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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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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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Just explain what you mean. Slurs like that are lazy and harmful. You've done a fine enough job explaining the idea you intended to communicate here in this question. Just give clear exposition on the idea without resorting to harmful words and phrases. It isn't hard to do this, as you have already demonstrated here. I am of Native American descent, and to ...


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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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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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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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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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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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The site doesn’t have any “private message” mechanism. This is very much by design. Luckily, site moderators are the one kinda-sorta exception: if you flag a post, one of your options is to send a message to a moderator. They can then initiate a private discussion with you. That would not be the recommended solution to this situation, however. Instead, you ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Only accept answers that answer the question The "mark as answer" option is yours to do as you wish. Therefore you can choose to use it on any answer you choose. There is no right or wrong way to use it. However, if you don't feel the current answer fully satisfies your question marking it as an answer makes it less likely that you will receive ...


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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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I don't intend to try to convince you to stay. That's your personal choice and I'm not going to tell you whether or not spending time on this site is is a wise use of your time because I am not you and there is no way I can know what is best for you. I will say, however, that we value every member of this site though and you have made many high quality ...


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Add the tag to questions which are about the ruleset Adding and/or correcting the tags of old questions is useful. The only caveat is to not flood the homepage with such edits. There's no hard rules for what constitutes flooding, but spaced out clusters of half-a-dozen should be safe. But a question mentioning "Path of War" doesn't always make it ...


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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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I'm Not Defining 'Actual Problems' There is really no percentage for anyone to try to rigorously and exhaustively define what are and are not "real questions" trying to solve "actual problems." Some social phenomena resist simple definitions, and in those cases we rely on the members of the community to vote and comment their consciences. Aside from that,...


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Since account suspensions aren't a Role-playing-Games-Stack-Exchange exclusive feature the answer can be found on this Meta Stack Exchange question, along with a full explanation of what a suspension means. To quote the relevant section to answer this question: At the end of the suspension period The effects of a suspension are reversed by an hourly ...


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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 asking ...


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So long, and thanks for all the fish! I'll miss your mentorship! I would not have totally known what I was doing as a mod without being able to look up to you and doppelgreener and learning from your collective knowledge and experiences. I've already thrown enough praise at you in the mod room, so I'll try to avoid being too long-winded here. You were a ...


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Extremely glad that you stepped up, and devastated that you're stepping down I was genuinely pleased—excited, even—when you were elected moderator. Now I'm deeply saddened that your moderation experiences beyond the main site brought you in contact with jerks and led to such sorrow. I can't know what those experiences were like for you, but, if it's any ...


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