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What's a frame challenge?
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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 ...

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Why do people use "Emphasis mine"?
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We say “emphasis mine” alongside a quoted passage where some part of the original text has been bolded/italicised, in order to indicate that the emphasis is not found in the original, but was in fact ...

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Do we want three moderators, or four?
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Four could be helpful for the situation mentioned in this comment: Yep, mxyzplk and I are often on the same wavelength (enough that the times we aren't can stand out), but we're also keenly aware ...

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Are campaign research questions on topic, part two?
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No, not unless they are truly RPG-centric. A Summary: What to do Add a section to our FAQ defining what is on topic or off topic. My second draft of the wording (that I'm still not completely ...

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Should gender-loaded terms like 'wife-friendly' be edited out?
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Yes, terminology like this should be edited away liberally from questions, answers, and especially question titles. People could be quite reasonably offended by this language - it's making ...

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I think this answer might be harmful
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I have removed this answer. “Advises actual real life harm” is a pretty good identifying criteria for answers that are a bad idea to have on our site—though in this case it's more like “advice that if ...

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What Do We Do With "Read The Book To Me" Questions?
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There's at least two kinds of easily confusable questions here: I hear the DMG has rules for X. I don't have the DMG. What are the rules for X? Are there rules for X? What are they? #1 is a deeply ...

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How can I ask a good homebrew review question?
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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 ...

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Is the accusation that smallcaps significantly hurts my question's software compatibility well founded?
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Yes, the small caps you're using are bad for machines. People also may have issues with them. AceCalhoon pointed us in comments to a question on Super User about the usage and purpose of these glyphs....

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Should RPG.SE enforce a specific standard for handling gender pronouns?
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We don't enforce specific expectations around how people gender things and should not really do so. It's up to individuals to determine how they want to handle things: I like singular 'they', others ...

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

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Dungeons and Dragons is dominating the site in terms of page views
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I think things are OK. I'd like to offer an additional stat: we have 16,002 D&D family questions (which includes Pathfinder) out of 22,167 total questions, or 72.2% D&D family questions. (...

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Is '5e' a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker?
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I think we should be OK interpreting “5e” as “D&D 5e” when the question is also talking about D&D-isms. (If they're talking about things that don't sound like D&D 5e, like talking about ...

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Is it reasonable to ask a question that you don't actually need an answer to?
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Our help center advises: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Generally if you're not actually experiencing a particular problem it will be ...

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Was this question closed because it was about realism/verisimiltude?
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This question is what we call a real-world research question. This is mentioned in our on-topic help article: Generic real-world topics Questions about a general real-world topic such as ...

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Should we have a standard abbreviation for RPGSE?
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We don't need to avoid calling this place “RPG.SE”. It's fine. As anyone understands, acronyms can mean multiple things. Here, RPG.SE means RPG[.stackexchange], and it's normal vernacular. In all ...

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

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If an answer to question A can be found in question B, should we close A as duplicate of B?
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We close Question A as a duplicate of Question B only when all of the following is true: It's the same question, or Question A is already covered obviously as a subset of Question B. "Obvious&...

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

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Is there any interest for a Discord server?
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Having personal Discords springing off the site with subsets of its community is a fine idea. There's at least a couple already, mostly centered around specific groups of people who went off to ...

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Role-playing Games's updated site theme is live!
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bug accessibility Poor visibility of answers being accepted in search results Currently answers in search results break a base-level accessibility guideline: Success Criterion 1.4.1 Use of Color: ...

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What should I do if the most valuable response came in a comment rather than an answer?
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However, I'd feel like a punk if I'd take the linked article, write the answer myself and then accept my own answer to my question. Do it. It'll be beneficial in every which way. If you want them to ...

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What's so problematic about a recommendation question having potentially hundreds of answers, anyway?
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Why do these questions get closed? We close these questions because they're list questions, which we declared as off topic in 2010. List questions tend to break our Q&A format: there's no single ...

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

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Rewarding old answers with bounties
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Bounties always draw attention to a question, it's just part of the bounty effect. They encourage new attention no matter what because it gets highlighted for a while. That means new answers, but it ...

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Links to "D&D Tools" / dndtools and similar sites
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D&D Tools.eu has been taken down. They received a cease & desist letter from Wizards of the Coast. That pretty well settles the debate: we shouldn't link to it, because there's nothing there ...

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How should we properly handle answers that show an apparent lack of system mastery?
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Downvote them. You're right, we don't want to validate answers giving poor advice, and that's why we have our downvote button. Use it liberally. Ideally, if you can, provide a competing answer, but ...

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What qualifies as an "actual problem"?
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This is not really about what is or isn't an “actual problem”. Focusing on that would be a red herring. Instead, you ran headlong into one of the quality alarms that the community consciousness shares,...

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How do we handle it when the asker's problem is just that they're confused?
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Do what we do best: solve their problem to the best of our ability. From my experience we can sort these questions into three categories. 1. Their question is incomprehensible or really does not have ...

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Is there any reason why quoting a D&D 5e spell in its entirety would not qualify as "fair use"?
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Just FYI, a normal user was the one who revised your post using their edit privilege. “Site mods” usually refers to the diamond moderators, none of which have revised your post prior to this meta. ...

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