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"Does It Break Anything" Questions

Yes, these questions are fine. No, actually, they are more than fine—they are literally exactly the sort of thing that makes RPG SE have value. We are supposed to be a community of experts who can ...
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What Do We Do With "Read The Book To Me" Questions?

There's at least two kinds of easily confusable questions here: I hear the DMG has rules for X. I don't have the DMG. What are the rules for X? Are there rules for X? What are they? #1 is a deeply ...
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How can I ask a good homebrew review question?

1. State what you want to achieve, and why you want a review. In order to give you feedback on whether your material is functioning well at its purpose, we need to know what that purpose is. Please ...
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Are questions about escape games on topic?

We accept questions about LARPs (live action roleplaying games), as discussed in Are questions about LARPs on topic?. Escape puzzles would be off topic here, however. Most escape games do not have ...
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Is it better to use or not use personal pronouns? Specifically, "I" in questions and "you" in answers?

There's no problem whatsoever with using “I” and “you” in answers. There just isn't—we do it all the time and have done for years. People frequently come here with a question of “Can I do this?” and ...
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Why'd my second question get removed when surely people would be thinking about both?

I don't agree that "anybody asking the first is definitely wondering about the second." But I do agree that anyone asking the first would likely benefit from seeing an answer to the second. That's ...
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Is it reasonable to ask a question that you don't actually need an answer to?

Our help center advises: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Generally if you're not actually experiencing a particular problem it will be ...
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"Update: here's how it worked out...." Where does it go?

Assuming that this update is offering something new and useful, “how I did it” is an answer. That is, quite frequently, exactly the sort of answer we expect from everyone else who answers the question....
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Is there a rule or guideline stating that each post should only ask a single question?

A hard and fast "follow this to the letter" rule is unnecessary and counterproductive. Instead we apply principles of site design which we've learnt through years of experience are the best way to ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

Don't guess It's up to the asker to tag the question with the correct system. In the case of a new community member who doesn't yet understand this responsibility, it's up to the community to ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

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 ...
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Why are my questions being downvoted?

I've pulled up each of the questions you've posted that have gotten negative scores overall [at the time that I'm writing this post]. Those are Can you enchant player characters' prosthetics ...
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Are questions about Warhammer 40k Lore on-topic?

I’m gonna go ahead and just say “yes” Warhammer 40k is a campaign setting for an RPG. It’s also the setting for a bunch of other things, which means you could reasonably ask about it on SF&F or ...
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Is it acceptable to add the [dnd-5e] tag to questions about D&D Beyond?

The dnd-beyond tag (or otherwise describing D&DBeyond in the question) should be treated as equivalent to the OP stating "I'm playing D&D 5e" For the simple reason that D&DBeyond ...
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Are "is this balanced" questions on-topic?

I don't have a strong opinion on whether they're on-topic or not, but they often go like this: Question: Is X balanced? Answer: No, here's what would need to change for X to be balanced. (Here's ...
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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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Is it reasonable to ask a question that you don't actually need an answer to?

No. Please don't. Experience shows us question seeding ends up poorly. Because the poster doesn't actually have the problem, they are unable to really answer questions about it or clarify. Then ...
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Are 'Homebrew a class for me' questions allowed on this site?

There are three hurdles that must be passed in my mind: Is there a way for there to be a best answer to this question? I.e. are sufficient criteria given for assessing whether an answer is good or ...
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Etiquette for revisiting an old question

No question is too old to answer, and there's no stigma against giving a good answer even if it's to your own question! As counter-intuitive as it may seem, the Stack Exchange isn't really about ...
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Keep my homebrew stuff secret in order to avoid biased answers

I've cleaned up the comments on your question. The benefit of mentioning the ring is homebrew is that, if you don't, people will respond going "wait, there's a ring that lets me do that!?" and go ...
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What to do if I can't manage to find a suitable and accurate title for my question?

Put the best title you can think of and wait for someone to edit it I know you said you don't want to do exactly that, but it's how the stack format works. Many (if not most) questions get their ...
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Are questions of designer intent on-topic for this site?

"Unanswerable" is never a reason for a question to be closed! If it's truly unanswerable, then it's provably unanswerable and proving it should make for a good, solid answer. Which makes it ...
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Can our tag-prompt nudge toward including system?

Something like this tag placeholder might work well: tag which game you're playing, if any (such as: dnd-5e, world-of-darkness), max 5 tags This requests the single most important thing to know: ...
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How to vote on bad questions asked on someone else's behalf?

When someone asks a question they're taking on ownership of it. Functionally it's their question. Consider an extreme case: someone's got dozens of genuinely bad questions. This isn't great for our ...
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Should we close questions where the asker is looking to double check their understanding of basic rules?

This category of question is on topic. Stack Exchange's Q&A doesn't just take the form of question and answer. It also takes the form of problem and solution. This principle is why our topicality ...
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Heavy edits to get a question reopened that change the fundamental underlying question

Heavy provisional edits that try to be faithful to the original question are warranted if the author is asked if they approve. Often, it is best done only after the question is already closed. What ...
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Why are my questions being downvoted?

I'll put my hand up as having downvoted a fair number of your questions, and generally not for the reasons provided by the other answer you've gotten to this question. While I can't speak for everyone,...
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Convince me I shouldn't stop visiting RPG.SE

I don't intend to try to convince you to stay. That's your personal choice and I'm not going to tell you whether or not spending time on this site is is a wise use of your time because I am not you ...
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Are questions with title opposite to text ok?

It's not ideal when that mismatch exists, and you're right to call it out that it makes the question confusing. They ought to be edited to be brought in line. Answers should still preferably say more ...
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Is 'camping' bad? If so, why?

It is bad, because They're not questions about real problems yet They interfere with others' ability to later post their real questions about the issue Making up a question that one thinks will be a ...
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