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Questions tagged [site-policies]

Use this tag when asking about policy of any kind, either from rules or from community consensus.

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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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In regards to translating another user's questions [duplicate]

https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/327362/Помогите-исправить-ошибку-срочноЯне-разбираюсь-в-кодах?noredirect=1#comment466683_327362 The question has been deleted by now, but I can see in my ...
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Duplicate Questions: A Result?

Last August, we had a discussion about a new approach to duplicate questions, and it was decided that we would have a trial period that would go from then until January of 2017 and afterwards we would ...
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Why was this question closed for having illegal content?

Is my 3DS bricked? This question deals with homebrew, which on it's own is not illegal (homebrew is the means of running 'custom' applications on a device (usually a console) that are not officially ...
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Is the goal to help people or build an arbitrary resource of curated questions?

Is the goal to help people or build an arbitrary resource of curated questions? What's the point of Arcade exactly? My understanding has always been as a place to help people with their questions for ...
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How exactly did this answer violate our Piracy policy?

10k+ users will be able to see that this answer was removed since it was found to be in violation of our Piracy policy. But how exactly was this answer violating this policy? According to the ...
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Hello, my name is Self-Promoting Spammer

I'm just getting a hot discussion with @Frank and @SevenSidedDie who are old guys on arQAde, which I suggest solely by their rating. There is a number of questions regarding inability to upload ...
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Duplicate trial: “Duplicate” to “Not a Duplicate” to “Now a Duplicate” process

From Duplicate Questions: A Trial The broad rule is: Do not close questions as duplicates if the target question does not help the new asker. I understand that there is split opinion for support ...
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Duplicate Questions: A Trial

We asked whether you wanted to try something new, and the votes say yes. So, starting today, and running until January 2017, we're going to do things a little differently in regards to duplicate ...
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Do we want to support “Is there a term for x” questions?

We have a terminology tag, which makes sense. Sometimes, you run into a term in a game (or game related meta - I'm thinking of you, MOBAs, where I feel like I have to learn a whole new language...) ...
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Where should we direct users asking questions on technical support for modded games?

I was recently informed that questions involving Minecraft mods are off-topic. As a new user to Arqade who is attempting to help out the community, where should I direct users asking questions on this ...
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Questions asking for cheats in games where the singleplayer also has multiplayer components

We have Where do we stand on cheating in single player games?, about cheating in singleplayer games (which says "cheating in singleplayer is fine") and How do we stand on cheats, in particularly for ...
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Are companion names in SWTOR considered spoilers?

Are the names of companions in SWTOR considered spoilers? You don't find out the info until you reach a specific planet in the story, but you can also see the name of every single one in the Legacy ...
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We shouldn't help users run pirated software [duplicate]

Edit: There does seem to be a bit of confusion from some people about my stance, so I want to be perfectly clear: We shouldn't require users to prove they own a copy of the game, and we should assume ...
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Gaming.SE turning into a helpdesk

Questions like these make me feel like gaming.SE is turning into a help-desk. These questions should, in my humble opinion, be considered off-topic since the help-desk of the game/platform in question ...
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Can I use gaming.SE as the main Q/A for my own game?

I am in the process of finishing the first open beta for my own browser game. Naturally, I want to have some way for players to get answers on questions they have - maybe by me or (even better) by ...
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Questions about differences between the same game on different platforms

Are questions that concern the differences between the same game between different platforms permitted or encouraged? An example of this: How many official versions of flappy birds are there? I'...
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Should minor comments be flagged?

As per this discussion, our moderation team's current stance on flagging minor comments (such as "Thanks!" or "I've edited this now.") is as follows: Please don't bother flagging all comments that ...
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Cleanup 2013: It's time to clearly identify community consensus

On meta we have a tag to denote frequently asked questions, it is the moderator only bright red tag known as faq. This tag provides us the opportunity to group together our agreed community ...
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Opposing viewpoints are needed if you disagree with a closure

As I was doing my daily browsing today, I noticed that one of our questions had been reopened. Normally, this would be a cause for celebration, for we have improved a question to be acceptable to our ...
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Regulations regarding questions asking to help bypass security

This question was closed because a user requested help in bypassing school security in order to play a game. While the OP insinuated that the request is for finding alternative sites instead, such a ...
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When is non-game-specific still on-topic?

The FAQ states: If your question generally covers things such as…Game-specific hardware and utilities…then you are in the right place to ask your question!" But it does not clearly define non-game-...
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Tagging standards ain't standard - they're confusing

To illustrate and explain my source of confusion, I present you two opposing examples. Example 1 - less tags I recently asked this question. Because I play Skyrim on the PC and was expecting the ...
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Using code ticks for technical term highlighting considered harmful

Lots of users across the Stack Exchange network have developed a habit of using code markup (backticks in Markdown) to give technical terms special formatting that stands out visually. This only seems ...
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Can questions be deleted if they spread misinformation?

This question has a false premise. It states as a matter of fact that certain abilities can hit an enemy 3 times while they are designed to hit at most twice. However, because I found this to be very ...
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When does meta become site policy? [duplicate]

I have asked a few times where the Arqade site policy states different things. Many of these times, the response is a link to a Meta discussion. I realize that the Meta is the place where the site's ...
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What is an audiovisual artifact?

There's been a debate going on over whether or not this question should be closed: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/123362/can-someone-identify-this-game-music-please The controversy is ...
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Are duplicate questions allowed to co-exist if none of them have any upvoted or accepted answers?

So duplicates are fine and dandy, provided neither has any up voted or accepted answers? For instance I came across... this question Which just seemed to be... this question But after trying to ...
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Why is this question allowed?

Is Ragnarok Online enjoyable without using bots or cash items? The question is asking whether a game is enjoyable within a set of circumstances. Given the format of the website, this doesn't seem to ...
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Are duplicate questions a bad thing?

Its occured to me that duplicate questions usually (obviously) ask a question in a different way, and are not deleted to provide googability. This being said, isn't it in our best interest to ...
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How do we deal with users that use data from here to monetize their blog?

I've been having some sneaking suspicions about one of our newer users, and I've run into what I perceive as, at best, shady behaviour. The Details This user has asked a few questions, and gotten ...
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I never asked for this

I was asked to post this before leaving. I honestly don't want to post a question of this nature on meta, but I will give the benefit of the doubt this time just in case I was wrong. The outcome of ...
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Is this question off topic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I ask if a specific game will run on a specific computer system? If I were to list my system specs and ask if I could run Diablo III would that be bad? I want to be good. ...
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How do I know if I should move forward with something that was discussed on meta?

About a month ago I asked How should we handle questions about game completion time?. There were two answers, which had fairly different approaches. One, which I proposed myself, was to close a lot ...
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How should we deal with questions and answers about rapidly changing games? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should we deal with out of date questions/answers? While this is technically a general question, I was inspired to write this particular question simply because of ...
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What's the policy for answering closed questions?

I think I've done this at least a half dozen times in the past few days, either in comments or before it actually gets closed. I don't think my answers are unreasonable, since people frequently report ...
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Dealing with tagging policy inconsistency for iOS games

There's no specific discussion on Meta nor any mention in the ios tag wiki of how we should be using this tag and whether or not it's being used properly, so I wanted to discuss it here. We currently ...
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Do esoteric rules hurt the site?

As a lurker/new user it seems like the actual rules for what questions are allowed to be asked are esoteric and arcane and are enforced either arbitrarily or with no feedback to the person asking the ...
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What's the policy on site-specific changes?

I've been a moderately active user for a bit over a year, and I just discovered that last week identify-this-game questions were removed. I'm not complaining about the decision to change the policy, ...
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What issues must be resolved before we vote on keeping “Identify This Game” questions? [closed]

Update: On Monday, the moderator team will post a question calling for concepts around the topic of better ITG criteria. Further details on how we will evaluate these criteria will be part of the ...
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Clarification on comments policy?

Can we have a clarification on what is and is not acceptible for discussion in comments? Based on this question and its responses, I can see it may be policy to redirect extended comment discussions ...
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Marking health/medical questions as off-topic

We have a few questions tagged health on the site, and most of them concern issues that come up during gaming. Only one of these questions actually pertains to health in game (the type that's ...
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Best Practices: Titles and Tags

So the new "suggested edits" bit is really neat, however I've been seeing a lot of edits that basically amounted to-- "Removed X from the title because it was already in the tags" Is this ...
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What happened to “One 'object' per answer?”

I recently asked this question and I got downvoted and hated and closed into oblivion. I dident even use the 'B' word! I simply asked for people to give one recommendation per answer so people could ...
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What should be done with questions asking for game recommendations?

What should be done with a game-rec question posted to the site? Please only give short and simple answers that the community can then enforce as a policy. This is not the place for discussion - other ...
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Establishing an official “No Shopping Recommendation” policy

We haven't actually established an official anti-shopping recommendation policy. There has been one off-hand suggestion and one strangely scoped and strangely phrased question. Super User has such a ...
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Final game-rec showdown preparation

TL;DR - the parts below in bold convey the key message of this post. This question is now LIVE: What should be done with questions asking for game recommendations? I guess we all want to have the ...
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Meta-Meta: A Proposal for Creating Site Policy

EDIT: This system was used in the hopes of resolving the game rec debate. This experiment has proven to me that it does not work. I accepted Badp's answer because I now believe it is the best option. ...
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What should be done about [Strategy] and similar tags? What conventions should we be adhering to?

Those who have been in chat for the past day or so have seen me ranting at length about how tags which are not [Game Title] are, for the most part, fundamentally not useful. As an example, take a ...
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How should we deal with out of date questions/answers?

This is perhaps a concern largely unique to questions about MMO's, and other multiplayer games that see major game-balance patches released on a regular basis, but how should we address content ...