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The help center currently only lists the following topics as off-topic:

  • Game and Mod Development (try the Game Development Stack Exchange instead)
  • Speculative questions about developer intent, with respect to both mechanics and narrative
  • Requests for game identification based on personal recollection alone
  • Catalogues (listing games that fit specific criteria or are like an existing game)
  • Shopping advice and recommendations
  • Speculation of the future of the industry and of upcoming releases
  • Piracy, and support with pirated games.

In April we decided that technical support for modded Minecraft is now off-topic. As such we have closed quite a few1 questions, but we still get some questions since the only explanatory posts are on meta.

All the other off-topic reasons are there, so why isn't this one?

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  • my understanding is that the center acts as a guide. As a community, we go into more detail, add inclusions, and define our understanding of on/off topic. For example, any question asking about developer intent is off topic. However, the help center lists developer speculation, which does not include asking about developer intent with the inclusion of proven material. – user106385 Dec 28 '15 at 3:22
  • Questions tagged with faq on meta are considered to be community-defined rules. How do I ask a good Minecraft Bug/Crash question? was updated to include a reference to the fact that technical support modded Minecraft is off-topic, and the step for 'list your mods' was removed. There could be a case made to have the entire ruling made [faq] but that's up to the mod's discretion(s). – Robotnik Dec 28 '15 at 8:07
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    While we are at it, shopping advice can include a link to hardwarerecommendations.se. – Ave Dec 30 '15 at 9:48

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