Right now, questions like

are attracting a handful of close votes.

Questions like these seem fine to me. According to the rules they're acceptable, on the basis that they're about "game-related APIs".

(I am assuming my interpretation of the rules is correct. And that we all agree with the continued validity of that rule. Stop me if I'm wrong.)

Possibly the rules need to be further clarified or emphasised?

Possibly there needs to be greater community awareness that, actually, these questions are ok? (And how to do that?)

  • \$\begingroup\$ I separated out your answer and question. I did this so, if people don't agree with your answer, they can still vote on the question and provide their own answer. Please revert if you think it's not right. \$\endgroup\$
    – House Mod
    May 8 '14 at 14:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sure thing - looks good to me. I've taken it a bit further to make it more "questiony". \$\endgroup\$ May 8 '14 at 16:37

That first question getting close votes is particularly annoying, because if the asker had not said that they weren't working on a game, I don't think it would have attracted any close votes at all.

I think that, with the recent drop in question quality (not that those questions are amazing), we shouldn't be tossing out perfectly good questions about DirectX / XNA / MonoGame / Unity / HLSL / OpenGL / etc, just because the person asking them isn't making a game.

If anything, I think we should be welcoming such questions with open arms.

Right now when people go to close such questions, they see:

off-topic because...

This question does not appear to be about game development within the scope defined in the help center.

Followed by:

Programming questions that aren't specific to game development are off-topic here, but can be asked on Stack Overflow. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself "would a professional game developer give me a better/different/more specific answer to this question than other programmers?"

I love the rule-of-thumb, I think it's very appropriate. I wouldn't want to change it because it says almost exactly what needs to be said. Maybe it could be bolded or italicised for emphasis?

Maybe "specific to game development" in the first line could be changed to "related to game development"? Not sure it's a big enough change, but it's a start.


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