We have a 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...) that you don't know, and sometimes, all the Googling in the world doesn't help (because you can run into a situation where you keep running into words you don't know trying to learn about that one word you started with, and then you end up at Philosophy and you don't know why).

That's great. We have lots of people here who can help with those.

But we are running into a new problem, where we are getting questions along the lines of "does this thing have a name?". These are a lot harder to answer. Sometimes, the answer is no. And we end up with a situation where a whole bunch of people take stabs at trying to interpret the thing you are describing, and we end up with comment chains where people argue semantics and such with each other.

On top of that, we run into issues where if it isn't a open and shut general reference thing with a very specific already established sign/signifier relation, it's going to get messy. You get a lot of bikeshedding responses and attempts by people to coin new and fantastic phrases for things, instead of people all agreeing on one term. They tend to attract awful unsupported "I made up this thing" or "I think it should be this" sort of answers.

I'm personally not a fan of this - while I get most of these are kinda sorta about gaming, I'm not sure they're really within our wheelhouse as a community.

What say you, Arqade? Should we keep these questions?

Some examples of questions in the form of "Is there a term for x":

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    Can you describe the benefit of not keeping them? Apparently some people don't like them. That's not much of a reason. – DCShannon Apr 15 '16 at 1:36
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    @DCShannon They're useless? We're really bad at answering them? They lead to drama? Pick one. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 1:38
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    @DCShannon The issue is that questions are super low quality, but tend to be far more popular than their utility would suggest. So we keep them because their popularity ensures their survival, never mind that they're crappy questions. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 1:41
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    @Frank They're not useless. That's your opinion. You're often accusing other people of asking useless questions. I find it quite rude. If it was useless, it wouldn't have been asked. I can't think of a response to your assertion of others creating drama that won't create more. – DCShannon Apr 15 '16 at 1:42
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    @DCShannon No, they have zero actual utility. None at all. Fantastic, you now know what a term means. And? It helps you nothing at all. It can't buy you a coffee, it can't help you play your games, it won't even make it easier to figure out what's happening in a game. Defining a term isn't really a Q&A strength at all. Now, asking us what a term means, however, most certainly plays to what we can do. Even if I don't like those, either. They, at least, have utility. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 1:44
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    It can help one play games and it can make it easier to figure out what's going on. If you're playing with others, and you want to describe something, you need a word for it. The asker of the question that prompted this latest discussion didn't feel that they had adequate words, so they asked us if there was a better one. They were extremely specific and clear about which concept they wanted a word for. Clearly, they believe this will be useful. – DCShannon Apr 15 '16 at 1:48
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    I'd encourage people not familiar with the issues of bikeshedding and attempts at neologisms to familiarize themselves with the "Single Word Requests" tag at ELU. It has... A lot of issues. – LessPop_MoreFizz Apr 15 '16 at 2:23
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    I think it's about time we have a chat about [terminology]. There have been a lot of arguments around it recently. Thank you for bringing this up. – angussidney Apr 15 '16 at 11:07
  • @camelCase The answer by badp has several examples. – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 15:25
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    I don't think that all the questions should be removed, but given constructive criticism. As an asker of one of these questions "What is the difference between a mod and a plugin" I didn't know that there was a difference when it came to different types of games so I saw no need to add an unnecessary tag. Thus Frank clarified and suggested I add a extra tag in order to specify a specific game. This was both constructive and helpful for the situation given. I don't think you should "jump the gun" before giving the asker the benefit of the doubt. – Jason_ Apr 18 '16 at 22:47
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    It doesn't seem like we ever came to a consensus on this -- see the opposing two top answers, voted to near-parity. Would this be worth revisiting? – Schism Oct 5 '18 at 5:30

I'm having trouble understanding the motivation for limiting ourselves here.

As always, if a specific question doesn't have enough information to answer it, then close it for being unclear.

If the question clearly describes the concept, and it's a gaming concept, then who better to say whether there's a term for it, and what that term is, than the people that play games all the time?

If you insist that questions need to solve objective, practical problems, then these questions would solve the problem of the asker not knowing how to effectively communicate with other gamers about the games that they play:

"Hey, I'm missing something on my screen." "What?" "The... y'know, when you attack." "What are you talking about?" "It's all around when you attack things, letting you know how it went." "Whatever man, I'm busy."


"I'm missing the damage numbers. How do I turn those on?" "Go to your settings and enable damage text."

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    While I appreciate the example, I suspect it wouldn't end up as vague as you claim. – Ash Apr 15 '16 at 1:59
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    @AshleyNunn But for the floating combat text for example it would. If you look at games like World of Warcraft that allows addons. You are having trouble reading those numbers and would like some bigger. How would you search for an addon for something you don't have a name for? – Lyrion Apr 15 '16 at 7:34
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    The motivation is one of quality. Most questions that we're getting have a scope that is way too broad, and ask too much of answerers, and often the answer they seek is in the question body itself, such as in the case you're defending. By reducing the scope of each question, we get better answers, and that is what is more important overall. – badp Apr 15 '16 at 11:27
  • @AshleyNunn It's not the greatest possible example, but I would never claim that asking about damage numbers is the best possible example of this type of question. That being said, if you've ever worked in tech support or education you should know that people are much worse at describing things than we might hope, and that most people are pretty impatient with those who aren't immediately clear. Hell, you should know that from moderating this site. – DCShannon Apr 28 '16 at 1:06
  • @DCShannon I do work in tech support, so I understand that. – Ash Apr 28 '16 at 1:06

The latest set of has several negative traits that reveal they aren't necessarily a good fit for us.

  • Is there a common name for pop-up damage numbers, such as in RPGs?
    • there is no one common shared name for this thing
    • but a very common answer is right there in the question title: "damage numbers"
    • the scope is all wrong, since damage numbers also are featured in games that aren't RPGs such as Quake Live, TF2, Borderlands, Disgaea
    • the vagueness of the scope makes the answer a tiny fraction of what it could have been. Compare with what would have happened had the question been specific to Diablo 3 or the Division. Had this question actually been about FF7 itself, we'd have had a chance to discuss the Doom status.
  • What is the difference between a mod and a plugin
    • this is basically out of scope as a game dev distinction that isn't set in stone and usually the word choice depends on whatever term the specific game dev feels like using
    • indeed the top answer is written specifically for Minecraft given its hopelessly wide scope
    • had this been about Minecraft itself, the answer would've also had a chance to discuss the upcoming (?) official mod support, which according to other answers, wouldn't be mods, but plugins; according to another answer, Minecraft doesn't have mods, but patches
  • Is there a term for using cover to artificially block AI attacks?
    • this is tied to Doom, specifically, which makes it better than the previous questions, however
    • since since it's framed as a questions, it is written in a misleading way
    • the asker isn't so much exploiting a weakness in the AI, as much as a game rule or bug or glitch that says that your bullets go through pillars, and theirs don't
    • as such the top answer had to make up something on the spot, and while doing so made it so the top answer is in the question body itself
  • What is a lane?
    • This question is tied to a genre, and it suffers for that
    • The top answer has to specifically go out of its way to answer separately three questions, "what is a lane in LoL?", "what is a lane in DOTA?" and "what is a lane in smite?"
    • this is because the more direct and dictionary-like answer "a lane is where the creeps walk" would have been much much worse
  • What is the FEAR strategy?
    • a question that asks to define one thing of one game (okay, this is pokemon, so it's about one game generation, bear with me here)
    • answers are long, detailed, expert, and useful
    • they basically feel like the rest of the website
    • this is what we want more of, and what we should encourage

So yes, I do believe that there is ample precedent that questions asking to define one thing about one game are much much better than questions asking to give a thing a name in one game, which in turns are much much better than questions about multiple games, entire game genres or even all of the games ever. If we do decide that we should set some minimum quality bar for questions, this is a fine way to do so, and I for one agree that such a bar is becoming increasingly needed.

Compare the answers you could give to "What's an headshot?" and "What's an headshot in TF2?". Once you ground it in a specific game, you can talk about character models, hitboxes, weapons that can headshot, how much damage a headshot deals, charging headshots, the Ambassador's spread penalties, etc. The former question can only be answered "sometimes in some games when you shoot some weapons that hit some part of the enemy that the game considers to be its 'head' or otherwise a critical spot, regardless of whether or not this part actually looks like the enemy's head, you may under some circumstances deal some amount of additional damage." This answer is the best kind of correct, and also completely so generic to be basically content-free.

Please, let's have more of the former, and less of the latter.

Oh, by the way, by extension of the previous paragraph. Say that you somehow didn't know what an headshot was, you merely noticed that in TF2, while playing sniper, sometimes you'd see a little comic thingy come out when you shoot enemies and typically when that happens the enemies die more often than not. It's PERFECTLY FINE for us if you ask what's up with that — just don't stop at asking if there is a name for it. Give us a chance to cover the subject matter in proper detail.

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    I'm not saying this isn't a good answer, but it isn't clear if you are addressing the OP's direct concerns. It seems you are widening the scope to terminology in general. Your 1st and 3rd example questions directly relate to the mentioned problem, in my opinion. The other 3 questions are used more (in my eyes, at least) to highlight a proposal to limit the scope of general terminology to specific games. – user101016 Apr 15 '16 at 14:41
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    I don't understand why genre terms or gaming terms in general should be off limits. In my question I didn't ask solely about floating damage numbers in RPGs, I mentioned "such as in RPGs" as a way of framing the question. The correct answer to the question is "No". How was I to know that "No" was the answer without asking? – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 15:21
  • @mwcz well, as I explained I think the way you framed the question was poor in my opinion, and you got a worse answer for it :) – badp Apr 15 '16 at 15:27
  • @badp Fair enough. Given that I wanted to know if there's an industry standard term for something, how should I have framed the question? – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 15:40
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    @mwcz if your question was "what are these called in game X", then an answer relating to the setting that enables/disables them could be taken as "proof" rather than "game X calls them this, game Y calls them that, but my clan calls them Z" type of stuff. If "Game X calls them this" and "game Y calls them that" are separate answers, then there are multiple plausible answers but no way for voters to judge which one correctly answers OP's question. This gets worse the broader the answer scope is (such as expanding to a whole genre or across all games). – GodEmperorDune Apr 15 '16 at 16:03
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    Limiting the scope also makes it easier to prove the negative, ie "game X's manual and settings don't have a term for this" rather than "in all the settings of the games i've played and all the manual's i've read there is no term for that." The latter also encourages comments along the lines of "but game X calls it this" and "game Y calls it that". – GodEmperorDune Apr 15 '16 at 16:06
  • Absolutely, I agree completely that cases where the correct answer is "No, there is no general term" lead to really bad, rambling Q&A. I suggested a solution in my (heavily downvoted) answer to this question. Sometimes there actually is a common term, though, and it can be proven by pointing to a source. Such cases shouldn't be banned. – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 18:33
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    @mwcz Yes, they should be, because the question is untenably broad. We deal with specific, narrow cases. Having to know the answer to know whether or not to close a question tends to be bad policy. – Frank Apr 16 '16 at 0:30
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    Banning newcomers from questions about "speed run", "bullet hell", "cheese", "god mode", "laning", "frag", "twinking", "roguelike", and "micro" is an outright hostile policy. I for one wouldn't be interested in joining such a community. – mwcz Apr 16 '16 at 0:49
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    @mwcz We're not banning questions about terms. We're banning questions asking us to slap a label on something. But, hey, if you think that's hostile, Arqade isn't for everyone. – Frank Apr 16 '16 at 4:05
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    @mwcz All of those questions are terrible. "Completing the game fast." "Lots of bullet on screen." "Easy to do, hard to counter." "You can't take damage." "Going back and forth on your lane, which is where the creep go." "Reducing an opponent's health to 0." "A low level character with end game equipment" "This term has been so diluted it's meaningless" "Clicking really hard" – badp Apr 16 '16 at 9:41
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    @badp Can you edit in a TL;DR? I'm not entirely sure wether your opinion is we ban these entirely or only allow questions that are about a specific game. – angussidney Apr 18 '16 at 0:11
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    @badp I don't see how listing perfectly reasonable answers to questions shows that they're bad questions. I would conclude the opposite. Your statement doesn't seem to match the supporting evidence. – DCShannon Apr 28 '16 at 1:00
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    @dcs if you think those are even remotely good, interesting or insightful answers that help the internet become a better place, I think we are just going to have to agree to disagree. Feel free to contribute those definitions to UrbanDictionary – badp Apr 28 '16 at 6:06
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    I'm surprised this answer has been used as a justification for closing questions. "More of this and less of that" is hardly the same as saying that one should always be closed. – DCShannon Jun 6 '16 at 17:37

Here's a thing! Look at the thing! What is the thing!

Picture of two stanchions and a velvet rope between them

This is a stanchion. You may not have known that. I didn't know that for a long time. Often times we see it places but we don't know what to call it. Surely it must have a name, right?

If I'm at my local movie theater and take a picture of this to ask you what it is, and you're the expert on movie theater furniture, I'd say it'd be a pretty good question.

Swap that out for anything gaming related and we already have a precedent for that. "What do I call this thing" is definitely 100% on topic.

I saw/experienced/know of this thing. What is it?

Precedent gets a little weird here. Because there are concepts that are totally a thing, can be describe, but can't include media. It's a concept and concepts don't always have media associated with them.

This isn't exactly like game ids. But it can smell very similar sometimes. Personally, I would say until this becomes a problem (which I haven't noticed it being one, but I could have just missed it), it may have to be a judgement thing.

For example, a question asking "If I win a game against an opponent and they were not able to score a point, is it called something special?" might be passable in my opinion. The scope is kept small, the idea can be clearly described, and it is something that can be answered in the format provided by the SE engine.

However, and I'm going to go to a real example here, asking about terms of venery in SC is probably not a good fit for our site. Really this one isn't asking about if a term exists for something in the sense of an idea. It's asking if a class of terms has been created for a set of items. The scope is at best big, answers to the question aren't likely to be expert driven but rather solicitous, and, imo, the intent of the asker seems to be about soliciting opinion or inventing trivia then any real curiosity in the answer (I'm drawing this mostly from the reddit thread they've linked and comments made).

Need for a rule?

If we need a rule, I would say we should go with precedent and say unless you have a media thing to ask about, it isn't on topic. But I would be hesitant to make that a rule until we have more questions and can better analyze what questions are actually being asked and if they can be made and defined to be a better fit. I'm always with helping more users. But I also may just be out of the loop.

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    Your example question is horrible. It's one of the primary problem questions in the class. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 3:35
  • @Frank The terms of venery one? The one I say is a bad fit? – LoveAndCoding Apr 15 '16 at 3:41
  • Yup. I agree it's a crappy question. Your answer makes the best of a bad lot, really. That said, I disagree we should just let this sit. We have several terminology questions now that kind of make this an issue. I'd recommend checking out the terminology tag. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 3:43
  • Just taking a peak through, I do fear we'd be throwing the baby out with the bath water. For example, I think this question and this question are both good questions, but neither contain media content. I think we've got a mix of good and bad questions and I think that's just going to happen. Again, just worried about tossing out good questions just because of a few rotten ones. – LoveAndCoding Apr 15 '16 at 3:49
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    Your second one, I think is terrible. It's trying to define two broad concepts, and figure out the differences between them. The first one, though, is a good question, because it isn't asking for the generic meaning, but the specific one applicable to a specific game, as used by the game itself. That is objective. I'm more in favor of narrow, specific questions. The difference between a bug and a glitch? Who cares? It has no bearing on your gameplay at all. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 3:52
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    @Frank How does the meaning of sandbox have any bearing on your gameplay? Also, I do think the difference between a glitch and a bug is a good question. It asks for a disctinction of 2 precise terms. As the answers show, the terms aren't used consistently and there is no absolute answer, but the asker couldn't know that when he asked. Whether or not a question is considered a good question shouldn't depend on the answers because then someone wouldn't be able to decide whether their question is good or bad unless they already know the answer and don't actually need to ask in the first place. – scenia Apr 23 '16 at 9:15
  • @scenia Which is precisely the issue. The terms glitch and bug are so broad, they are effectively meaningless across the spectrum of gaming. Someone asking a question doesn't have to know that, but that's why a specific, consistent policy works wonders. Ask what a term in the context of one game. Not across all of gaming. And don't ask us what to label an action. – Frank Apr 23 '16 at 12:39

My personal take is in our lives as gamers, sometimes we encounter a term first and need to look up a definition. Other times, we encounter a thing first, but don't know what to call it.

The latter is much harder to search for. For example, imagine someone new to gaming was experiencing this graphical glitch:

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That person would a staggeringly difficult time stumbling upon the right combination of search terms and before they eventually uncover the term "screen tearing".

I understand that the gaming community has different priorities than the programming community in general (Stack Overflow in particular), where common terminology is the building block of everything. I also understand that it's hard to appreciate a question with nothing but a picture and "What is that called?"

It's the cases where the answer is "No" that I imagine lead to those rambling arguments unwelcoming comments.

In the cases where there is a common term for something (like "screen tearing"), I see those questions as very valuable because others will stumble upon the answer during their own searches, and benefit from it.

I think a new Closed reason would alleviate the bad cases without sacrificing the good ones. Something like "Closed as no consensus" or "Closed as devolving discussion".

  • I'd actually call that artifacting, myself. Which demonstrates the issue admirably. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 1:57
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    @Frank I agree, it's a perfect demonstration of how that hypothetical question would help you. Visual artifacts and screen tearing are both widely agreed upon and well defined terms. – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 2:01
  • And both have defined meanings, that don't quite match each other. Hence the need for two terms. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 2:02
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    If you agree with the need for shared terms, why are you so against enabling people to discover those terms? – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 2:28
  • I'm not saying they're shared. I'm saying they're different, and therein lies the problem. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 3:21
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    I mean that they're shared amongst people. There is widespread consensus on what the terms mean. You had an incorrect definition of "artifacting" and thus would have benefited from a question about screen tearing. – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 15:11
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    Do I, though? You're saying I, and everyone else who uses the term for that specific issue is incorrect. It's an issue of scope; my friends and I use it, and understand it as X. You use it for Y. Why does that make you right, and us wrong? – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 15:14
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    Inside your group your term is correct, of course, but outside of that group you would be misunderstood for not using the common term. It's probability I suppose. Say "screen tearing" and you'll be understood most of the time. Say "artifacting" and you'll be understood less often. – mwcz Apr 15 '16 at 15:24

There's two different set of actions at play for questions.

  1. Wanting to know what a term means. You've heard something people are talking about, maybe in chat, maybe in Teamspeak, doesn't really matter where, but you're not quite sure what it means. You're not familiar enough with the game to understand the slang and lingo being thrown around. These are the sorts of questions we excel at. That's a core gamer expertise, and plays directly to our strengths. It needs in-depth skill and experience to be able to answer, and just like strategy questions, can lead to some fantastic answers.
  2. Describing an action, set of actions, or concept, and asking for how it's defined. Essentially, pointing us at a thing, and asking us to define it. This is where the problems come in. We're good at explaining what things mean. We're not so good at the reverse, of taking the thing, and attaching a term to it.

One action is a specific, narrow set of expertise. Asking us to define a term tries to take a broadly defined, "thing", and attach a common term to it. Often times, this thing doesn't even have a term for whatever it is. We're trying to take a concept, and stuff it into a little tiny box. A box that is going to be different, depending on who sees it, and how they interpret it. Also, like translating a language, you lose some meaning in the process of stuffing it into the box. Little bits and pieces fall off, so when you unpack it, it's not quite the same as it originally was.

Going from term ==> action (#1) is something we can easily do.

Going from "thing" ==> term doesn't work very well, because we're trying to stuff something into a neat little box that usually gets close, but doesn't quite match the thing anymore.

To that end, I suggest we allow questions asking us what a term means, but we disallow questions asking us to define this, "thing", whether it's based on a picture, set of actions, concept, whatever. Give us a term, and we can tell you what it means. But we don't do the reverse.

  • If there's no neat little box, it would be perfectly fine to say "there's no real term for that". I don't really see any advantage to eliminating this type of question. I don't see us as not being particularly good at matching a term to a concept, either, when such a term does exist cleanly. Overall I think you do define two different types of terminology question, but I don't see that you've actually managed to explain why one is bad. Maybe some more concrete examples of bad questions or potentially bad questions in this vein? – Invader Skoodge Apr 15 '16 at 3:21
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    @StrixVaria Just take a look at questions that ask us what something is called. Like this one, or this one, or this one. In each instance, the concept is clear, but there's no agreement, nor right answer. They all work, but never exactly right. Answers sort of fit, but each one fits differently, and never truly perfectly. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 3:32
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    And I abhor negative answers that have zero supporting proof. "No real term for that", with nothing to back it up, is a terrible answer. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 3:32
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    Ok, all those questions are really bad. Way worse than I was thinking, actually. As for "zero proof", I can actually get behind your stance there too. You can't prove that there isn't a term for something, even if there really isn't. I'll think this over some more. – Invader Skoodge Apr 15 '16 at 3:36
  • I think on point 2 you should change "define" to "label" – Dragonrage Apr 15 '16 at 3:53
  • The reasoning behind your argument is justified except for but we disallow questions asking us to define this, "thing", whether it's based on a picture.... (I'm trying to assume questions in my head, but...) I feel that it may be at odds with allowing game identification by picture. – user101016 Apr 15 '16 at 13:48
  • @CamelCase Identify this game via artifact is due to us identifying the whole object, limited to one single, specific instance. For questions asking us to slap a label on a concept or actions across the breadth of gaming, it doesn't quite work. That's where the ill-fitting comes in. It'll sort of fit for this game, and maybe sorta fit for that one, but neither fit perfectly. I'd be up for allowing them for single games, as that removes the issues of scope and breadth. But asking us to label things across the scope of gaming is broad beyond belief. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 15:11
  • @Frank - I would have to see some real example questions. I agree that when asking if a term exists the scope has to be very clear and concise. I can't imagine someone finding some occurrence in one game then trying to ask us to coin a term for all games. – user101016 Apr 15 '16 at 15:17

We should treat the following questions as equals:

Is there a term for x?


What does y mean?

I don't agree that these questions are "bikeshedding". I'm not saying that some questions may appear to fall into these traps. I'm not saying knowing the names of all elements on your screen are significantly important. However, let me put this into context using the example of MOBAs as in the OP.

If you have never played a MOBA before, or put too many hours into one, the terminology is (at first) daunting. There are many in depth guides, websites and forums dedicated to abbreviations and terms. As addressed by the OP, having questions (as we already possess on the site) asking for specific meanings of the terms is useful. You can see the views, question scores and number of answers.

A new MOBA gamer can find a guide, see something like "ganking", google the term and find the answer on this site. This site provides a use. Its purpose is served.

To counter the argument that says knowing the meaning of "ganking" serves no practical purpose:

You are reading a guide that explains a strategy. Let us take the example of which character to use in a 3 lane conquest game. There is mention of selecting a specific character, which lane to patrol and then states "you can gank by...". If you don't know what the term means, you can't fully utilise the guide. You are disadvantaged to people who know the term because they can fully use the strategy whilst you miss out on the detail. It is not the same case as discussing the colour of paint for the bike shed when submitting plans for a nuclear power plant!

Remember, MOBA players are on information overload should they pursue improving their gameplay through discussions and guides. But this can apply to other games. I remember first playing Minecraft and for a while just assumed "mobs" meant "monsters". You are not born with all these terms implanted in your head, they are not always completely obvious and you can easily confuse them when going through your learning curve on a game.

Back to :

Is there a term for x?

The usefulness of these types of questions is exactly the same as:

What does y mean?

You are in a game. You are trying to communicate to your team mates. You explain that they must do something, use a feature or view a certain area of the screen. You end up explaining it in a 30 minute description rather than a nice simple one or two worded term.

You google around trying to find what this "thing" is called. Should we let google show answers from our site or not? Do we really want to wipe our hands of this usefulness?

Again, I appreciate questions can be asked that don't solve a problem to the OP (i.e. asking for the sake of asking). However, the finer details for a game really can help you apply knowledge from various sources.

What I propose is:

If the underlying question is to identify an existing term then I believe this is something we can cater for. An answerer may have expertise to give the established term for "x" in a "Is there a term for x?" question. This is useful, particularly for term-rich games like MOBAs. At a later point someone may ask for the definition of the same term or its origin, and we could close it as a duplicate of the "Is there a term for x?" question. This may cater for 3 problems through 1 good q&a:

  • A user not knowing the term for x
  • A user not knowing the meaning of a term
  • A user not understanding the term

If the underlying question is asking for a term, such as some poll to find out what unique name each person calls the subject or to coin a new term, then I believe it should be closed as opinion-based.

I don't know the real problem (i.e. the actual questions/answers that influenced this meta) but I would suggest that we don't judge a question by its answers alone. If "Is there a term for x?" question pops up and someone gives an answer along the lines of "We should call it [insert invented term]" - then it either receives downvotes or subject to closure on grounds that it isn't answering the question (the question, I assume, is asking for an established term rather than finding an appropriate new name).

  • That's exactly what bikeshedding is. And the whole problem. – Frank Apr 15 '16 at 11:49
  • @frank - I tried to address your comment in the updated answer. – user101016 Apr 15 '16 at 13:18

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