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Don’t make adnd another umbrella tag—we don’t need another. dungeons-and-dragons handles that situation just fine, just like it does for questions across WotC-era D&D editions. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of clamoring for that distinction. Moreover, adnd-1e already exists as a synonym of adnd, and breaking that synonym relationship will just cause ...


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It's not appropriate to edit based on a guess. Make the OP clarify the question themselves. Why? Because we're also trying to train new users on how to use the site. And worst case, you bait people into bad answers when you guess wrong. If the OP never bothers to come back to clarify their question - then what good are answers going to do them anyway? ...


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It's not a meta-tag… It's possible to use new-gm alone on a question. Consider the hypothetical question, "How do I start GMing?" Assuming it was asked in a way that wasn't too broad, it would need at least one tag, and the only one that would fit is new-gm. Hypothetical demos aside, there are a number of questions we have where the newness of a GM is an ...


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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 it like this." Be sensitive to the RAW tag's community during this Be sensitive to the requests of the people active in RAW here, like HeyICanChan and KRyan, ...


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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 confusing and we have no super clear theory on how to use it correctly, so it causes edit wars, and has become a lightning rod for hostility and bad feelings when ...


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It’s a “fork” of D&D 5e: based on similar fundamentals, but having split from the main branch of 5e development and thereafter developed independently of 5e. In a sense, it is not all that different from Pathfinder’s relationship to 3.5e (though, of course, the history in Pathfinder’s case is a little more involved). A fork is its own thing, whatever ...


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Yeah, let’s do it. These are distinct categories that have separate reader and expert audiences. Since review has emerged as a distinct question topic it should have its own tag, especially if it’s flooding the existing tag.


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I'll take a slightly different tack from Shalvenay: homebrew is for non-published content. Feats, classes, abilities, perks, traits, talents, or any other mechanical component not published by the holder of the license, or appropriately authorized third parties, constitutes homebrew, whether it's written by the group in question or some random person on the ...


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Don't guess It's up to the asker to tag the question with the correct system. In the case of a new community member who doesn't yet understand this responsibility, it's up to the community to determine from the asker the system in the question. If you are absolutely certain of the unnamed system (having eliminated all other possibilities because of an ...


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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 written are those which: Are investigating as a priority literal interpretations of the rules, even if it leads to absurd situations. Are not ...


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Yes. I don't think the tag has any real value, and I think burnination would be useful. The more specific "gm"-based tags will show up when someone starts typing gm into the tag field, which right now are often ignored because there's gm. With that tag gone, people will more often stop and consider the more specific tags the interface suggests to them. The ...


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Keep the tag: we've got browsers, too. Users don't only come here when they've a specific question, but also to browse around in a repository of high-quality analysis and advice. While searching for "TPK" will likely get you a good sampling, utilizing a TPK tag would provide users another avenue to get to questions on the topic.


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I would oppose a general recommendation tag. It's far too broad and will eventually end up being meaningless. My preference would be to come up with a group of different *-recommendation tags that cover the range of questions that are likely to get asked. If we keep an eye on these and their use we can edit/prune/add to them as and when is necessary.


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Correct, the system tag can be considered an exception to the Only Tag test with respect to other tags. This is pretty similar to Stack Overflow, where the language is the equivalent of the system tag. Like all the SO questions tagged "inheritance," well, inheritance works differently per language so they pretty much all have <language>, inheritance ...


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Recommended course of action Turns out we have a relatively low-traffic question asking exactly this: see How do I know which edition of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) the books I'm looking at are for? However, it lacks an answer with images! If someone with legal access to DnD books of various editions (especially the latest ones) or images to those ...


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If someone asks a question about it, we can have a tag about it We have tags for other jokey systems (or at least one, see dungeons-the-dragoning), but tags can't exist (for more than a day) without at least one question with that tag. So if someone asks a question about Feast of Legends, then the tag can be created.


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At the risk of being cute: Yes. It's called 3.5. 3.5 is not directly compatible with 3.0. Skills are broken out slightly differently, some of the mechanics work differently (e.g. damage reduction), etc. However, 3.5 has guidance on how to convert most 3.0 material to 3.5, and what mechanical changes you need to make. So, the combined game you would ...


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Ditch 'em. Having specific spell tags make people think they need to do that, and as this isn't "D&D Stack Exchange" it's going to take way too much word-space away from other games. If you want to find, for example, all "tiny hut" questions we do have site search, it's not like it's impossible.


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We don't need it. I will agree with what was stated in the answers of the Worth of "GM" and "players" tags question. My opinion on tags is simple: if I go into the tag query, I should know what I will be looking at. IMO tags are mostly used for filtering and searching. If I have a metagaming problem and I want to check if it was already asked, I will ...


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Advantage/disadvantage is a single mechanic, so I think it should have one master tag. When advantage was made our tag name character limit was too small for advantage-and-disadvantage (26, 1 too many). Now that we have more characters to use, we should just rename it advantage-and-disadvantage. That would be findable by typing disad..., so we might not ...


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You raise a valid point since there's 132 dnd-5e published-adventures questions and the vast majority are about to get a named tag. There's been a couple of ideas about how to do significant retags in the past: Do like, five or ten a day tops. Keep an eye on the front page and don't do another retag session until the last retag session (yours or anyone ...


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Nah, we already have terrain and (if applicable) environmental-hazards. Although tagging is a folksonomy, we have a mature tagging folksonomy. When something new is created, we have eight years of folksonomy and community experience to say “hey, we have a tag for that already.” terrain is a solidly-used but still only modestly-sized tag. It covers myriad ...


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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 and it's always been an unclear meta-tag. On why it sucks at covering its own topic There's a broad range of questions people have about rules. There's also ...


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All six questions look like they should have world-building instead. That makes civilisation a good candidate for destruction via synonyming.


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I don't think there's any particular reason we don't already do that other than we hadn't felt a need for it and nobody had gotten around to tagging for them. There weren't a lot of specific named adventures people needed help with in D&D 3.x and 4e, so published-adventures was doing us just fine. Recently there's a more pressing reason to actually do ...


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It should stay. For one, I fail to see any problem mentioned. Messing with tags should be restricted to when there is a problem affecting their use. For another, it helps signal the question is about the setting. Many people tag their general questions with the setting they’re in out of completeness. Third, “lore” is a super non obvious tag and not ...


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The desired hierarchy, initially hashed out in Proposed tag synonyms for [dnd4.0] but having evolved a little, should be and mostly is already: dungeons-and-dragons - For general cross-version stuff odnd - The first D&D, aka 0e, brown box/white box from 1974 dnd-basic - The first Basic D&D by Holmes from 1977 dnd-bx - Moldvay Basic and Cook Expert ...


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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 improbable) reading of what has been written in the game aids. By adding this tag, you're asking the answer to avoid speculation about authoral intent ...


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Questions about it should probably have a different tag, because it'll help prevent people from answering based on the wrong game, and help people find answers for the right game. For different games with the same name, we can add a bit on the end with the most useful disambiguating phrase. E.g., star-wars-d6 is our tag for the game officially named Star ...


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status-completed: the draconic-bloodline tag has been merged (but not synonymed) with sorcerer. Draconic Bloodline is like a subclass of sorcerer in Pathfinder and D&D 5e. Having a tag for this is kind of like having the tags [archfey-pact], [the-fiend-pact], and [the-great-old-one-pact] for the different kinds of core D&D 5e warlock subclasses — ...


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