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As we determined pretty early on, a cheat is a valid answer if and only if the only person you're cheating is yourself. If your question is how to be a better spy in TF2, an answer suggesting you run your own server and noclip through the map so you can easily sneak around and retreat to absolute safety is not for the purposes of our website a "valid" ...


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Abso-lutely. Mods are perfectly acceptable as an answer in pretty much every use case, and in situations like this, where they might be the only solution, they're all the more appropriate.


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It has been quite well established that unless otherwise specified (for example on the German Language & Usage SE, or the SO in Spanish etc. sites) the Stack Exchange network uses English as its only supported language. See: Do posts have to be in English on Stack Exchange? Also, it's stated clearly in our help centre: https://gaming.stackexchange.com/...


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The question is very clearly bounded. It wants to know about specific attributes of a specific game. And the well written, extensive answer makes it clear that there is a lot more to it than just "health is how much life you have and when it runs out you die". I really don't see a problem with this question, nor do I think it is any sort of slippery slope ...


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Yes, if you think your answer is better than existing answers, post it! We want the best answers we can get. See: Duplicate answers and you


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Was that answer unintentionally advocating pirated content (despite the website saying it doesn't support piracy)? As far as I could tell, yes. The purpose of the pages in the answer is for users to be able to use the assets from Source games without buying the games themselves, and there are two reasons I think it was violating our piracy policy. First, ...


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Images are not like videos or links. Videos and links can/do suffer from link-rot. Images, however can, and should, be hosted on SE's imgur host. So images will not suffer from the same sort of rot. That said, image only posts should be judged by the same merits as any other posts. If an image is explanatory and gives all the relevant information, great. In ...


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Cheats are valid answers, it's as simple as that. People come to Gaming.SE to find solutions to their problems and cheats invariably solve those problems. If we say to limit cheats to questions that specifically ask for cheats or "there is no other way", then we have a problem. How do we know when "there is no other way"? Like our problem with lore, that ...


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No, two part answers should not be allowed. The SE network is about specific, focused questions. If a question requires an answer that goes over the 30,000 character limit, that means its far too broad to be acceptable here. The close text for Too Broad is: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. ...


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There is an option when you ask a question that says "Answer your own question, Q&A style!" This allows you to post an answer alongside your question when you ask it. This is encouraged if you already know the answer. This way, you can inform/help others. It shouldn't be seen as a method of "mining rep." It saves other users the time of asking the ...


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After reviewing this deletion with the mod team, I've gone ahead and reversed the deletion on your answer. Sorry for the long turn around time on this, but it can be difficult to wrangle all of us moderators together over the weekend. Additionally, the mod team was hoping you could expand the textual part of your answer a bit to include more details on what ...


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Self answers are supported and encouraged. If its a problem others may have, there's nothing wrong with asking and answering instantly. So long as others feel it is useful, it will get up votes. That said, if you're answering with something pulled from elsewhere, you do have to attribute it. Not doing so is plagiarizing, and subject to summary deletion. We ...


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Yes, it is OK If people find the question and answer helpful they will up-vote and everybody wins. If the question is frivolous and/or poorly written, people like us will be there to down-vote and discourage further frivolity.


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I'm okay with small code-snippets in general (I believe it's fair-use, though IANAL), but only if it actually adds something to your answer. In your case, I don't think it does. Knowing the NullPointerException is caused by this.b.getSession().getToken() does not help solve the problem.


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Legality doesn't matter for us in general, we're not lawyers and can't properly evaluate the specific laws anyway, especially on a site visited by people from many different countries. We have some rules that are loosely based on laws, e.g. the rule against questions about pirated games. But we don't have that rule because it is illegal, but mostly because ...


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Should console commands be given without being explicitly asked for? Yes, in fact the opposite is true. Unless an asker explicitly asks for answers which don't rely on console commands then a console command is a perfectly valid answer. Sometimes a console command is the best or only answer to a problem, even if it only applies to PC (in which case non-PC ...


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This meta question kind of delves into what you are saying, if you look at Strix's answer here: StackExchange, and each of its child sites, is supposed to be a community for experts to provide expert answers. Questions that do not define a specific problem should not be answered, because it is impossible to provide an expert answer without a clear problem ...


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I encourage you to add your expertise to any question where a potential solution exists, whether that solution is through homebrew or otherwise. While those that want an "official" answer may balk at the notion, answers with alternative solutions are definitely welcome, especially moreso in the case of systems where official support has dried up.


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Clarification going forward: I classify reorganizing information into a more readable format as something new. I would also classify an overall answer, pulling together information from all other answers, as something new. Both of those show effort. I classify adding anything, content, organization, a new twist on an existing strategy above and beyond ...


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According to this meta, the community seems to be in favor of deleting answers that have the same information as the accepted one. That's why your answer was given a delete vote. The only thing that I would recommend is try to source your answers where possible. We really like sourced answers in order to validate the answer. Seeing as how you are new here, ...


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It's a bad answer. Downvote it, and vote to delete if rep allows. It's not a non-answer. It ought not be flagged. Particularly not with the generic NAA flag. As Moderators, we can't always be counted on to evaluate NAA flags beyond "does this look sort of relevant?". We can't be counted on to understand the difference between a wrong answer, and one that ...


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First off, welcome to Arqade! The answers were not deleted because the questions themselves were old. There are many occasions where old questions have new answers because either the previous answer was incorrect, or new information had been discovered. Below are some cases I found that is warranting your question, and comments from other users: I don't ...


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No While an answer for a different platform might not help the OP, that's not all we're here for. The pertinent meta post is here.


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Copy-pasting this response I gave to Sterno in one of my answers of said post. Chopping out some of the "less relevant" bits will prove a difficult task. One way to go might be to make one Q&A per game in the series, dividing it up into several different questions. And with those questions and answers spread out I could possibly just link to ...


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Is this a bad thing to do? It is not recommended to post an answer to a question that is off-topic; even more so if it does not even answer the question. If the question is off-topic, it will eventually (which that question is now currently) be deleted, so posting an answer is not necessary. In this case, the correct course of action would have been to ...


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I was browsing Arqade today and saw this question, What are the differences between the Wii and Xbox One/PS4/Switch versions of Just Dance Games?, became active today (1/31/21). The community bot will periodically bump old questions without any upvoted answers, provided the question has a positive score. I believe the exact thresholds for bumping vary from ...


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Generally, if a question already has an answer (regardless of acceptance), any new answers need to bring something new that wasn't mentioned in a current answer. This can be something the answer has missed, something that contradicts the existing answer but has merit, a deeper analysis of aspects of the previous answer, or something which interprets the ...


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