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Is the goal to help people or build an arbitrary resource of curated questions?

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 ...
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We shouldn't help users run pirated software

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,...
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Can I use gaming.SE as the main Q/A for my own game?

Short answer: Yes Long answer: Yes, but make sure you don't break any rules. Disclosure: I have made games and answered questions about them. Basically, answering questions that other people ...
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Duplicate Questions: A Trial

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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Do we want to support "Is there a term for x" questions?

I'm having trouble understanding the motivation for limiting ourselves here. As always, if a specific question doesn't have enough information to answer it, then close it for being unclear. If the ...
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Should Arqade be divided into sections?

Absolutely not. Arqade is nowhere near the size of SO, which is the largest site in the network. If there are too many games, as you state, you can always ignore the tags of those games you don't ...
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Can I use gaming.SE as the main Q/A for my own game?

Yes, that is cool with us. That said, do not expect preferential treatment for your players :) our definition of "question" is pretty strict and people might be surprised by it.
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What can we do if some site copies our content?

If Quora wants to pay for that kind of low-effort content, they're free to do that. They seem to only use the title, which isn't really enough in my opinion to make it plagiarism. There are only so ...
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Do we want to support "Is there a term for x" questions?

The latest set of terminology has several negative traits that reveal they aren't necessarily a good fit for us. Is there a common name for pop-up damage numbers, such as in RPGs? there is no one ...
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Hello, my name is Self-Promoting Spammer

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 ...
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Why was this question closed for having illegal content?

I consider homebrewing a subset of modding your console. And wouldn't you know it, we already have discussed our stance on that: What's the official stance on hacked/modded consoles? both of the ...
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Is asking if a specific behavior violates the terms of service allowed?

Personally, I see no problem with your proposed question. You are simply asking about a fairly benign thing (creating a second account for an MMO, with no ill-intent) and wanting to know if this would ...
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Re-evaluating the text of our Game Identification close reason

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 ...
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Does exploiting a demo to access portions of the game locked behind the paid version constitute as Piracy?

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 ...
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What to do with an overwritten question with an open bounty?

I have removed the bounty and rolled back the edit. In the future, if this comes up again, feel free to raise a custom moderator flag, since moderators have the ability to remove a bounty, refunding ...
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Re-evaluating the text of our Game Identification close reason

Alternative Close reason: Game identification questions that rely solely on memory are off topic here. If you find a game in a video, advertisement, news article, movie and so on, and you have a ...
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Duplicate Questions: A Result?

This came up so infrequently that it's pretty difficult to make a policy decision based on the results. On the other hand, this came up so infrequently and was such a low burden that, to me, it makes ...
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Duplicate Questions: A Trial

A record of questions affected by this meta post: (I feel it's helpful to record results to evaluate if a change was effective or not.) What do I get from playing a Seasonal character without RoS? ...
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Questions asking for cheats in games where the singleplayer also has multiplayer components

Such questions in the past have not been closed. Here is one example. I see no reason to close them. Sure, maybe we don't want to help people specifically cheat online, but cheating single player is ...
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What's the official stance on console emulation?

The essence of emulation is to run software in environments that are not or no longer supported. Consider the case of DOSBox: DOSBox is a DOS-emulator that uses the SDL-library which makes DOSBox ...
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We shouldn't help users run pirated software

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 ...
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Where should we direct users asking questions on technical support for modded games?

If you want to, you direct them to ask the mod creators for support. Beyond that, there's not really much we can do for them.
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Duplicate Questions: A Trial

I cannot, in good conscience, support this rule. My arguments have already been made. To that end, I am abstaining from voting on duplicates completely until the time period has passed. I will not ...
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How exactly did this answer violate our Piracy policy?

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 ...
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Please make more strict rules about what is to be considered a duplicate and what isn't!

First, you can find our current duplicate question policy in this question. The first question you reference, the one about No Man's Sky, not only is still open, but it has only one close vote. The ...
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Do we want to support "Is there a term for x" questions?

Here's a thing! Look at the thing! What is the thing! This is a stanchion. You may not have known that. I didn't know that for a long time. Often times we see it places but we don't know what to call ...
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Why was an edit to include information from comments reverted by a moderator?

This question is based on a slight misunderstanding. It's true that posts are a collaborative effort, but that doesn't mean post authorship is completely nonexistant. Just a look at the voting and ...
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Questions asking for cheats in games where the singleplayer also has multiplayer components

Do we have any example(s) of this? If so, lets make a decision for that particular question. If we don't, this discussion is not worth having. Trying to come up with a general-case solution is hard ...
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Can I use gaming.SE as the main Q/A for my own game?

Regarding another answer on Meta SE Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project?, I would say it is okay to use SE network as support platform. I think this idea ...
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