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A frame challenge is where an author answers a question in a wholly different way the querent never asked for, or potentially expressly forbade, but in a way the author feels will actually solve the problem. (Or otherwise improve the querent's life quality or prevent them from making some terrible mistake.) This is as opposed to answers which answer the ...


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You should not answer in comments. Not partial answers, not full answers. Not "leads on" an answer. Not "I would answer but I'm tired/just woke up/am drunk so I'll just say this..." Not answers that you think aren’t good enough to post as answers. Not little helpful tips, not helpful suggestions, not useful anecdotes. These will be deleted. Answer in ...


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This is super unlikely to happen; there's nothing in the system for revoking specific privileges from specific individuals. You have this feature now and it's going to be sticking around. Basic principle: you shouldn't edit unless you're sure you're doing the right thing anyway. The suggested edit review queues are a safety net against obvious badness or ...


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Your percentages are off, but you can ignore the [*dnd*] and [pathfinder] tags. This link tells you how to ignore a tag. I find about 17,500 tags for D&D (and over 10K for the current edition) and roughly 5750 for Pathfinder Out of 30,000 tags, not quite 95%. You can also use the search to look for tags for only games that interest you, such ...


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I'll step in and provide some background here -- the reason why you see things that resemble "partial answers" in other Stacks is because troubleshooting is an iterative process. "Try turning it off and on again" is not an answer -- yet it may not be possible for anyone to answer the question well without the querent being guided through troubleshooting ...


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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 also tell us if there's anything you're particularly worried about or looking to improve or fix. As you share your homebrew, tell us: What it should accomplish,...


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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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Stack Exchange is a rigorous Q&A community with a mission to build up a reliable knowledge base for future readers. It's sort of like Wikipedia in that regard. To accomplish this mission we need our answers to be clearly backed up so visitors can verify our answers for themselves. Without any citation we are just random people on the internet and our ...


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Sorry, that was my fault. This is an unfortunate side effect of the way flag handling works on the mod side. What happened there is that it was flagged VLQ… and also flagged Not An Answer, which wasn't a valid flag. Declining the one NAA flag declined both flags. So apologies for the confusing feedback. Your flag was correct, and you just got caught up with ...


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You may have met a troll (intentional or not). Don't worry, the Stack's got you covered. This is actually really easy: you do nothing. Nothing different to normal, that is. All the habits you've developed interacting with good-faith users are going to fix this problem, too. If someone's truly acting in bad faith, keeping to your usual behaviour will make ...


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The Stack Exchange model is very different from that of discussion boards. We don't really do discussions here. Instead, the whole thing is focused on (hard) questions and direct answers to those questions. If you want to discuss about role-playing games that's great, and we're collected a bunch of places where you can do that here, but this is not the ...


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Yes, you may do that. This is in fact exactly the kind of scenario for which self-answered questions exist: describe a problem you've experienced and ask how to resolve it, then provide the solution you used. Thank you for thinking to share what you've learned with others, I appreciate it. If you have financial/business ties with the game, please remember ...


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No, you're fine! Someone else had their account removed, at their request. All the votes they ever made were removed from RPG.SE, which means that everyone lost any reputation earned from the removed votes. I got −8 myself. Your −5 was probably because they upvoted one of your questions once; removing that vote removed the +5 reputation their ...


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Stack Exchange sites are moderated by the entire community of users, who unlock moderation privileges through contributions to the site. Some users also get elected by the community to become diamond moderators which is like a glorified janitor position. Here on meta is where we the community members moderate each others' activity where necessary (including ...


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Generally they need to be deleted or updated. If the author is a regular a comment indicating that the question has changed and that they should edit or delete their answer is best. If the author is a drive by or hasn't been to the site in a while then you've got a choice to make. If a minimal edit can be made to bring it into the new scope of the question ...


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Now that I've served as an elected mod and seen the tools... Flag them all. This post is all about moderators' workflow, so I'm going to get a little into the weeds, here: When you cast a flag (on anything) it increments an easy-to-see counter on our topbar, the same way you used to see a count on a red background indicating items in the Review Queues. ...


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NAA flags are appropriate for answers that have been accidentally made for the wrong game. If you're concerned that the problem might not be obvious to the mod handling the flag, as usual you could instead use a custom flag to point out the problem. If we decline a regular NAA flag in these situations please retry using a custom flag. Explain briefly that ...


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I doubt you were the victim of unwarranted downvotes. I actually wanted to downvote but couldn't because it was deleted before I got there. While I don't want to seem overly negative, I'd like to explain why I would have downvoted it from a regular users's perspective (not as a mod), and I strongly suspect these are also reasons that others did so before the ...


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Reputation is the site's “fake Internet points” system. It is earned by contributing to the site in positive ways, which are primarily asking good questions and writing good answers about roleplaying games (as defined in our FAQ). Earning reputation unlocks site usage privileges when you have certain amounts. The ability to write comments on other people's ...


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If someone hasn't explained their downvote, chances are there's nothing much helpful they can say, or their comment would be the kind that historically causes problems. Or, they just haven't gotten around to it yet. We do leave comments when we can suggest an improvement, provide constructive criticism, or when we can ask for clarification. (Those are in ...


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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 blacklisted for this reason. When to have the rules-as-written tag and when not is kind of fuzzy... but it's important to make sure it's not just "I am asking about ...


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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 same reason. The question is not helpful content for the site. Did you “do something wrong?” Other answerers say "no" (IMO just because they don’t want to ...


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I think mxyzplk's change was constructive, but I don't think we should be talking as if "table-top RPGs" includes LARPs. It doesn't, and that immediately sounds silly and harms our credibility as a site for RPG experts. So I propose this version: Ask about... A specific problem with playing or running a table-top RPG or LARPs, including those run over ...


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Yeah, much as it's useful jargon to discuss how the site operates, I've noticed it being used in answer content lately and I don't think that's a helpful trend. I think it actually makes frame challenges less effective, because they're not really fully explaining and supporting the choice to challenge! Although some phrases to use instead might be useful, I ...


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They truly aren't registered on the site (yet) (technically). In order to decrease the barrier to entry, Stack Exchange offers a super frictionless flow for posting questions to brand new users: you can post a question or answer simply by entering a username and email. An "unregistered" account then gets created for you tied to a cookie in your browser, and ...


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It’s corporate boilerplate, yes, but it’s not wrong either. We do take flags seriously — we consider each one on its merits and on its context and take appropriate action. Whether someone gets in trouble for what they wrote is part of “appropriate action”. Taking care of comments that aren’t needed anymore doesn’t get anyone in trouble; taking care of foul ...


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Here you go!


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So, the short answer is: because someone thought they were unclear, not researched, or not useful, and downvoted them. The long answer is: You probably need to do some exploring of the help centre. In particular, our page on reputation explains all the details of how reputation works. Stack Exchange is a community that works differently to regular forums, ...


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In one of many message you wrote to the moderators regarding your temporary suspension for repeated violations of the site's code of conduct, you defended the behaviour in question by saying that you believe everyone is prejudiced and holds grudges, implying that accusing people of that shouldn't be a problem since you believe it's true. As we responded ...


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As usual, first present your problem, not your solution Usually, homebrewing something is about creating a new thing that does some particular stuff that you want, but is inexistent in the original published content, or to solve something you think it is a problem. For example, this question is about rebalancing winged races, which OP sees as problematic/...


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