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Revisit: Is "5e" a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?

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 ...
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"Does It Break Anything" Questions

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 ...
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How should we handle answers that use Jeremy Crawford's now unofficial tweets?

Nothing First, the tweets we often reference to, Crawford, Mike Mearls, etc. are used to support our answer. Usually it goes in a way like this: A designer has clarified how this certain situation ...
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Is Heroes and Dragons the same thing as D&D 5e in terms of system tagging?

It’s a “fork” of D&D 5e: based on similar fundamentals, but having split from the main branch of 5e development and thereafter developed independently of 5e. In a sense, it is not all that ...
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Shouldn't we move past repeating "rules do what they say and nothing more?"

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 ...
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Is formatting more important than content on StackExchange answers for initial votes?

Well, of course upvotes are at anyone's discretion, they can upvote because they like your clever use of headers. However, you are making a false dichotomy between "format" and "content." If someone ...
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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?

I think we should be OK interpreting “5e” as “D&D 5e” when the question is also talking about D&D-isms. (If they're talking about things that don't sound like D&D 5e, like talking about ...
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Is it acceptable to add the [dnd-5e] tag to questions about D&D Beyond?

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 ...
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Are habits from D&D 3e making answers to 5e questions more prone to overly rigid answers?

No Here's the deal. Everyone (most people at least) know they can do whatever they want in their games. But they are asking a question not because they need someone to tell them "sure you can! make ...
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Why Are Our 5e Questions Terrible?

Self-answering is hard to do well It's hard to write a good question when you're planning on self-answering, and a few of our 5e questions suffer from this. It's even harder to write a good answer to ...
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Shouldn't we move past repeating "rules do what they say and nothing more?"

We need a great deal more acknowledgment of the fact that it isn’t entirely true D&D 5e dominates our questions these days—as the most recent and popular edition of the most famous and popular ...
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Shouldn't we move past repeating "rules do what they say and nothing more?"

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 ...
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Are tweets an official rule source?

Given context, it's better to have information than not. With the probable exception of rules-as-written questions, I see no reason to tell people not to mention if a developer has expressed an ...
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Are tweets an official rule source?

The designers made it clear that rules questions answered by Jeremy Crawford is the official stance of WotC, and many of his answers are turned into errata later on. Granted, that if a ruling isn't in ...
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How should we handle answers that use Jeremy Crawford's now unofficial tweets?

It's fine for answers to use them as support, but generally answers shouldn't rely on Crawford tweets alone Jeremy Crawford explained the change in a tweet on January 30, 2019: It looks like the ...
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Revisit: Is "5e" a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?

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 ...
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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?

Get clarification first / promote better engagement with new users One of the advantages of asking the question "What game/system/edition are you playing?" and waiting to get that answer is that we ...
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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?

Yes. Pragmatically, the system known in wide circles as 5e is D&D 5e It is correct that there are many different systems that have a fifth edition. However, D&D is the most widely known TTRPG ...
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Why Are Our 5e Questions Terrible?

I consider what you've said a pretty fair assessment of some of our 5e questions, and that "please read the rules to me" is a pretty fair description of some of them. As we receive D&D 5e ...
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How should I ask about my D&D 5e Homebrew being balanced?

As usual, first present your problem, not your solution Usually, homebrewing something is about creating a new thing that does some particular stuff that you want, but is inexistent in the original ...
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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?

No, doing so causes actual harm to our site First I will state the obvious reasons that have been mostly stated by others: Multiple systems have a 5th edition D&D is not the only game to have ...
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Are tweets an official rule source?

Designers' tweets (or any other source of designers' words) are simply what the designers have said. We have no special site rules about how official they are or whether their words = game rules. Nor ...
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Revisiting whether D&D Next needs its own separate tag

I think we could do with distinctly tagging some of the D&D Next Playtest questions. There are lots of questions which still apply to D&D 5e, and the idea is/was just to correct them with the ...
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How do I ask a good character build/optimization question for D&D 5e?

List your goals or requirements for the build Always be as specific as you can about what you're trying to do. It would be difficult for you to be too detailed in outlining these details; the points ...
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Revisit: Is "5e" a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?

I'm pretty much an outsider nowadays, so this is an outsiders perspective, with little to no regard to policy or how it should work: The brand name "Cola" in my country is being used to ...
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Shouldn't we move past repeating "rules do what they say and nothing more?"

Yes, we should, and often do Often being somewhat loosely defined. There are a few trends I've observed which tend to promote the unfortunate recitations of "rules do what they say and nothing ...
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What to do with semi-opinion questions in dnd-5e?

As a matter of principle — in terms of what the site is for, how it's been designed, and how it works in practice — we cannot legislate how people answer questions. The minimum and only standard that ...
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Is there any problem with “5e: check my CR calculation” questions?

TL;DR: 5E is still new, this might be an anomaly, lets watch it for now before we do anything. It may be too early to judge 5E is not a terribly old game right now, so while we may have a wealth of ...
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Should we have tags for Ultramodern 5e and Esper Genesis?

Sure, add the tags. Tags are free and useful. If we have three questions about Ultramodern, that’s two more than are needed to justify that tag. We have plenty of tags that started out their ...
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Now that the 5e DMG is released, what is the best approach to revisit existing questions?

Our fixing of old Next questions has not been working that well. With some hindsight, I'm going to propose something that may be conceptually unpopular, but may be very effective: Let natural ...
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