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Question about using a configuration file to launch game to a specific level - On-Topic?

I wonder if my question is acceptable for your site: I'm making a game for Android which has multiple levels, following the common practice where the player reaches a new level after the previous ...
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Do we need the [error-management] tag?

I just ran into a question with the [error-management] tag. Presently, there are only 7 questions that use it, all with low to no votes & all seem to apply it as a stand in for "I have an error/...
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Are board games and game shows on topic?

I have a new idea for a game show and wonder if Game Development is only limited to computer games? Which SE might be more appropriate?
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Do we need two tags for Skyrim related questions?

We have two tags for Skyrim: 19 questions with skyrim-creation-kit 24 questions with skyrim-modding 15 questions with both According to the Creation Kit Wiki, [...] everything you need to use ...
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Is it a [bug], is it a feature? Do we really need a [bug] tag?

Looking at the main site, we currently have bug tag. (53 questions are tagged with it.) It has no usage guidelines. Is it noise? Do we need to keep it, if so, what should be its usage guideline/how ...
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Are moderator positions granted for life?

I was looking at a list of our amazing moderators, and came across Jesse Dorsey, who has been inactive for over 5 years. Is there any sort of criteria to retain your moderatorship?
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What should we do about link rot to popular sites?

As pointed out in chat, we have 295 links pointing to Glen Fiddler's site, which is no longer up. Based on the Pateron he had to support that work, it seems he is no longer working on that content. ...
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Should this very old question with many upvotes as well as upvoted answers be closed as “too broad”?

See Strategies to Defeat Memory Editors for Cheating - Desktop Games Fine question, lots of interest, but closed after 8 years as "too broad". Is that the right action? Also, it did get edited ...
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Am I not able to accept the answer?

I'm new to Unreal, and as expected I'm having a lot of difficulties. I asked a question on the site and I received two answers, of which I understood little, or almost nothing, to be honest. My ...
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Entity/Component/System Tag Cleanup

Alexandre Vaillancourt's answer to this recent meta question made me realize we have a bit of a mess of tags in the neighbourhood of entity component systems: entity-component-system - 11 questions (...
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Are the intro, post-scriptum, and post-post-scriptum in my answer acceptable, or should they be removed?

I have a question about my Game Development Stack Exchange post: 2D isometric pixel art technique I began my answer with the following intro: First off, I want to highlight this excerpt from a ...
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Should there be a differentiation between general technology questions and questions about a specific implementations of such tech?

I was looking at a question about the usage of Unity ECS and it was tagged with entity-component-system but was specifically about how to achieve a desired effect in Unity's entity-component-system. ...
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Ark PS4 server INI files

Is this the right place to ask for help with my game server's ini file settings and such?
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Now that c# is the only language supported by Unity, do we need to tag Unity questions with c#?

It's been around for a while: Boo and UnityScript have been removed from Unity. Now, the obvious is that issues with Unity will be tackled in c#. Also, the new ...
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Reviewing useful, but sub-optimal edits

This question was recently in the review queue awaiting edit approval. The edit was made by a script that repairs broken images & replaces off site images with local copies. In this case the image ...
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Placing on hold / closing too quickly

In some cases, I think questions are too quickly placed on hold. For each of us as an individual regardless of breadth of skills, there are instances where we would be poorly qualified to decide ...
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Is there a policy to close questions on architectural best practice?

There have been a fair number of architecture questions, and I expect most of them have been subjective to some degree, as many tags, e.g. game-design, will be. Is ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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How can I help improve the site?

I like this site and this community, and I have some time to spare. What are the things that I can do to help improve the site?
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FCC Accessibility Options For Disabled Question

Can this question regarding FCC Accessibility Options For Disabled Question be reworded such that it doesn't violate our "no specific legal advice" rule? If not, is there a related useful question we ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should we have separate game-maker and game-maker-studio tags for legacy users?

I’ve used both game maker and briefly game maker: studio. Studio was a complete rewrite of the engine. It has different features, different language standards and syntax, and is considered a separate ...
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Game Development updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Should we clarify that game-specific tags are for mods?

We have several game-specific tags on the site, such as skyrim, world-of-warcraft and minecraft because modding questions for games are considered on-topic here. We also have mods, which serves as ...
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How are policy questions revisted?

What is the protocol for revisiting general policy decisions on meta? Specifically, I'm not talking about debating whether or not a particular situation warrants an exception to a rule. Rather, I'm ...
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Can certain “list-of-link generator” questions be allowed?

I recently asked, are there any premade outdoor worlds suitable for testing 3D graphics? The question was put on hold: Questions asking for resources are considered too broad here, unfortunately (...
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Why do all buttons on this site appear to be disabled? [duplicate]

I'm browsing the Game Dev stack exchange in Safari on macOS. All the buttons for posting questions and answers are light gray with white text. This is both difficult to read and makes them appear ...
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Should I write an answer, even if the answer might not be correct?

I saw this question, which is asking if there's any technical reason why some shader source uses cryptic variable names (like bn instead of ...
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“Modifier” tag?

I noticed we have quite a few questions about architecting systems that can add/remove temporary buffs/debuffs/localized exceptions to rules layered on top of the normal behaviour of a game actor. ...
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Canonical question for picking a random element from a set with weighted probability?

We have several questions about a very common problem in game development: How to pick a random item from a list, but with a bias so that different items have a different probability to occur? Here ...
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Where should I upload resources linked to my question/answer?

I've seen users posts and refer content on "external" sites. Where should I upload mine, and where should I not upload mine, and why? Note that this question serves more of a reminder than anything ...
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Do we need a tag for quads?

Do we need a tag for quads? As a follow up to Do we need tags for 'rectangle', 'circle', 'triangle', 'hexagon' and 'shape'?, I was working through removal of the rectangle tag & I encountered ...
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Cross posting with Stack Overflow [duplicate]

I was recently sent to Algorithms for calculating vertex normals in 2D polygon via the newsletter, it seemed like an interesting problem so I took a shot at it and got an accepted answer. I later ...
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Disagree with downvoted question

I asked this question and got downvoted immediately. Implementing a score system similar to Moon Patrol I disagree that it should be a bad question. Now I cannot ask any more question because of ...
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What's our stance on self answered questions that don't show any research effort?

I've seen a couple Questions go by in the past where the user asked the question, then answered it immediately. Often, these questions were simple, a little bit more elaborated than this example: ...
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Is it okay to repeatedly disrupt conversation in the chat room by posting images?

I was surprised to find out that it's not against the rules to repeatedly post images to the chat room to disrupt the ongoing conversation as long as the image is not an advertisement. I'm especially ...
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Can't sign into my Stack Exchange account

Not sure if this question is really relevant to this page since it doesn't really have anything to do with game development but I thought that at least the administrators of this page should know and ...
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Why was this “vs.” question put on hold?

Decision Tree vs Behavior Tree This is an old question, with highly voted question and answer. It was put on hold as "primarily opinion-based". Although it was inviting a comparison, it wasn't asking ...
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How should we handle tags appearing in one question only?

The "New" tab in the Tags section contains tags so specific each one of them appear in one question only since their creation. This looks like a sign they aren't significant - or even pointless - and ...
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List of hex grid questions missing the 'hexagon' tag

I'm aware of this question in Meta: Do we need tags for 'rectangle', 'circle', 'triangle', 'hexagon' and 'shape'?, and as a hex grid nut I think the 'hexagon' tag is a special case. Having said that, ...
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Should we nuke “learning resources recommendations” answers / questions

Questions such as this which was dug back up due to an edit to update a link: Good resources for learning about game architecture? Now almost 8 years old. The issues I see with keeping it visible ...
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Are the tags “concept” and “conceptual” useful here?

Recently, I noticed the tag conceptual applied to a question. I was surprised to discover that other questions have this tag applied, because it seems like a meta-tag. The handful of questions in the ...
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What's the alternative for answers to off-topic questions?

I felt this is probably a substantial enough topic to splinter off, discuss & develop some community consensus about. This meta raised the matter of how we shouldn't deal with answers to off-...
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Stack Overflow has stated the community isn’t very welcoming and asks for change. How do we do that here?

Read this if you haven't... https://stackoverflow.blog/2018/04/26/stack-overflow-isnt-very-welcoming-its-time-for-that-to-change/ This has been an opinion of mine here, that we are not always ...
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Do recruitment requests need to be explicitly addressed in our help section?

Comments on this question raised the issue that recruitment doesn't appear to be clearly mentioned in the on-topic & off-topic rules. My question is: should it be explicitly covered? Does it come ...
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I thought the enter-key would make a new line while typing a comment, but instead, it submitted it b4 I was done writing. So

Meta: I thought the enter-key would make a new line while typing a comment, but instead, it submitted it before I was finished writing it. So, should this be changed? I can see how edits-only-within-...
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Can I advertise my GitHub repository in the chat?

Can I post a link with a small description in the chat, about my MIT licenced GitHub repository?
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Should there be a notability qualification for tools-based answers?

We currently have a policy of no tools recommendation questions. However, for a given task X, often the most useful answer is "there is a tool T that does X". Example: Question: How do I debug a C+...
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Can I post a picture of my MMO prototype here for opinions? Or is that a bad idea?

Very new to the site so please bear with me. I would love to post a picture of my MMO concept that I built and gather opinions on it. I can take constructive criticism, but I guess I'm afraid of the ...
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Should we treat questions about assignment in a different way?

I've encountered a couple of questions where there was clear signs that the question was about an assignment of some sort: either there were more that one writing style in the question, the code ...