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I'm a college instructor. I teach hundreds of students across multiple courses a semester in the same major. When I receive an email from a student asking what will be on an upcoming quiz or what they missed in the last lecture or what the assigned textbook is or whatever without stating the course they're asking about, I reply by asking for the course, even ...


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I think it is a terrible idea to revert the policy I disagree, strongly, with the assertion that questions are so often “reasonably clear.” I feel that I have often assumptions made that are incorrect. I also flatly deny—as objective fact—the claim that there is “no harm” in answering such questions. Mistaken assumptions create an unholy mess for no good ...


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We should not guess the system, for all the reasons others have stated. However, we should make it clearer to new askers that mentioning the exact system is going to be a requirement for having their question answered. Some kind of reminder or notification or prompt should appear on the "Ask A Question" page.


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Your percentages are off, but you can ignore the [*dnd*] and [pathfinder] tags. This link tells you how to ignore a tag. I find about 17,500 tags for D&D (and over 10K for the current edition) and roughly 5750 for Pathfinder Out of 30,000 tags, not quite 95%. You can also use the search to look for tags for only games that interest you, such as the [...


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It’s a “fork” of D&D 5e: based on similar fundamentals, but having split from the main branch of 5e development and thereafter developed independently of 5e. In a sense, it is not all that different from Pathfinder’s relationship to 3.5e (though, of course, the history in Pathfinder’s case is a little more involved). A fork is its own thing, whatever ...


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I think things are OK. I'd like to offer an additional stat: we have 16,002 D&D family questions (which includes Pathfinder) out of 22,167 total questions, or 72.2% D&D family questions. (This means the view count is somewhat weighted toward D&D questions: they get an extra 8% share.) These view and question statistics are unsurprising to me. ...


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Revert the policy, and treat these edits like any other The moderation team believes it’s time to revert this policy and restore the way we handle system information to the default way we handle every kind of post and tag edit: exercise good judgement, and edit when you’re fairly sure. In other words: The new policy is to have no specific policy. Being ...


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No, doing so causes actual harm to our site First I will state the obvious reasons that have been mostly stated by others: Multiple systems have a 5th edition D&D is not the only game to have reached a 5th edition. It isn't even the only game that is currently on 5th edition. Guessing wrong is worse than waiting Sure, in 99% of cases we may be right. But ...


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If someone asks a question about it, we can have a tag about it We have tags for other jokey systems (or at least one, see dungeons-the-dragoning), but tags can't exist (for more than a day) without at least one question with that tag. So if someone asks a question about Feast of Legends, then the tag can be created.


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At the risk of being cute: Yes. It's called 3.5. 3.5 is not directly compatible with 3.0. Skills are broken out slightly differently, some of the mechanics work differently (e.g. damage reduction), etc. However, 3.5 has guidance on how to convert most 3.0 material to 3.5, and what mechanical changes you need to make. So, the combined game you would ...


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Recommended course of action Turns out we have a relatively low-traffic question asking exactly this: see How do I know which edition of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) the books I'm looking at are for? However, it lacks an answer with images! If someone with legal access to DnD books of various editions (especially the latest ones) or images to those ...


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I agree with the other answers saying that we shouldn't change our policy on this but have a slightly different slant on why: Our current policy is very clear, easy for new users to understand (even if they disagree with it) and relatively simple (if not always painless) to enforce. Any alternative to this policy, however well intentioned (and perhaps both ...


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It's precisely because a system tag can sometimes be assumed that it never should be. Back-shelf RPG guy here for a perspective. Here's a couple of questions that put a certain impression on me. One's about a druid who wants to turn into a blink dog. One's about mitigating the effects of critical hits. Neither of them's about D&D - the first one is ...


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The endless arguments across Meta show that there are problems no matter what policy is used. These problems are caused because questions that should have system tags do not have them. We can maintain the policy and people will go against it when they add a screamingly obvious system tag and are told not to do so, resulting in irritation and upset for users....


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I think we should be OK interpreting “5e” as “D&D 5e” when the question is also talking about D&D-isms. (If they're talking about things that don't sound like D&D 5e, like talking about hackers, we should not guess.) There are other games with a 5e, but their players tend to be acutely aware they're not the only RPG and not the only 5th edition ...


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Honestly, I think D&D has eaten the front page. Here's what the site looks like if you ignore-list D&D3/4/5, Pathfinder, and D20. (N.B. I'm not ignore-listing "general"/"legacy" D&D questions.) I straight-up used this site as an example of what "drowning out other content" looks like on B&CG Meta last year. I think it'd be very easy for a ...


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Always tag your question with the exact system you're using if you're asking a question to help you out in a problem about your system and you're only really interested in answers relevant to your system. Even if your question could be relevant to other RPG systems, or a broader category of RPG systems, ask about your exact problem in your exact RPG. There's ...


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Provided that asking/answering questions about Legend is not your only reason for being involved here, and is not the only contribution you are making. I think this is fine. What I would advise is that you disclose your connection to Legend, probably at least in your answers. Lastly, if you're going to ask and self answer, please make sure the questions ...


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We wait until OP confirms the system We don't know whether or not OP knows that the tag they did add included information about a system and there are multiple other Metas about not guessing or assuming system until OP confirms specifically. What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify? What qualifies ...


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System tags are for more than just rules, and we're supposed to be providing solutions to the real problems folks are facing. Leave the tag. Most game systems have playstyle assumptions and table etiquette built into them: the kind of stories being told, the relationship between GM and players, the interaction between PCs in the group, and much more. If ...


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Do you have reason to believe that the answers to the new question might be different from the answers to the old one? If so, sure, go ahead and ask it again. It could be something as simple as: A couple of years ago, I asked whether a resurrected player could end up fighting their own undead corpse in Pathfinder, and the consensus was that it probably ...


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Yes, absolutely! If your old solutions don't work anymore with the new system or edition you're using, then it's quite reasonable to ask a new question about your new situation.


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It's not appropriate to edit based on a guess. Make the OP clarify the question themselves. Why? Because we're also trying to train new users on how to use the site. And worst case, you bait people into bad answers when you guess wrong. If the OP never bothers to come back to clarify their question - then what good are answers going to do them anyway? ...


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I wrote an answer about this a while back, here's a shorter version Get clarification first / promote better engagement with new users One of the advantages of asking the question "What game/system/edition are you playing?" and waiting to get that answer is that we treat whomever asks the question as a person (which IMO is important for the new user ...


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Get clarification first / promote better engagement with new users One of the advantages of asking the question "What game/system/edition are you playing?" and waiting to get that answer is that we treat whomever asks the question as a person (which IMO is important for the new user experience) and engage with them in discourse in the process of helping ...


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Yes. Pragmatically, the system known in wide circles as 5e is D&D 5e It is correct that there are many different systems that have a fifth edition. However, D&D is the most widely known TTRPG and in recent times has gained wide exposure through the netflix series stranger things as well as youtube/twitch streaming (critical role and many others). ...


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No; multiple systems have a 5th edition. There are multiple games with a 5th edition, besides dnd-5e: vampire-the-masquerade-5e hackmaster-5e l5r-5e shadowrun-sr5 If the querent doesn't explicitly mention that they're playing D&D in addition to mentioning 5e, we'd be guessing to assume that "5e" means "D&D 5e". We can definitely ...


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The problem here is that system-agnostic wears a lot of different hats. system-agnostic has come to mean a lot of different things to different people at different times, and whether or not it can be combined with another tag depends on what system-agnostic happens to mean at the time. system-agnostic to indicate a deep question This is one of the few uses ...


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I think that such answers should be deleted, because they don't answer the question as posed. First, what is the criteria for deletion? From meta.stackexchange, For answers, any post that is not an answer (should be a comment, doesn't answer the question, etc.) should be deleted. Answers that are wrong or that dispense poor advice should be downvoted, ...


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You should tag a question with a specific system if you want it answered for a specific system, and you should tag more widely if you're trying to solve a wider problem. Usually, tagging for the system you are playing is the right thing to do. You should be asking about the problem you have, and not making it more generic out of an attempt to get wider ...


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