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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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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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When I think of the "no piracy" policy, I think of avoiding situations where we're suggesting an illegal or questionably legal activity to further another illegal or questionably legal activity. We close questions to prevent answers - in this case, the "evil" of the answer is the furtherance of this illegal activity. I have no issues with this and ...


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One of the founding principles of the network is to focus not on people, but on information. It's why we disallow discussion, why votes are focused on posts and not people, and a host of other components we have enabled to improve the quality of our Q&A above all. A great question asked for stupid reasons (though this tends to be done more often on, say, ...


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In general: This is a bit of a gray area. It's not always obvious whether a developer strictly intended for a demo to allow something, and developers (usually) do intend for players to download and play demos without paying for them. There is nothing wrong with asking questions about a demo rather than the full version of a game. On the other hand, if a demo ...


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In general, the pirated version of a game really is a different game from the "public" one. The public version gets updates, the pirated usually doesn't. The public version integrates with Steam, Origin and pals, the pirated thinks it does but it doesn't. The public version passes any internal anti-piracy checks, the pirated doesn't and may have "extra ...


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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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We are not here to judge users (though educating them might sometimes be adequate...). While posts and comments clearly implying the necessity of piracy should be removed due to the legal implications, the mere fact that someone uses a pirated version of a game does not render an otherwise valid question suddenly invalid. Any traces relating to piracy should ...


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At first, I was against VTC such questions, because often you cannot conclusively say that a problem only occurs in a pirated/cracked version of a game, but after some consideration I also came to the conclusion that: Yes - Questions where the user has problems running a pirated version should be closed, even if the problem might also occur in the legit ...


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So here's the problem I have with that: Let's say the user comes back an hour later and asks the same question with a "I bought a copy" (or edits the old one or whatever). Does it then become a legit question? Even though we have absolutely no way to verify if they actually own a copy? Or what about a legitimate user who has the same question? Do they now ...


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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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If you admit using an old, outdated version of a game, you may be asked why are you playing it to check if you have pirated the game. If you admit playing a version that is no longer legally obtainable and playable, the question will be closed. It seems to happen even if it is not a question about a bug that might exist due the game being pirated. ...


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Does accessing paid content through a demo using exploits fall into the category of piracy? Yes. You are bypassing a restriction in order to access paid content or features for free. Getting paid content or features for free is the definition of piracy, and we have a zero-tolerance stance on providing support for piracy. The definition you cited is not an ...


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