Morkus from Orkus
First, modules are not rules. Advice in modules is not the same as advice in the game rules. Second, you are loosely interpreting a lot of what you have been posting about the older game editions such as 1e, 2e etc. to match your preferred method of play. Third, you are blatantly ignoring the very specific definition in 5e that flat out goes against your personal method in favor of examples of types of roleplay that follow. All of that you are doing to show how you are right and others are "going against the books"(in quotes because they aren't.), implying with your tone that your way is the best way to roleplay. That's gatekeeping.Words happen to mean what they mean, you know. You are free to ignore them, free to disagree with them, but nitpicking every single word to try to change the meaning is still nitpicking. These are not even my words, and I'm not even forcing an interpretation of them. But they just seem to offend you by simply being there, and for some reason it triggers your defensive mechanism. Why is the presence word "actor" in a text more than 40 years old such a problem to you that you have to go and pick up examples of the worst (non-)actors to justify something ?
Once more, I have just provided the text from the books that existed at the time. That's all, how does it offend you ?
After that, these words were guidelines to us, and we used them, and we have the feeling that the meaning has not changed much, and indeed the roleplaying in our groups has not changed that much either.
How exactly is this gatekeeping, how is it offending you ?
Again, where is my interpretation, where is the judgement ? You are the one working extremely hard to prove that it can mean that you were right to play Bob the Wizard. I don't care. I don't judge you for it. But you seem to be judging me only because we took the words to heart in their simplest interpretation. That is actually extremely judgemental of you.
I'm excluding no-one, never had. But you seem for some reason to want to justify yourself for the way you played. I don't care what you played, I don't judge you for it, so please don't do the same thing to me.