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Please give your feedback on a new "Subjective Citation Needed" post notice

I do not like the assumption that answers are not drawing on experience. My experience with being pestered about explicitly certifying that my answer is drawn from my own experience is that I don't ...
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Why is one +21 question On Hold when a similar question is ok with +53 votes?

This is gonna be long. You've asked some very important, very complex questions and I'll try to do them justice--but you don't have to take my word for it. As we get deeper into the material I'll be ...
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17 votes

Please give your feedback on a new "Subjective Citation Needed" post notice

Too Many Words for a post notice: be concise Let's do some liposuction on the proposed post notice: Answers should be supported using evidence and/or experience. See citation expectations for ...
17 votes
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How do we appropriately back up a subjective answer?

This answer won't discuss the policy or why we do it, that's well covered elsewhere. It will take the Good Subjective/Bad Subjective policy as gospel and explain how to give Good Subjective answers ...
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17 votes

My question got too popular - what should I do now?

Unfortunately you're the second case in recent history of a popular question being dragged afield and closed (Why is one +21 question On Hold when a similar question is ok with +53 votes? discussed ...
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Are spell comparison questions on-topic and sufficiently objective?

The good, bad, and ugly of comparison questions can be found analysed in the Gorilla vs. Shark blog post. They can work well as long as you're specific about the scope of the comparison. That tends to ...
14 votes

How should I provide examples of experience as support for my answer?

I like to refer to the advice about what good answers look like which can be found in (strangely enough) "What types of questions should I avoid asking?" It tells me to: explain “why” and “how” write ...
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How should I provide examples of experience as support for my answer?

Your question restated: How should I provide examples of experience as support for my answer? Use an organized packaging method (see below). I'm willing to accept that and edit my answer ...
14 votes

How are you meant to provide personal experience on mostly mathematical questions?

You don't have to show personal experience. The idea is to show support for why your answer is a solution to the OP's problem Not all questions are asked in the same mode, and not all types of answers ...
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12 votes

Please give your feedback on a new "Subjective Citation Needed" post notice

An advisory rather than a warning This answer could be improved if you were able to cite experience (your own or someone else's) to help users judge whether it fits their situation or not. This ...
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12 votes

How should I phrase my question about gaming's early days?

(Disclaimer: This isn't a definitive statement on what the guidelines on this type of question are, but a statement of what I would like them to be. Upvote/downvote agreement/disagreement ...
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12 votes

Why is one +21 question On Hold when a similar question is ok with +53 votes?

This question is complicated, because there's a lot of different things going on here. In general, "Why is question X treated different from question Y?" isn't a real good question. Well, they're ...
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12 votes

Uncomfortable about inconsistent application of criteria for valid answers

Answers aren't useful if they just tell you what to do. They're useful if they help you understand what you're doing. Or: a supported answer is an answer you can put your weight on. Even if an answer ...
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Why is it "too opinion-based" to ask about good role playing for the purpose of giving out experience?

Because there are a lot of different games and theories of play - too many for an answer to this without narrowing it down more. This question is like asking "How do I know if someone's programming ...
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11 votes

How to revisit citation expectations for subjective questions

Can we stop already? We literally do not need to discuss this. We do not need examples, we certainly don’t need an exhaustive list, we don’t even need rules. The GS/BS guidelines are exactly that, ...
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Confusion regarding the "Good Subjective" post notice and the policy on backing up answers

Speaking for the citation expectations meta I wrote, something seems to have gotten lost in communication. That's on me, I should've made it clearer. Specifically in the second paragraph I say this: ...
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Why would this question be closed for being subjective?

Automated warning aside (it's a bit trigger-happy sometimes), it sounds like you'd find a back-and-forth conversation on this topic more fulfilling than the Q&A format the main Stack Exchange site ...
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9 votes

Why is it "too opinion-based" to ask about good role playing for the purpose of giving out experience?

What is good roleplaying is a matter of taste The reason it's closed is because it can't have objective answers or Good Subjective answers. Any answer to what is "good" roleplaying is, inherently, a ...
9 votes

How are you meant to provide personal experience on mostly mathematical questions?

Encounter design is not even close to "mostly mathematical". Sure, there is guidance in the Dungeon Master's Guide that attempts to rationalize Challenge Rating and encounter design as ...
8 votes

What's wrong with asking if something is 'good' or 'good for X' or etc?

Because it's not very good. "Is this good" is a "read my mind" statement. We don't know how the querent operationalises good. We know how we operationalise good and project that onto the querent. ...
7 votes

How should I provide examples of experience as support for my answer?

The second one is better, if a little tortured and perhaps better broken up into two sentences. Here's the thing. Without any experience cited, you're just some guy giving opinions off the top of ...
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How to revisit citation expectations for subjective questions

Back to Stack Basics Guidelines have already been provided. We have a thorough explanation of those already, but the original SO/SE guidelines have been good enough since this site was initiated. ...
5 votes

Why is one +21 question On Hold when a similar question is ok with +53 votes?

If we're optimizing for expert answers, I can understanding needing some way to prevent sloppy, subjective answers from being submitted when the question sort of "baits" them out. I don't think that's ...
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5 votes

Please give your feedback on a new "Subjective Citation Needed" post notice

↑ Just to demonstrate: I have marked this post with our current “citation needed” post notice. It currently covers objective citations perfectly well. The post notice we're asking about will be a ...
5 votes

What can we do to help promote supported opinion-based answers rather than closing a good question due to bad answers?

This is an informational post. It’s not a solution. It’s important information that we’ll need to keep in mind to tackle this. The mods don’t like having to police answers. It’s a lot of thankless ...
5 votes

How should we handle editing questions that are seemingly opinion-based?

Focus on what the querent wants to ask, even if it means we can't answer it here When we edit an open question we should always be improving the question that OP asked, but we should not be changing ...
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5 votes
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How are you meant to provide personal experience on mostly mathematical questions?

Tucker's Kobolds are not just math Tucker's Kobolds live off one thing that is not math: Battle Tactics. They are the embodiment of The Art of War (Sun Tsu version) applied. They are the 36 Strategems ...
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4 votes
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What can we do to help promote supported opinion-based answers rather than closing a good question due to bad answers?

What can we do? Two things. Up vote answers that pass muster (Back it up!) and Down vote (and / or flag for deletion) those answers that do not pass muster. The tools for that are already in hand. ...
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Please give your feedback on a new "Subjective Citation Needed" post notice

Moderator proposal: All answers must be supported by citing evidence or experience. Please review our citation expectations for subjective answers, as well as our guidance for asking and answering ...
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What's wrong with asking if something is 'good' or 'good for X' or etc?

"Is it good" is not an objectively answerable question. "What are the effects of this" is. "Does this achieve my specific requirements" is. "Is this good," "Do you like this," etc. are subjective ...
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