Introduction: In Which I Introduce Things Using Lots and Lots of Words
For the most part, there are two types of people who use this forum: People who have questions, and people who like to answer them. Generally, this is an ideal combination, like peanut butter and jelly, or peanut butter and chocolate, or peanuts and a machine that makes them into butter.
But over time, the combination can break down. The people with questions tend to ask many of the same ones over and over, sometimes without searching or browsing to see if they've already been answered. The people with answers tend to be patient about this at first, but burn out over time; their answers get shorter, more curt, more annoyed. Politeness can begin to break down. Tempers can flare. The jelly falls out the side of the sandwich and stains your shirt. The chocolate peanut butter cup becomes stale and gritty, and you already threw out the receipt so you can't exchange it for a fresher package.
Hopefully this thread can help all of the wonderful peanuts and jelly-fruits and chocolate bars in this forum live in the perfect harmony in which we were all meant to live. (OK, probably not, but it's worth a shot.) With your help, this will eventually become a collection of some of the most common questions people ask in this forum, along with either succinct answers to those questions, or links to other resources, posts and threads that will answer them in detail.
This thread is about providing answers to pretty specific questions having to do with rogues. It is not meant to replace any of the outstanding stickies at the top of this forum, or the many excellent resources I mention in my "Guide to Guides" sticky. If you're looking for more general advice on being a better rogue, you're much better off browsing the stickies than you are reading this thread.
I'll close up this novelette with a request: Please try *not* use this thread to yell at one another. Many of the questions below don't have easy answers, and in many cases people on different sides of an argument feel very passionately about their views. That's fine. And I'm going to do the best job I can of representing all sides in my answer. But if you want to debate the topic itself, please don't do it here. Do it within another thread in this forum -- preferably one of the threads I link to, so people who click on it seeking more information can develop a better understanding of all sides of the issue (and maybe come around to your view in the process).
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