42

I completely disagree with the notion that the list is “just a list” and that voting has no meaning there. The list is not just a list of random websites; it is a list of our suggestions. Voting indicates (or should indicate) how much we, as a community, recommend a given website. Obviously, issues of differing topics mean that higher votes don’t strictly ...


28

I think that we should not link to sites like 8chan. SE is intended to be a SFW atmosphere, and on sites of that sort it's not like the bad content is truly restricted to areas outside the RPG sections we'd be linking to. The ToC directly bans linking to such content, but I think linking to pages where such content is likely to appear at some point is like ...


25

D&D Tools.eu has been taken down. They received a cease & desist letter from Wizards of the Coast. That pretty well settles the debate: we shouldn't link to it, because there's nothing there now. SevenSidedDie's predictions came true. There's some parting words from the owner on the homepage, and an explanation of the situation: http://dndtools.eu/ ...


24

This is the classic "easy" case for voting to close as unclear. You read a question about Eladrin in D&D5e and thought "I wonder if it's the DMG eladrin or the MToF one--it matters." Or you read about a monster and thought "I don't recognize that, and I own all the books...." Vote to close as unclear. If you've got a moment ...


19

You can often find archive copies of, um, existentially challenged web pages on the Wayback Machine. A quick way to do this is to prepend http://web.archive.org/web/*/ to the URL; for example, a list of the archived snapshots of the original Chuck E. Cheese thread can be found at: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://community.wizards.com/forum/previous-...


16

You may link to non-official sites. It's fine. We have for a long time facilitated links to d20srd, d20pfsrd, Fate SRD, dandwiki and so on, where none of those are official. There's no problem here. The exception is if the site is basically a piracy database. Our stance is to not link to such sites: What's our stance on Piracy? Links to "D&D ...


15

Source Requirements are more of an edge-case If we require/recommend that questions regarding specific rules be accompanied by either tags or citations for the books that the focus of the question includes, things will likely get squirrely pretty quickly. I think the few examples where this presents a problem is magnifying the problem. Overall, there are few ...


14

No, there's no recommendation for this. It's not really a problem, so no need for guidance to avoid the non-problem. Link as many times as is useful. One style (which Wikipedia uses) is to provide a link for the first instance of a keyword in a section, then skip the link for the rest of the instances in that section. Another style (often seen in technical ...


13

Arkalseif seems to be a repository of D&D data not belonging to the SRD, i.e. they don't have the licence needed to publish those information on their site. StackExchange does not support piracy (even if it was not for ethic reasons, pirated sites are often targeted by cease & desist letters and might therefore be forced to close, causing link rot.)


12

You can find all links on the site currently pointing to angrydm.com (the old website now used by a malicious domain squatter) by typing url:"angrydm.com" into the search bar. Here's the list. I don't know that there's an easy way to fix these links (the links on the new site don't follow the exact same format) - or to intentionally break them to avoid ...


12

Rooms will exist indefinitely, so long as there is at least one person actively talking in the room. A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users. (/faq#retention) The chat you linked accumulated thirteen messages from five users on 5 February and then got deleted 8 days later on 13 Feb. Users with sufficient ...


11

Ideally, all these links should be updated to lead to ENWorld's copy of the WotC forum. Sadly, this is (as far as I can tell) both somewhat disorganised and somewhat incomplete. I think where possible, if the content is available at an alternative location, the link should be replaced with one leading to said alternative. For example, Chuck E. Cheese has ...


11

There are a few options: Find a working current version of the linked page Find an archived version of the originally linked page (e.g. on the Wayback Machine) If you can't fix the link yourself, or if you don't have time, leave a comment to let the answerer and others know so that someone else can fix it In this particular case, I've found an archived ...


10

We can deal with the questions as they warrant, when they are asked. To any question that's asked there are multiple facets and layers. One of the most important are why the question is asked. And without having actual examples of a given question frame, it's really hard (probably impossible) to give a solution to how to deal with them. The closest example I ...


10

Answers: Downvotes and constructive comments Sources are the responsibility of the cite-writer, not the responsibility of policy. The way to handle this then is business as usual: downvote answers that have errors, and optionally help them correct such errors with constructive comments. Questions: Solve the problem in answers Business as usual here too. (We ...


8

Copy pasta: Creative Commons License allows for redistribution of content. In this case, the content could be copied wholesale as it's CC-BY-SA. That wouldn't direct traffic to the pirate site, and would preserve the content being inquired about. Attribution In this case the creator has not supplied their name, so we wouldn't even have to include an ...


8

Orthogonal to the good point about voting as “unclear”, the community is always encouraged to improve questions and answers when it’s useful. It’s just not required. Permitted and recognised as good, but not required. Adding sources, or asking for the addition of sources, seems to me like a solid way to improve a question, both for the benefit of answer-...


8

That domain is one of several that have been blacklisted for the reasons given in Zachiel's post: it's a piracy site and we don't want links to those on RPG.SE for reasons of ethics and link rot. The D&D 5e SRD sites are fine and unaffected. Please do remove links to blacklisted sites if you find them. Even if that is all you're editing, we'd ...


8

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 posting that is: [meta] – link to the current site's Meta; link text is the site name (e.g. "Super User Meta"). Does nothing if the site doesn't have (or already is) a Meta site. [...


7

I would link to both the website and the pdf (and say which link is which) This helps with a few things, such as the possibility of a browser/computer/location blocking one link and not the other. And it also lets others see not only that the pdf exists but also where exactly it came from. Unfortunately this does mean you usually wouldn't put the link on the ...


6

If an answer is wrong, downvote it. If you have constructive advice for improving it, such as a link to correct information showing how it is wrong, comment with that. If the question lacks a correct answer, write your own. This is how the website works. Don’t edit incorrect answers to correct them; that is not what editing is for. Do not edit answers that ...


6

Just link to the PDF. A website link provides no additional context, clarity, details, and won't remove the need to download the PDF (if prompted) if users choose to do so. As was briefly discussed in (now deleted) comments, it seems like it might just be something on your end at the moment that is causing the PDFs to be downloaded instead of opening in the ...


5

The key thing for any links in any SE content is that the question or answer must still be sensible and useful even if the link goes dead. So if you are asking about the thing in the link, then that’s a problem. If you are, instead, asking about something that builds off of another resource, which you link to, that doesn’t have to be fully reproduced—...


4

Use what you prefer in your own answers. Otherwise mind your own business - there is no reason for people to be trying to force each other to use reference sources they prefer. RPG.SE will accept any legal links as support for answers. If you believe something actually incorrect is being used from one of those links, feel free and add a comment or your own ...


4

You can as a citation, but the relevant content must be included in the post Those sites may drop the content and we've got a link rot issue. It also presents a bar of entry to answer the question that someone has to go offsite. Additionally, if the content on those third party site changes, then the question has changed which could invalidate answers. It's ...


3

Link to a recreation on a site that doesn't violate. I have reproduced the entire subclass word-for-word on D&D Beyond. As D&D Beyond does not violate any OGL licenses like the source site does, linking here provides access to the information without needing to link to a site that violates a separate site policy. I suggest a sentence posted in a ...


3

The forum situation has now (sort of) been resolved. Unfortunately, it is in a way that irreparably breaks all old links to content. What they've done is archived the old forum, so its accessible, but the links are all different. What this means in practice is that we have a host of Savage Worlds questions and answers with broken links that need editing. ...


2

We use the extra parameter to log the behavior of users using search and to measure if any change we make to search is effective. In particular we use that parameter to determine which were the rank and relevance of the result you clicked. TL:DR; You need to ask the add-on author to fix the add-on, as we don't have many other feasible ways of getting this ...


2

Based on our current roadmap, this isn't work that we will take on, as it doesn't coincide with functional areas that we plan to improve in the near future.


2

Such questions are, strictly speaking, XY problems The question of a site’s “legality,” strictly speaking, is unanswerable: It only becomes known after a court ruling. And strictly, that ruling only applies to what the site was doing at the time it was sued, not to anything they’ve done since. useless: These matters almost never actually go to court, so ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible