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I was hoping to ask a question, basing my description of the text-based RPG on memory. But the tag description states:

Only ask if you have a screenshot, video, or audio clip from the game you want to identify. This tag is only for identifying games in movies, pictures, videos, advertisements or otherwise where an unknown game appears - not from a description of what you can recall from memory, or from a picture you drew yourself.

Is this type of question appropriate anywhere on this site, or on-topic on any other Stack Exchange site?

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  • I just realized why people are confused by this tag, so thank you for asking. May 8 at 12:37
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Game identification questions are only allowed when you have a screenshot, video, or anything beyond a description. The wording "This tag is only for identifying games in movies, pictures, videos, advertisements or otherwise where an unknown game appears" doesn't make that clear, so I've changed the tag excerpt to:

Only ask if you have a screenshot, video, or audio clip from the game you want to identify. The only game identification questions allowed on this site are those asking to identify games in movies, pictures, videos, advertisements or otherwise where an unknown game appears - not from a description of what you can recall from memory, or from a picture you drew yourself.

While we can't help you within our Q&A format, the Game Identification tag wiki contains information on how to organize your thoughts into a good game identification question from memory that you can ask elsewhere. We also have a community-curated list of additional resources where you can ask for help in this question: My game identification question was closed as off-topic. Where can I ask for help instead?

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Yes. Identification questions are not on topic here because they "don't fit the Q&A format" but are on topic on several other sites because they fit the Q&A format there.

Sci Fi & Fantasy frequently answer identification questions purely from description. While they focus on books and film, they have no policy forbidding asking about games.

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