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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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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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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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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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We seem to be closing questions we wouldn’t have before, for reasons we wouldn’t have closed a question for before It seems to me that a lot of questions that would, in the past, have been deemed fine—and would likely have received perfectly-fine answers—are getting closed. Specifically, more often than in the past, I see comments claiming that votes to ...


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We have become D&D (-ish) SE Right now, of the 50 latest questions, only two are not about D&D or D&D clones (D&D 5e and 3.5e, PF 1e & 2e). That is 96% D&Dish. It's been that way in the past but I think we all hoped it would be a hype phase after launch. But it's way past launch now. For me that's sad because there are so many other ...


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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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We have handled such DIY questions for live action roleplaying, and should continue to do so. We have several questions dealing with this topic, see the props tag. Here are a few examples: How do I safely paint a latex-coated larp weapon? LARP Cannon with actual projectiles Is expanding foam a suitable material for LARP weapon construction? Are ...


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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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Realized I could do some experimentation of my own here: at least with the Non-Visual Digital Access (NVDA) screen reader (which is free, and therefore quite popular as I understand things—it’s also what I use at work to test accessibility), Markdown tables are read quite nicely: when you reach a given cell, it tells you the header for the column of that ...


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Yes, "we" should stop repeating that phrase Why? In part because it comes off as passive-aggressive The "and nothing more" piece is the particular problem in that regard. That's an unhelpful coda to the original points that were offered up by the game's developers as summarized in this Q&A. Succinctly put... if a feature was meant ...


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The Don't Guess the System policy is still an issue. The don't guess policy discussion has gone to ground after resurfacing in spring of 2020 but I think it continues to be a divisive issue behind the scenes (how can a topic with that kind of answer, comment, and view load not be?) and opinion may be shifting. The last major update to that meta, in April of ...


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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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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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Our community is continuing to struggle with the terms "policy" and "guideline." We have different community members with incongruent definitions of these terms, and these terms and their application is an ongoing source of conflict between these groups of people.


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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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Meta continues to increase in toxicity This is a follow-up to my other answer, but I'm watching other answers come in and the reactions within comments and it feels like I need to add this. We are not treating each other well. We are treating Meta as a place to rant and try to push opinions onto others. It isn't healthy. And it is getting worse. I'm not sure ...


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Not following D&D questions makes it difficult to be in the loop on site consensus The way I see it, the community mind is composed of conversations. Those conversations happen in chat, on meta, and in mainsite comments. It's through these conversations we collaboratively evolve an understanding of how to operate the site. Most of the evolving discussion ...


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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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The line is that we don't use derogatory terms Unless there is absolutely no other way to communicate the idea and it is absolutely essential to the post (and maybe not even then), just don't use derogatory terms to real life people/groups on this site. We don't apply this same reasoning to fantasy terms (unless they cause harm to real people in some other ...


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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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Not a duplicate There must be a difference between self and self(range). This question is asking that difference. If there is no difference, then that's an answer, but it's not the same as "Do spells with range of self target the caster" That isn't what this question is asking at all. It may end up containing a similar answer, but that's not a ...


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Posts with unverifiable quotes are poor posts - not illegitimate ones We should treat these types of poor answers the way we treat any on the poor answers - through voting; not through censorship. There are many ways that advance copies containing confidential information can legitimately enter the public domain. A proof copy accidentally (and I mean ...


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You did nothing wrong, but the answerer didn't want to make those changes Hi, I'm the mod who deleted those comments (and others) in response to NLN flags from the post owner. We generally take those as "I've decided not to implement these suggestions" (in the case of no edits) and delete the comments (suggestions which will not be acted upon are ...


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We use the Rules As Written because we must When people say "Spells do only what they say they do and nothing more" or some similar phrase, they use it for a number of reasons. Though I'll drop the following links as you may find them helpful: What is the source of the "spells do only what they say they do" rules interpretation principle?...


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There might be a lack of trust within the community I'm worried about the community in that our pursuit for curatorial agreement is herding us into corners rather than bringing us together. Each time an issue comes up regarding something that has multiple camps it seems that each camp is only interested in presenting their opinion. Much like elsewhere on the ...


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People are exclaiming that we are becoming D&D.se when D&D has been our main activity for many years. This is an issue because it obscures the D&D focus as a recent development when we have had the D&D focus for many years. When we approach this issue, we want to do so from an honest standpoint. People are hasty to project a trend when the ...


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Re-ask the question with the appropriate system tag (The following is a summary of what, as far as I can tell, should be done under the current policies and is neither my endorsement nor lack of endorsement for those policies; debates of them are best left in the various Metas more specifically about them) Given the current policy to never add a system tag ...


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Users are not required to know the answer to their question in order to ask it. This is a fundamental, doesn’t-even-need-to-be-stated, tenet of a Q&A site—any Q&A site. Questions cannot be closed based on what the answer is. Note that designer-reasons questions aren’t—they are closed because of the kinds of bad-and-wrong answers they tend to draw. ...


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