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What Do We Do With "Read The Book To Me" Questions?

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 ...
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Is there a rule or guideline stating that each post should only ask a single question?

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 ...
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I have some information to add to help someone solve their issue, do I answer or comment?

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 ...
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Why do I need to specify my game system, and how do I best do it?

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 ...
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Are questions about rule intent on-topic? [2022]

Designer Reasons questions are on-topic Four years on from the initial ban, we’re somewhat tentatively opening the gates again. That means asking designer-reasons questions is allowed. The community ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

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 ...
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What is an "edit war" and is it ever appropriate?

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 ...
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What's with the policy on deleting answer comments on on-hold questions?

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. ...
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Why did another user edit my post?

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 ...
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What Do We Do With "Read The Book To Me" Questions?

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 ...
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Is there a rule or guideline stating that each post should only ask a single question?

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 ...
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Is asking a question about the location (pg number, chapter, etc) of content in a specific book on topic?

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 ...
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What Do We Do With "Read The Book To Me" Questions?

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 ("...
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What does it mean for a question to be closed?

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 ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

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 ...
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What's with the policy on deleting answer comments on on-hold questions?

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 ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

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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Why are users saying my answer isn’t an answer?

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 ...
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What's with the policy on deleting answer comments on on-hold questions?

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 ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

(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, ...
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What's the actual process around [faq-proposal]s?

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 ...
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What are the rules and policies of RPG.SE?

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 ...
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Why is it a problem to ask what other people have done in their games?

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 ...
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What's with the policy on deleting answer comments on on-hold questions?

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 ...
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Is there a rule or guideline stating that each post should only ask a single question?

(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 ...
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I have some information to add to help someone solve their issue, do I answer or comment?

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 ...
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Should question titles be formatted as a question?

I largely agree with SevenSidedDie's answer. However, I wrote a long comment about the magic jar question you linked to, but decided it made more sense as an answer: I read the magic jar question, and ...
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FAQ Proposal Index for Role-playing Games Stack Exchange

Should questions include System/Setting in title if tagged with system/setting? This one I include in edit-summaries enough that my browser autocompletes "n" with "no need to include ...
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FAQ Proposal Index for Role-playing Games Stack Exchange

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 ...
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FAQ Proposal Index for Role-playing Games Stack Exchange

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 ...
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