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There's at least two kinds of easily confusable questions here: I hear the DMG has rules for X. I don't have the DMG. What are the rules for X? Are there rules for X? What are they? #1 is a deeply problematic question that asks us to engage in violating copyright: the person should buy the book. We should not provide the materials. #2 has no such ...


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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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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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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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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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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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What is an edit war? Edit Warring is when two (or more) users disagree about something (generally whether something should have a specific edit) and uses their privileges to do and undo that edit repeatedly. For example, one editor believes the question should include a particular paragraph, another thinks it should exclude that paragraph. They each ...


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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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We are an edit-happy community The goal of RPG.SE is creating a repository of questions that have received high quality, expertise-based answers. This influences much of the site’s design and community practices. For editing, this means other users† will make edits to improve posts, both to make the question clearer and easier to understand and get good ...


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I tend to agree with mxyzplk (and have found the recent rash of such questions annoying), but I did think of a concern I have for a nearly-identical question that I think is very valid: I am considering buying XYZ but I'm not really sure if it's going to be useful to me. One thing that I could really use some guidance on is abc. How good is XYZ's coverage ...


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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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Yes, it is on topic to ask along the lines of "where are the rules/content/etc for this specific thing? I know it's there but can't find it." We handle this in the content-identification tag. We will point you to where it is in your book, but we (likely) won't be reproducing it for you unless it'd be within fair use — that makes it not a "read the ...


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Questions of this sort are problematic for several reasons. First of all, it is a variety of the Help Vampire problem, super lazy edition. At a bare minimum such questions should be downvoted ("This questions does not show any research effort..."). I like the quote from the top answer on this meta.SE question - The correct method of dealing with ...


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Closed means it is temporarily blocked from being answered Questions get closed because community members think it shouldn’t be answered in its current state. See below for more on that process. Do note that closure is temporary, unlike what you might see on traditional forums. Once a question has been edited to be answerable, users (the same or others) will ...


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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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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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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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To understand why we require what we do of answers, there's an important aspect we need to clear first: RPG.SE is a Q&A site, not a traditional forum A traditional forum is a place for a conversation. RPG.SE, as a Q&A site, is specialized to creating a repository of questions which have received high quality, expertise based answers. This influences ...


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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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(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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On Rules, Policies, and Practices Unlike a number of traditional forums and other places, RPG.SE (and other stacks) don’t really operate on a set fixture of hard rules (we have some, see below), we primarily operate on best practices. These practices are hard to articulate in completeness into words, so you won’t find a nice set of Q&A describing all of ...


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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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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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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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Eek! A troll in the Stack! What do I do? We don't run across bad behavior too often, here; when we do it can be pretty off-putting and confusing for newer users. (At least, that's how I remember it being.) Chatizens and more-reputable commenters and mods can all be helpful... perhaps this post also could be?


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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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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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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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