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

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How do we handle a desire to challenge the frame of a question?
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If it is really a case of asking about the solution instead of the problem, it's OK to leave comments of the form "Can you state the real problem you're trying to solve so we can suggest alternate ...

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Are game recommendation questions on topic?
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This answer is historical and overturned by: Are Game Recommendation Questions On Topic, Revisited This answer has been discussed by the moderation team and reflects our thoughts on this issue. We ...

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RPGs by and for white nationalists
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First, we do have a Be Nice policy, and no racist or otherwise offensive content will be allowed here. Furthermore, we don't want links to places where offensive content is prominent, like 4chan/...

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Are questions about escape games on topic?
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We accept questions about LARPs (live action roleplaying games), as discussed in Are questions about LARPs on topic?. Escape puzzles would be off topic here, however. Most escape games do not have ...

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Does Standard English overrule game terms?
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For clarity, you should use the terms the way the game does. There is negative value in changing, for example, AC to A.C. In some cases people don't know and happen to mis-edit, then just like with ...

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How is the community doing? [2019]
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Homebrew review questions still aren't great It seems like there are more of them, and they are generally following the new guidance How can I ask a good homebrew review question?. Unfortunately, ...

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How is the community doing? [2019]
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The community is continuing to perform most of the site moderation activity In a trend continuing from last year, the community is performing the majority of close/edits, is flagging plenty of ...

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Why do people use GM versus DM?
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DM, or "Dungeon Master," is a term used only by D&D players. GM, or "Game Master," is a generic term used by players of many of the other 10,000 RPGs out there. Therefore people with wider game ...

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This sites methode of doing it's rating is so hostile should i bother to stay with it?
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You need to understand you are joining a community with certain expectations and rules. Most importantly, that you should be contributing answers to the question posed, see the help center for more. ...

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

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How is the community doing? [2017]
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We're going to have another mod election ASAP. Unfortunately, other commitments have caused @waxeagle to not spend much time with us. So we've asked for a mod election to backfill his position. ...

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

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Are all questions that are even tangentially related to Computer-Based RPGs or computer games off topic for this stack?
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You have two questions, one of which is on topic here and one of which is on topic for Arqade. "How does Baldur's Gate generate stats" is a video game question that should be asked on Arqade. Once ...

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Let's talk about 8chan
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I think that we should not link to sites like 8chan. SE is intended to be a SFW atmosphere, and on sites of that sort it's not like the bad content is truly restricted to areas outside the RPG ...

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We should talk about the word "should"
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The problem is not with the word “should” per se, but it is a warning sign of an opinion based question, and it does tend to encourage people to answer with opinions and not facts. “What should I do” ...

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Should we encourage users to wait 24 hours before accepting an answer?
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Yes. Encouraging users to wait 24 hours before accepting an answer is good. The Problems For Answerers I am not primarily concerned about the effect on answerers, though I think those exist (fastest ...

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Should RPG.SE enforce a specific standard for handling gender pronouns?
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No I'm going to give you the super short mxyzplk version of this. No, we are not interested in enforcing gender pronouns. Feel free and promulgate a voluntary best practice people can use here on ...

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Are questions about alignment on topic?
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Only specific kinds of alignment questions are on topic. There are a variety of kinds of alignment questions, some of which can be constructively handled by our site and some that can not. There's ...

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Should questions that deride certain styles of play be permitted?
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There's a difference between 'deride' and 'advocate' you may be missing. RPG Stack Exchange, like the other Stack Exchanges, has a wide variety of schools of thought represented even on a single ...

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Is formatting more important than content on StackExchange answers for initial votes?
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Well, of course upvotes are at anyone's discretion, they can upvote because they like your clever use of headers. However, you are making a false dichotomy between "format" and "content." If someone ...

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Can I use a bleeped-out-swear if that's the name of the article I'm referencing?
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Yes, perfectly fine. See Is profanity allowed on RPG.SE? for our guidance - you can actually use swear words if they're in the original, but it certainly doesn't hurt anything to 'bleep' them and ...

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How is the community doing? [2017]
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We've seen the community step up their role in moderation much more (good IMO). One of the key takeaways I had from the debate early last year was that people thought mods were acting "too much" ...

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

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Can 5e's "Living Rules" be used to ask questions on RPG.SE?
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Yes, you can ask about all these kinds of rules. Look, here's the deal. I know it's a shock to a lot of 3.5e/4e players who have adopted a very strongly legalist/"canon" approach to rules, but it's ...

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Design Ideas for RPG Site
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For the header, I agree with making it more 'genre inclusive' and not D&D specific - the heavy D&D 4e focus is one we're trying to overcome to serve all RPGs. Hitting the majors (scifi, ...

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How Should We Tag D&D Versions?
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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 ...

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Are habits from D&D 3e making answers to 5e questions more prone to overly rigid answers?
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No Here's the deal. Everyone (most people at least) know they can do whatever they want in their games. But they are asking a question not because they need someone to tell them "sure you can! make ...

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Is it reasonable to ask a question that you don't actually need an answer to?
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No. Please don't. Experience shows us question seeding ends up poorly. Because the poster doesn't actually have the problem, they are unable to really answer questions about it or clarify. Then ...

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Should we be tagging individual spells?
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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 ...

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