Reading this question, 99% of the gamers probably can figure out what the game is 2 sentences in.

I'm perfectly aware that we don't allow game identification because it would be too opinion based to guess what might be in someone's head just by a vague description (as far as I understand the rules).

So what should I do:

  1. Tell him "sorry, but no" and direct him to an outside source (what Jutschge did)
  2. Explain to him how he's wrong but still provide an answer (or at least a comment with the name but comments don't bring rep, hence my choice) (What I did)
  3. Ignore altogether and vote close the question (strongly against my believes as a visitor and contributor to this community)

While we are at it, the two links referenced in the "Close question -> off topic because... -> Questions asking for help identifying a game... Do not work:

"this blog post might help" (I am aware of the closure of the blogs)

"We allow an exception for identifying games based on an actual piece of the game"

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    Regardless of which comes first, answering questions you know are off-topic is actively detrimental to site health. You've just signalled that off-topic questions can get an answer, which can lead to more of them being posted.
    – Frank
    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:58

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Why don't we have both?

  • Tell the user "sorry but no"
  • If you are so inclined and know the answer, maybe leave it in the comments as a courtesy?
  • Otherwise, if you so desire, link to other places where they can get help
  • Finally, vote to close and walk away

Then you can have rules and helpfulness.

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    The only reason I opted for an answer rather than a comment is rep.... Mar 14, 2017 at 13:03
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    Rep that you will lose as soon as the question gets deleted.
    – Frank
    Mar 14, 2017 at 14:00
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    @ИвоНедев what comes first? Rules or Rep? You can get a lot of rep by asking/answering on-topic stuff aswell, you know... (Rules come first btw)
    – Jutschge
    Mar 15, 2017 at 7:50

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