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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

Revert the policy, and treat these edits like any other The moderation team believes it’s time to revert this policy and restore the way we handle system information to the default way we handle every ...
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Should we rename the [adnd] tag to [adnd-1e]?

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 ...
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burninate new-gm tag

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 ...
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Is Heroes and Dragons the same thing as D&D 5e in terms of system tagging?

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 ...
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What distinction is being drawn between house-rules and homebrew?

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 ...
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A proposal for moving forward with Rules as Written

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 ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

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 ...
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Should we be tagging individual spells?

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 ...
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Do we want a [homebrew-review] tag separate from the [homebrew] tag?

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 ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

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 ...
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Time to retire the [rules-as-written] tag?

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 ...
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Is it acceptable to add the [dnd-5e] tag to questions about D&D Beyond?

The dnd-beyond tag (or otherwise describing D&DBeyond in the question) should be treated as equivalent to the OP stating "I'm playing D&D 5e" For the simple reason that D&DBeyond ...
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Do we want a [total-party-kill]?

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 "...
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Is the Only-Tag Test for meta-tag-ness broken here?

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 ...
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Should we add a [rules-as-written] tag warning, and what should it say?

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 ...
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You can help new users identify their D&D edition!

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 ...
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Does a widely-played and well-defined hybrid of D&D 3e and 3.5e exist called “D&D 3.x”?

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), ...
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Should we have a tag for Wendy's Feast of Legends RPG?

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 ...
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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

The endless arguments across Meta show that there are problems no matter what policy is used. These problems are caused because questions that should have system tags do not have them. We can ...
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Burninate [players]. The tag, I mean

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 ...
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Do we need a [disadvantage] tag?

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)...
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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

I think it is a terrible idea to revert the policy I disagree, strongly, with the assertion that questions are so often “reasonably clear.” I feel that I have often assumptions made that are incorrect....
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Is it irresponsible to bump numerous questions by adding tags?

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 ...
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Time to retire the [rules-as-written] tag?

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 ...
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Re-revisiting the "don't guess the system" policy

It's precisely because a system tag can sometimes be assumed that it never should be. Back-shelf RPG guy here for a perspective. Here's a couple of questions that put a certain impression on me. One's ...
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Murder -Death -Kill the [Civilisation] tag

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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Why do we use [Published-Adventures] instead of more specific tags?

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 ...
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Should we be tagging individual spells?

I don't think we should make a habit of having tags for specific spells. Short version: too many specific nontransferrable names which overlap with fundamental game concepts of those very same games ...
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Do we need a [jungle] tag?

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 ...
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I think we should burninate [campaign-settings]

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 ...
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