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12 Hours of GDSE: Is quality going downhill?

I have just harvested the questions asked on Gamedev.SE in the last 12 hours (from when I started writing this). Here they are, from most recent to last: The most popular pattern for game-related ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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What value does the “indie” tag provide?

As of this writing, 69 questions are tagged indie. What value does this tag provide (if any), and what guidelines should we provide in its wiki to encourage ...
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How can I do X? My idea is to use plan Y. Would that work?

I've recently been noticing a lot of questions which follow a particular formula; they ask a question, then propose an answer, and then ask for confirmation of that answer. It's probably always been ...
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Is the Game Development SE also a place for game design questions? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble finding out where to go with some of my questions regarding game design, and was wondering if GDSE was the right place to go. The reason being that most of the questions I've seen ...
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Split [2d-physics] into [2d] and [physics]

2d-physics? ! 2d physics!! Noctrine proposed this in a 2010 comment—some approval, no action. I think the combined tag adds no extra value. Any reasons to keep it?
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Merge all the entity tags

The following tags: entity (33 questions), entity-system (316 questions), entity-component (68 questions) (total of 350 questions) are all mostly about the Entity Component System architecture. ...
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“How to make an entire Game X” - off-topic?

For instance, How to make a Battleship game?
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you ...
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Is Unity's scene manager such a thing that it deserve its own tag?

I see we have the tag scenemanager. 100% of the occurrences are used with unity. Is it so special that it should have a tag of its own, or is it considered meta and should be made a synonym of Unity ...
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“Where can I find art resources” questions: off topic/not a real question?

Where can I find free game assets? Where can I find free sprites and images? Where can I find free sounds for my game? Where can I find free music for my game? etc. These questions are just "list ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Game Development Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, October 23rd.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members ...
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Do we care about the OP's (unclear) intent?

We get a fair number of terribly phrased and formatted questions here. Here's a recent one from the Off-topic/unclear close pool. (Both Anko and I have tried to improve it, check the revisions): ...
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Should we make [unreal-editor] a synonym of [unreal] tag?

Last year, we've discussed if it would be a good idea to remove the tags unity-editor and inspector (the latter mainly referring ...
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The tag 'units' and us

This came up while reviewing the suggested edits queue (for tags). I'd like to highlight something that has been already written here by user15805. units is ambiguous as users have asked questions ...
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A small idea to prevent new users from posting subjective questions

I don't usually hang around on meta, so not sure if this has been discussed before. But just a suggestion. Seems to me one of the silliest, most frequent duffs that happens on gamedev (and SO as well)...
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Are “why did game X do Y questions” not constructive?

I am bringing this up because of this question: What constraint (if any) limits crowd animation variety? What's being asked in this case is: why did these companies make this decision? I feel like ...
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Do we need a new [entity-component-system] tag?

I often see questions with both entity-system and entity-component tags (or entity-system and component-based). To make it a bit clearer, should these questions be tagged with a new entity-component-...
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Do the rules allow opinion-based discussion, and should we allow it?

There are a number of opinion-based, discussion-oriented questions on this SE, some of which (like this one, the closure of which prompted this post) have attracted a significant number of upvotes and ...
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Is it time to merge the tag [c++11] into [c++]?

It's 2017 now, and there has been 2 new versions of the standard released since then, c++14 and c++17. Should we merge c++11 into c++?
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Whither the Update tag?

I noticed today we have a tag for update with no usage guidance yet. It's not very popular (only 64 questions), and seems to be used for a mix of topics: How to use the game update loop pattern ...
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Can we merge “unity and ”unity5?"

I previously asked for clearer instruction in regards to when to use the tags unity or unity5. From the feedback and answer, it appears there is no clear good reason to use one over the other. Should ...
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Are legal questions allowed here?

Despite this legal questions having been discussed, at least one user keeps commenting on legal questions saying they are off-topic. Have we decided that these questions are definitively on or off ...
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When to use tags Unity versus Unity5?

Note that, since we have merged these two tags, this question and answer does not have any real value. I am keeping it for the point of record, but a moderator may feel completely free to remove it, ...
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Logo Proposals for Game Development

Please post as answers below, your logo proposals for this site. Rules: Original artwork only. You need to have a copy of your submission in a vector format. Stolen from here
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There is no point closing something as too localized

I have no doubt that this thread will get many down votes, but lately I often find questions that are closed with "Closed as too localized". What is the point of a Q&A site if questions cannot be ...
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What should our domain be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
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The 2014 GDSE Winter Refactor

It's everybody's favorite time of year again. The celebration of hats, of course! Last year, we organized a community "refactoring" event aimed at bringing some much-needed attention to the old, ...
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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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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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Suggest or choose a theme for the 2014 Winter GDSE Game Jam!

Suggest a theme if you have one on your mind, upvote the themes that have already been suggested and you like, and downvote those that you do not like. I'll add some to get us started. Format (with ...
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404 (Page Not Found) Image Nominations

I noticed this was missing here, so... What should the 404 image be for this site? Should it be funny like the other ones or more serious? Please post only one image with source per answer for ...
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Is this StackExchange too restricted or overly moderated?

I'm a bit irritated how you handle things in the game developer stack overflow. While it's is common practice on stackoverflow.com to share your personal knowledge and way to solve it, while here ...
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Should “Did not do the research” questions be answered or penalised?

Question Questions such as this one show a gross lack of even basic research. (My answer to the question is in fact an almost straight explanation of Google's first result.) So far, I tend to answer ...
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The anniversary gamejam theme

The next gamejam will mark a year of gamejams here on gd.se! Consequently, we should make sure it's a special kind of gamejam with... special kind of stuff in it. You get the point. We need some sort ...
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General programming questions are not a good fit for gamedev

Programming questions about game-related engines/frameworks/library API are welcome. Another reason to ask here is when one thinks that a professional game developer would give a better/different/more ...
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What's a “minimum complete verifiable example” (MCVE) and how do I provide it?

I've been asked to provide a "minimum complete verifiable example" (or MCVE) of my problem. What is that, and how do I provide one?
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How can the moderators and community managers ensure a fair election?

With the amount of sock puppet activity on the site, and the apparent inability for the community managers and moderators to control it (though I'm sure they're trying hard!), I don't see how the ...
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Should we create a “debug my code” close reason?

As mentioned in my question about the definition of "debug my code" questions, I'd like to propose that we merge two existing close reasons and make room for a new close reason dedicated to addressing ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Site design updates are live!

A majority of the changes are not be visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We have updated the site's CSS to a newly refactored LESS system, so that it'...
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Do we really need a “free” tag?

As in the title, do we really need a free tag? What is the utility thereof?
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How can we improve the game-design tag to reduce improper use?

The game-design tag receives a lot of mis-tagged questions, and seems to have a high number of closed/on-hold questions. While I'm of the opinion that there's a larger issue of Game Design as a ...
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Can we answer “Is It Legal to <x>” questions authoritatively?

We've discussed "legal" questions twice before, here and here. I'd like to drill down specifically into the "Is It Legal" questions that we often seem to receive, such as these: Legal Lego game ...
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GD.SE's Winter GameJam - How should we choose the theme?

It's almost time for our second gamejam, and this question here is quite important. How should we choose the jam's theme? I will post some sample answers to start with. If you have a better idea, ...
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Should “joystick hotplug on OSX” be reopened?

Yet another question about what is on-topic. This question, to me, appears to not be a black-and-white violation of the definition of topicality. Hotplugging Joysticks And Gamepads On OSX was closed ...
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Are Legal Questions On or Off Topic - Revisited

Previous History: Proper solution for legal questions? Are legal questions allowed here? Can we answer "Is It Legal to <x>" questions authoritatively? Recent examples: Do you need ...
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Please flag responsibly

In the past couple of months, there seems to have been an increase in the number of posts landing in the Low Quality Posts review queue. Some of them legitimately belong there, which is nice because ...
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How do you decide when to post here vs. on SO?

I just cross-posted a question and feel slightly dirty. It seems to me that almost any question here could also be posted there. The community there is so much bigger, unless the question is REALLY ...
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Why is 'Ethical F2P monetisation' a good fit for the site?

Ethical F2P monetisation methods Which F2P methods do players find ethical and acceptable? So I find tons of issues with this. ethical is subjective. ...