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I think this answer might be harmful

I have removed this answer. “Advises actual real life harm” is a pretty good identifying criteria for answers that are a bad idea to have on our site—though in this case it's more like “advice that if ...
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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

Yes, the small caps you're using are bad for machines. People also may have issues with them. AceCalhoon pointed us in comments to a question on Super User about the usage and purpose of these glyphs....
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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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What to do with “Can you take a short rest while unconscious?”

Close and delete the post because the sockpuppet was used to bypass a posting ban. Then let a new question on the topic be asked organically again--perhaps by someone with a good answer so they can ...
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What warranted multiple downvotes and a delete vote here?

It was unclear and mostly wrong and showed a lack of expertise Note that all of this, more or less, was brought up as suggestions for improvement in the comments under your answer (by multiple people ...
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Was this question closed because it was about realism/verisimiltude?

This question is what we call a real-world research question. This is mentioned in our on-topic help article: Generic real-world topics Questions about a general real-world topic such as ...
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Does this answer about towns protecting themselves against dragons really need to be deleted?

Deletion is entirely inappropriate Deleting answers has historically been, and should continue to be, reserved for truly egregious cases. When it says “Not an Answer,” that is very literal—it is for ...
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Why is "How much is a Gold Piece really worth?" closed?

Of course it should be re-opened. “This question cannot be answered as expected” is a good answer. The particular rendition of that sort of answer here isn’t just a good answer, but a great one. And ...
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Is this question about the preservation of books on topic?

On Topic I'd like to open with an oft useful distinction. A question being askable on another stack or useful to other fields is irrelevant to its topicality here. Our criterion is fairly simple (some ...
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Why is asking how to roleplay a slave close-worthy?

The question lacks cultural context The question provides no setting information that would enable answers to address the question directly. There is nothing in the question that explains, for ...
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Can something be done when OP does not agree with an upvoted answer?

Nothing really needs to be done. How people vote and accept answers is entirely personal and beyond the control of anybody including diamond moderators. And as the old adage goes, you cannot make ...
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Are questions learning about loaded dice and creating and detecting them on topic?

It depends on whether it's about RPGs or not Questions here must be about RPGs. That's the site topic, and it's a hard requirement for questions. That goes especially — not less — for questions ...
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How do we back up affirmative answers to "Am I understanding this correctly"-style questions?

Support why they are correct Add the full rule context and explain the rule to the best of your ability. Usually these kind of questions come from a misunderstanding or lack of comprehension of the ...
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Question closure: Why does a round last 6 seconds?

“Primarily opinion-based” is the wrong close reason, but the question should still be closed, in my opinion. Designer-intent questions have been ruled off-topic here, and that’s inevitably what this ...
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How do I have this taken off hold?

I'm one of the people that voted to close your question. @GreySage's comment on your question pretty much nails it, but I will elaborate. Honestly, I think your question is awfully close to being off-...
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Don't tear down this wall [question]!

Questions asking about a general real-world topic such as history, geography or economics might more likely belong on another Stack Exchange site (e.g. History) than here. A good rule of thumb is to ...
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Should "Do role-playing games have to be fun?" be closed?

TL;DR: This is a nice question and has useful answers but it's an unbounded list/poll question with clarity issues. It should get a historical lock because it's still a useful reference despite not ...
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Most Overpowered Cohort question closure

It should be closed. I initially voted to close this question, but then I retracted that vote and answered it based on the precise wording of the question at the time, with a fairly tongue-in-cheek ...
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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

The F in your iterations of Let Us Discuss This Further appears as a white box for me. Kind of a case-in-point: if this is happening to me, it’s happening to others,...
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Are requests for specific users' house rules on- or off-topic?

The question is off-topic because it's a very bad fit for the Stack Exchange's resources (crowds of experts) and mechanics (voting-based evaluation and sorting). The Stack Exchange is founded on the ...
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How should we handle this "fireproof worn items" question?

My opinion is that we should purge the answers. Designers are the only appropriate source for designer questions If OP wants designer reasons, the only authoritative answer we can give them is going ...
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Why was the 'taint' tag deleted from this question?

Seems Legit to add it Taint appears to be a mechanic that does have special properties. We've got other tags based on mechanics. Don't see any issue why this shouldn't get it's own tag.
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Is my question about the difference between spell ranges "Self" vs. "Self (XYZ)" really a duplicate of this question about "Self"-range spell targets?

Not a duplicate There must be a difference between self and self(range). This question is asking that difference. If there is no difference, then that's an answer, but it's not the same as "Do ...
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Should I edit my question or create a new one?

Ask a new question, definitely. When the question changes substantially, it's cleaner and preferred to make a new question. The existing question is done and editing it now would create a bit of a ...
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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?

The observation is founded 1. Style is secondary to comprehensibility Though we do prefer to maintain the style used in sources, this isn't a hard rule and is always secondary to making sure posts ...
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How can I get my question about impossible saves vs frightened reopened?

You shouldn't. Questions are always weak when they don't solve a real problem the poster has. You want to add artifical limitations to get the question open, but those limitations are totally random ...
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When does it make sense for a question title to specify the edition?

The problem with “modern” in that title is that it isn't clear what it means now, and isn't future-proof — twenty years from now that question will exist here or in a database of “RPG Knowledge” ...
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Is the question about the origin of "Waterdhavian" on-topic?

It is on topic. The question is not one of designer intent. It's a question about the existence of lore. We don't generally close questions about the existence of lore or a rule even if it's ...
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Why was I downvoted?

I would assume all the downvotes are for people agitated that you seem to be deliberately trying to reinterpret English, logic, and/or math to rules lawyer an advantage. I’ve downvoted it for the ...
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An otherwise-valid question was closed because it was posted by a suspended user; is there any reason I can't repost a similar question?

Go ahead! But please make sure not to just cut-and-paste, and that you do have this problem yourself (so that you are able to meaningfully answer any comments to clarify the question). Ask your own ...
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