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What, exactly, is the RAW tag for?

I'm not immersed in RAW, but I've been watching and listening and talking to folks about it for a long time. I'd like to offer my understanding of Rules As Written, as a tool and as a tag, so that ...
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A proposal for moving forward with Rules as Written

I have a modification to your proposal to make it compatible with how RAW works when it's functioning just fine. This answer isn't an endorsement of the plan. Treat it as an "if this goes ahead, do ...
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Time to retire the [rules-as-written] tag?

We Need To Bring This To A Conclusion I did not have a specific solution to propose during the last RAW debate and I said "sure, let's give it another try." But this has failed. The tag is still ...
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Open-Rules-Mindset vs. Closed-Rules-Mindset

Ask questions according to the playstyle of the people who are facing the challenge, and answer questions in ways that you in good faith believe will be useful to the querent. Some RPG systems are ...
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Should we add a [rules-as-written] tag warning, and what should it say?

Based on what Zachiel drafted up and Baskakov_Dmitriy's conclusions plus the What, exactly, is the RAW tag for? meta's answers, I suggest this as a possible tag warning: Questions about the rules as ...
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What, exactly, is the RAW tag for?

This is incomplete I don’t have a suggestion for the tag wiki at this moment. That will take a little more time; right now I just have some ideas about what the wiki should and should not look like. ...
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How to answer when GM Fiat is included in RAW?

Just answer RAW with RAW. Most games explicitly or implicitly don't constrain their GMs to the RAW. But when someone is asking a RAW question, they are wanting to engage just with the game text and ...
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Time to retire the [rules-as-written] tag?

I agree with retiring the [rules-as-written] tag. Rules as written questions and answers on the site are fine and we as a community affirm they will always be welcome, but the tag sucks at its own job ...
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The [rules-as-written] tag - still useful or is it junk?

Burning the rules-as-written tag is extreme and would be damaging to the site; other, less drastic methods should be found to alleviate any problem behaviour arising from its over-broad use. ...
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A low-intervention approach [rules-as-written]: back to tagging basics

I like this idea! However, I do share concerns over our history of comments that leave a sour taste in folks' mouths. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say this proposal may sink or swim on the ...
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Change the definition of "rules-as-written" with respect to D&D 3.5

No You are giving an edition specific example, Rules-as-written is system agnostic tag and should not be changed because one edition of D&D handles their rules canon in one particular way.
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Synonimise [rules-lawyering] to [rules-as-written], then destroy it

I think we should do that. rules-lawyering is just a specific sub-set of problem-player in the end, and the frequency that those questions show up don't justify having such a narrow tag. We have more ...
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Should we add a [rules-as-written] tag warning, and what should it say?

I think it is a good idea and I think it should read something like this: A Rules-as-written question does not simply ask about the rules of a game. It implies finding out the most literal (even if ...
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Is there a tag for "Official rules problems"?

There isn't such a tag. 95% of what our site does is "official rules problems" and at that level it's not useful to have a tag. Several tags along the lines of "rules" or "mechanics" have been ...
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The [rules-as-written] tag is a good tag, but we've made it sick. Let's cure it

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 ...
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What, exactly, is the RAW tag for?

The [rules-as-written] tag fills the niche of expressing a specific configuration of a couple of dials that are present for questions about the rules. All rules questions non-negotiably require a ...
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A proposal for moving forward with Rules as Written

OK, this is just patently absurd, and I cannot believe that this is what we have come to. I am just going to address the elephant in the room, because I believe that too much of this discussion has ...
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How to answer when GM Fiat is included in RAW?

People ask questions because they want answers. If we allow that the people asking the questions are experts in the things that they are asking about unless there's evidence otherwise, the number of ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of the rules-as-written tag?

It is underused for its category of questions This renders it less useful for searching or filtering (possibly not useful), which is a problem when one of the stated objectives of tags is to connect ...
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The [rules-as-written] tag - still useful or is it junk?

About other uses of tagging Beyond the inherent scoping and, well, tagging value of the tag, I am also confused by this claim: zero [value] from a searchability and SEO point of view clearly This is ...
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A proposal for moving forward with Rules as Written

Don't rename the tag during the study You say: With a lack of clear data on intended use being a major sticking point in the recent discussion on the rules-as-written tag, we’d like to make a ...
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A proposal for moving forward with Rules as Written

Extend the timeframe beyond 1 month I counted up the questions per month in the rules-as-written tag since it can be counted fairly quickly. (This doesn't cover tag removals and deletions but since I ...
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Is there a tag for "Official rules problems"?

@doppelgreener's answer is right, but it's worth saying that some things can't be described by tags. If you care what exact sources solutions come from, you just need to say that out loud in your ...
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Change the definition of "rules-as-written" with respect to D&D 3.5

No. We don't have the power to dictate how individuals or whole communities interpret a game, which is what you're asking us to do. Even if we did have the power, using it in this matter contradicts ...
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What are appropriate sources to reference in questions tagged [rules-as-written]?

I'm going to give an extreme answer, but I think it's the right one here. There's a more fundamental problem than what sources are valid as RAW in a given system. The problem is at least twofold. ...
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The [rules-as-written] tag - still useful or is it junk?

I would like to see evidence that the tag is misused. As far as I can tell, the entirety of the alleged problem with the tag is the idea that it is used by people who don’t know what it means and don’...
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Does using the Rules as Written tag restrict answers to only using RAW?

The tag itself means nothing. Using the rules-as-written tag means and does nothing. It is just a tag. It exists solely to categorise and describe the question based on content already found in the ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of the rules-as-written tag?

Having read through KRyan's answer, I'm not sure the tag needs to be removed. But we do need to change the way we treat it. As a way of signaling membership in a school of thought / playstyle, the ...
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Time to retire the [rules-as-written] tag?

Don't rush to judgment Because of its importance, I think discussion on this topic should continue beyond the current April 5 deadline to at least April 26. So far as I'm aware—and the moderators can ...
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