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Are tool recommendation questions on topic?

Recommendations for games and published adventures are now off topic due to our policy on them being rescinded. The general agreement was that we did have functioning rules for them, but enough users ...
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Why was my question closed as too broad, unclear, or opinion-based?

There are a good number of questions, especially from users new to the site, that get closed as too broad or opinion-based. This is a post we can link them to for more guidance than what comments can ...
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Are Game Recommendation Questions On Topic, Revisited

Game recommendation questions are sadly NOT on topic here on RPG.SE. History In 2011 we embarked upon a brave experiment. "Shopping," or recommendation, questions are generally banned on all SEs ...
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I've been told my question is better suited to a forum, but where should I go?

I asked a question that got closed for not being suited for the Q&A format that RPG.SE uses, and was told that my question would work better on a discussion forum. Where can I find an RPG ...
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What Kinds Of Alignment Questions Are On Topic?

In the various Dungeons & Dragons games, and a limited set of other RPGs, there is the concept of "alignment," which is the ethical and moral disposition of a character. We have a fair number of ...
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Is homebrew an acceptable answer to a question?

Perhaps it's just the game designer in me, but for many of the questions asked here I almost automatically start thinking of homebrew solutions to whatever problem the asker is having. Would providing ...
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Is this site for experts, or not?

On the one hand, this question here about what RPG.SE is, and this answer here about answering FATE questions, specify "[this site] is a collection of expert knowledge" and "Expert questions to be ...
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Is profanity allowed on RPG.SE?

There have been questions in relation to language used, and offenses given in word choice- but what about outright profanity? Though (I think) most here are adults, that's not necessarily a given, ...
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Don't signal your edits in text

To amplify the bullet from here: Stop using the "Edit:" syntax of forums. We have explicit revision histories on everything, so everything should read as if the best version was the first version. ...
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Should I be requesting people answer the question independently?

For a while now, we've had answers like these ones which fail to really answer the question on their own, but just add some extra information building on other pre-existing answers. They often even ...
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How do we handle a desire to challenge the frame of a question?

Sometimes, someone asks a question that seems like it might suffer from the XY Problem (asking about your attempted solution instead of your actual problem) and you want to point that out. Or you ...
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How do we ask and answer subjective questions?

On RPG.SE, we deal with a fair number of questions that don't have a strict, objectively correct answer. Some game rules questions do, but we also have a good number of questions about how to run a ...
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Should I use a narrow system tag, or go broad if possible and use system-agnostic?

I am playing D&D 4e and I have a question about how I can create an excellent pirate adventure. Since people have pirate adventures in other RPG systems, and Stack Exchange is about useful answers,...
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How does all the various Stack Exchange functionality work?

The FAQ If you want to know how asking/answering, tagging, voting, bounties, or whatever works, all the answers are linked from the Meta Stack Exchange master FAQ question: FAQ for Stack Exchange ...
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Are character optimization questions on topic?

We attract some character build/optimization questions that are very vague - like this newer ones. Oracle build help D&D 3.5 Action Survivor like class Pathfinder: Arcane Duelist melee build ...
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Are campaign research questions on topic, part two?

There is a category of questions on this site that seriously pollutes our scope. Taking these questions to their logical maximum (which I see us continually approaching) everything under the sun has ...
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How to deal with questions that just don't understand the scope of the RPG landscape?

We've had several questions lately that we've been closing. What point-buy systems of magic (like psionics in 3e D&D) are there? , What are the main Creative Commons powered tabletop RPG out there?...
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Why are site comments being deleted?

Some site users have noticed old comments being deleted. This is correct - site comments are meant to be a mostly temporary means of improving questions and answers. Here's an explanation of the ...
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How to deal with feedback questions about house-rules?

Imagine a DM that wants to introduce a certain house-rule into his game but is unsure about the gameplay/mechanical consequences of his proposal. So he decides to come to RPG.SE and ask a question ...
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What kind of questions can I ask here?

The FAQ says? Role-playing Games - Stack Exchange is for gamemasters and players of tabletop, paper-and-pencil role-playing games. We've had a slight bit of discussion about LARPs that ...
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What should I do about spam questions?

Hey, I keep seeing spam questions on the site. Usually about poker, for some reason. What should I do about those? They make me angry. They make me want to HULK SMASH.
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Are list/collection questions on topic?

Related: tag for collection questions ? Should we allow and encourage list/collection questions here? The tradition on the trilogy has been to allow a very few and force them to be CW questions. ...