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All pronouns are neutral and should be enforced as such. I personally think that nobody should be harassed, or be in the red for guessing wrong on how someone wants to be called, and this should extend to RPG.SE. no pronoun should have a negative connotation, whether being misused or otherwise. Unless otherwise stated, all questions are gender agnostic. ...


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We don't enforce specific expectations around how people gender things and should not really do so. It's up to individuals to determine how they want to handle things: I like singular 'they', others like to use 'he or she' or 'he/she', others use default male. Use whatever works for you and the discussion. Sometimes I catch myself using default male and make ...


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Yes, mostly Changing "him" or "her" to "them" without really strong reasons should be declined during review as "no improvement whatsoever". If done by an user with editing rights, it should be rolled back and commented with the appropriate meta link. but sometimes Sometimes gender of the character or person in ...


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No I'm going to give you the super short mxyzplk version of this. No, we are not interested in enforcing gender pronouns. Feel free and promulgate a voluntary best practice people can use here on meta. More inclusive language is welcome. Even better, lead by example by YOU writing questions and answers that use inclusive language in the way you want it ...


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Some common reasons to edit are: to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it to correct minor mistakes or add addendums / updates as the post ages to add related resources or hyperlinks Try to make the post substantively better when you edit, not just change a single character. Tiny, trivial edits are ...


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To me, those changes are fine both personally and stylistically Personally: Nominally, my suburban south LA County, CA, family got an Apple IIe shortly after its release in '83 when I was in middle school, but it was Mom who played Zork and other Infocom games on it and, when necessary, did troubleshooting. Further, my parents owned and operated a small ...


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I saw that question and your comment, and looking at the data it seems I was the one who handled the flag you raised. You asked for moderator intervention on that line, and I just moderator intervened on the question but didn't visibly do anything regarding that line, so I mishandled that flag and I apologise for that. In hindsight I should've left a comment ...


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Ask on the chat for the English name, then you can post your question with the correct terms. That's usually what I do when I have questions that are, or so I think, too precise to be used by someone else. If you can't access the chat or if nobody is able to help you there, make a question about the English name. It may be poor quality in your standards but ...


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Enforce? No. Encourage? Absolutely. Let me quote from a very important document that governs how our site is run — and how it should be run when we forget: Be welcoming, be patient, and assume good intentions. […] Language likely to offend or alienate individuals or groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. will not be ...


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You might be overthinking it. This might not be a case of which English is The Correct English. D&D 4e has a thing called artifacts. I live in Australia, where we spell it "artefacts", but nevertheless, in the context of D&D 4e I will happily and consistently call them artifacts. They consistently call it that, and as far as I'm aware, they have no ...


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I follow the Wikipedia policy: for AmE, BrE, and CanE (&c) spelling variants, preserve the variant of the original and standardise to that, if necessary. If it's seems to be a mix of spellings from different countries but specific words are consistent, don't try to figure out why, and leave the spelling alone. Basically, when it doubt, don't touch the ...


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I don’t think it matters; the names are distinctly similar enough that it’s unlikely to cause confusion, particularly with those who have even a passing familiarity with the SRD. I definitely don’t think it’s warranted to edit someone else’s question to make that change; I would have rejected that change if I’d seen it in the review queue. For the sake of ...


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An edit should not replace OP's language unless that language is wrong or unclear. As @KRyan and @doppelgreener have pointed out, neither was the case with linked question. The best option when something as specific as spell names are "distinctly similar" may be to use a footnote. Another option would be to add a parenthetical reference of the ...


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While there are a lot of good points, I want to bring up ONE thing: Keep Game Terms as they appear in the books! There are a lot of games out there. Some are in AE, some BE, some CanE, some in Aussie slang. And a lot appear first as PDFs these days. People can easily quote from these, and what is more relevant, search in them. The Adobe search, however, is ...


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The first rule should be respect and consistency, just like in the american versus british english debate: Respect the querent's language and try to maintain it. Beyond that, edits which only edit the proper nouns of the question are insufficient and bad. For answers, consistency with the querent's jargon is important, but if you want to mention the ...


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Just explain in your question. Say something like "I am asking about the skill which is referred to as 'pelear' in my Spanish copy of the D&D books (I am unable to find the correct English game term)" etc etc.


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Most of the answer uses the words "you" and "your" to describe the experience. The target audience for this answer is the general RPG.SE userbase, rather than just yourself. Maybe your personal experience was limited to dads as the primary computer user, but that doesn't necessarily represent the entire Western world during that period. ...


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As we are playing particular systems any terms that might have alternative spelling should first the same as the spelling used by that system. If it isn't referring to a specific term then leave as the author intended. As for whether everyone should be aware of alternative spellings, well that's a hard one. I daresay most non-American English speakers are ...


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Personal feeling: the initial spelling in such cases should be left alone, even if you are already editing the question or answer for other reasons. And even if we decide that we should standardize on a single spelling, seems to me that this would not be a large enough change on its own to justify making the edit in the first place, if you were not editing ...


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From a world view standpoint, I'd like to suggest that yes, yours was a little provincial. I was an adult in the 1990s (born in 1959). I got my first home computer in 1986, first DOS machine in 1987, installed Windows 3 (on that same machine) in 1990. I was a member of a computer users' group (think "Meetup") starting in 1986 as well. More than ...


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I'd be fine with a flat out edit by a moderator or even a general user on something like this. "Used to getting her way" is an observation, and is fine and germane to the question. The reason why she is used to getting her way requires some degree of mind reading on the part of the poster and is therefor a stereotype that should be excised out of hand. We ...


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