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I recently asked How can I identify games that use Pando Media Booster, and is there a workaround to download the installer without it? where I also wanted to know which games use it (clearly explaining why it was relevant). This quickly attracted 3 down votes because it 'sounds like a list question', in hindsight I could have perhaps rephrased the question title - but its obvious (to me atleast!) from the actual description that this is not the case.

Fine, I understand there is a general hostility to any sort of lists here, which is perfectly fine - when in Rome etc., and I should expect downvotes even if I'm asking for useful info as it goes against some site policy.

Then I come across What are the names of all rank levels in Bejeweled 3 and Bejeweled Blitz? , mainly due to the recent edit to clear up the title. As far as I'm aware, the 'no list questions' policy has been in place/consideration from 2010, before the question was posted. Still, this question (which seems very clearly to be a list) has received only upvotes.

Now I'm confused as to what constitutes the grave offence of asking for a list, or what are the exceptions where it is allowed. I tried searching on Meta, and despite a lot of discussion the category itself seems to be ill defined.

Thus, I have a few questions (not a list!) on what constitutes a list and should be downvoted:

  • Found meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/624/… which is my first question (give me clear guidelines on what is good & bad) ... I think the discussion there gave up on it :p – Alok Jul 13 '12 at 2:55
  • For your "Where do the enemies spawn" question - the answer is finite, objective, and only one can be correct/complete. The experts in the community are able to vet the quality of the answer. Same with the level range question. – Daenyth Jul 14 '12 at 14:00
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The key thing to note that is different between the list you asked for and the other examples you cite is that those other lists are inherently limited in scope to the individual games in question. Your question is an unbound list, which has no clear limit on the number of items it will contain, which is the sort of list that's problematic.

This has been a 'settled discussion' for something of a while now, but here are a few particularly relevant links:

List questions for The Old Republic / MMOs -- CW, closure, other?

Can we get these obviously off-topic questions closed?

How is an answered question closed for not being an answerable question?

  • The comments on the KOTOR question actually point out its an unbounded list due to the nature of MMOs :p. Though the distinction does help - also, thanks for the title update to avoid upsetting itchy trigger fingers ;). I would really love a single answer that gives all the criteria for a decision (unbounded/bounded etc.), already went through several of the meta discusssions but it still seems like a subjective topic :/ – Alok Jul 13 '12 at 2:32
  • gaming.stackexchange.com/q/31612/25150 is an example of unbounded list (with only upvotes). So even the unbounded criteria seems to be subjective (though I agree that its a good one, I will keep it in mind) – Alok Jul 13 '12 at 2:39
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    @Alok That's not a list at all. It's a question that asks for a numerical answer. The fact that the answer is 'infinite' is largely irrelevant. – LessPop_MoreFizz Jul 13 '12 at 2:40
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We consider "List of games that fit the X criteria" questions to be game-recommendation questions and thus automatically off-topic.

  • Yes, I understand that - but in this case, it wasn't to get recommendations but avoid potential problem (or make it easier to deal with). So while I understand LessPop's explanation about unbounded list being an issue, still can't get why just asking 'games that will make me install X' was bad in this case. – Alok Jul 13 '12 at 8:20
  • @Alok: How can the community judge the quality of a single answer for that question? How can anyone know what answer is correct? The SE engine works for specific questions with a single correct answer - this is the opposite. – Daenyth Jul 14 '12 at 13:54

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