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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 based on popularity etc, like allowing Forge & Tekkit but banning Pixelmon for example will just make it too confusing as to where we should draw the line. ...


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It's spelled that way because Arqade is a question and answer or "Q&A" site about gaming, so they (as far as I remember) incorporated that into the name: ArQAde. It's not technically a real word, and isn't intended to be in any other language. It is just an alternative spelling that is a fun way of subtly hinting at what we do.


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We should allow winterbash. It's a fun little thing that lasts for about 2 months, which users can opt out of if they don't want to take part in it, so there's no reason not to do it. Secondly, I'd like to suggest banning any users who hate hats (That's a bannable offense, right?)


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Lore questions, in general, are on-topic. They've been, for years, unchallenged as a class of questions that belongs on the site, and generally they've been well received (here's a selection). They're even been at the top of the FAQ. I hardly call that sneaky. They pertain to videogames as much as questions about their mechanics do. Games essentially are a ...


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It stands for "Original Poster". A possibly more accurate term on our site might be "asker", but this is a carryover from other sites that have a forum structure.


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Just like link-only answers, the answer should be able to stand on its own feet even if the video becomes deleted/private/unavailable in your region/gets taken down or if youtube embedding doesn't work.


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FTL: Faster Than Light is the full title of the game. This is the way it shows up in the Steam store (and my game library...) for example. It's also the title used on their website.


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One obvious thing to point out is that every question tagged heart-gold is also tagged soul-silver. There really isn't much in the way of questions about one and not the other, so those two should be combined into a single tag. Following the 35 character tag limit increase and this meta discussion, We should use pokemon-heart-gold-soul-silver, with ...


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Since synonyms for tags exist, I'd rather have the official spelling in the tag, such as final-fantasy-x or fallout-4, but with an alias such as final-fantasy-10 for games that use Roman numerals. A fallout-iv synonym would be unnecessary in my opinion. For games with different numbering systems such as saints-row-2, saints-row-the-third, and saints-row-iv, ...


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The game's official site is at http://www.keeptalkinggame.com/, so I suggest keep-talking-game. The 'game' part may seem redundant, but it's useful for search engines because there's a Pink Floyd song called Keep Talking


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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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The reason we close pre-release questions is that they are speculative. (That, and it causes weird corner cases once the question is no longer speculative...) If a "pre-release" question about a game can be asked and answered without speculation because an alpha/beta/early version exists, regardless of the number of people who are/could be in possession of ...


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Congratulations to wrigglenite. But I do agree with @senpai. I usually stay away from meta and the site politics, as I neither have the interest nor the time consider a mod position or trying to change site rules. I also don't really care who the mods are, as I very rarely have anything to do with any of them, but on this election, I had one candidate, who ...


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You're misunderstanding the point of spoiler tags. It does not matter how old a game is (or a movie, book, TV show or other form of narrative art). Putting a deadline on how old something needs to be before it no longer needs spoiler tags is nonsensical if you think about it. It means that anyone who discovers the artwork after that period, be it through age,...


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As I see it, closing a question strictly because the asker admits (or implies) the use of an illegal copy, is a misuse of close votes. There are two major problems that arise from this, "Piracy == Close" policy. The first has been demonstrated by Sterno, who re-asked the question that sparked this whole debate. Ignoring the comments and edit history of ...


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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 count as "generally available to the public," as that expression should be understood as opposed to press, QA teams, developer teams and the likes. "Lucky ...


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tl;dr: A bit of both. Stack Overflow (and later, the entire SE Network including Arqade) was built primarily to solve three problems with 'advice'-style communities on the net: Well-Hidden Knowledge The answer you're looking for is on page 47 of 84 of this obscure forum thread from 2003, and the thread has long-since been locked and forgotten. ...


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One thing I wish we could do differently is having a more formalized way to point users who ask a question that's out of scope for the main Q&A site to a more appropriate venue. it is good that we focus on questions we can answer, and I like that we generally don't bother answering questions that are out of scope, instead closing them, but I feel it ...


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One question is about general strategy. The other is about a specific mechanic that happens to be something that could be taken into account in an answer about general strategy. These are not duplicates. We don't serve anyone well by trying to force them to be. The reality is that asking for updates to an old question for new info most often fails. As the ...


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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, whether pirated or not, should stay. Whether the user pirated the game is irrelevant, so long as the problem is reproducible in non-pirated copies. If the ...


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I know I speak for the entire mod team when I say it's been an honour serving alongside you.


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No, you should not. Skip them and let somebody with a clue decide if the addition makes sense or not. I skip many such edit suggestions myself.


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I suggest simcity-classic for the 1989 release. It's been SimCity Classic for a long, long time now, (at least as far as I can remember into internet history...) and I doubt anybody familiar enough with the series to be playing the original is going to read a SimCity 2013 question and get confused. Since we're likely to get a large number of questions ...


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TL;DR: Game-identification questions are okay only if you include screenshots, audio, or other tangible media from the game. We use the tag game-identification for asking questions about games that the asker doesn't know the name of. However, we have very strict restrictions on these kinds of questions to avoid numerous problems we've had with these ...


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