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Here's a quick reference for the tools we've got for handling questions and when we should use them: Downvote (Requires 125 reputation) This question does not show research effort, it is unclear or not useful. Close (Requires 3k reputation) This question meets one of the close vote criteria, as LPMF has already described. More generally, if answering the ...


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Updating the answer to bring it up to date with the current release is the correct course of action. Someone might be running a very old version of Minecraft (due to compatibility with mods, or to preserve a certain world, etc.), and we shouldn't be closing these questions. You wouldn't close a question about an older version of Python on SO. Where ...


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This sounds like a good idea. Listening to the community is a good idea. Experimenting is a good idea. Setting a specific time to review the results is a good idea.


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We shouldn't need to know the answer to a question to determine if it should be closed. I'm not a fan of any policy that requires you to know the answer to a question before you know whether or not the question is a dupe. And that's exactly what's happening here... a user needs to know that Counterstrike Game X and Counterstrike Game Y have identical ...


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Well, then, in light of Shog finally giving us the greenlight to go Four-on-the-Floor with Closure, it's time to do some closure-writing. I'll take a crack. Questions that ask for recommendations of games, software, or hardware are off topic. For more information on why these sorts of questions don't work here, see "So, what actually is a Game-Rec?" and "Q&...


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I'm going to have to disagree with badp, as I don't believe we can safely say that dead games are dead. Robotnik brought up a good point regarding Minecraft boosters, as it is now possible to play the old versions of Minecraft simply by selecting them in the launcher. How do we know that any game is gone for good? How do we know that the holiday code won'...


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I'd like to push back on the current thinking that mod-rec is a bad thing. Right now the arguments I've heard against them are that they are bad by association with game-rec. The things that are bad about game-rec are described in this meta: So, your typical game recommendation is a question that has two qualities. A shopping recommendation - ...


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Wouldn't it be more beneficial if the moderator asked the user (as a small warning) to clear up their question before it's closed ? Here's the thing; closure is your warning that a post needs to be cleared up (before it's deleted/left to rot, basically). Closing isn't the end. and the Not a Real Question closure reason makes it pretty clear that a post ...


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I think Ashley is absolutely right about why questions may have been closed, but I don't think the community is right in doing so in the majority of the cases. I kind of feel like people need to get over the whole "oh no, they're camping questions!" thing. If a question is bad, downvote it. Closing a question that would be fine in one timezone but not ...


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You can't. You have to live forever with your guilt.


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Flagging spam as 'Spam' is already the most extreme action you can take - with enough spam flags raised on a post, it will be auto-deleted (without needing moderator intervention) and the user account responsible will be permanently marked & severely restricted from posting again. Close votes on Spam are superfluous at best. It only takes 3 clicks to ...


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/r/tipofmyjoystick https://old.reddit.com/r/tipofmyjoystick/ This is a subreddit dedicated to answering game identification questions, and allows identification questions without any sort of assets.


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I'd like to caution us about this particular policy - it's a real thin line between closing questions like this and making most/all of character/story/plot-related questions fall into this category. I can see closing questions that clearly ask for fan speculation, are thinly disguised rants, have no basis whatsoever in the game universe, or "what do you ...


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My (now old - see Shog9's and LessPop_MoreFizz's answers) take at the close reasons with links are below. I think there are grounds for 4th reason having tried to fit them in 3. Close reason against pirated content: Questions about piracy and illegal content are off topic. We only support questions about playing games through legitimate means. Close ...


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No, it's not in this case, because... well, quite frankly, there's no longer a question here. We don't allow game identification questions of the "help me remember this old game" variety. The exception if you have a screenshot is primarily there for those situations when you, say, encounter an image of a game in some other media, but can't identify ...


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status-completed This close reason is now active. We reviewed the stats in the following post, with majority community support for leaving the close reason in place: Modded Minecraft Close Reason - Let's Review Here's a slightly more fleshed out close reason that also adds a link to the faq question: How do I ask a good Minecraft Bug/Crash question? for ...


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There is no history on this site of closing questions for being "too easy" or "too googleable" and we wish to keep it that way. Stack Exchange doesn't make the internet a better place to be by having questions shut down unanswered with a notice at the bottom that effectively says "learn2google nub." Please do not start asking crap questions such as "HOW DO ...


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Nonsense is what happened. Before the edit, we had a crappy question, asking if someone had information. We love those questions, don't we? But this is just a phrasing issue. Editing the question can fix that. Now let's look at what that first edit did: What was the XP needed for 60-70 in the beta? I was wondering if anyone had any information on ...


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The question was closed incorrectly because of a slightly inaccurate title and because it asks "Why?". Most likely, the close voters read the question as "Why did the developer decide to give the scythe a cooldown?", when it is actually "Why does using a special ability show a cooldown bar over the scythe, which does not have a special ability? Is there ...


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I'll take a crack. Questions that ask which games or other products meet specific criteria are off topic. We primarily deal with questions about playing games, not about which games to play or historical trivia. We make an exception for identifying games based on an audiovisual artifact from the game in question. Questions about unreleased or illegal ...


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Site Policy Rule #1: We don't allow Identify This Game questions. Site Policy Rule #2: We allow one single exception, for when the question asker has a concrete artifact from the game. Abusing Rule #2: Retroactively adding a concrete artifact after the game has been identified in the comments, for the express purpose of making a question that violates rule ...


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Here is a list of the most commonly repeatedly asked questions. These are almost all related to technical issues that people are having with the game. Pokemon Go login issues after update Is it possible to log back into a Pokemon Go account? Does it make a CP difference if you feed candies before or after evolving? Why are there no Pokémon near me? I can't ...


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Suggested Close reason: Our support for video game identification is for situations where you find a game in a video, advertisement, news article, movie and so on, and you have a picture, video/audio file, or other medium to point to. Identification from descriptions and memory alone is off-topic. Read our Game Identification Wiki for help and more info. ...


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If the game you remember has a clear Science Fiction or Fantasy theme, then you can ask on our sister-site: Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange Please see their helpful video game identification guide: How to ask a good (video game) story-ID question and also their general ID guide How to ask a good story-ID question?, and remember that Stack ...


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I think the Modded Minecraft close reason serves a good purpose and should remain. While I think the Unreleased/Illegal close reason was also useful, we get more off-topic Modded Minecraft posts than we do Unreleased/Illegal ones. Therefore, using a custom close reason for Unreleased/Illegal questions instead I feel is a much better trade off.


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No, only the asker should translate their own posts. The question itself isn't the problem, it's communicating with the asker. Once the post is translated, every other possible step of a question's lifetime could still create problems: Comments asking for details won't be understood or replied to Answers won't be understood, so the question has become ...


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I want to add one more tool to the list that @agent86 didn't mention: Comment The power of a little communication is great. Often times I see people try to close a question because it is asked in the context of an architecture or design they feel is bad. That is not a reason to close a question. It is still an answerable question. If you want to tell ...


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The policy is ..a member of the public has to be able to play the game, and it is valid to ask regardless of the number of people who are/could be in possession of the game. Sean was following those policies, and his questions should not be closed based on what others speculate about where he lives, or whether he has the game. It has been a long standing ...


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