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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 missed in the last lecture or what the assigned textbook is or whatever without stating the course they're asking about, I reply by asking for the course, even ...


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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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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 to restate your assumptions. People may not share (or agree with) your model of gaming. Being clear in why you are answering in that particular way. Third, ...


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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 created equal for the purpose of the site and if you really can't get on board with that, then you can find the door. That said, one of the things that the ...


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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 question answered. Some kind of reminder or notification or prompt should appear on the "Ask A Question" page.


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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 Stack devoted to “homebrew” critique. They therefore have had to address this issue, and appear to be quite successful. So taking a look at their policy could ...


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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 gun syndrome, discouraging answers after the accept). The Problems For Askers This is about teaching users - especially new users, who are pretty much the ...


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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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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 that's appreciated.


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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 based on facts or based on experience with a working solution. Or both. That lets us handle a much wider variety of questions than just rules questions. Check ...


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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 does drop off though. And it doesn’t really encourage asking that kind of question on purpose. Answering it might be encouraged a bit, but those who don’t ...


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No, doing so causes actual harm to our site First I will state the obvious reasons that have been mostly stated by others: Multiple systems have a 5th edition D&D is not the only game to have reached a 5th edition. It isn't even the only game that is currently on 5th edition. Guessing wrong is worse than waiting Sure, in 99% of cases we may be right....


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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 for D&D. It's more a combination of: the actual larger audience for D&D - if you look at a general-audience convention like GenCon, D&D&...


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Related links are one of the good uses of comments, and we don't delete them.


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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 topicality is, "Would this question receive more useful answers from a community of RPG experts than anywhere else?" The answer to that for the linked ...


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We are all roleplayers, and there is a lot of room in this tent for the many ways we play. We have no need for comments that suggest there is one universal "true" way to play RPGs, disparage other playstyles as "wrong", or erase our or others' preferred ways of playing by asserting or implying that they don't exist; regardless of whether the motive is ...


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I think my answer regarding the (now defunct) DndTools.eu site is relevant. It goes something like this: The legality of linking to infringing material is unclear, with conflicting legal precedents, and different ones in different countries. It's legal in the US though, so long as DMCA takedowns are processed in a timely fashion (which SE does). Regardless ...


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I think the matter of whether a question is trivia or not is a red herring here. So is whether the reason behind the question is "I just wanna know." I'm considering a "trivia" question to be one where the asker's just curious and wants to learn something, but it won't necessarily solve a practical problem they have. They just want to learn something. ...


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This policy isn't just lip service and does have power. Our fellow community members should be enforcing it, and the diamond moderators can and will enforce it as well, as we have done in the past. However we all can only act on what we see happening and we can't notice everything. If you see one-off edits that change style in a way you're not comfortable ...


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Always tag your question with the exact system you're using if you're asking a question to help you out in a problem about your system and you're only really interested in answers relevant to your system. Even if your question could be relevant to other RPG systems, or a broader category of RPG systems, ask about your exact problem in your exact RPG. There's ...


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Mods and SE staff. Moderators who suspect TOS violations will escalate as necessary to Stack Exchange staff and/or the user. One user can still post representing a group While maintaining a "group account" that many people access and make use of is a violation of ToS, there's nothing preventing a play-group from having one member with an RPGSE account who ...


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Answers that are in clear violation of copyright should be deleted. (or flagged if you cannot vote to delete) A lot of the material we share on this site is copyrighted in some way that limits reproduction. A lot of the excerpts we source to improve the quality of our answers could be seen in breach of that copyright given the amount we source, however our ...


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It's not appropriate to edit based on a guess. Make the OP clarify the question themselves. Why? Because we're also trying to train new users on how to use the site. And worst case, you bait people into bad answers when you guess wrong. If the OP never bothers to come back to clarify their question - then what good are answers going to do them anyway? ...


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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 if they disagree with it) and relatively simple (if not always painless) to enforce. Any alternative to this policy, however well intentioned (and perhaps both ...


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I’m going to make a distinction between one-line answers and “mic-drop” answers. I think there are different “rules” involved in each. One-line answers are emergently discouraged but not against the rules: Exercise personal and collective judgement As far as I know they’re not actively against a rule, but a lot of the site is more about process than rules. ...


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No; multiple systems have a 5th edition. There are multiple games with a 5th edition, besides dnd-5e: vampire-the-masquerade-5e hackmaster-5e l5r-5e shadowrun-sr5 If the querent doesn't explicitly mention that they're playing D&D in addition to mentioning 5e, we'd be guessing to assume that "5e" means "D&D 5e". We can definitely surmise that it's ...


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Get clarification first / promote better engagement with new users One of the advantages of asking the question "What game/system/edition are you playing?" and waiting to get that answer is that we treat whomever asks the question as a person (which IMO is important for the new user experience) and engage with them in discourse in the process of helping ...


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It doesn’t have special rules. A question defines a topic. Answers are required to stay on that topic (or stray only after addressing the question on-topic). RAW questions are no different in this regard. The only reason that RAW is perceived to have special rules is because a lot of people want to ignore the topic of RAW questions, and post non-RAW ...


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This is probably OK. A constrained list of a very particular type of information which is not likely to change often isn't going to cause the kind of practical problems as asking for an unbounded list. Making the answer CW mitigates one possible issue even more, by allowing the infrequent additions to be put right into the canonical answer instead of ...


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Yes. Pragmatically, the system known in wide circles as 5e is D&D 5e It is correct that there are many different systems that have a fifth edition. However, D&D is the most widely known TTRPG and in recent times has gained wide exposure through the netflix series stranger things as well as youtube/twitch streaming (critical role and many others). ...


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