Here I'm not sure if it would have been better to post the examples as a self-answer instead of including them in the question.

Actually I'm not sure if that question is an appropriate question at all, since it might or might not have a definite answer. A definite answer might come as in "hey there already are fixed rules for that, here's the link"; however if there aren't (yet) such rules there would probably not be a definitive answer, hence it might be more suited for a CW maybe?

I don't know, that's why I'm asking here.

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The question does not meet the guidelines in our new FAQ.

I feel it does not pass the criteria:

avoid asking subjective questions where …

  • your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ >for ______, what do you use?”
  • there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”
  • it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”

Deleting your answers would not save it. I think it should be broken up into discrete problems that can be solved and written with a more neutral POV. Example:

In Starcraft, the random starting positions can lead to one person sandwiched between two others while the fourth player has 2 planets to himself. Has it been your experience that each player still has a roughly equal chance at victory in this situation?

If not, have you tried any house rules to address this? How did the house rule work out in actual play?

A successful subjective question should deal in facts that can be backed up with a reference or personal experiences. When asking for house rules, be sure to ask only for rules that people have actually tried!

Asking people to propose anything that tickles their fancy does not lead to quality answers. Rather, if they have not created/used a house rule for a particular situation, that person should be encouraged to vote/answer as to whether they think a house rule is needed and to "back it up" with actual play experience.

FYI - Community Wiki is not a solution for very many problems. It should only be used for resources that need to be editing by the community at large.

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  • Ooh, good idea splitting them! I'll definitely do that (sooner or later) – o0'. Jan 18 '11 at 17:23

I think the question overall is good, although I would have added what aspect of combat, research, and starting positions you don't like. The argument you advance against them holds against any "house rules" question, and I think those are just about the most interesting questions there are on the site. Yes, they're subjective, but they can definitely be good subjective. Community wiki is only applied to some very specific situations.

To answer your other question, I would personally have preferred self-answers to part-of-the-question answers, but I don't know if the community agrees.

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