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Should we add 'designers intent' questions to the "don't ask" questions list on the tour?

I don't think we should. There's a few reasons. We're still in a mess with designer reasons: lots of people are over-sensitive to determining a question is designer reasons, but really the only thing ...
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"Closed" doesn't mean "banned forever", but more like "work in progress" "Closed" can seem rather final to users who are more used to forums, so explaining to ...
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On specifying the game system This might be one of the more crucial things for us to inform new users about. However, our current meta's aren't written with the asker in mind, so I propose we create a ...
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Answers are for answers, not comments The flip side of answering in comments, it might be good to explain to new users why answers should answer the question and not be more like comments, addressing ...
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Improvement on Deleted Answers Help Page - deletion due to rpg.se policies

I think this slightly misunderstands why the answer was deleted. (And, for the record, I'm not sure I agree with the deletion. But that's prejudiced by my friction with the "never tag the system&...
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Is there a quick way to link to the help center?

The comment formatting section of the editing help pages lists all the available shortcut links you can use in comments, including [help] for the help center. As of ...
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Why is it difficult to edit the "on-topic" help page?

It can only be edited by the elected "diamond" moderators Most of the help pages aren't editable at all (excepting CMs/devs), however the On Topic page is editable by diamond moderators. ...
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We are an edit happy community To try to avoid situations like this one, it might be worth having something here to explain how here at RPG.SE, we tend to edit posts into shape, so new users who might ...
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So there's this space on the main help center page. Should we put something on it?

We should add links to important meta Q&As, either existing ones or new ones that we create specifically for the purpose of educating new users This is partly inspired by what Buddhism.SE has done ...
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Can we improve the detailed guidance on comments in the Help Center for RPG.SE?

Unfortunately, Help pages other than (part of) the on-topic page are static and can't be edited. Brian's statements are useful though and we should probably fold them into a more directly topical FAQ ...
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Revisit: Should we include rule intent/designer intent as off-topic in tour and help pages?

Do it in a similar way of Game recs. In the section "Before you ask your question, though, consider the following:", we have the following statement about game recommendation: If you're ...
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I struggled to find a piece of documentation on the site; should I open a question that directs people to it and answer it?

We already have this, kind of. The help center is linked at the very top of our site’s FAQ Index. Additionally, we also have this Q&A: How do I ask 'good' questions? This seems to be ...
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Why is it difficult to edit the "on-topic" help page?

Fun tidbit, we actually just discussed a very related issue in a meeting of the Pro-tem Moderator Council. Though the On Topic page is one of the few help pages dimaond moderators can edit (as ...
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Answer in comments This is a problem that shows up quite often, especially when a question makes it to HNQ. Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments? When users don't have ...
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On our rules, policies and practices Ok, this is more outside the box, but RPG.SE (and most stacks AFAIK) differ from forums in that rather than having a set list of rules to follow (or be sent into ...
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Don't signal your edits If new users are more used to forums where it's common to say "EDIT: Blah blah" instead of just making the edit, it might be good to point them in this direction to ...
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I struggled to find a piece of documentation on the site; should I open a question that directs people to it and answer it?

We Already Encourage This, Exactly From, Can I Answer My Own Question? Yes! Stack Exchange has always explicitly encouraged users to answer their own questions. If you have a question that you ...
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So there's this space on the main help center page. Should we put something on it?

A quick reference for What is Meta? So, our most upvoted and accepted answer tells us that we should link to meta. But for people not familiar with SE, they may not even understand what the meta is. ...
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So there's this space on the main help center page. Should we put something on it?

Things I think we should cover That you need to explicitly mention the game you are playing if you are asking about that game’s rules, setting, lore, and really anything at all that isn’t a purely ...
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Improvement on Deleted Answers Help Page - deletion due to rpg.se policies

Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. If we do not know what the question is, answers cannot possibly answer it. Fundamentally, the question cannot be answered in such ...
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Where do our example tags come from?

According to How are "Suggested Tags" chosen?, the ones below the tag field are generated by analysing the text of the question as compared to our existing questions. I haven't found how the one in ...
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Tell us more about those repercussions of bounties that aren't mentioned anywhere

If you bounty a question, you used to be able to award it to an answer you posted (even a self-answer on a question you posted). You wouldn't get the rep from the bounty, but the added attention from ...
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Expect Frame Challenges Too many metas to list: https://rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/search?q=frame+challenge Sometimes people will answer by targeting what they see as the problem behind your question ...
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Our "Don't guess the system" policy We revisit it often and I believe the most up-to-date meta question is this one: Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy I guess ...
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Is there a quick way to link to the help center?

Nevermind, I just figured it out. It's [help], which is converted into the text "help center".
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