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Let's not opt out The motivation for wanting out is perfectly valid, but I think the benefits of HNQ to tabletop players outweigh the problems that HNQ attracts. The bad side first I'm speaking of a trend here, not a universal rule: HNQ questions don't tend to be particularly good. The selection emphasizes scandal over substance, clickbait over clarity. ...


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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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If it is really a case of asking about the solution instead of the problem, it's OK to leave comments of the form "Can you state the real problem you're trying to solve so we can suggest alternate solutions?" or similar requests for more information (if it's relevant/needed). However, in some cases there is already a solution domain chosen and that's OK. ...


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We say “emphasis mine” alongside a quoted passage where some part of the original text has been bolded/italicised, in order to indicate that the emphasis is not found in the original, but was in fact added by us. It's shorthand for “I added the emphasis here myself”. We do this because emphasis in different places can change the meaning of writing, so it's ...


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Four could be helpful for the situation mentioned in this comment: Yep, mxyzplk and I are often on the same wavelength (enough that the times we aren't can stand out), but we're also keenly aware that a mental monoculture in the mod team is undesirable for the site. I'm personally looking forward to the stable instability that is magic number 3. – ...


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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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I think this goes back to one of the core statements about Stack Exchange sites. Asking Expert questions, getting expert answers. To me, and I have no context having not read or played Fate, it seems like people are so bogged down with non-expert Fate questions that the first instinct is to give an answer suited for a beginner in the system and not an ...


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If you play RPGs, you're an expert and welcome. The line "Asking Expert questions, getting expert answers" has a particular history dating to when it was just the original three sites. "Expert questions" was important because they didn't want to teach askers the basics of how to program. Being an expert meant that you already knew how to program and what ...


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I completely disagree with the notion that the list is “just a list” and that voting has no meaning there. The list is not just a list of random websites; it is a list of our suggestions. Voting indicates (or should indicate) how much we, as a community, recommend a given website. Obviously, issues of differing topics mean that higher votes don’t strictly ...


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We aren't D&D5e.stackexchange.com Yay! We still have a hugely active 3.x and 4e community, so our that-new-thing-only issues have somewhat diminished. We are still largely D&D.stack, but Fate seems to have carved out an okay market share with our users and Apocalypse World isn't doing bad either. Overall I think we've made some small positive ...


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We have a high-quality site! I go to this site for expert answers on RPGs, and it still meets my standards most of the time. I am kinda biased towards and against certain users at this point, but new user posts are still frequently quite good and sometimes someone surprises me. Participation in other sites similar to ours, like writing and worldbuilding, ...


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Though you can ask we can't answer due to votes being a private affair. Never fear though: all kinds of targeted-voting is detected by the system and, when the daily scripts run, it reverses the votes that are part of the offending vote pattern. Targeted voting is contrary to our goals of having votes reflect content quality, so though even targeted votes ...


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Yes, these questions are fine. No, actually, they are more than fine—they are literally exactly the sort of thing that makes RPG SE have value. We are supposed to be a community of experts who can tackle difficult questions with strong, authoritative answers that are backed up by considerable experience working on these sorts of questions. It’s totally ...


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Yes, terminology like this should be edited away liberally from questions, answers, and especially question titles. People could be quite reasonably offended by this language - it's making disrespectful stereotypical judgements - and that in itself might well be a good enough reason to edit these terms. But there's another reason as well. "[societal-role]-...


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Yes I think there is something wrong. Matter of fact I think there's 2 things wrong with this site compared to other Stacks. And as they are connected, I'm not sure which is cause and which is effect. Or Hen and egg. I cannot say which was first. So I cannot necessarily blame the mods for it, it might just be their reaction. Community Behavior The way I ...


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We have some meta process problems I'm still upset about the whole game-rec/tool-rec thing. Since then, I feel like there have been at least a few other failures of process regarding mod/community interaction on meta. It's frustrating to me that moderation takes such a hostile stance to disagreement regarding appropriate site procedure and policy, and ...


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I have removed this answer. “Advises actual real life harm” is a pretty good identifying criteria for answers that are a bad idea to have on our site—though in this case it's more like “advice that if taken seriously will lead to someone dying”. As you noted (and cited in your comment on the answer) people expecting to swim around in a 60-pound suit of ...


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I look at this from the point of view of the voter, and I try to give answers which are clear to vote on. As a voter, I feel tricked when two different answers that would each be sufficient on their own are lumped into one single post. It means I have to choose only one response to two answers, and that's not cool. (And it leads to "I disagree" comments, ...


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First, we do have a Be Nice policy, and no racist or otherwise offensive content will be allowed here. Furthermore, we don't want links to places where offensive content is prominent, like 4chan/8chan. So links to any MYFAROG sites with racist or white nationalist content is inappropriate. However, we don't blacklist discussion of specific games or ...


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Homebrew-related questions need to be received better It's taken me a while to find a way to say this, but this meta question puts a finger on it. There is (or seems to be) a perceived bias against homebrew that is likely dampening some questions where the community's experience and expertise in this game form could be of great value. At the risk of ...


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I'm a college instructor. I teach hundreds of students across multiple courses a semester in the same major. When I receive an email from a student asking what will be on an upcoming quiz or what they missed in the last lecture or what the assigned textbook is or whatever without stating the course they're asking about, I reply by asking for the course, even ...


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Don’t make adnd another umbrella tag—we don’t need another. dungeons-and-dragons handles that situation just fine, just like it does for questions across WotC-era D&D editions. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of clamoring for that distinction. Moreover, adnd-1e already exists as a synonym of adnd, and breaking that synonym relationship will just cause ...


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Code formatting should never be used for non-code markup. Semantic markup (like code tags) was not added just to make HTML pages pretty, it was added to make the structural meaning of parts of the page comprehensible to software so that it can be rendered correctly. Misusing it can have unexpected consequences, especially for users who use accessibility ...


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Authors bring insight that is often highly valued by us—but that doesn't obviate our voting system and automatically make their answers "right". Unless people overwhelmingly vote for the author's answer, of course. In short, we carry on as we are, and the votes will tell.


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Some resources: Challenging the frame of a question. First, we require that people Be Nice. Insulting other play styles isn't being nice. Second, if you are going to dissent in an answer, make sure to restate your assumptions. People may not share (or agree with) your model of gaming. Being clear in why you are answering in that particular way. Third, ...


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We accept questions about LARPs (live action roleplaying games), as discussed in Are questions about LARPs on topic?. Escape puzzles would be off topic here, however. Most escape games do not have any roleplaying component (besides a very bare premise of "you must be a patient in this mental hospital" or "you must be a spy trying to ransack this room") - or ...


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Yes, the small caps you're using are bad for machines. People also may have issues with them. AceCalhoon pointed us in comments to a question on Super User about the usage and purpose of these glyphs. The top answer explains they're not intended for usage as regular written text, and that trying to use them that way breaks stuff: Those characters are not ...


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Well-intentioned help-piles are occasionally problematic. First, the mea culpa: I have been guilty of this as often as anyone else I've seen. Here's the problem, generally: New user posts a poor question. Downvotes and close-votes come quickly. This is proper: we should close unclear or OT questions quickly, and votes are for sorting useful and not-. Lots ...


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