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Revisit: Is "5e" a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?

Let experts make expert decisions. This is the whole point of Stack Exchange. The entire model is people who know what they're talking about answering questions. People come here to ask questions ...
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Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy

Let experts make expert decisions. This is the essential premise of Stack Exchange. People come here because they expect experts to be equipped to solve their problem - and they are right. We have an ...
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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

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 ...
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Let's talk about 8chan

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 ...
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Revisiting our "never guess the game system" policy

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 ...
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Can we affirm that RPG.SE embraces a plurality of playstyles?

Some resources: Challenging the frame of a question. First, we require that people Be Nice. Insulting other play styles isn't being nice. Second, if you are going to dissent in an answer, make sure ...
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Can we affirm that RPG.SE embraces a plurality of playstyles?

This is much like the questions we get on religious sites about whether one sect should be excluded or given preference to another. The SE policy on this for religious sites is that all sects are ...
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Should RPG.SE enforce not enforcing a specific standard for handling gender pronouns?

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 ...
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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?

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 ...
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Let's talk about 8chan

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 ...
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Can we develop a system to avoid/discourage subsequent homebrew critique question edits?

It’s often worth exploring the Stack Exchange network to see if other sites have found good solutions to a given problem. For example, in this case, we have Code Review, which is basically an entire ...
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Should we encourage users to wait 24 hours before accepting an answer?

Yes. Encouraging users to wait 24 hours before accepting an answer is good. The Problems For Answerers I am not primarily concerned about the effect on answerers, though I think those exist (fastest ...
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Revisiting our "never guess the game system" policy

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 ...
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How to improve/maintain the quality-of-life of small fandoms in the face of a dominant big fandom on an open Stack Exchange?

Be the small-games advocate on-stack you want to see on-stack D&D is overwhelmingly represented on the site, but I don't believe it's a result of any artificial mechanism to monopolize the stack ...
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Why doesn't this site allow opinion-based side questions?

Not just rules Just to get that misconception out of the way first: this isn’t a rules site. We handle many types of questions, so long as they can, in theory, have a “best” answer. We allow answers ...
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Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy

Recommendation: Rescind the policy - Guessing the system is permissible, but you do so at-risk Going forward, we will adopt a policy to allow experts to be experts, but in that vein, we will expect ...
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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

On this one, I think it actually should be up to ♦ mods Obviously, having a ♦ doesn’t allow the elected moderators to dictate site policy; it never has, and it never should. I, for one, am still very ...
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Can I use a bleeped-out-swear if that's the name of the article I'm referencing?

Yes, perfectly fine. See Is profanity allowed on RPG.SE? for our guidance - you can actually use swear words if they're in the original, but it certainly doesn't hurt anything to 'bleep' them and ...
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A Modest Proposal for answers that aren't backed up

I understand, I really do. I wish popularity contests didn’t break out occasionally and stir up trouble, and I wish voters would leave them to die down faster after a close. By and large, the activity ...
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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

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....
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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

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 ...
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Can we generalize our policy on linking system-specific rules, toolsets, etc. as clearly stating the system?

Citing materials is a way for someone who doesn’t know there are different editions of the game to tell us what edition they’re using. When I got into Dungeons & Dragons, I didn’t know there were ...
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We need to talk about late votes to “policy” metas

I believe changes to scores in policy metas should be observed as reflecting the ongoing, developing will of the community. Leaving these metas open and unlocked is useful for gauging that will, and I ...
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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

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 ...
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Can we generalize our policy on linking system-specific rules, toolsets, etc. as clearly stating the system?

Yes we can, and we shouldn't even need to ask this meta in order to do that. We already discussed that we should "let experts be experts". Stack Exchange isn't meant to run on absolute ...
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Further Reading in Questions, not comments

Related links are one of the good uses of comments, and we don't delete them.
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Revisiting our "never guess the game system" policy

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 ...
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Revisit: Is "5e" a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?

Per a previous answer: only if 5e doesn't occur in a vacuum If there are sufficient contextual clues to determine "5e of what?" such that a player of the game and that edition can clearly ...
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Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy

I present exhibit A: Do Kaladesh Dwarves get +4 in Constitution? The most recent example of how we make this site a worse place by having this rule. This question was not unclear. It could be answered....
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Are questions about specific people's campaigns on topic?

This question should 100% definitely be on topic, but that doesn't mean every story-identification that has anything to do with RPGs should. One heuristic I've seen referenced on a few meta posts for ...
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