45

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 ...


25

I think it would be nice to have one semi-generic question for "How can I find out how long it will take me to beat a game?" This one is pretty close, though not exactly perfect: How can I tell how long (more or less) it will take me to complete a game? Close (but don't delete) all questions about specific games as a dupe of that. There may still be cases ...


25

I believe that closing the original questions was wrong. If the consolidated question had come first, fine. But it didn't. What essentially happened here is that users who had valid questions and answers had those closed, and likely no further rep earned for them, because someone wanted the data all in one place. This person will now earn the rep instead (...


20

From my personal perspective, I wouldn't ask a question about a brand new game here, either. There's not enough users. If I have a question on day one, it's typically the kind of question I'd like a fast answer to. Using the official forums or an established gaming forum means that I'll probably get a fast response because of the amount of people that will ...


17

If you mean ignoring them in chat, then yes, that is a possibility. If you mean ignoring them on the site, that's not possible. If you notice comments that are unfriendly/offtopic/rude etc, flag them and a moderator will take a look. As for the edits, this site is all about collaboration. The people who can edit without needing to get it approved have ...


16

As long as it's a game that anybody can play, feel free to ask about it. I'm frequently in the spot of playing games that one or maybe two other people here play. I would still ask questions about it if I was stuck. We can't guarantee you'll get an answer in a timely manner, but we can guarantee that we allow questions about obscure and less popular games....


15

It's OK to answer a question and provide additional information to the asker that they didn't specifically ask for. Actually, I'd consider this to be good form and highly encouraged. Most people asking questions are people who don't know enough yet about the topic to ask the best question possible. It's kind of a catch-22 in that if you could ask a very ...


15

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 ...


15

Big releases don't always mean lots of questions right away. Some of our biggest tags with the most questions are ones where we didn't get a lot of questions right away. The contests really just brought a concentration of questions, not more. AAA Releases I've created a query to chart the number of questions we get a day for any given tag, and let's take a ...


15

No. Let me preface this by saying that I disagree with your edit. It's a complete re-write of the question and you used too much guesswork to fill in the blanks for my taste. I'm not saying small and medium-sized edits should not be done. They should, which is why we can. It's that to me (and presumably others), this particular question was unsalvagable ...


15

By our technical definition, yes, you are a spammer. You've answered three questions promoting your tool. One of them is even a self answer. Looking at it in a more positive light...I think there's something there that can be helpful. Just not in their current form. Let's break it down: You posted three answers in a very short time frame promoting your ...


14

I think having the HNQ for us is fine, we don't get that many questions that go hot, and there aren't too many problematic ones. However, we should make sure that good questions go to HNQ to give us a good network image. The hope I have when someone visits the Arqade is that they will see our goal of being a well curated site that gives expert answers to ...


14

For a more general rule, the only time we should recommend moving questions between sites is if the question is off topic for the current site, but would be a good, on-topic question elsewhere. Some sites overlap a little bit. If a question is on topic for two sites, it is the asker's choice which community they ask on. The other thing to remember: Don't ...


13

No solutions from me, but some speculation about why many AAA games get so few questions asked. A lot of AAA games these days, like both of your examples, are iterative sequels. Often not much beyond the setting, story and graphics change in the sequel, and so people already know how the game plays, and new questions often focus on specific missions or lore....


13

The first thing you need is a grasp of what is on and off topic. This is subjective, unfortunately, as different people have different views of what should be allowed. For purposes of upvoting, let's just say to avoid upvoting things that are blatantly off topic. After you've determined that the question isn't blatantly off topic, the next criteria is, "Did ...


13

In general, completely changing the meaning of a question is frowned upon throughout the Stack Exchange network. This is especially true if the edit invalidates one or more existing answers. For your situation in particular: The question has not been edited since May. All of the edits were on the same day it was asked (May 18). Your answer came over a ...


12

Because you've asked questions that weren't... Positive. Most of these are deleted, of which you can still see the recent ones on your profile: All questions count when determining your record.


10

We can't be sure these are mechanically the same. The problem that I find with making one inclusive question is that right now, we don't necessarily have enough info to know whether or not the mechanics are similar enough to warrant these questions all being collapsed into one. For example, superficially the Massacre and Destruction bonuses are similar, ...


10

When searching, add the term "is:question" (or "is:answer") sans quotation marks, to search only for one of the other. You can read about other useful search operators on the appropriate Help page.


10

Leave the question - there is no reason to remove or close it. There are a few reasons to leave it: You may get an answer that works eventually! Someone else on the internet may one day have the same problem and will have your question to look to (or in the case that they asked a duplicate, we can close it appropriately). Despite having no accepted answer ...


9

I answered the question, and I felt it was on-topic. Console modding has been discussed in the past, and allowed. This is just an extension of that. The real question he was asking was along the lines of: "Can I modify or install different software on my PS3 than what it came with?" which I think is a valid console-mod related question. It's also part ...


9

Identify this game questions are now prohibited on the site, and are in the process of being removed. This policy supersedes other policies that were in place previously. This is the result of a long community discussion, which first began in November, 2010, with the final vote concluding yesterday: What should be done with questions asking for game ...


9

No. Making it a policy that questions need to answer what the question text says, exactly what the question text says and nothing else is risky at best and counterproductive at worst. I assume your example question is Are there guns which regenerate ammo?, where your answer was deleted. It simply read: There are currently no known guns that replenish ...


9

Generally a question is modal; either it can be backed up by facts (it is objective) or it can't (it is subjective; these are rare and often off topic). In the case where a question is objective, a good answer will often include not only the answer but any research done to arrive at the answer. So mandating in the question that an answer to an objective ...


9

Not really? I mean, there may be some correlation between peoples' increased free time and their tendency to ask more questions based on what they play in their free time, but there doesn't seem to be a particularly large increase in on-hold/low-quality that can't be explained by more questions in general. Lacking any concrete stats, I'd say the percent of ...


9

Let's not mince words here: the Hot Network Question (HNQ) Removal button/tool was provided to give sites and the community at large the ability to remove controversial posts before those posts cause another public mess like this one: Some things happened yesterday that caused a need for us to (quickly) remove a site's eligibility to contribute to ...


8

I think we should add a pokemon-bank tag. There are around 10 questions now that specifically ask something about the bank, and only the bank. For example: Can a new save withdraw from the pokemon bank? Pokemon Bank Switching Gifts pokemiles or battle points What gifts can I get from the Pokemon Bank? If you delete your Nintendo Network ID, what happens ...


8

Strategy and Tactics are pretty much the pinnacle of good subjective. They're about How, and a well written answer will explain Why. They tend to attract long answers, with lots of detail. They're constructive, because you're asking about how to accomplish a task, not simply whether a particular activity is enjoyable. There's nothing wrong with them, and ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible