Thomas Markov
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Revisit III: Don’t Guess the System policy
60 votes

Let experts make expert decisions. This is the essential premise of Stack Exchange. People come here because they expect experts to be equipped to solve their problem - and they are right. We have an ...

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Revisit: Is "5e" a clear enough statement of game system by a question asker to determine that the question is about D&D 5e?
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60 votes

Let experts make expert decisions. This is the whole point of Stack Exchange. The entire model is people who know what they're talking about answering questions. People come here to ask questions ...

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How do I reference a racially charged term without it getting deleted as a "racist slur"?
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34 votes

Just explain what you mean. Slurs like that are lazy and harmful. You've done a fine enough job explaining the idea you intended to communicate here in this question. Just give clear exposition on the ...

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2021 Community Moderator Election Results
30 votes

Our mod team is turning into quite the menagerie of creatures. (and one humanoid, linksassin) Congrats nitsua60 and Oblivious Sage! I have no doubt you will both do a fine job.

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Are questions related to building LARP safe weapons on-topic here?
26 votes

We have handled such DIY questions for live action roleplaying, and should continue to do so. We have several questions dealing with this topic, see the props tag. Here are a few examples: How do I ...

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Is a dark mode for this site realistically possible and desirable, and can we in any way support its introduction?
25 votes

Yes, I want dark mode on RPG.SE I don't really have anything else interesting to say, nor do I have any knowledge about what it takes to implement it. I'm leaving this answer to simply measure support ...

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Can we generalize our policy on linking system-specific rules, toolsets, etc. as clearly stating the system?
23 votes

Citing materials is a way for someone who doesn’t know there are different editions of the game to tell us what edition they’re using. When I got into Dungeons & Dragons, I didn’t know there were ...

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What should I do when a question does not specify the game system being used?
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17 votes

The “Don’t Guess the System” policy was repealed under the platform “Let experts make expert decisions”, and what we want to do here is put to paper some of the ways an expert can identify the system ...

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What is our stance on "Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers"?
17 votes

Yay math. My purpose here is to provide some statistics to help you make a decision. I've got it started, if there are other metrics you want to see, leave a comment and I will run the numbers and ...

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

A certain user made some comments on my very first answer that have stuck with me. Their comments helped shape my perspective of this stack. They're probably the reason I feel so strongly about what ...

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I have multiple questions about the Slow spell in D&D 5e. Should this be one post, or two?
16 votes

Two separate questions. You are asking how the spell slow interacts with two totally different features from different classes, that do different things, and I can't really see that there is any ...

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How is the community doing? [2021]
15 votes

RPG.SE is enforcing the use of gender neutral pronouns (they/them) in Q&As despite a clear consensus position that all pronouns are neutral. Our guidance on pronoun use in Q&As is quite clear, ...

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Are these three questions on gemstone size and value duplicates?
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13 votes

The questions about the (value) gp diamonds are duplicates of the more general question about gemstones. First, let us examine the question, How big is a gemstone in the dmg gemstone table? The ...

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Should we merge the [critical-failure] tag with the [fumbles] tag?
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12 votes

Either they should be merged, or their descriptions should be changed to be clearly distinct. From critical-failure: a mechanic in various RPGs in which results of actions which not only fail to meet ...

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How to tag Strixhaven questions?
11 votes

For now, tag them like we do questions about the other MtG D&D settings: theros and ravnica. Ravnica and Theros questions seem to be tagged appropriately, maybe those tags are underutilized, maybe ...

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Why do my answers and comments keep getting shut down because I say "thank you"?
11 votes

Answers must answer the question. From the help center article on answer deletion (italics mine): Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: ...

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How is the community doing? [2021]
11 votes

There is lack of consensus on what should be done about old, off topic questions. There are currently 80+ open questions tagged game-recommendation (though if you go through them, some of them are on ...

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Are interviews reliable sources for supporting an answer?
11 votes

I will echo my answer here. It’s about tweets, but it applies to interviews. Readers decide if answers provide valuable information. Our goal is to help querents and future readers find solutions to ...

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How do we deal with duplicate questions where a rule change has made an old answer obsolete?
11 votes

Step 1: Bounty the question. This is one of the purposes of the bounty system - to seek new answers to old questions for one reason or another. I will leave the bounty banner up for the full week, it ...

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How is the community doing? [2021]
10 votes

Bounties offered is trending upward. Here is a graph of the number of bounties per month for the last 12 months: I see this as a good thing. The bounty system is being used to target content that ...

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Does closure of a question depend on whether it was asked earlier or if it provides a more general response?
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9 votes

We sometimes close the question that was asked first. Others have suggested this be closed as a duplicate, but since I was the one that closed your question, I can provide a bit more insight. Our ...

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Should we turn on MathJax in comments?
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9 votes

We already have this. As pointed out by Ilmari Karonen, we already have this. I need to make sure none of my user scripts on my desktop interfere with it somehow, because I’m quite confident I tested ...

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What does the author to this item rarity question need to actually do to get their question reopened?
9 votes

In a comment, I stated explicitly what I wanted to see for my reopen vote. I wrote a comment right after rolling back the edit: I've rolled back the edit for now, as iterations of homebrew reviews ...

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How are you meant to provide personal experience on mostly mathematical questions?
9 votes

Encounter design is not even close to "mostly mathematical". Sure, there is guidance in the Dungeon Master's Guide that attempts to rationalize Challenge Rating and encounter design as ...

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How can I get answers about items serving a specific purpose, without my question being closed as duplicate of a Q&A that doesn't care about items?
9 votes

The dupe target does care about items. The dupe target asks, without restricting the scope to any one category of features: Are there any ways you have used to mitigate this flaw? This means the ...

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If a question has one tag that I've watched and another tag that I've ignored, how is it displayed?
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9 votes

In this image I have the four possible states in this order: Watched and Ignored, Ignored, Default, Watched: A post with a watched tag and an ingored tag gets greyed out by ignore and gets the ...

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What does it mean when a question is highlighted yellow?
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8 votes

In the image below, I have examples of the four possible highlight states for a question in this order - Watched and Ignored, Ignored, Default, Watched: You probably have the dnd-5e tag set to ...

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2021: a year in moderation
7 votes

2020 vs. 2021 Comparison for RPG.se Meta posts: 2017 stats 2018 stats 2019 stats 2020 Stats SEDE Queries: Total number of questions, answers per year Comments per year

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Images of Magic: The Gathering symbols make text render ugly on mobile site
7 votes

You appear to be using the deprecated mobile view. See this meta.se: Deprecating our mobile views This creates a couple of issues. First, if you’re adding a feature to an existing part of the site, ...

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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection
7 votes

Often moderators are power users of the stack. Accepting moderator duties means doing less of the things you do daily. Many moderators don't feel like they have enough time to do their duties and ...

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