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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 ...


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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 ...


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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-...


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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 ...


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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.)


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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. (...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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. [...


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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—...


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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'...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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


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I think we should allow the link to the homebrew specifically, but not the link to the site's homepage currently in the question because it's not necessary. We should also quote or describe some of the homebrew to identify it when the page inevitably goes dead. That's a weird conclusion but I base this conclusion on a few factors. Let's get the most ...


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