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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 because they expect someone here is equipped to solve their problem. As linksassin admitted: Sure, in 99% of cases we may be right. Then we should let our experts ...


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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 kind of post and tag edit: exercise good judgement, and edit when you’re fairly sure. In other words: The new policy is to have no specific policy. Being ...


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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'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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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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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 hackers, we should not guess.) There are other games with a 5e, but their players tend to be acutely aware they're not the only RPG and not the only 5th edition ...


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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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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 be ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 maintain the policy and people will go against it when they add a screamingly obvious system tag and are told not to do so, resulting in irritation and upset for users....


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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. I also flatly deny—as objective fact—the claim that there is “no harm” in answering such questions. Mistaken assumptions create an unholy mess for no good ...


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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 about a druid who wants to turn into a blink dog. One's about mitigating the effects of critical hits. Neither of them's about D&D - the first one is ...


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


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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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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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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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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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I wrote an answer about this a while back, here's a shorter version 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 ...


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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 recognize them - then "5e" has communicated what it needs to (and adding the tag becomes helpful). If 5e is referred to and no contextual clues are ...


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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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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 objective rigid adherence to black-and-white law, we're meant to be the people synthesizing our available guidance into considered and careful subjective judgement. ...


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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 editions. I went to my local game store and said “how do I get started with D&D?”, and the clerk said “Buy this” and handed me the Player’s Handbook. I didn’...


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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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