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A frame challenge is where an author answers a question in a wholly different way the querent never asked for, or potentially expressly forbade, but in a way the author feels will actually solve the problem. (Or otherwise improve the querent's life quality or prevent them from making some terrible mistake.) This is as opposed to answers which answer the ...


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We don't have a local style guide. There are a few common practices that we inherit from a few different sources though: Because we are using HTML (which is a format designed to be both human- and machine-readable), which gives specific meanings to certain kinds of markup, we benefit from recognising HTML semantics: italics for emphasis, bold for keywords ...


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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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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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1. State what you want to achieve, and why you want a review. In order to give you feedback on whether your material is functioning well at its purpose, we need to know what that purpose is. Please also tell us if there's anything you're particularly worried about or looking to improve or fix. As you share your homebrew, tell us: What it should accomplish,...


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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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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 isn't such a tag. 95% of what our site does is "official rules problems" and at that level it's not useful to have a tag. Several tags along the lines of "rules" or "mechanics" have been blacklisted for this reason. When to have the rules-as-written tag and when not is kind of fuzzy... but it's important to make sure it's not just "I am asking about ...


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Correct the misconception(s) in the answers Unless the misconception makes the question unclear about what the asker is actually asking, usually these questions can be answered. If the misconception is clear, but a fundamental/core problem in the question, an answer substantially dedicated to clarifying that misconception should be fine - then proceed to ...


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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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@doppelgreener's answer is right, but it's worth saying that some things can't be described by tags. If you care what exact sources solutions come from, you just need to say that out loud in your question. Official first-party sourcebooks only? Any published book? Third-party PDF stuff? Unearthed Arcana included? That problem set is too complicated for a ...


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I suggest the guideline of asking yourself this question: to what extent is correcting the errors itself solving the problem they're facing? If you're substantially solving their problem by correcting them, then post an answer and include the corrections as part of that answer. (Make sure you answer the question independently. Answers that solve just a ...


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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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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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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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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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I'm going to come at this from a slightly different direction, addressing the writing style rather than the presentation style... Answer the question quickly and obviously. There's a lot that goes into some of these answers. But I think the best style advice I've seen and gotten was to "front-load" an answer post with your answer itself. Follow that with ...


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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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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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I think d7 covered the major points, but building off what nitsua60 said about answering quickly, here are some thoughts on how to present your answers (both in terms of writing style and formatting) so they're easier to read: Make sure you answer the question asked. Many an otherwise-good answer, clearly containing the info the querent sought, has been ...


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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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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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(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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