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Since this is one of the 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta...

What should go in our FAQ?

Most of the FAQ is boilerplate, but we need to determine the on-topic and off-topic subjects that go into that particular section of the official FAQ. Those should be derived from the original site definition and the current set of questions.

Example template:

Following the example set out in the linked page, the section being discussed here might look like this:

{Site Name} is for professional and amateur video game developers, designers, artists; and anyone else who is involved in the games development industry.

If your question is about:

  • {On-topic subject}
  • {On-topic subject}
  • ...

and it is not about:

  • {Off-topic subject}
  • {Off-topic subject}
  • {Off-topic subject}

… then you're in the right place to ask your question!

Answer format:

Please post one subject and specify whether or not it is an on-topic or off-topic. Note that your answer should not be in the form of a specific example question; it should refer to an entire subject group. Example of such a response:

{On-topic}

Tools used by Game Developers

(Optional comments)

Please vote up answers if you agree with the proposed on-topic/off-topic status. Vote down answers where you disagree.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ CAPTCHA: Moscow aerosols \$\endgroup\$ – Smashery Jul 17 '10 at 15:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ And yes, I mostly stole this from cooking.stackexchange \$\endgroup\$ – Smashery Jul 17 '10 at 15:17
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{Off-topic}

Hints, tips, strategies or cheat codes for games

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{On-topic}

Issues relating to game design, such as gameplay, ideas, mechanics, etc

(Taken from the bullet list in my answer here)

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{On-topic}

Programming questions unique to video game development, or where a professional game developer would give a substantially different answer than other programmers (general programming questions should be asked on StackOverflow)

(Taken from the bullet list in my answer here)

(The language here could probably be tightened up a bit... and the statement about general programming questions could probably be moved to its own "Off-topic" post... feel free to edit)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Other than dropping the "video" I think it's about as concise as possible. But I'm not an English major or anything. \$\endgroup\$ – Ricket Jul 24 '10 at 4:17
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{On-topic}

Development practices relating game development including testing, tools, team collaboration, etc

(Taken from the bullet list in my answer here)

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{On-topic}

Programming, designing, producing, marketing, or creating art or music/sound for games

(probably to be split into several bullet points)

(unsure about "marketing", and are there any areas I forgot?)

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think we should break this up a bit to make each point more vote-able. \$\endgroup\$ – Alconja Jul 20 '10 at 5:53
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{On-topic}

The creation, storage, editing and usage of game assets such as images, video, sound and music

(Taken from the bullet list in my answer here)

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{On-topic}

The release of a finished video game, such as questions on hosting, publishing, marketing and monetization

(Taken from the bullet list in my answer here)

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    \$\begingroup\$ But deliberate advertisement with no/half-hearted/dummy/frivolous question is a no-no. Right? \$\endgroup\$ – Ricket Jul 24 '10 at 4:16
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{On-topic}

Questions relevant to developers about the video game industry, covering topics like careers, trends and technologies

(Taken from the bullet list in my answer here)

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