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DM, or "Dungeon Master," is a term used only by D&D players. GM, or "Game Master," is a generic term used by players of many of the other 10,000 RPGs out there. Therefore people with wider game experience tend to just say "GM" (many other games have goofy proprietary names for the GM as well, which are hard to remember). People who mostly have only ...


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You should absolutely upvote! The fact that it's old doesn't make it not worthy. In fact you should even suggest edits to old posts to improve them. The only thing we would advise against is editing dozens of old questions in one go, as that can flood the front page (but upvoting won't do that).


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Definitely Just as it's appropriate to change the accepted answer to your question that was once correct, it is appropriate to downvote a once-good answer. However Before I do this, I would first comment to why the answer is no longer correct, perhaps with an errata link or some other damning source so that they may be able to edit the answer themselves.


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Absolutely. There are even badges for it. Necromancer, Revival, Excavator, Archaeologist all reward you for going back to old posts and doing something (necromancer and revival for answering and excavator and archaeologist for editing. If there isn't a good answer on an old question or you can do better than any previous answer then please provide one. SE ...


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No question is too old to answer, and there's no stigma against giving a good answer even if it's to your own question! As counter-intuitive as it may seem, the Stack Exchange isn't really about giving answers to the people who ask questions; its primary goal is to collect good answers to the future users who have the same question. This means questions ...


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Nope, leave it in place. Someone could search with phrasing more similar to what you used than the original. See : SE Meta: If your question is closed as a duplicate, should you delete it? SE Meta: Do not delete good duplicates!


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You may have met a troll (intentional or not). Don't worry, the Stack's got you covered. This is actually really easy: you do nothing. Nothing different to normal, that is. All the habits you've developed interacting with good-faith users are going to fix this problem, too. If someone's truly acting in bad faith, keeping to your usual behaviour will make ...


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In Stack, one of our principles is to take everything at face value. I think we should not assume malice and stick to the text. I have engaged with you in comments on several of your questions, but the real issue I have with them is: You are spending too much text "getting stuff out of your chest" with what basically reads like a rant, and too little with ...


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It's part of life. The pattern of questions does seem suspicious, and, to be frank, with a username that starts with "B.S.", that trips people's troll meter. There's no way to validate this online, so the best you can do is post in good faith, allay fears in chat, etc. like you've already done. But I'm not sure "disbelief" is the primary challenge facing ...


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You can just leave it as-is. If you have more specific questions to ask, you can follow those up via posting new questions. I don't want to delete since I like that answer and would like to let them keep the rep boost as thanks, but keeping the question up as "on hold" seems to be the wrong move. It's actually OK to leave it on hold if you're not sure ...


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It comes down to that we're having some problems with IPS.SE users undermining the domain expertise of RPG.SE, and dissuading users from asking interpersonal questions here. I removed your initial comments because they looked like an extension of the same pattern. I also then cleaned up that comment thread because it's not the kind of thing I'm interested in ...


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That sentence is appropriate, on-point, and on-topic for responding to the question, so I'm going to put that aside and focus on the "I think this bit of the answer is wrong/unhelpful" part. In general, here's your options: You might want to make a suggestion to the post author about that one bit. Provide an actionable suggestion. Whether they decline, ...


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Just edit their answer/question and in the Edit Summary write "Fixed grammar. Improved syntax.". I'm not a native English speaker and I had noted that in Worldbuilding SE a lot of people edited my questions/answers in order to fix my grammar. I didn't like the fact that I had so many errors and that other people wasted time editing my posts so I tried to ...


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I'll examine that from the lens of something that will actually happen: just generally making downvotes we might later wish we hadn't. Most of the time, just live with it; if the answer's any good it'll have plenty of other upvotes to negate the impact of your single one. Single downvotes on anything are like white noise from the universe and aren't really ...


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No You should not delete questions closed as a duplicate. Those serve as signposts to the primary question and can help those thinking of the question in a different way discover it. You could delete questions closed for other reasons - but why? If the system wanted them deleted for being closed, they’d get deleted once on hold turns to closed. Note ...


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I think we can retain personality and fix the "tone" debates, because I don't think it's actually tone that's the problem as it is a certain kind of meta-message sometimes embedded into advice. It's very easy for a bunch of separate issues to get all rolled together here. I see a few things often happening all together during these disagreements: There is ...


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No, there's no recommendation for this. It's not really a problem, so no need for guidance to avoid the non-problem. Link as many times as is useful. One style (which Wikipedia uses) is to provide a link for the first instance of a keyword in a section, then skip the link for the rest of the instances in that section. Another style (often seen in technical ...


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There's no formal (or informal) policy, but it's usually nice to do As the header mentions, there's no real policy around this. When someone suggests a change in the comments, the answerer sometimes edits their answer per the suggestion. Some people credit the user who suggested the change; some people don't. I don't think there's really any policy or even ...


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It's better to start the discussion early and point new users to useful resources than to have no discussion and their question suddenly closed. You think you are only one of many - what if others feel the same and nobody tells the new user what to do and where to go? Maybe by pointing them to the help center and explaining how to make a question less ...


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Habit or ease. It's like how I could say "Volkswagen" or I could just say "car". At this point, DM is just a fancy trademarked proprietary way of saying GM in the context of D&D. They're still the same thing otherwise.


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Believe it or not, We value civility very highly Tuesday and Wednesday a bunch of stuff went down, flame wars in comments, spilling over into chat, old hand users complaining about moderator comment deletions and a few other things. A new user popped into chat who had been genuinely trying to work out some issues, right in the middle of the chaos. Instead ...


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Yes, please do. Voting serves two purposes: indicating the community's collective wisdom and confidence by bubbling the best answers to the top, and giving reputation to the users who write the answers we thereby give our confidence to. Adding your voice to our confidence in an answer or question is still useful after the original asker has marked an answer ...


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I like to update the post to my liking and then comment. "I have made some/moderate/major changes to your post. Please look over my changes and confirm that the question still captures your intent and feelings." This is a stolen methodology, to be sure. I've seen this on dozens of posts, and likely one of my earlier questions as well. I don't find it ...


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I asked an extremely similar question nearly 5 years ago, shortly after I joined the site, and, since then, I've adopted a couple of behaviors: As comments are both ephemeral and nearly the only form of constructive criticism an answer or question can receive, when a comment has a decisive impact on an answer or question, I'll credit the comment's writer ...


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Once comments are actioned they should be removed. Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes and we don't keep them around longer than we need them. If a comment requesting clarification or suggesting improvement has been actioned, flag it as No Longer Needed. If you left the comment and it's been actioned, delete it yourself. There's no need to upvote the ...


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Words are hard, especially when multiple are used in combination. Everyone wants to be understood and everyone's trying their best to express themselves well. This means they probably don't need reminders or encouragement to try to use good grammar: they're already trying. They're just not as proficient with the language as you are right now. That's OK. ...


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Let me TL;DR this for the casual reader. RPG.SE handles all kinds of interpersonal questions that are RPG related (as we handle a variety of topics which overlap with other areas, some of which have SEs for them and some of which don't, as long as they're in the RPG domain). Comments saying anything interpersonal should/should better be put on IPS.SE (just ...


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This comes down to whether or not the system really makes a difference to the content of answers to the new question. It may be that there are 5e specific mechanics that are applicable to the situation described in the question. If there are then the new question is not a duplicate. However, if there are no 5e specific information then the newer question is ...


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"Dungeon Master" is actually owned by Wizards of the Coast, who produce D&D, legally other game systems (even if they are fantasy based dungeon crawls) are not allowed to use the term. Therefore the generic term Game Master is used by most other companies, except for certain games that come up with special names for their system, like the Zero Meister in ...


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Use comments to raise objections where you find them. I've been leaving comments on the site to a variety of answers and questions, explaining what issues I have with a given answer or question. That's the same as what you did. We can't control if someone responds defensively, but we can control our reaction to that. What to do? Leave your comment (as ...


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