No flips for you!
Yes. Otherwise, I have to accept that advice cannot ever help.Solved because the person got advice on a forum... that is the part you left out.
A player at an all-male table keeps making crude remarks about female NPCs. The others don't like it. The DM has said something. It did not stop. They come to a forum for an answer. Do you really believe a stranger's advice (one who does not know the DM or the players) will help this? Do you think they will come up with something that the table or DM could not have come up with on their own?
The same problems exist here, though. The table or GM could have come up with this on their own. The internet person may or may not have context, but that wasn't your argument above -- it was that nothing said on the internet could possibly be something that the table couldn't come up with on their own. This is a losing argument.A player keeps using mage hand in unique ways (at least to the DM). The DM asks the forum for advice on how they would handle it. They answer. And the reason their answers work is because they know the entire context. They understand mage hand.
You're relying on perfect context, which is another losing argument. Advice doesn't need to have perfect understanding to be useful. Also, if a table is coming to the internet for advice, they lack perfect context themselves. You're requiring advice to only be useful if perfect context exists. I disagree vigorously.What they do not understand is the context of a problematic player or DM. Someone might come along and say, "I had a player like that once. We cut him from the group." This is something the DM will have thought of. Another might come along and say, "Communication is key. I think you need to sit down and talk one-on-one with the player and express how you feel when they make those jokes." Another thing anyone who actually considers a problem will have thought of. Another might come along and say, "Give an ultimatum." This is also something the DM will have thought of.
And I do so because I've received good advice that I've used from the internet to address table problems. Sure, in some perfect world, I might have imagined these things eventually, but I didn't. I get them from the internet. Heck, session zero isn't an obvious tool and it heads of lots of table problems and it suggested to people that haven't heard of it all the time on the internet.
So, if I have a social problem with real people in real life, I never need advice on how to deal with it. And advice given is always worse than no advice given.That is what I am speaking of. If it is an actual table-problem, the options are apparent. There is no need for advice. And if they do take any advice, there is a greater chance of it being wrong because the advice giver does not know the entire context.
Yeah, hard nope.