Questions about the acceptability of questions. This tag denotes discussions about what is acceptable to post on the site, and for what reasons in either direction.

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Why is the Question about a range of possibilities too broad?

I just came online a few min ago and the first thing I found was this question on hold because it's too broad and I can't figure out the reason for that. I don't play TF2 however the question is ...
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What is the point of “help me remember this game” questions? [closed]

UPDATE: As of 16/3/2012, Questions asking for help identifying a game are now prohibited on the site, unless you have an actual artifact from the game such as screenshots or audio clips. For ...
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Are care & maintainence questions on topic?

Can I ask questions about taking care of (cleaning, repairing, etc.) games and/or game-related equipment (consoles, controllers, other accessories)?
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Questions about game credits

I want to know the name of the artist that created the box art for a game called Driller that was released in 1987 Here is the wikipedia page for the game: ...
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Minecraft crash questions should be made off-topic: yes/no?

I'm tired of seeing terrible Minecraft crash log questions. I'm tired of closing them. I'm tired of posting comments asking for a shred of useful material. Tired of seeing the same errors repeatedly. ...
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Should we reopen questions being closed for 'unreleased game' after the game is released?

Question such as Can I use a PC license to play the Mac version? become useful once the game is released. Should it be reopened automatically, or should the user flag for a moderator's attention ...
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What are the rules of Minecraft Mod questions? [duplicate]

We have had quite a few questions regarding Minecraft mods, some along the lines of "Mods crashed. Halp". A lot of these get closed, which is understandable. Unmodded Minecraft crashes are hard enough ...
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“This question body does not meet our quality standards”

I'm trying to write a simple question that I could not find a full answer to after searching. I wrote it to be short and straight to the point, about two lines long, and it has no problematic grammar. ...
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What is the correct response to an answer/comment to a question that involves piracy? [duplicate]

At John The Green's suggestion, I'm going to try to reword what I'm asking (again) to make it clearer to people. However, I'm going to keep the original below in case I somehow manage to make it ...
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Questions asking for cheats in a game with non-competitive online multiplayer

We don't allow questions about cheats or exploits in online multiplayer games, but does this include games where players don't play against each other? For example, a cheat that would give a player ...
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Are we allowed to ask questions about the nintendo Smash Bros poll?

Recently there has been a big fire sweeping the internet regarding an official poll by Nintendo asking fans which characters they'd like to see in Smash Bros. This is exciting, but it also raises a ...
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Cheats in multiplayer games are banned, but what *is* a cheat?

In an early question in our site's history, we determined that questions about cheating in multiplayer games should be closed. But what exactly is a cheat? Third party tools? In-game exploits? Where ...
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Does the site allow for questions regarding how to obtain a software update?

I recently asked a question of how I can obtain the latest official patch for an old DOS game. The official site no longer provides the patch, and most other fan sites for the game have dead or ...
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Close Reason: Can my computer run X

I really feel like the "Can I run gametitle on my machine" questions are popping up a bit too often and from what i've seen so far there is no easy accessible information about this topic except for ...
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Are questions asking if certain gaming focused shops accept a specific currency on-topic?

So a question asking where to buy an XBOX Live Gold subscription with Bitcoins was asked yesterday, which was close as off-topic (and rightly so, since that was "Where to buy"). However, it appears ...
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Why is asking for payment-options flagged off-topic?

We got a question a few minutes ago which can be found here. I want to know why this got flagged as off-topic because i can't see reason for that. aytimothy gives the reason that this is about "pay ...
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Is it on topic to ask “help me remember this game?” [duplicate]

I have a computer game I played in the 90s that I can't remember the name of and am having trouble Googling. Is it on topic to post the details I do remember and ask if anyone knows the name of it?
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Is “Identify <character> from <game>” a subset of game identification?

Recently, a question was asked about identifying a boss/enemy/character in the original Sonic games. The asker is specific in his/her wording which helped narrow it down, but doesn't have tangible ...
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Discontinued browser game

I want to know something about a browser game that seems to have been discontinued. I'm not certain that it's been discontinued though. Is it appropriate to ask about the location of the game on this ...
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What is the origin of the rule against game identification?

I don't understand, why do some rules exist? For example ones which prohibiting game identification? Rules were voted or something? How to cancel some rule, for example, this one? UPDATE I was told, ...
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Are ios games on topic?

I have a few questions about ios games. But, I have a feeling that they belong on Ask different. Do they belong here? ie: What is the final dragon to unlock on dragonvale?
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When is it appropriate to close a lore question as “not addressed directly through in-universe sources”?

This is the text for one of our off-topic close reasons. However, I feel we've got a pretty serious problem with this close reason. This is popularly interpreted as "If the game (or series) doesn't ...
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What should we do with foreign language posts?

So I'm going through the First Posts review and I find an answer that is in French. By the time that I see it, someone has edited in a Google Translate version of it. So now there's French and ...
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Where should I ask half-hardware-half-game-related questions?

If I had a question about hardware and a game itself (in particular, my hardware is malfunctioning and not all games/programs detect the hardware), should I be asking it here (at Arqade) or Super ...
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In what scenario is this Opinion-Based?

What format are most Hearthstone tournaments using? I edited my question to make it very clearly not opinion based and it went from being on-hold to closed. There is absolutely nothing opinion based ...
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Graphics card question- does it go here or in Superuser

I have a problem with my graphics card sometimes not working. It's not limited to a single game. Would that question belong in Arqade or Superuser?
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Where should I ask a question about character voice lines In different languages?

Looking to understand what Abel says during all his special moves in USF4, but I've searched online, and the only thing I can find are voice clips in japanese (but no subtitles) and english quotes. ...
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Is sourcing a quote within Arqade's area of expertise?

Yesterday, I asked a question pertaining to the origin of a quote from MGS2. The question can be found here (Edit: The question has been removed since it is off-topic). Now the reason it is ...
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Is “This question requires developer only knowledge” the same thing as developer intent?

The question I have in mind, in particular, is this one. There are arguments being made that this question is off topic because it requires developer insight in order to have a 100% authoritative ...
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Are ingame content identification questions allowed?

I know game identifications are off topic, but would I be allowed to ask for a certain content ingame? For example "Hows the level with the tall trees called in [game]?"
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Would a question asking what's the hardest game in a genre be on-topic?

So asking relative question about what's the hardest game and everything acceptable? I'm new here so feel free to edit my question if you want.
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What defines a “Lore Question”

A lot of the time, when someone asks about a storyline or for clarification on a plot point, like this one about Dark Souls 2 or this one about Infinity Blade, a lot of the time they immediately open ...
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Are questions about ToCs/EULAs allowed?

Are questions which ask if something is allowed by a game's legalese allowed? For example: "Is it legal to have multiple accounts in the game?"
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Am I allowed to ask questions about a game which is in closed beta? [duplicate]

I have a WoW: Warlords of Draenor beta key and I played the closed beta of BF: Hardline, so now I ask myself, if I ever have a problem during a closed beta, am I allowed to ask a question about it or ...
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Can I ask a game identification question based on music?

The game-identificationtag's wiki states: These questions are allowed only if you have an actual screenshot, video, etc. of the game you want to identify Am I allowed to ask such a question ...
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Is reference clarification on-topic?

Some games (and not only games) contain references to popular books, films etc without identifying what they're referring to, probably assuming that it's popular enough for the player to know. Would ...
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Is it proper to ask about cpu specs?

I want to post a question about if a laptop I have my eyes on is powerful enough for hardcore gaming. Basically, is it ok to ask questions about software in collaboration with games on the website?
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Minecraft tech support

Also tech support questions in general. I've been a member of this site for some time and these questions seem to be common and often completely useless. We've all seen them- usually along the lines ...
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How to handle modplatforms

D2Modd.in is a relatively new platform that enables you to play mods for DotA2. It is fairly popular with 200.000 Users that tried the platform. How should we handle questions about this platform? ...
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Almost every answer is going to be opinion based, How can you possibly distinguish?

My point is that almost every answer to a question is opinion based. it will be very rare to find a single answer to any question and it is always what the "answerer" thinks is best. Many other stack ...
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Questions about player behavior in Online Games

In Online games the behavior of other players is a really important thing. Especially when it comes to competitive games or MMOs. Basically every game you aren't just in a small group (Coop zombie ...
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Are questions about item viablility allowed?

I recently asked this question, it was "closed as primarily opinion-based". Why is it considered opinion-based? There are item stats and damage that the marksmen will be doing to be considered, and ...
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Should questions about system requirements be allowed?

Should we allow questions about system requirements for a game? They may be indirectly related to that game, but more asking what their computer needs to play it. I'm struggling to see how questions ...
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Is it appropriate to seek alpha/beta testers at the site?

My goal with my project is a space shooter inspired by games such as Tachyon: The Fringe, Battlezone 1-2, Freelancer, Homeworld, Elite and such space environments. I built a "pre-alpha" release. Now I ...
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Website Questions and the FAQ

Well there's this thing about the website questions. As you may know I started a proposal about the Closing reason external resources and there I got redirected to the Discussion about whether or not ...
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Where do website questions fit in our scope?

There are a ton of websites out there... I mean a ton! Some of them relate to gaming, some of them do not. What is our policy on gaming websites? Do we consider them a valid topic of gaming ...
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Should questions only a few days from official release be closed for “unreleased content”?

I have asked a question about Watch Dogs today, although the official release date is in two days (27.05.2014). There are, at the moment, four closing votes. I already got the game because my ...
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Questions about LoL Replay and similar software [duplicate]

So I stumbled upon a problem with the software LoL-Recorder. While this is a third party software and has actually not too much to do with the actual gameplay of League of Legends I wanted to know ...
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Can you ask questions about ENB Series mods, or if they'll work on games?

As the title says, can you ask questions about ENB Series mods, or if they'll work on games?
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The community is closing “mod rec” questions?

We had a discussion not too long ago about questions that ask for mods as a solution to a problem: Is "mod rec" really an umbrella category that we want to use? Or is it confusing the ...