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.
On Anime and Manga when you use the Identification Request Tag you get a red box around the tag area with a notice suggesting to use the Google Reverse Image search with a link to a Meta Post detailing how you do it.
I dare say that a similar thing could be done with minecraft where we have a notice like this and include a link to a Meta Post which ...
Below is a list of things which if you include in your question should protect you from being down voted/closed (unless it's a duplicate). Users can also just link back to this if a question lacks information so the poster can read.
Note: By community consensus, questions asking for support of Modded Minecraft are now off-topic on Arqade.
1) List your ...
Yes, let's make them off topic and be done with it already.
One problem I see in keeping them on-topic is that we basically require the people answering be Java programmers. Not only that, but they also need to be able to debug a stack trace for obfuscated code without actually being able to see that code (usually). Not only is that not in our ...
Trying to play devil's advocate here:
There is value in keeping these questions. Not a whole lot, granted, but some. We can have expertise in this area; it will require a very good understanding of Minecraft and programming. Niche expertise is something Arqade absolutely excels at. A community with the implicit knowledge required to be able to solve ...
If the question is just crap, you can downvote. With four or more downvotes (net), the question will disappear from the main page.
If the question has been asked before and has a decent answer, flag as a duplicate. Note that if you answer a lot of questions under that tag, you can get a gold tag badge that allows you to close questions as a duplicate ...
In general, we tend to only tag for the title of the game in question. There's a host of reasons for this, both historical and practical that aren't worth getting into too deeply - (the short version is that it's a combination of the tag limit, the fact that natural tag-death is Not A Thing at Arqade as it is on other SE sites, and that generic tags like ...
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 ...
Let's keep it off-topic.
Any minecraft questions that have something to do with tech support and mods are off-topic. Let's keep it that way.
The questions being on server tech support may make them more important to the OP, but not any better in terms of quality. After all, the reason why Minecraft modded tech support is because the questions often had ...
This will depend entirely on the mod that you're having issues with, but:
Reach out to the Developer or Community Team surrounding the mod
Minecraft has stabilised a lot over the years, and most of the larger/more popular mods and modpacks have teams of people keeping the mod alive: updating for new versions of Minecraft, adding new features, fixing bugs, ...
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.
There are 3 types of tags beyond the base Minecraft tag here:
Core parts of minecraft: things like Redstone, Commands, Resource pack. These are usually quite complicated and a game in themselves to get to work. Having tags for them allows for users to specialize in specific tags. A user might want to focus on command block tags, but doesn't want to see ...
The close reason is very specifically: Technical Support of Modded Minecraft. Here's the definition from the Help Center:
Troubleshooting and diagnosis of modded Minecraft, including crashes, startup errors or other abnormal behaviour caused by modding
It might seem pedantic to point this out, but it leads in to my later point - this is a specific rule ...
A Minecraft crash dump contains a lot more information than people give them credit for. You have to dig for the information, sure, so providing something other than just a crash dump is very helpful, but you can often find out a lot of what you need to know from just the crash dump.
The section we're interested in is the "System Details" section. Let's ...
No, these should not be flagged, unless they do not fit the Arqade format or are duplicates.
Asking about commands in Minecraft is on-topic. It even has it's own tag - minecraft-commands, which had 210 407 questions at the time of writing.
Asking about which commands to use in a particular circumstance, how to use commands, the debugging of commands etc. ...
The first thing you should do before asking a question is read this guide to Minecraft Commands, to make sure that you know the basics.
The second thing to do is to make sure to search Arqade to see if anyone has already asked your question. If you still don't know the answer, then ask the question.
How to ask your question
A good minecraft-commands ...
My line for tech support is essentially this:
Does Minecraft currently work?
Is it unmodded?
If both of those questions come up as no, then I hit the close button.
Because that was essentially at the heart of making crash questions off-topic; there are so many things that could be going wrong that we just don't know what could be causing it. I've been ...
Tech Support should be completely off-topic
Tech support as a topic, in general, has exactly the same problems that Minecraft tech support questions have. To be clear, by "tech support" I mean questions of the form "My game/console/router/whatever isn't working, please help me fix it." Everything in the question applies to them; it's just ...
Here on Arqade we expect a certain degree of research effort when it comes to asking questions as with any StackExchange Site. Below is a guide to hopeful help you in knowing what to look for, where to look, and how to ask question relating to Minecraft.
If your question is not about Minecraft crashing, see further below for information not pertaining to ...
How Minecraft versions are organized
There are three main Minecraft codebases. To simplify, I'm gonna call them Java, Bedrock and Console.
Following are the versions of Java codebase:
Classic, Indev, Infdev, Alpha, Beta: pre-release development versions of the PC game
Minecraft (please note that, while this term is officially to be considered outdated, ...
I would choose to replace the "unreleased or illegal" close vote reason.
It's the close reason that used the least
It's easy to identify - Unreleased game questions are obvious and are usually off-topic for other reasons such as this question. Illegal game questions are also easy to identify as they usually have something about 'connecting to multiplayer' ...
This had been discussed before here, but without a conclusion (or really any wider response at all). I had written an answer there, but in the >2 years since then I learned more about the different versions, so I want to now suggest a different structure:
No tag called minecraft at all. It would either mean all the different versions, which would be about ...
The following merges/renames have been completed:
Merged/renamed without synonyms:
Mostly, just like how we're doing it for Terraria:
minecraft <- minecraft-pc
minecraft-console <- minecraft-ps3, minecraft-xbox
minecraft-pocket-edition <- minecraft-mobile
(minecraft-mobile added purely for consistency)
minecraft-console could (if there are great differences between the generations) be split by generation. But at this point ...
While @Wipqozn offers a correct solution for voting to close, people with under 3k rep cannot vote to close or flag as off topic with custom reasons. Thus, in my opinion, they should just flag as blatantly off topic. Anyone reviewing it will figure out that it is modded Minecraft and VTC with a custom reason.
The problem with this suggestion is... we've hit our cap on custom off-topic close reasons; we can't have more than 4. If we wanted to fit in modded Minecraft crashes, we'd either have to merge two close reasons together, making the wording awkward or confusing, or add Minecraft questions to one of the existing close reasons, which has the same issues.
How do we define tech support?
When I argued the case for modded Minecraft tech support to be off-topic - I was referring to ones where users would post a question similar to the following:
Minecraft crashes with NullPointerException
I added mods to Minecraft but it's crashing can you help?
<Some really generic Exception/Stack Trace>
My laptop is a ...