responsive edits to the question because they're trying to address concerns as they're raised as opposed to thinking about the creature in a comprehensive manner when they post the question. Typically we would ...


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For me it is quite simple: Are there objective criteria to say answer is good or bad? or Can we determine that some answers are better or more correct than other answers? If not, then the question is primarily opinion-based. In your specific case, we don't know how would you judge answers. We don't know what your goal is, so we can't assume you will ...


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While a general question about the lore might be off-topic, there are questions about off-topic lore that are none-the-less on topic for this stack. For example: In an [otherwise off-topic lore] context, I want to create a character backstory that has the potential to accomplish [stated goals that most frequently arise in tabletop RPG-specific ...


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I think your description is mistaken. OP wrote that his sporecaps had 5hp, and received an answer which was predicated on this information. OP then changed his sporecaps to have 30hp and posted a comment on the answer asking: "Did i fix it? What is the CR now?" You've written about this answer: "it's premise stems substantially upon flawed information", ...


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I think that these questions are fundamentally mis-specified, and are not properly stackable. This should never have been one question. There is a serious mismatch between what the question is seeking, and the context in which it is sought. No amount of editing can fix that without fundamentally changing the question, which edits generally aren't supposed ...


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