Hey!, I thought. A question-and-answer thing about RPGs! Nice! I'll try it.
So I registered and got started. Asked a question, two. Got some good answers. Gave a few. Got a little excited. Badges...Reputation...okay, that's cool. More excited.
I looked around to see if there were any questions I could help with. It went like this:
Okay! Ahhh...see here...D&D 4.0, D&D 4.0, D&D 4.0...Dogs in the Vin- no...D&D 4.0, D&D 4.0, D&D 4-- AHA! Call of Cthu-- no, that's got plenty of answers already. D&D 4.0, D&D--OOH! HEY! AD&D 1st Ed. question!
So I peek in on a guy looking for help turning a Thief into a Con Man. In other words -- where are AD&D's social interaction rules?
The first answer was one of those definitive "AD&D sucks for that, it can't do that, it's all about combat" things, which I hold to be untrue. I offered polite disagreement, and further added some ideas about how one could resolve these things with dice mechanics in the event that role-playing (as in "Role-Playing Game") were insufficient.
Cue blustery rebuttals, insistence that AD&D is all about what you can't do, and suggestions that if D&D doesn't say you can't do X, then why not just play "Candyland", since that doesn't say you can't do X either?
...Dude...whatever. But thanks for undoing my attempt to help on, like, the one thing I could.
Well. That bathwater's out the window, but all the baby seems to say is, "4.0, 4.0, 4.0."
So why am I blah about RPG Stack Exchange?
Because it's like an ass-kicking contest, and I only got half a leg.