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Having a brief look through the tag, it is clear that there is some severe usage issues. With 61 tagged questions, I count only 19 that have not been closed. It appears to have been over 2 years since somebody asked an on-topic question, using this tag. I still think the 'on-topicness' of some of the open questions is questionable, but I digress.

It seems that some of these questions have still received good feedback, despite being closed. I do not think we should delete the tag. That said, it seems evident that users who use this tag are far more likely to be asking a question that is off-topic.

Can we get a good canon usage guideline for this tag, so users understand when to use it, and why many of the questions that might use it would be off-topic?

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I think the tag is fine. In fact I think removing it or otherwise prohibiting its use runs directly counter to the current stated topic of the site. The Help Center explicitly lists "game industry (careers, trends, technology, etc)" as a valid topic.

Just because we haven't seen any questions in the tag recently that we also consider on-topic for other reasons does not mean the tag is, itself, an issue. And removing it would imply a larger discussion about whether or not the help center needs to be revised.

I can certainly envision a future, although I don't necessary endorse or decry it, where we relax certain other existing guidelines to permit discussion of career history or advice.

I do think it needs a excerpt and wiki though. I have tentatively seeded the tag excerpt as follows:

Career refers to the progression, over time, of one's chosen profession. Questions using this tag should be related to such topics, but note that opinion-oriented discussions, such as solicitations for career advice are off-topic. See the full tag wiki for more details.

And the wiki as:

While questions concerning the game industry, including topics related to one's career, are broadly considered on-topic here, many career-related questions tend concern career advice, which can be heavily opinion-based and subject to extensive discussion and are thus off-topic by their nature.

Depending on your specific question, you may be able to find the assistance you need on another StackExchange site, in our chat room, or a discussion forum such as GDNet.

I believe this adequately covers the current de facto state of the tag. If anybody has suggestions for how it could be improved (and cannot improve it themselves due a lack of reputation), please comment here.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Awesome. That's exactly the sort of guideline users need. \$\endgroup\$ – Gnemlock Jan 28 '17 at 21:50
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I think we should keep the tag for legacy reason, and put a warning right in the excerpt. The only Usage guidance (excerpt) I could see fit for this tag would be something along the lines:

If you tag your question with this, it will most likely be closed. Sorry. Questions related to jobs in the video game development industry. Questions about this are generally considered off-topic for this site as based on opinion.

With the full description:

The scope of the site has changed since its creation; as time went by, opinion based question became off-topic, but they were not deleted for historical reasons.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Note that I say most questions are closed. Not all of them. Its not that such questions are automatically off topic, it is that users seem to find it difficult asking ontopic questions. \$\endgroup\$ – Gnemlock Jan 28 '17 at 21:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, for clarification, the opinion based questions close reason is universal. Its not something we decided on, here, and we should not give the impression that we can discuss removing this close reason, here. \$\endgroup\$ – Gnemlock Jan 28 '17 at 21:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ We can, however, decide where we consider the boundaries for "primarily opinion based" to be; there is certainly precedent for SE sites that have significantly more room for opinion and discussion. I don't really think it's needed here, but it's not impossible for us to decide to relax our stance on particular classes of opinion. \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Jan 28 '17 at 22:08

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