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What's a frame challenge?

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 ...
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Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments?

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 ...
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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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Could I please have my privilege to edit without a peer review removed?

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 ...
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I've been told my question is better suited to a forum, but where should I go?

General RPG discussion forums Roleplaying Games SE's main chat room It's not actually a forum, but can sometimes be useful for questions that need quick back-and-forth discussion to sort out. Pros: ...
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Should users refrain from answers (or partial answers) in comments?

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 ...
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Only D&D on this Stack?

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 ...
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What are the citation expectations of answers on RPG Stack Exchange?

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 ...
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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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An answer I flagged as very low quality was declined despite answer being of very low quality?

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'...
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Eek! A troll in the Stack! What do I do?

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 ...
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How does one build enough reputation to respond to threads?

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 ...
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Why do I need to specify my game system, and how do I best do it?

There are a lot of different RPGs out there (and a lot of editions of a lot of RPGs), and a lot of them use the same keywords, names, and – in some cases – book titles. As such, guessing what game ...
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I just showed up here. Should I be somewhere else if I play other RPGs more than D&D?

Our site is for all* tabletop role-playing games, not just D&D 5e. It is true that D&D 5e questions seem to dominate the questions on our mainsite (Role-Playing Games StackExchange) for the ...
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What do I need to do to not get upvoted, completely inappropriate Fate Core answers on my FATE 2.0 questions?

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 ...
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Can I ask self-answered questions about obscure games?

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 ...
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Why is an answer being downvoted without any comments?

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 ...
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Flagging comments for deletion: flag one or all?

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 ...
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Who moderates the moderators?

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 ...
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How to search for non-D&D-related questions?

Wildcards to the rescue! You can use wildcards as per the search help page: "Use wildcard searches to broaden results; add an asterisk (*) anywhere in the word, like encour* or Ex*nge." It'...
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I believe I was a victim of sockpuppetry. Who do I report this to?

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 ...
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What does it mean when it says I need “50 reputation” to comment?

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 ...
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A question has some facts majorly wrong: should I be correcting them in comments or an answer?

I suggest the guideline of asking yourself this question: to what extent is correcting the errors itself solving the problem they're facing? If you're substantially solving their problem by ...
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Is there an expression (or some expressions) we can use instead of "frame challenge"?

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 ...
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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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How should I ask about my D&D 5e Homebrew being balanced?

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 ...
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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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Can a new user answer to comments under their own question?

Users can always comment on their own questions and answers regardless of reputation, see the end note of this meta.SE post.
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What are "unregistered" members and why they are allowed to post?

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 ...
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We still don't actually take flags seriously, right?

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 ...
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