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A hard and fast "follow this to the letter" rule is unnecessary and counterproductive. Instead we apply principles of site design which we've learnt through years of experience are the best way to curate the quality of the Stack. I suggest you read Optimizing for Pearls, Not Sand to understand why we're tougher on questions than on answers. I found it ...


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Do what we do best: solve their problem to the best of our ability. From my experience we can sort these questions into three categories. 1. Their question is incomprehensible or really does not have an answer as posed. These should get closed as unclear, naturally. We should try our best to coax something comprehensible and answerable out of them. 2. ...


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Only when you're already familiar with the RPG involved. Whether you should ask for a rules quote depends on your motive: Yes: Your motive is that you know the RPG, and the question would be clearer with the precise wording that the asker is having trouble with (especially when there are possible errata or version differences involved). No: The motive is ...


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There's two expectations going on you're running into: If you're attempting to partially or completely solve the problem, exclusively do that in an answer. from Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments? If you're writing an answer, try your best to directly and comprehensively address the problem in the question. We will judge ...


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Titles should clearly represent the content of the post, yes. We need to be able to find them later, and they should be good front-page advertisements for their question. But they need not be phrased as a question so long as they are clear. Titles are just that: titles. A title's first job is to succinctly inform the reader about the contents of the post, ...


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There are a lot of different RPGs out there (and a lot of editions of a lot of RPGs), and a lot of them use the same keywords, names, and – in some cases – book titles. As such, guessing what game system a question is asking about can be quite difficult - or rather, guessing incorrectly can be too easy. And you, the asker, do not want answers that are for ...


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Yes, this is perfectly appropriate under certain circumstances: There are times where a proper answer is dependent on specific wording that may not be universally available to the answerers, but is otherwise the only information needed to answer the question that is not readily available. More importantly, if there are errata or version concerns, it can be ...


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It's not really a weird policy, and in fact, in the case that you're talking about, we the users potentially have the power to take care of it. First. Comments can't be directly migrated to answers. If you have a full answer that fits in a comment, you probably haven't written enough. More importantly though, comments just aren't a good vehicle for an ...


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It's well established SE-wide best practice to ask one question per post. You can read this post and its linked posts on meta.SE for all kinds of why. When to ask multiple questions in a single post ? (Revisited) Therefore, we tend to vote multi-question questions as too broad to prevent all kinds of other work later when it turns into a mess of answers ...


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We encourage people to edit questions to improve them. Making titles more clear is an improvement that can always be reverted by the querent.


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If the only “problem” with a question is that its title is not phrased in the form of a question, then there is no problem with the question. Please do not clutter the top of the site with idiosyncratic edits that do not improve anything. A title in the form of a question is not inherently better than a title that is not. Of course, if there is anything ...


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I'm going to come down on the side of putting these on hold as unclear. The reasons for this are manifold, but the primary ones are that if the OP is genuinely confused, we do them a disservice by allowing people to try to answer their problem at face value. Yes, some folks are going to come in and show them their error, but they aren't actually answering ...


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Comments with questions about an unclear question help, as they tend to get the question clarified. Those are fine. Comments that are stabs at answering an unclear question hurt, as they either result in the OP wandering off, or set weird expectations among others that you really know what the question is saying when you don't. These don't help clarify ...


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A good answer does not, a good question, make... Someone may write an excellent answer to an unclear question or too broad question but generally a question is useless on our site if its not well written. A question should effectively communicate its needs and adhere to our guidelines or it should remain closed/on-hold until such time as it meets those ...


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(Thanks for clarifying.) No, titles do not need to be formatted as questions. They just need to communicate well what the question is about. They're titles! If you want to know what the question is, read the question body. That's the place where all the important context is, too, and you should be reading that. (If you're not, you're answering the title ...


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There is no formal process. Something gets put on meta and if someone thinks it'd possibly be meaningful enough to be in the FAQ, it gets tagged with [faq-proposal] either at first or later on via normal Marquess of Queensbury editing rules. Votes and/or discussion happen. When the mods are satisfied that it's now a [faq], we make it a [faq] by changing ...


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Often, a question is improved through feedback given in comments. In this case, the context of the change is clear, since it's right there in the comments next to the question. In light of that, perhaps a solution to the problem would be to post the gist of a Chat discussion as a comment, to have the summary next to the question. Of course, this isn't ...


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No. A bad or unclear question is a bad or unclear question, and simply because one person has an answer that appears correct/good, doesn't mean that it actually answers the question the poster intended. It may be a good guess, but it's still a guess. Comments are intended to help clarify and improve the question to where it can be reopened/answered, not ...


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(Reposted by request from Why'd my second question get removed when surely people would be thinking about both?) The biggest benefits here have little to do with questions. It's about the answers. 1) When I post an answer to a 'question' that's actually a bunch of related questions, I have to address them all (at least, if I want to be a good site ...


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Ask us to solve your problem, don't only survey us for our experiences As a Q&A community, RPG Stack Exchange focuses on practical problems you may face. We're interested in questions and problems that can have a single best or correct answer or solution. We have voting mechanisms for sorting answers as better or worse (or more correct/incorrect), and ...


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From a previous Meta answer by mxyzplk Now, "but the hapless questioner could use that info!" In nearly all cases someone posts the same information in a (much more comprehensive) answer. Or take the time yourself to write a real answer. We don't like crappy questions or crappy answers, and we'd rather not have the Q or A than to have one that doesn't ...


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I largely agree with SevenSidedDie. However, I wrote a long comment about the magic jar question and decided it made more sense as an answer: I read the magic jar question, and there's nothing wrong with the title, but instead something wrong with the question. The question doesn't contain one specific question. It's just asking for general information ...


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Asking for the inclusion of such quotes (or, better yet, links to an SRD entry where one exists), is helpful to people other than the OP who are interested in the question. Our goal is to create expert questions with expert answers. The question should not just be helpful to the OP, it should be helpful to other interested experts as well. If you need to ...


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Is there a rule or guideline stating that each post should only ask a single question? A good question about avoid asking multiple questions in a single post. However it has been somewhat mitigated through updates to the "too broad" close reason.


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You can edit answers. If the tidbit is really a tidbit which clarifies or amplifies an existing answer, a respectful edit that adds it may be appropriate.


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Should question titles be formatted as a question? This has several answers that some good advice on how to create good titles for the questions on our site. It also hosts some discussion on some of the more nuanced parts of editing question titles that is valuable information. It makes a decent candidate for the FAQ list.


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The role of chat at RPG Stack Exchange This question addresses an important issue but is perhaps out-dated and lacks a satisfying answer.


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I have some information to add to help someone solve their issue, do I answer or comment? This question is really more about partial answers and how to handle them. There is some valuable points and discussion but I don't know how useful it is for a new user.


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How should we deal with answers that are basically duplicates of existing answers to the same question? Another old post with low views. It does address a common topic but I don't think it gets linked to very often. Answers are succinct and to the point, but I'm not convinced about the value of it.


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How do we handle it when the asker's problem is just that they're confused? This question is quite old and doesn't have a huge number of views. However it does address quite a common issue on the site and the answers are well supported.


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