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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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 ...
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Should lore questions as an entire category be banned?

There are some very vocal users who feel that lore questions should be banned. From what I've been able to find, they were just sort of allowed on Arqade in the first place, as I can't find any meta ...
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Is it ok to edit a question to the point that it is no longer the same question?

If you ask a question and the question is a bad one for whatever reason, and upon learning this edit it to the point that it's not even the same question anymore, is that ok? This question is what ...
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Are duplicate questions allowed to co-exist if none of them have any upvoted or accepted answers?

So duplicates are fine and dandy, provided neither has any up voted or accepted answers? For instance I came across... this question Which just seemed to be... this question But after trying to ...
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What are your thoughts on AR code requests?

I noticed that the action-replay tag was created recently having to do with what seems to be AR code requests. I know that we've always supported cheats or various console commands (aka skyrim) but ...
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How should we handle Windows 8 compatibility questions?

With Windows 8 coming out it is inevitable that we'll receive a flood of compatibility question for games released prior to Windows 8 being made available. How should we handle such questions?
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Why aren't build order questions directed to specific sites specializing in them?

I see "build order" questions frequently, particuarly for starcraft 2. While often the answers are good, these questions can easily be answered by a simple google search. Liquipedia has a far more ...
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Encyclopedic Questions: Should questions be used as a way to archive gaming knowledge?

Since StackExchange is about making information more available, is it acceptable to archive information on StackExchange? For example, I really like the SK Terran build order in Starcraft Brood ...
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Is this question about general internet security on topic?

Some people seem to think that since this question is about the security of Steam vs. non-gaming software, it's on topic. But the question is asking a general security question, as Arda Xi put in the ...
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Does our policy on recommendations extend to game mods?

This recent question (among others) is reminiscent of a game-rec question, in that it produces a list of subjective + localized answers. Similarly, these questions seem to be the "Is there a game ...
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What is the point of “help me remember this game” questions? [closed]

UPDATE: As of 16/3/2012, Identify this game questions are now prohibited on the site. For example, Help me identify these two old games from before I knew English well (with “screenshots”). ...
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Re-evaluating our site - what is the scope of an “acceptable” list, if it exists?

We have a lot of open discussions on the subject of list questions - at least five of them. One conclusion I can draw from analyzing them is that we don't have a conclusion. There seems to be a faint ...
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Closing the question as speculative

Could someone explain me how this question is speculative? My reasoning why it's not: I asked for facts, not assumptions. There is three concrete possible answers to question (no statement yet, ...
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Does making games within games belong here or on Gamedev?

With games like Little Big Planet, Garrys Mod, and now Project Spark I think we will start getting more questions making games using these games. I've never played little big planet so I don't know ...
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When does X come out on my system? [duplicate]

I noticed a question asking about when a Call of Duty: Ghost expansion was coming to PS4, which has since been deleted (@Frank found the question). I agree that these are not good questions, but the ...
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Questions about differences between the same game on different platforms

Are questions that concern the differences between the same game between different platforms permitted or encouraged? An example of this: How many official versions of flappy birds are there? ...
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Professional Gaming

Since this is a Q&A site that focuses on gaming I've always wondered whether or not questions about professional gaming are on topic. Now I'm not talking about the "Pro Gamers" with a high ranking ...
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Game X Online — Post Beta, Pre Release

Meet Game X. It's an online game. A rather popular online game, in fact. That doesn't really matter, though. Whenever the game has to be maintained, this happens: This is the natural course ...
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Is it on-topic to ask if [a specific game] “invented” [a specific feature]?

Would it be on-topic to ask if [a specific game] "invented" [a specific feature], i.e. if it really was the first (published) game to introduce such a feature? Expectable answers would be: Yes ([a ...
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Do we close plot-explanation questions if the answer is 'there is no explanation'?

Following a discussion playing out on this question, I am a little confused as to where the community consensus sits in regards to plot explanations or 'lore questions', and how this applies to ...
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List of games (or a game) that fit specific criteria

One of the prohibited type of questions in Arqade (gaming.stackechange) is: Catalogues (listing games that fit specific criteria or are like an existing game) So where can we ask these type ...
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Do we allow World of Warcraft lore questions?

I was wondering about the little domed model in the following screenshot—where is this and how can I get there—where might I ask such a question? I don't think this discussion applies to ...
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Should Software Video Game Input Questions Be On-Topic?

A recent question about "start9" in TwitchPlaysPokemon was closed for various reasons and has generated quite the discussion. I am not going to discuss (or even bring up after this sentence) whether ...
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Should we generalize this old build order question?

Today I came across this question: In Age of Empires 3, what is a good build order for the British? While this topic has been discussed before with a seeming end result of "don't touch them", ...
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What should we do about these old Starcraft 2 build order questions?

We have a problem. Three of our currently highest scoring questions are no longer acceptable by current site rules, and may never never have been acceptable to begin with. It's likely the only reason ...
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Can we rephrase this question to make it fit?

So this question got asked earlier by a new user: How do I see my inputs? It got put on hold because it seemed to be more about development tools than gaming. However in the comments, the user ...
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Should a question be understandable even by people that don't play the game?

I'm referring specifically to this question: for an Ingress player it's clear what it's being asked, and I've edited it to refer to the "passcodes" game-specific term, instead of the generic "codes". ...
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How / can we ask about preparation for an expansion or new patch?

This concerns this question, but I think we can have a discussion more abstractly. What are the restrictions on asking about preparation for future content? In this case, there are a limited number ...
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How to deal with “How should one counter X ?” questions in MOBA?

I've encountered several times now questions about DotA 2 which can be formulated as follow : "In this particulare scenario, How do I counter this character ?" or "How to counter this character ?". ...
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Would a question about ease of learning certain classes in TF2 be too opinion-based?

I'm currently thinking about asking a question about which class in TF2 is easiest to learn for new players, because I think it would be a useful piece of information both for new players and for ...
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Should this be flagged or just down voted?

I answered (and edited) this question, but I'm not sure if it really should stand as a question: Is there a new Imperial Stockmarket splash screen? Should we allow a "Can you confirm that this is a ...
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Is it ok to ask questions about a game featuring lightly clothed characters on Arqade?

I recently discovered a new versus fighting game. While it features lightly clothed characters (girls, actually), I'd have some questions to ask about it, like how to make it work properly on a ...
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What defines a question as being too broad when asking about easter eggs?

I had asked this question here about easter eggs in Minecraft but it was closed for being too broad. Now this question wasn't closed and yet it still asks about easter eggs, just for a different game. ...
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Am I allowed to ask questions about streaming?

Say for example, I have issues with Quake 3 when trying to stream with Open Broadcast Software (OBS), and I want to ask how to resolve that problem, or that Path of Exile has an option for twitch, but ...
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One's a question about cars only, and the other's a question about all vehicles (SR4) - should the latter be closed as a duplicate of the former?

I'm talking about this question of mine for SR4: "What are the fastest vehicles, and where or how can I get them?" - which was closed* as a duplicate of: "What is the fastest car in Saints Row 4, and ...
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Would this question be enough to meet the criteria of game-identification?

I have been looking for a game for a few years now. I know that it's Mega-Man, and I know the platform it was on, but all of my Mega-Man fan friends tell me that they don't know which game it is. I ...
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Are questions about unreleased consoles on topic?

The Xbox one and PS4 will shortly be released. I know that questions about unreleased games are off topic, however there is a fair amount of information the we have access to specifically about these ...
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Duplicating information found elsewhere for newly released games

I recently purchased the early access game, Starbound. From listening to some of the Stack Exchange podcast, I am under the impression that we generally don't want to duplicate information that is ...
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The site doesn't know what subjective means [duplicate]

I was asking a question earlier, "Can you pause the game in Starbound?" A little popup appeared and told me off - "This question seems to be subjective and is likely to be closed" I'd argue that the ...
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Are questions about Star Citizen on topic?

As I understand, questions about pre-release games are not on-topic because it is either speculation or subject to change. Only when the game is actually released will things be verifiable. I wonder ...
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How should I reword a question that has a canonical answer, but has been put on hold as speculative?

My question "Will cards obtained during the Hearthstone beta be lost after the game goes live?" has been put on hold as off-topic: This includes speculative questions about developer intent, as ...
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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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Are specific mod-making questions allowed? [duplicate]

I'm sorry for my english. This is more of a specific question, since I'm not sure if here is fully allowed to ask these kind of technical questions. Say for example I want to modify Starcraft, so I ...
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Are technical-issue questions about handheld games acceptable?

I have a question about why both my pokemon x game and pokemon y game will no longer allow me to connect to my router (for both the wonder gift torchic and for GTS), but I am not sure if ...
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Are trivial questions allowed on the site?

Are straight up trivial questions considered unwelcome? An example would be: Who is the voice actor of X in game X? What is the song called in game X?
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What is considered game-specific hardware (and my personal example)?

In the help guide for the site, it says that questions can be about "Game-specific hardware and utilities". What is encompassed in that topic, and what kind of subjects are not considered a part of ...
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Is “mod rec” really an umbrella category that we want to use? Or is it confusing the situation?

This is a bit of a take on the discussion largely brought up by this question of last Fall, but to take a different approach to it. One might also gander at this oldie. As an upfront note, any ...
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Can I ask about installing mods?

I'm asking this question because I dont want the other question to be put on hold, is asking a question about how to install world edit on minecraft worthy of being put on hold?
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Is Arqade a place for guides and walkthroughs?

Regarding these kalina's (useful) questions and answers about Payday 2: How can I pull off a Bank Heist without the cops getting involved? How can I complete the Diamond Heist without setting off ...
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Is programming, in a game, on topic here?

Sometimes, within a game you find programmable entities. A great example are the Turtles of Computer Craft, a minecraft mod. If I had a question about programming Turtles, or anything else that's ...