Sometimes we get questions that essentially amount to "review a product/project". Examples:

Are these good questions for the site? If so, under what conditions are they good questions?

There are two related categories of question I don't think should fall in this discussion:


Yes, they are good questions. If someone has experience with the item in question, it is good for them to share their experience.

We're here to educate and facilitate learning and the exchange of information. "RTFM" should only be a last resort.

-edit- Another question that should NOT have been closed - this is very much answerable.

How does one develop a first person shooter with a one man team?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'd originally closed that question because of flags, and because in the past similarly broad questions have been closed for the same reason.I asked about it in the chat, and Tetrad responded with his reasoning for not closing it, and I've re-opened it. \$\endgroup\$ – Jesse Dorsey Aug 11 '11 at 0:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ so long as they are truly game developer centric things, I can agree with this @noctrine -- we view gamedev as a more "holistic" site where all the skills and tools a game developer would reasonably use to build a real game are allowed.. of course we still have quality standards per the faq and How to Answer and How to Ask \$\endgroup\$ – Jeff Atwood Aug 12 '11 at 2:43

If one of these questions were posted on, for example Stack Overflow, if would probably be moved to programmers.stackexchange.com instead. Since no equivalent to "programmers" exists for gamedev I'd say that these are valid questions.


Maybe this is just the StackOverflow in me talking, but anytime I see "comparison" or "best", I think "way too subjective."

Even the comparison questions are subjective, because they assume that every point will be made and/or given proper weight. As I understand it, the point of an SE site is to be able to provide a single, definitive, correct answer, not a bunch of answers that you take as an aggregate. Comparisons seem like polling.

I'm not saying that they wouldn't produce useful posts. But SE is not a forum, and these kinds of questions seem more conducive to that kind of atmosphere.


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