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Game names in titles are not necessary, as the name is already in a tag. The general guidelines is to avoid putting tags in the title, unless the tag fits in naturally. So the following would be bad Metal Gear Rising: Can I change the difficulty? but adding the tag into the question with proper grammar would be okay: Can I change the difficulty in ...


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Personally, if I may be so blunt, I think it is a very ungood idea, because we are then effectively creating a walled garden, where people have to pay admission to enter. There is no reason why people need to stick around after their questions get asked/answered. It's the internet! We have unlimited powers of account creation! Do we want people to stick ...


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Titles do not have to contain the name of the game, and you shouldn't intentionally edit a question just to add the game name to the title. The game name is required, however, to be in the tags. This is the canonical way to identify what game a question is about. Also, for SEO reasons, the first two tags appear in the HTML title of the page, so when the ...


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Simply and sadly enough, when SE didn't put tags at the start of the page title, Stack Overflow was getting outranked on Google by scrapers that did. Putting tags at the start of the page title is the only thing that worked. We don't want to have all question titles look like "Metal Gear Solid 3: how can I jump?" (why would we have tags to begin with, then?)...


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I agree that your latest edit helped make the title more unique, and I have re-approved it because of this. The only constructive criticism I have is in future, try to keep the title and any image alt-text short - for the latter, around 50 characters is fairly ideal. As for titles, the better ones are: Descriptive - drawn from what can be seen in the ...


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This might have been a useful question two years ago when Gaming.SE first opened. Two years later, I think evidence has shown that there isn't really any need for any special ruleset in this regard. While it's true that we do get different sorts of problem posts than say, StackOverflow (if I had to guess, we probably get less spam, more outright vandalism), ...


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The stuff that shows up in the "hot" questions collider is determined by a formula that takes into account views, votes, and age. Views are a measure of how many people on the site were interested in the question, plus how many people were searching for the same issue. Votes are a measure of how many regular users (or at least have enough rep to vote) ...


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I pushed a fix for this. I believe main site's change is already live. The meta will fix will live after the next prod build.


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Tag it with anything else that's relevant. (Platform tags, such as pc or wii are a good choice here). Hell, feel free to tag it with something irrelevant but valid that will attract attention. It doesn't really matter, just give it any damn tag. Step two is the important part anyway: Then flag it for mod attention, or bother any of the dozens of high rep ...


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It's been about four months since this was originally asked, and in that time I've gotten a shiny new phone that is actually capable of playing this game. So I got it, and I loaded this game up, and I checked out what all the fuss was about. This is a complicated game with very little user feedback. It is probably one of the most impenetrable "casual" ...


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This is a solution looking for a problem. Inactive accounts are inactive and harmless, and if an account's only contribution is a negative one those are collected by the system automatically. I see no point in penalising accounts that don't meet arbitrary standards of activity over time.


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I think the key is in the statement you made: This is assuming that they are all legitimate questions and not random spam. If your questions are legit, interesting, and useful - it does not matter how many you submit per day. Good questions are good questions, not matter how fast they are submitted. Before you get too excited, consider a few things. ...


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With Stack Exchange's move to a standardized site design, this issue has been solved (albeit inadvertently). The 'Ask Question' button has been moved: and the mothership now aligns properly: Don't mind the horrible cropping on my part - the button and mothership ARE actually aligned. :)


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There's no hard line here (literally; the 6 questions/day limit is currently disabled on this site), but if you ask 11 questions in a hour in a tag that's otherwise gotten 4 questions in ~47 months... you're likely asking too quickly. Put yourself in the shoes of one of our answerers for this tag. If you have one question like those today, and another in a ...


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I'll also throw in my 2 cents based on what I loosely imagine the consensus definition of "long" to be. Long titles are bad for multiple reasons: Titles should be a short summary of the most important aspect of the question. It is the only thing that potential answerers can see when looking at the main page. Stack actually already limits you to 150 ...


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Alright, so, I figure since I'm the one who sparked this debate (I think), I should probably chime in with my two cents. First off, this was in no way an attack on EBongo, nor did I downvote the question solely based on the one asking. I genuinely feel it's a bad question, and here's why: For anyone unfamiliar with the game, this screen is what you see ...


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The moderator who edited the titles into your questions left this reason If the title is enough to understand what game is being asked about, then it doesn't need the game. If the title is broad enough, adding the game means the same question can be asked about a different game, and it's easier to know which game the question is applied to in any case ...


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When you are unable to ask questions, the notification has a link for you to follow, to understand what is happening. The basic answer is that you have a history of low quality questions, and the system doesn't think your next one will be much better. One important point is that it's not a single question that does it, but a history of low quality ...


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It really doesn't matter. If we can understand what you are trying to ask, whatever pronouns you choose to use for the speaker (yourself) are fine. People tend to default to "you" vs "I" because third person makes it feel possibly more approachable to others but it's not really a necessity. We mostly just want well written questions that ...


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There's a few things that haven't been said that I think we should consider. There appears to be some amount of voting on the poster instead of voting on the post. This comment in particular makes me think that the reason for at least some of these downvotes is that people feel like this is some sort of blatant "badge grab" question. (See another similar ...


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Asking and answering your own question is an acceptable and allowed thing. Admittedly, we assume you are doing so in good faith to share information, rather than say, rep-farming or whatever. In general, there aren't really rules or quota or guidelines, other than the usual stuff that applies to all questions and answers. Like this blog post states, if ...


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You should include the game in the question title anytime it's needed to determine if you would want to read the question. Titles should be stand-alone summaries of questions without depending on tags. Some key points from that post: we should never force a tag into a title if it's not helpful, but... Nothing should be left out of a title just ...


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I found by luck a similar post on the Meta StackOverFlow network. There is an interesting answer: I dont think this is mysterious at all. If you consider the search "Finding the next sibling that matches a query" then the first hit contains all the search phrase words in the body. If you perform the same search in "Ask Question", the result is those ...


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This issue has been status-completed. The 'Ask Question' button has been changed to a standard button and moved to be more prominent: This was part of a broader push to standardize site designs across the network. All of the SE network sites including Arqade have been updated with a new layout (and design changes to match). Arqade's site design rollout ...


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I'm guessing this is your friend? They posted and then deleted several questions. This type of behaviour is a pain, and can be a sign of spamming. The ban is automatic, and cannot be manually lifted. It will expire only once you've earned enough positive reputation to demonstrate your ability to post constructively. It is not a timed ban and it will not ...


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As mentioned in the help center for question bans, question bans are added automatically by the system and removed by the system, so it's not something that can be manually lifted for a specific user. That user will need to contribute positively, starting with fixing their existing questions. However, the error message for a question ban doesn't mention any ...


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Designs across the network have been receiving updates in order to be more uniform. Non-functional design elements are only in the header and footer. Arqade is still one of the more design heavy sites on the network. The design was proposed over the summer (according to chat, it was around the end of August), and implemented for everyone a couple of ...


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It would seem to be a judgement call. @MadScientist said in the related question In cases like this, where the question itself is completely generic and applies to many games, adding the title perfectly acceptable Seems to sum it up. I also appreciate the points raised by @Wrigglenite If the title is enough to understand what game is being asked ...


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