Joshua Aslan Smith
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Nominations for an advanced copy of the D&D 5e starter pack! Nominations have expired
22 votes

I nominate myself. Why I think I'm a valid candidate Playtest Experience - I've been playing the D&D Next Playtest for pretty much the whole way through. I've seen the various iterations on what ...

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Are questions about a fantasy video game setting on topic here?
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18 votes

No We can answer questions on offically published RPG settings because they are RPG materials but questions about settings completely beholden to other media are off-topic simply because the experts ...

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Change the definition of "rules-as-written" with respect to D&D 3.5
18 votes

No You are giving an edition specific example, Rules-as-written is system agnostic tag and should not be changed because one edition of D&D handles their rules canon in one particular way.

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Is adding specific prestige classes tags necessary?
17 votes

No Prestige classes for 3.5/Pathfinder are extremely specific. Tags that are too specific just clutter up the site without adding any real value. How many users are going to need to quickly access ...

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What's our policy with answers advocating piracy (accidentally or not)?
15 votes

Answers that are in clear violation of copyright should be deleted. (or flagged if you cannot vote to delete) A lot of the material we share on this site is copyrighted in some way that limits ...

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RPG General Chat: vote for your feeds!
14 votes

The Official WOTC D&D Feed. http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Globals/Services/ArticleFeed.aspx With 5e launching shortly I think it would greatly benefit the site and chat users to have the WOTC feed ...

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Player-Needs Tag Clarification
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13 votes

Terminate with Extreme Prejudice It's only used on 14 questions, has no wiki description, and does not seem to be used consistently beyond questions that have something to do with players (but not ...

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Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking
12 votes

First let me say welcome to RPG.SE. In general a lot of the issues you've brought up have to do not only with RPG.SE's guidelines but overall guidelines followed by just about every site on ...

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Does this question about smartphone apps for LARP combat really need a historical lock?
10 votes

Tool questions are no longer on-topic Per this question, tool questions were deemed to be off-topic Are tool recommendation questions on topic? As such a question about LARP Apps no longer would be ...

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How do I list an external resource?
10 votes

Our site doesn't function well as broadcast point While your desire to share this helpful tool you've created is laudable, the format of our site and our best practices for questions and answers ...

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What's with the policy on deleting answer comments on on-hold questions?
9 votes

A good answer does not, a good question, make... Someone may write an excellent answer to an unclear question or too broad question but generally a question is useless on our site if its not well ...

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We need a [dungeons-and-dragons-5e] synonym, please and thank you!
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9 votes

Yes This is a really great point, and something we overlooked with the transition from dnd-next to dnd-5e.

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RPG.SE is 10 years old today! Let's tell some stories!
8 votes

Shoutout to everyone that makes the community here great And I generally mean everyone and anyone. I spent countless hours when I should've been working just helping and being helped on RPG questions ...

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Is this too opinion based to post?
8 votes

Yes this would be too opinion-based. You are basically polling us to weigh-in on balance/player incentive for a system that we have no idea what its rules-set is and cannot make a decided good ...

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How can I suggest that a comment may have problems without violating the "no discussion" rule?
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Comments aren't a changelog Comments can be a helpful mechanic for suggesting additions or having a short dialog over improving an answer or question, but the comments themselves are only of value/...

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Are questions about Storium on-topic?
7 votes

Yes While Storium doesn't bill itself as a traditional "RPG" in my experience as a Storium user/player its similarities to existing systems like Fate make it a good fit for our site. The experience ...

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How can the policy regarding discussions in comments be improved?
7 votes

Comments aren't meant to be saved From our own help page on Comments Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. Comments are meant to inform questions and answers, ...

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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
6 votes

For D&D 5e's release RPG.SE was able to organize a drive for questions and have a raffle contest (RPG Stack Exchange D&D 5th Edition Contest - Dungeon Master's Guide Edition) to give away ...

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Are the verisimilitude and realism tags necessary?
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6 votes

Neither While both are synonyms and the argument could easily be made why one is better than the other; neither tag should be kept because both were created from whole cloth as part of a question ...

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Are these questions about resistances duplicates of each other?
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5 votes

No While they ultimately end up being best answered by explaining damage resistance by type they are all distinct questions asking about distinct instances in the case of the first 2 and in general ...

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Should I update my answer with information from someone else's answer?
5 votes

Yes, most complete answer > less complete answers If someone else's answer highlighted something you forgot to mention or expanded on a point your own answer made its perfectly fine to also ...

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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Joshua Aslan Smith - Moderation Nomination In terms of working relationship, the current moderation team has a good level of alignment — and a lack of diversity. In what ways do you see your ...

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The simulation tag
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The judgement is death Actual simulation would inevitably be physics, sociology, or history based questions outside our scope. Simulationist game play is a part of many RPGs but rarely is terribly ...

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What can experienced SE users who are new to RPGs bring to the community?
5 votes

I wouldn't hesitate to post, the community will let you know either via comments or votes if something is wrong. Worst case you ask a question that doesn't fit the guidelines and you delete it. This ...

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Are 'Homebrew a class for me' questions allowed on this site?
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I don't feel any content commission questions are appropriate for the site... Opening the door for homebrew commission questions is asking for a whole world of trouble. As you state there is no way ...

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How should I have asked?
4 votes

Too broad simply means too Broad When a question is closed for Too broad its because the are too many answers that would be "correct" (not enough requirements to distinguish the right answer from ...

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Is the following question appropriate for this site?
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I think you can post it but I'm not sure you'll get the quality or type of answers you might be looking for here. I can try to write up a more business-y and/or psych-marketing type answer since I ...

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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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Joshua Aslan Smith for Moderator 1. What is your view on current moderation policy on this site? Is there anything in particular you disagree with? If so, why? How would you reconcile this with ...

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Do we really need resource type tags like books or online-resources?
1 votes

No, but... If we remove it because Tools is already covering this area then we need to expand and improve tools wiki entry and description blurb. The only immediate rebuttal that came to mind was D&...

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What signals a need to curate the emergent tagging folksonomy?
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I think it is in large part intuitive. I just submitted a tag discussion question on Meta for civilisation because I saw the tag, caught the UK spelling, and then proceeded to investigate its usage. ...

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