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I am of course not asking about those "Would you like to join my team" job-postings disguised as questions which appear from time to time, but rather about generalized questions about where and how to hire developers, artists or other team members for a game development project.

The help center lists as on-topic questions, among others:

  • project management (testing, team management, scheduling, publishing, etc)

Assembling a project team is the first part of team management.

One recent question which was closed as off-topic through a moderator was "Where can I find animators to create 3D models and animations for characters in 2d isometric game?" but I don't want to discuss this particular question but rather the issue in general.

Assuming that a question asks about recruitment strategy for a game development project and that it does address aspects specific to game development which don't apply to general software development (which would make it more fitting for programmers) or even hiring personel in general (which would fit on workplace), could the question be on-topic?

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Assuming that a question asks about recruitment strategy for a game development project and that it does address aspects specific to game development which don't apply to general software development (which would make it more fitting for programmers) or even hiring personel in general (which would fit on workplace), could the question be on-topic?

Possibly, if other factors did not contribute to it being off-topic (such as being a list-of-X question, or overly based on opinion, et cetera).

However, I'm finding it very difficult to think of good example where what you are suggesting would be there, but what I am suggesting would be absent. Do you have an example question that you are thinking of?

I don't really think there's anything overly specific to game development that goes into the crafting of a recruiting strategy for game developers. You could ask for techniques to drive up the popularity of your project among potential game developer recruits, but that is a list-based question (and also only has a very weak basis for a game developer being able to give you a better answer). You could ask how important prior game development experience is to hiring a potential candidate, but that's highly opinion-based because everybody considers that issue differently.

In short, such questions are not off-topic outright but their nature, I think, will generally mean they are off-topic for other reasons.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I once asked myself "How to hire an artist". I know where to go, I know how much to pay, but I wouldn't know how to write a contract for the artist. I was sure here the question would get a lot of IANAL answers and comments advising to ask a lawyer (which I would of course do if I had money for a lawyer). Anyway, I found my answer elsewhere and did not try here. Would it be on-topic or off-topic? \$\endgroup\$ – MartinTeeVarga Feb 21 '14 at 8:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ "How to write a contact" would definitely be off-topic I would say. \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Feb 21 '14 at 16:20

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