This question is closed, apparently because it is too specific (although neither of the closers who left comments did a good job of explaining why it had been closed.)

Can we just clarify if and why this question should be closed?

[edit: the question has been reopened, but I'm still not sure what criteria decide whether game rec questions are off topic]

  • It should be noted that Gnoupi, who said it was specific, was defending your question alongside Jeffrey.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:39
  • Exactly. It wasn't closed for being too specific, it was closed for being too general.
    – user56
    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:41
  • Yep, I apologised to Gnoupi on the original thread. I don't read things carefully enough obviously...
    – Seamus
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:20
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    In fact, the people who voted to close really should have commented to explain why they voted to close it. Not very good that none of them deigned to comment...
    – Seamus
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:26
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    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:30

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To clarify why the question was closed, it is most likely because the question is yet another repository, not entirely because of the estimated answer yield. If you'll note my comment on that question, I explain why that metric is also stupid for both closing and reopening anyway. The scope of the question, which is genre X on platform Y, is what should be judged on, not the fact that platform Y is not likely to have a large number.

So should the question remain closed? There's no solid judgment. There's a lot of back-and-forth going on about whether game recommendations and listings are appropriate. Please check out the earlier 3 links for reasons on closing given by some of the community. Also check out here, where I explain why I personally think we are horrendously poor at supporting repositories, and this selection of discussions with voices on both sides of the debate.

  • It's Fünf, not Funf.
    – badp
    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:56
  • @badp Fixed. At least I can pronounce it a lot better than I can write it.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:57
  • great, because I can't do either :D
    – badp
    Aug 25, 2010 at 13:23
  • I have to agree compeltely. While I agree with the general rule, a list of that nature is quite specific and most definitely not large. I think something like "What are some cool games for the Android?" would be an example of a bad question that would need to be closed.
    – Robb
    Aug 25, 2010 at 15:19

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