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Are "what was the first..." questions on topic? [duplicate]

In another question, someone pointed out that the "first game of X" class of questions, and those that are similar, have certain faults and should get some additional analysis. What should be done ...
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"Here is a thing. Look at the thing. Do you see the thing? I would like to know what this Thing is Called." A plea for sanity

identify-this-game was a Bad Tag. It was applied to Bad Questions. It is gone forever, and I could not be happier. But it appears, that we have been throwing some babies out with our admittedly ...
LessPop_MoreFizz's user avatar
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Is "Historical Trivia" off-topic?

I recently asked a question about the origin of the term 'buff' and received a comment saying: This question appears to be off-topic because it is about historical trivia about the origin of a word....
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So, what actually is a game-rec?

The problem with all encompassing policies is that people tend to use those instead of using the brain and determining whether a question possesses or not the bad qualities that make game-rec's toxic ...
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Re-evaluating the text of our Game Identification close reason

Update: Thanks to all for your suggestions and feedback! We have decided to go with Dragonrage's suggestion, which addressed all the key points, and combined the best parts of the other suggestions. ...
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"practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face"

The FAQ says: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. It could be me, but lately there seem to be more people quoting this phrase to gain close-...
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How do we feel towards specific questions about the history of a certain game mechanic?

Could not find this on here, sorry if it is. As a specific example, this question about the earliest game with a major escort component. OP even doubts if it fits here, however, the question seems to ...
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What will be our custom off-topic close reasons?

Yes! Custom close-reasons are now a thing that is coming fast to our site! Among with other important changes to closing putting questions on hold. Start here: Closing changes: [on hold], unclear, ...
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Why is the baseball rule question considered off-topic?

Regarding this question, why is it off-topic? I can see that you want to argue that is it "identify this game", however this is not what I'm asking. I want to know if a very specific baseball ...
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Is it on-topic to ask if [a specific game] "invented" [a specific feature]?

Would it be on-topic to ask if [a specific game] "invented" [a specific feature], i.e. if it really was the first (published) game to introduce such a feature? Expectable answers would be: Yes ([a ...
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What is it with the first custom off-topic close reason?

I still don't understand this close reason: Questions that ask which games or other products meet specific criteria are off topic. We primarily deal with questions about playing games, not about ...
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What should we do with two similar styles of "history" question?

We currently have two very similar types of questions that are handled very differently according to past consensus and precedent: Questions asking about the origin of a particular feature, differing ...
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Should we update our /help/on-topic page?

It was recently noted by a few users that our on-topic page lacks any indication that we don't offer technical support for modded Minecraft. While the on-topic certainly doesn't need to cover ...
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Should this question about colors depicting game item rarity have been re-opened?

There is a question that was asked involving gaming history and color schema of item rarity. As standards go on this site, this is off-topic as it is requesting the identity of the game that first ...
Wondercricket's user avatar
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Germaneness of question on game ban

While I was answering the question Why do you have to be at least the Invisible level of Online-ness to get Trading Cards? it got put on hold. Which is perfectly appropriate; I got too intrigued by ...
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