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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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This question is what we call a real-world research question. This is mentioned in our on-topic help article: Generic real-world topics Questions about a general real-world topic such as history, geography or economics, whilst relevant to RPGs, may be off topic if they are not RPG-centric (or better belong on another Stack Exchange site, such as ...


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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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We've definitely had TRPG creators participating in the site, including a co-creator of Lovecraftesque and Fred Hicks. I've been told we used to have some WotC contributors participating here, but most of them were not publicly associating their SE accounts with their professional names. And since claims to being a games creator on this site aren't ...


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It doesn't hurt to ask ... Many users on many SE site do ask for feedback to help understand what caused a negative reaction to a given answer or question. ... but don't be upset by a lack of follow up SE encourages "down vote and move on" as a way to prevent comments wars ... which sometimes happen. So if you do ask, and don't get the feedback you are ...


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You have two questions, one of which is on topic here and one of which is on topic for Arqade. "How does Baldur's Gate generate stats" is a video game question that should be asked on Arqade. Once you have an answer for that, "Is this stat generation method Baldur's Gate used really from one of the AD&D versions?" is on topic here. As discussed in ...


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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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One shouldn't undertake a large maintenance project alone, invisibly. [Reiterating: the user had the privileges to do so, and I assume no malice.] TL;DR: default to humility in judgment, and look for opportunities to better the site and the community. To my mind there are two things at play here: a responsibility and an opportunity. We all have a ...


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I do not like the assumption that answers are not drawing on experience. My experience with being pestered about explicitly certifying that my answer is drawn from my own experience is that I don't like it. That practice has mostly put me off answering questions. Additionally, it has not led to positive interactions with mods or other users. Evidence of ...


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If someone asks a question about it, we can have a tag about it We have tags for other jokey systems (or at least one, see dungeons-the-dragoning), but tags can't exist (for more than a day) without at least one question with that tag. So if someone asks a question about Feast of Legends, then the tag can be created.


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The purpose of GS/BS is to enable meaningful voting behaviors. That’s it: to make sure that the Stack Exchange system actually works, actually filters out noise and highlights strong signals. Can an expert judge the quality of this answer and how well it will likely help those who have the question? Or is impossible to judge because it’s just an expression ...


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Thought I'd add my PoV here - the mods kindly reached out to me about this when it first happened and I'd been talking with them about it. The ask on our end isn't as simple as Dopplegreener's answer makes it out to be. We'd have to build a dev route that doesn't currently exist to re-protect them, rather than undoing the protection. It's not a five-minute ...


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That's Unfriendly and Unhelpful We come here to solve problems. We give answers to questions that include explanations or backing. When a homebrewer asks a review question, it is implicit that 'is it balanced' should not be answered by a mere 'yes/no', but also have the reasoning for why something is or isn't OK. A generic answer by definition doesn't ...


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The dnd-beyond tag (or otherwise describing D&DBeyond in the question) should be treated as equivalent to the OP stating "I'm playing D&D 5e" For the simple reason that D&DBeyond is only about D&D 5e, and cannot possibly refer to any other game or edition. It's not the same as "5e", which can be thought of by some as ...


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Put the best title you can think of and wait for someone to edit it I know you said you don't want to do exactly that, but it's how the stack format works. Many (if not most) questions get their titles edited and that's fine. The title doesn't matter much anyway once people have clicked on the question.


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No, it does not. In a clarifying comment by CesarM (the user maintaining the FAQ) he states (emphasis mine): We recommend that you use gender-neutral they if you don't know the person's pronouns. That's a recommendation, not a CoC violation. However, if you use "he" as default and someone asks you to refer to them by something else, please start ...


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Nothing While we affirm RPG.SE embraces all playstyles, there's no way to force everyone to always vote according to that. In this case the comment could be flagged as unkind and deleted, but that doesn't do away with the downvote, nor should it. And that really won't have any good effect - they'll just downvote without a comment in the future, and the ...


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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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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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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” is often found along with a complete lack of criteria for an answer. “I could play a bard or a ranger, what should I do?” These questions are put on hold for ...


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Self Answers to questions are good Across Stack Exchange, there's always been a stigma against self-answered questions due to the perception that this is intended to function as a kind of Reputation Farming. I don't agree with that perception, both from a theoretical perspective, and from the practical perspective of observing that Self-Answered questions ...


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We've read your concerns and we've been discussing how to respond internally. TL;DR: Yeah, the situation was messy, but it was messier than that. We're sorry you weren't fully informed; we didn't see a way to fully inform the community about what was going on. I'll explain below. We don't have plans to expand to a fifth moderator slot currently. The ...


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“Primarily opinion-based” is the wrong close reason, but the question should still be closed, in my opinion. Designer-intent questions have been ruled off-topic here, and that’s inevitably what this question is. It might be salvageable if you reworked it to emphasize more the history as the thing you want to know—maybe asking about context, e.g. did D&D ...


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This is not really about what is or isn't an “actual problem”. Focusing on that would be a red herring. Instead, you ran headlong into one of the quality alarms that the community consciousness shares, and the community responded by hitting the brakes (downvoting and closing). I'm going to talk about that alarm here. (Brief aside: the degree of response you ...


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We should not actively delete duplicates. But we also should err on the side of respecting a poster’s wishes. I do not think it would be remotely appropriate to undelete a self-deleted question without a much more compelling reason than “well dupe signpost...” If they had left it we should not delete it, but as they have deleted it we should not undelete ...


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This sounds like an ideal case for accepting your own answer. Go ahead. To answer your questions: Is there a way to pass the right to accept answers to another user or a group of users? There is not. You retain sole agency over the accepted answer. Not even diamond moderators can change or set an accepted answer on your behalf. Generally speaking, is ...


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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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To me, those changes are fine both personally and stylistically Personally: Nominally, my suburban south LA County, CA, family got an Apple IIe shortly after its release in '83 when I was in middle school, but it was Mom who played Zork and other Infocom games on it and, when necessary, did troubleshooting. Further, my parents owned and operated a small ...


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If you want to do something about it, Post another answer or place a bounty Obviously if you have a better answer than what's already there, post it. If you don't, then a bounty is the tool for the job: it'll give the question new visibility and convey the fact that you think the question is poorly answered. It may even attract new and better answers.


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