No, it's not off topic- it seems to fit "history of gaming"
I'll borrow from a comment that @doppelgreener made under the question.
This question is first and foremost trying to understand why a rule exists. It is asking about the designers' own statements secondarily to that; their statements are tangential to the rule's function.
This is the ...
Suggesting additional information to an answer is what comments are for. We accept their use for certain other things, but this is what they are primarily for. The hover text even reads:
Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information. Avoid answering questions in comments.
You might have to do a bit of juggling to add a picture (...
I Hope For A Good Faith Effort, For Which There Is No Acid Test
The headline really sums it up for me: I hope the querents are making good faith efforts to answer their own questions before coming here, but there is nothing other than a personal gut check on my part to estimate if that good faith effort has been met.
Why? At the very least, we have a very ...
Actually, I think this tag is fine
The reason we don't have too many tags like this (and thus usually don't tag like it) is that we decided not to have tags for individual spells. You'll see one of the artefacts of that in the spells tag's synonyms.
However, certain systems will implement certain concepts as specific spells, and (for one reason or another) ...
I agree with Thomas’s answer entirely, but I do want to expand on the third of doppelgreener’s suggested duplicate criteria with respect to this question:
There is not some strong compelling reason to covering Question A alone, separately from Question B. (If the above bullet points are met this rarely happens.)
In this case, I would argue, we do have a ...
It is not a duplicate and should remain open.
Question A: If I have the fighter's Extra Attack feature and the warlock's Thirsting Blade eldritch invocation, how many attacks can I make?
Question B: Does this strict reading of the rules allow both Extra Attack and the Thirsting Blade warlock invocation to be used together?
We will examine these ...
I think I've found the answer to my own question in the Help center's guidance on comments:
When should I comment?
You should submit a comment if you want to:
Request clarification from the author;
Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in improving the post;
Add relevant but minor or transient information to a post (e.g. a link to a related ...
I think that the suggested approach is probably formally correct, but operationally not very impactful
I think that, if we were building an SE-like site from the ground up, this might be a principle that would be pretty sensible to incorporate. For maximum searchability and flexibility of archived content it would be favorable to have tags be as generic as ...
What I, a unique individual, generally look for
These lists are incomplete, they are not a checklist, they are not necessary nor sufficient for me to call a question "well researched". They are just things I tend to leave comments asking for further clarification or leave a downvote for lack of demonstrated research.
Like Novak said, we have a wide ...
Let me start by trying to boil down the issue with (primarily) opinion based questions: The answers to such questions can't be properly evaluated on their quality. That means (opposing) answers will be (up)voted for their popularity instead.
We have some means of identifying quality, most relevant here is being supported by experience based expertise (aka ...
I have no expectation
As per How do I ask a good question?, research "improve[s] your chances of getting an answer", "helps everyone", "saves us from reiterating obvious answers", and "helps you get a more specific and relevant answer". I do agree, that the description of research should cast its net wider than just ...
Most days, you can't, and you need to be okay with that.
I don't answer questions about D&D 5E mechanics at all. My top non-system tags are gm-techniques, terminology, roleplaying, system-agnostic, and npc. The questions I've answered under these tags tend to have the following things true about them, even if they're tagged with a system I don't answer ...
What makes me happy as I visit RPGSE?
(This was broken off from the other at the request of a few users)
I see a lot of community moderation activity with lots of different names.
That's good. While this sometimes can lead to a help pile (thanks, @nitsua60)
I've seen some new users arrive with good questions, and respond well to and get good answers.
Per our help,
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
Tags can also be used to help you identify questions that are
interesting or relevant to you.
As such, questions about whether this ...
It's not a good tag
Simulacrum in 5e is an illusion spell that makes a construct. Both would work. A tag for a single spell is not good and it is general consensus not to do it: with some few exceptions, single spell tags are far too narrow to be useful. It currently is the only question with that tag, making it even less useful to find others. The other two ...
I think the question's fine and on topic.
The person has a concrete problem they're focused on: they've identified a rule, and they don't understand the function of the rule such that it exists. They're asking us, the experts, to explain what this rule is here to do. And the experts have answered, outlining for us the practical problem that occurs in ...
Add volume considerations to the weight tag
Instead of just making weight about weight, we can call it Weights and Measures and let it handle those types of questions.
I don't think it makes as much sense as trying to make 3d-space include volume questions. Leave that tag for concerns about moving in the world.
Just add 3d-space where applicable.
The tag volume was created recently and is presently on zero questions. We don’t need to create it and make it a synonym. Just use 3d-space.
The tag description of 3d-space already covers questions about volume calculations:
For questions that primarily involve calculations, coordinates, and movement within the imagined 3-...
Search for tags that often describe system-agnostic problems.
Some notable candidates that immediately come to mind are social, problem-players, and problem-gm. In these three tags, we have 29, 127, and 41 open question cotagged with dnd-5e. Many of these questions will have system specific solutions, but there are often system agnostic solutions worth ...
There are too many first-time posts by members that do not get a Welcome message.
Though I have seen plenty of Welcome to SE messages in the comments of first-time posts, I have noticed that there are still quite a few that do not have one.
I see this as a collective "responsibility". I would suggest it is important that we get this right as a ...
One of the best ways is to do some research first
This article for D&D 5e class modification is almost five years old. It provides a conceptual framework around 'what each class is intended to be' and a few mechanical notes on class features. It also provides two complete examples of how to modify an existing class. And yet I see, time and again, ...