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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On Trivia, Answerability, Character Identification and Fun

tl;dr at bottom This is Gaming, we don't take kindly to fun around here. - a Cat, May 11, 2012 I found the quote*, for those who saw my comment on this question. When I first saw it, I thought ...
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Questions about past and lost virtual worlds

Proprietary server-based games (e.g., MMORPGs) typically evolve without giving the players the option to play older versions, and at some point the service will be discontinued after which the game ...
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Minecraft server crashing questions [duplicate]

Shouldn't questions about minecraft servers crashing be flagged. They pop up all over the recent questions and usually never have an answer. They are too broad and there are countless different ...
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Do we want to support “Is there a term for x” questions?

We have a terminology tag, which makes sense. Sometimes, you run into a term in a game (or game related meta - I'm thinking of you, MOBAs, where I feel like I have to learn a whole new language...) ...
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Why is “what is an RPG” opinion based?

We just had a question up about what made a game an RPG. The question was downvoted, and quickly deleted. The question was also flagged and backed as opinion based. Which makes me wonder why this ...
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Ok to ask for alpha and beta testers?

Omnichess is an application I am planning on developing until release. I'd like to find volunteer alpha and beta testers for it, and was wondering if it was appropriate to ask for them on the arqade ...
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Are “Pronunciation” questions on-topic? [duplicate]

There are other questions about this topic, particularly this one, but they seem to be about a particular subject. IMO, the answers also appear to be a bit opinionated or subjective, so I'm just ...
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Are questions where the answer is “Contact support” off topic?

Questions about account support such as this one crop up occasionally. These questions are almost always closed as off-topic, with a recommendation to contact support instead. Another example that's ...
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Are questions about mods on topic?

Are questions about mods to game on topic? For example "How can I play as infernal in Fall From Heaven II" for Civ IV. Related: What's the stance on mods to PC games?
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Why can't we ask a question about the etymology of a concept linked to the gaming industry?

Today, I opened this question: What is the etymology of the term "Console Wars"? where I asked where the "Console War" concept was coming from. I was asking if it was first mentioned in a magazine ...
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Are obvious questions, or questions that are extremely easy, but have no concrete evidence on-topic?

I recently came across and answered Who are the Trainers. It currently has a -3 vote as of this posting, and GarrettJ has posted a comment: Probably because the answer is obvious. Like all games, ...
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Asking about map editors, where to ask? [duplicate]

"Arqade" is a site where you ask for games, dudes and etc. My question is about where I have to post a question related with game editors like "Badland's level creator (android)" or "Hammer world ...
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Are questions about terminology not limited to games on topic?

There is quite some comment traffic on this question concerning the on-topic-ness of the question. It is currently on hold with one vote to reopen, and I'm personally inclined to vote to reopen, but ...
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Should we migrate this to English SE?

Someone recently asked a question about the difference between two English words: What's the difference between “Bug” and “Glitch”? Although these terms are sometimes used in gaming, it really seems ...
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Where should we direct users asking questions on technical support for modded games?

I was recently informed that questions involving Minecraft mods are off-topic. As a new user to Arqade who is attempting to help out the community, where should I direct users asking questions on this ...
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Are questions about software for gaming hardware on-topic?

I have a Razer gaming keyboard, which comes with a software/driver package called Razer Synapse. This software is required to change many of the settings associated with the keyboard, such as ...
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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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Where would I ask about designing games indie-style

From something like a 2D android app similar to chess with different mechanics though, to other styles of gaming like a shooter. Where would I ask about what and how I could acquire a program like ...
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Blade and Soul gold?

This question (new user) asks for the best place to buy gold for Blade & Soul. In a couple of minutes, an answer has come for a specific site (also new user, different one). It smells like spam to ...
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Are questions about Skyrim's creation kit allowed here/on-topic?

I have not seen any questions about the creation kit and this makes me wonder if these types of questions are allowed here? The creation kit is technically a separate program but it is used ...
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I asked a question that they didn't know how to answer, so they flagged it?

How do I deal with a situation where I am /trying/ to ask a question, but everyone is telling me I'm not? I mean, clearly, I am asking a question. I can see the question, I can see how it is ...
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What's wrong with asking about using handheld units as TV console controllers?

Here's my complaint: I recently asked a question about using the Nintendo DS as a controller for the Wii, something which I thought would bring a detailed answer about if this is possible, and if not ...
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Questions about eSport competition prizes [duplicate]

A user recently asked a question about gaming competition prizes. The question strikes me as off-topic, since it's not actually related to the game itself. The only other meta question I could find ...
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Security Update Breaks Old Games

There was recently a security update by Microsoft implemented for Windows 7, 8 and 10 that completely destroys native compatibility with a very large handful of old games, namely anything with ...
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What should we do with two similar styles of “history” question?

We currently have two very similar types of questions that are handled very differently according to past consensus and precedent: Questions asking about the origin of a particular feature, differing ...
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How to ask about the history of keyboard trends in gaming? [duplicate]

I asked a question about the history of the use of F5 for saving in games. It was closed for the reason of "Questions asking for help identifying a game, whether based on a description, or feature ...
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What do we do with questions that ask you to describe a game?

Recently, there was a question asking what Starbound is and what platforms it is available for. I'll paste it below since it is currently closed and might end up deleted, and since the original user ...
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What exactly is technical support?

Earlier this year, we decided that modded Minecraft crashes, specifically, should be off-topic, which is a decision that I, personally, have had concerns about, fearing that a rule about a particular ...
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issue regarding “Unrelease game” in public beta versus legal implications

A meta post I seen a while ago argued that a question should not be closed in regards to asking about a game that has not been released, if the game in question is accessible. This mostly concerned ...
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Is there a difference between hacking and edging your chances?

If a user asks us about a way to better his/her abilities in a game do we flag it or answer it. For example: If the user wanted a way to increase their FOV in a game which would increase their ...
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Is font identification really a gaming skill?

We've gotten another question asking us to identify a font from a game. We have a few of these, so I think it's time to at least discuss this subset. For the moment, we seem to be using our game ...
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Just to clarify: are game-recommendations off topic on Arqade?

I tried to make sense of it and failed. I have questions about kind of games I like and would like to know games depending on different factors at time. I am lost because the question asked and the ...
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Multiple questions within one question [duplicate]

I'm specifically referring to this question: VAC Banned in CS:GO but not VAC Banned in Steam Profile or any other game? Now this question seems to be asking more than one question with a volume of ...
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Can I ask a question whose answer changes regularly?

The question I want to ask is How many 2* champions are there on Marvel Contest of the Champions? This questions has an answer today, but if the developers add a new character next week the answer ...
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Is asking about the reasons behind game mechanics off-topic?

Resulting question on Game Development. I've recently been pondering a question of the reason behind a certain game mechanic used in many games. I was going to ask it on Arqade as the Ask > On-Topic ...
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help me get my game account back plz i nee- NO, NO, NO

I think we've all seen these sorts of questions before. You know the ones, you have new users coming in to the site asking away... ...and they're asking us to help get their account back on Clash of ...
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Are “what was the first…” questions on topic?

In another question, someone pointed out that the "first game of X" class of questions, and those that are similar, have certain faults and should get some additional analysis. What should be done ...
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Is asking about the existence of a soundtrack considered a “game rec”?

My question, Was a soundtrack sold for the Tangled video game? First off, I knew it was a gamble asking since it's mildly peripheral to the video game itself, and it came close to asking for shopping ...
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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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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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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 ...