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The tag is useful on many sites on this network for creating a list of questions that many users need to know but could never fit in the site FAQ. Arqade is not using that tag to its fullest potential. The tag currently has exactly 8 questions, and all are over a year old. This is not good because anyone trying to find out how our site works by looking at will get a year-old picture of the site.

As such, I think we should revisit the tag. What questions should be tagged , and why?

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I came up with the idea of putting together a "meta policy" CW question at one point, and compiled this list of things that could potentially fit into it. This is out of date and incomplete, (by a couple of months) but maybe it's a start?

Three tags seemed to jump out at me:

I tried to categorize things by whether the consensus was "allow" or "don't allow" - but there's kind of a (admittedly minor) problem that we have to update this list when we change our minds, and this might be construed as consensus when maybe there isn't any? (ie, who decides when something's settled?)


Things we seem to have disallowed:

Uncategorized off-topic:

Subcategories of game development:

Subcategories of recommendations:

Subcategories of speculation:

Subcategories of EULA/TOS/Legal issues:


Provisionally allowed, if properly scoped:

Gray areas

  • "who decides when something's settled?" This is why I think that somewhere (not necessarily in faq) we need a list of currently enforced policies, with the assumption that even though it will require significant upkeep at first, it will be worth it and will eventually mostly settle down. – murgatroid99 Jul 27 '12 at 17:52
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I voiced my cynicism about this project in chat, but putting that aside, I think any list like this needs to include links to the following blog posts:

Those give, more than any of the other blog posts and discussions we have here, succinctly define and explain the scope of Stack Exchange and its mission, and should be required reading for anyone who wants to delve into how the site comes to decisions about what is and isn't on-topic.

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In addition, this is one of my favourite questions to quote:

Let's be nice to each other

I also think this is important, since many users are still not complying with this basic accessibility consideration:

Please fill in the alt text for images on this site

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These have been asked after Agent posted his answer and are fitting for :

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    I wouldn't include the code ticks question. It's not something that we really need to point new users to. Experienced users should just edit, and if questioned on it, should be able to explain without pointing to the meta. – MBraedley Oct 13 '13 at 17:03
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    I think we should include the code ticks question, as it's an important piece of info that someone will need to know to make their use of the site the best it can be – shanodin Oct 13 '13 at 19:00
  • Also, @3ventic please don't edit your answer while things are still being discussed and debated - you think the code ticks should stay there, and this is your answer - leave it in :) – shanodin Oct 13 '13 at 19:03
  • @shanodin I took the list from my favorites and had not reviewed the list (most of my favorites are those that I consider useful for newcomers) – 3ventic Oct 13 '13 at 19:06
  • @shanodin the point of the FAQ tag is so that we can quickly point new users to an authoritative short list of site policies when they do something egregiously wrong. Code ticks, like most other formatting errors, are not egregious. – MBraedley Oct 13 '13 at 20:23
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    @MBraedley as per this meta question the FAQ tag ought to be used on all questions about site policy and decisions, as an easy way to collate the choices made by the community. – shanodin Oct 13 '13 at 21:01
  • @shanodin: from that very link: "You should add the faq tag to any posts you think are essential reading or that you frequently reference in explaining policies to new users." The code ticks meta post does not meet those criteria. It is not essential reading, and we should not need to frequently reference it. We definitely should not be putting the tag on all questions about site policy. Doing that would defeat the purpose, as it would make it too hard to find the relevant post when the time comes. – MBraedley Oct 15 '13 at 11:31
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Here are some meta posts about questions I regularly see that get close votes as off-topic, despite community consensus to the contrary. It would help inform people of site policy if they are with tagged with :

Console modding/hacking

Emulation, Emulators

What's the official stance on console emulation?

Mod recommendations AKA "mod rec"

(questions where mods are mentioned as possible or preferable solutions by the OP)
Is "mod rec" really an umbrella category that we want to use? Or is it confusing the situation?

Lore

Should lore questions as an entire category be banned?

Games in a legal gray area

e.g. questions about fan-made ROM patches like in the meta post below
What's our procedure for asking about not-quite-legal games?

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