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Minecraft crash questions should be made off-topic: yes/no?

tl;dr: Yes, lets end the pain and suffering. I propose we should allow only Vanilla Minecraft & Minecraft Pocket/Console edition crashes & issues. I feel that any attempt to segregate mods ...
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Should questions only a few days from official release be closed for "unreleased content"?

If the actual game is out there, that's good enough. The problem is not having questions that can't be answered. If the game is out there, the question can be answered. This "accidental release" does ...
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We shouldn't help users run pirated software

Questions pertaining solely to pirated copies should be closed. We're not interested in helping users run the latest copy of Indie Game - SCENE repack. However, questions that are relevant to the game,...
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Do we close plot-explanation questions if the answer is 'there is no explanation'?

I see no problem with answering these questions with "There is no explanation at this time". After all, you might ask something about the plot in game X which you find cannot be answered yet. Then ...
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Professional Gaming

I'd say those are the respective best SE sites for your questions: Tournaments: Arqade Video making: https://video.stackexchange.com/ Playtesting: https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/ Sponsorship: ......
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Are questions about Discord on-topic?

Discord is not specifically gaming-related. However, it is very heavily used by gamers and referenced in gaming culture. I would be ok making a rule to explicitly allow Discord questions even though ...
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Cheats in multiplayer games are banned, but what *is* a cheat?

A cheat in a multiplayer game, for the purposes of determining whether a question violates our cheating guideline, is a tool that uses out-of-game resources to give you an advantage that the other ...
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Game X Online -- Post Beta, Pre Release

Leave them open There is a fundamental problem with closing these questions just because it currently isn't playable: We can ask questions before, and after the downtime, but not during it. We see ...
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How does my question about my arcade machine not fit in Arqade?

How does my question about my arcade machine not fit in Arqade? That's a very good question, because as far as I can tell your question is a perfect fit for Arqade. As the On Topic page of our help ...
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What is the difference between historical trivia questions and identification or recommendation questions? And should they be allowed?

The reason why game identification questions are off-topic without an audiovisual artifact is that otherwise we'd have to handle questions like There was this game that had some kind of weird ...
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Is "This question requires developer only knowledge" the same thing as developer intent?

This is not developer intent. As we have discussed before, answerability is a horrible metric for whether or not a question should be considered on-topic or not. In this case, without scouring the ...
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Minecraft crash questions should be made off-topic: yes/no?

Yes, let's make them off topic and be done with it already. Expertise One problem I see in keeping them on-topic is that we basically require the people answering be Java programmers. Not only that, ...
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Do we want to support "Is there a term for x" questions?

I'm having trouble understanding the motivation for limiting ourselves here. As always, if a specific question doesn't have enough information to answer it, then close it for being unclear. If the ...
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Graphics card question- does it go here or in Superuser

If the problem only occurs when running games, it'd be on topic here... But you'll probably get a better answer on SuperUser, where, so long as the question isn't about a specific game, it would also ...
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Are questions about Discord on-topic?

Yes, gamers are clearly Discord's target audience Front and center on Discord's website is this description: All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that's free, secure, and works on both your ...
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Are speedrunning techniques and strategies on-topic here?

Please do share knowledge. This sort of information is totally on topic here. Having to learn it by watching videos probably works and certainly is entertaining, but doesn't scale well. I don't know ...
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What would be the best fitting site for Warcraft movie lore questions?

Questions directly about the feature film Warcraft, as well as the various novels and other material set in that universe, are Off Topic. Questions about the lore and story from the Warcraft video ...
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Is "Historical Trivia" off-topic?

In general: no, it's not a prohibited category or something, it's a question about video games, and we allow those. Furthermore, your question hasn't been closed. However: it has had a close vote ...
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Are overseas Games allowed?

You can ask questions about games available in any market, so long as it is a public market. Game available only in SK, but it's a public beta? Great! Game available only in SK, and it's a private ...
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Why just ban Minecraft modding tech support?

I think Mods, and even Minecraft are a red herring - they produce most of our issues, simply because of the sheer quantity of Minecraft questions, and because of the specific kinds of ways in which ...
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Are MMORPG quest questions on topic?

Yes. I can't see a single reason why a question like this would be off-topic. It is an in-game problem, which requires an in-game solution. It does not matter if the game is an MMORPG or a single ...
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Are questions about in-game jokes/references off-topic?

I think this question is fine. This is a question that primarily: Points to an in-game thing Assumes it's some sort of reference, nod, in-joke or easter egg Asks what that thing is, or what the ...
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What should we do with foreign language posts?

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 ...
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Is it ok to ask a question from the POV of an unknowing person, when self-answering moments later?

There's absolutely nothing wrong with this, because there's absolutely nothing wrong with asking and answering your own question, and is actually encouraged by the Stack Exchange team. Maybe it's ...
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Can I ask for cheat codes and mods on this site?

In general, asking about built-in cheat codes is fine for single-player games. But not cheats for multiplayer games (not that many multiplayer games have built-in cheats). If the (single-player) game ...
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Can I ask for cheat codes and mods on this site?

If a developer designed a cheat to exist, then yes, that is absolutely on topic. This includes modding capabilities - if the game supports mods, then most questions in this realm are okay here. If a ...
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How should we handle questions asking how to solve a specific Minesweeper board?

Like I stated in the comments I'm against this suggestion. The main reason for this simply that there are not enough Minesweeper questions. We currently have 17 questions (~2 per year) about ...
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Why was the Game Identification ban decision enforced when the result was not clear-cut?

So you seem to be hung up on the math of it. Let's start with a simple and clear point: The "math" you're talking about doesn't matter. The decision has been made and it is not going to change. Sorry ...
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