What is the best way to help a new player join a higher level party?

Having spent lockdown watching us play from the sidelines, and having played in one shots of a couple of different systems. One of our party’s partners would like to join the d&d campaign I am running. As a DM I have no issues with this, she gets the game and has been reading the rules and the party of 4 could easily accept a 5th member.

However I am now wondering how best to create her character with her. In the past when a party member has joined a campaign I am running they are not new to role playing, this is not their first campaign and so they have already experienced taking a level 1 character through the ranks, therefore starting them at the same or a slightly lower level then the party is not an issue, they have played enough to be able to quickly pick up all the extra skills and abilities a sudden jump gives them, the magic items I allow them to start with at that level are not something more to learn to use. The party are all roughly levels 8-10 so I can’t bring her on as a level 1 character.

What is the best way to help her not feel overwhelmed by everything while allowing her to jump in with a more powerful character then most starT with. She hasn’t yet told me her race or class, we are planning an evening together to flesh all that out soon and I would like to go in prepared with some tips to help her get the most out of this and not spend the first few sessions feeling lost as she tries to remember everything her character can do.

How can I best set up a quick project in GSA?

Hello, GSA peepz. Hope you are all having a great Summer! :pirate:
My question is: How can I quickly make a project?
In the past, it required writing descriptions (250,450) and all other fields. For some, also articles.
And then spinning them all.
I used the White Hat Box Spinner Chief spinning program, but it required a lot of checking by hand afterwards. This is all very time consuming.
How can I quickly set up a project?
I’d like to be able to set up Tier 2 or 3 that are not as important projects faster.

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Best practice in IIS of redirect (wildcard) from one domain to another?

We are moving domains and servers. I have newdomain.com set up on new server (SSL).

I want to shut off old domain. I will get old domain pointed to new server.

Is it better in IIS to add the olddomain.com bindings on new server under the same IIS Site? Or is it better to create a new IIS site for olddomain.com and redirect it to the newdomain.com from there?

Another dimension in here is we could have links in both http and https but sites both require https. So one of the things I am worried about is redirecting http://olddomain.com/xyz/index.html and that it needs to redirect correctly to https://newdomain.com/xyz/index.html

Where is the best way to filter user input?

Users can interfere with any piece of data transmitted between the client and the server, including request parameters, cookies, and HTTP headers. Where is the best way to filter user input, on the client side or in the server side ?

If the filtering happening on the client side, users can look at filter implementation and then it can easily circumvented. But what’s about the server side ?

PostgreSQL WAL Archival Best Practices?

The postgresql documentation gives an example archive_command of

archive_command = 'test ! -f /mnt/server/archivedir/%f && cp %p /mnt/server/archivedir/%f'  # Unix 

but adds the disclaimer saying

This is an example, not a recommendation

As someone who’s about to setup a postgresql database, I’m wondering what the best practice would be for handling WAL archival? Forgive me if this is already a question that’s been beaten to death, but my stackexchange search-foo is failing me. There *is a few recommendations for using pgBarman. Is it still a good direction to go?

Coming from a setup where MSSQL backups were handled by IT with a full backup taken daily in the morning with hourly transaction logs. I’m wondering what would be an equivalent setup in postgresql to give the ability of point-in-time recovery for the past week or two?

Being the best animal I can: How to successfully convince NPCs as a wild-shaped druid?

I’m a relatively new player with D&D 5th Ed. and chose to play a druid. I’m still learning quite a bit about how the game mechanics and spells work. In one encounter so far, where I was wild-shaped into a goat (as bait to lure an enemy out (I’m a team player, what can I say?)) I was asked to roll a charisma check to determine if I was convincing.

Charisma is my lowest stat, favoring wisdom, intellect and dexterity to bolster nature, survival, animal, and archery related skills. I would expect that to be a convincing animal, one’s knowledge of how those animals behave, rather than charisma, is more important.

I read through the post "How easy is it to make the distinction between a druid in beast form and a normal animal?" and it seems that charisma is typically used for deception, bluffing, and acting. I think Aviose put it well in their answer, that the check depends on the type of animal and type of deception.

While I understand it is ultimately up to my DM, is there any "official" guidance on passing scrutiny when Wild Shaped?

Context clarification:

Our party was tasked with dispatching some unknown attacker that had been killing farmers’ livestock. Maybe wolves but possibly something more sinister. We surveyed the area and decided a farm animal that appeared to be lost and alone might have the best chance of drawing out the target. We positioned party members in various hidden locations in brush and trees while our putting-on-a-brave-front-but-actually-pretty-scared "goat" wandered out into the fields like a lost child.

The DM wanted charisma checks to determine whether this goat was convincing to the unknown nemesis or if it would suspect something strange. The first attempt failed (which became a point of humor), but a later attempt worked, and we managed to eradicate a few skellies.