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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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How much should one edit for readability?

Occasionally, there are questions that have good content, but are poorly written -- bad punctuation, grammar errors, no paragraph breaks, and sometimes just a bad grasp of English. Good questions ...
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Removing sock puppet accounts

Lately we've been experiencing a sock puppet issue. This person has multiple accounts, they create poor answers and poor questions. It appears they're now upvoting poor questions (or it's another sock ...
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New Design Launched

Hi guys, Thank you for your input on the design I proposed. The new design has launched, and let me be the first to congratulate you! Please let me know if you see any css/styling issues on both ...
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2017 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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What's the point of the [class] tag?

I noticed that someone had proposed an edit that added the class tag to a question. The tag has no description and it looks like it's used for when the question relates to the generic programming ...
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Are we limited to video game development here?

or would design questions regarding non-digital game design be acceptable as well?
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Almost every question get's at least one up, even if they are bad

I'm not one of the big-regulars on this but lately it's come to my attention that almost every question on gamedev get's at least one up vote. But as I see it, some questions really don't deserve this ...
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Should we add the thing about off-site libraries to the help page?

One of the most-used close reasons here is Questions about "how to get started," "what to learn next," or "which technology to use" are discussion-oriented But this is not clearly stated on the ...
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Do we need the [old-school] tag?

Do we need the old-school tag? Current stats: 24 question & 7 followers.
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What's the point of the tag [programming]?

On the main site we have the tag programming, which has this description Computer programming (often shortened to programming or coding) is the process of designing, writing, testing, debugging, and ...
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When should we answer “it depends” instead of closing?

Consider two example questions: Is a Masters degree in computer science beneficial over a Bachelors in the game industry? What are the types of 3rd-person camera called? On first read, one's impulse ...
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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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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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Are language tags useless?

Language tags are really popular on GD.SE (3 out of the top 10 tags: c++, c#, java) and yet I've found them almost always useless. Just look at the questions list on the front page and you'll find ...
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Can we please burn the “environment” tag?

My arguments for burning environment with fire are: No description of the tag. It has been used only 6 times since 2013. In those 6 questions, they have been used with a wide approach, meaning either ...
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Are questions concerning timeliness on-topic?

Consider, for example, these few questions: Is Flash game development dead? Is OpenTK Dead? Is using Spherical Harmonics still viable as a technique nowadays? Is Opengl 2.x still usable? The first ...
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Are beginner “design review” questions acceptable?

This question on Stack Overflow was pointed out to me: RTS Game AI Thread The essence of the question is, I suspect, fairly basic, and certainly touches on topics that have been covered here before......
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How does the site (or how should it) handle the “little-effort” or “no-effort” questions?

Out of curiosity, what currently is and what should be specific policy of gamedev.stackexchange to handle the "little-effort" or "no-effort-at-all" types of questions? Today, what motivated me was ...
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GD.SE's Winter GameJam - Should we accept non-web games too?

The previous jam only permitted web-based games. The decision was taken after we took into consideration that web-based games have few dependencies and generally don't pose a threat for the player's ...
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Do we really need the 'infinite' tag?

As the title says, do we need the tag infinite? At this moment, the tag has only 15 questions, and no usage definition. The questions tagged are mostly about infinite 2d games, looping content (...
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Do we want to lower the amount votes to close/reopen a question?

It's no secret that the user base and active user base as declined over the past years. At all times, we had significanly less users to help manage the site than we get on Stack Overflow. Yet, the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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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 ...
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Why don't we allow repeat questions?

I am wondering why we would discourange repeat questions or reffer similar questions to answers that may or may not fully expound the current question. My though behind this, we should not ...
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Are you an IGDA member?

I am looking into partnering with IGDA in some undetermined way. It remains to be seen how they can help GDSE (and vice versa), but in exploring the options, I've come across a fairly important set of ...
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Have we abandoned the rule about generic programming questions?

Tl;dr why is there a close reason for "Generic programming question" if we are not closing and instead up-voting and answering blatantly off-topic questions? Has the rule / community ...
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Should we consider questions about parsing file formats on- or off-topic?

We have several questions floating around asking for help loading with and/or , or converting between various file formats. For example, the following: https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Are questions asking which technologies contain a certain feature off-topic?

Are questions asking something like "Do any game engines support feature X out of the box?" off-topic? Or do these fall under the "which technology to use" category (or some other category)?
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Should [formula] be a synonym of [mathematics]?

Bringing this here, since I don't have permissions to suggest synonyms. The formula tag currently has only 34 questions, and no tag info. The current explanation for mathematics includes "formulae." ...
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Do we need the tag [middleware]?

We've recently decided to get rid of the engine tag, along with api, framework, ...
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How can we encourage people who repeat posting low-quality questions?

For example, this user has had many questions closed and of low quality. Yet, they persist on posting. CodeOfGenius, if you're reading this: please read the help center!) This user is obviously not ...
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Is this really a good question?

I was looking through the questions and I found this one: "What are the typical day-to-day tasks of an entry level games programmer?" After some thought I decided that I wanted to close that ...
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How can I render math formulas from StackExchange in my web browser?

I would like to see maths formula in rendered form instead of code in Firefox. It is possible? For instance, in this answer, there is a formula: ...
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Is the “artifacts” tag worthwhile?

A description and wiki was added to artifacts recently. The tag has nine questions as of this writing. Is this tag actually useful? Can one become an expert in artifacts, or should the tag go the way ...
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Is asking for a real-world weapon that has specific characteristics on topic for a game development question?

I asked the following question: In Mechwarrior 2, you had to keep your crosshairs on the enemy for 5 seconds to obtain a lock for LRM missiles. Is this at all realistic? What real-world missile ...
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What is so special about unity-networking that it deserves its own tag?

There is the unity-networking tag. Is it so special that it needs its own tag? The excerpt reads: Unity 5.1 introduced a new framework to handle client+server networking, also known as UNet. ...
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Are questions abut popular game mechanics and gameplay irrelevant?

How do you prevent inflation in a virtual economy? In a casual top-down racing game, should collisions affect the car's engine? I noticed Byte56 said these questions about gameplay mechanics are ...
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Suggestion to rename the tag 'delta' to 'delta-time'

I'd like to suggest we rename the tag delta to delta-time. Other than being a Greek letter, and being associated with the concept of 'triangle' (and a load of other things), the term delta is often ...
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Can we merge tags 'rectangle' and 'rectangles'?

We have both of these tags: rectangles and rectangle. Could we merge rectangles into rectangle?
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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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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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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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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Are questions about the game industry welcome here?

I recently asked a question about the size of our industry, and the reactions it sollicited were very unexpected (for me at least). A sizable part of the community (or at least a very vocal part) ...
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Should we blacklist the 'compilation' tag?

In my answer to this related question about synonyms for various flavors of tags referring to compiling and compilation I theorized such tags were actually relatively useless for the site. I've done ...
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Synonymize [tile] with [tiles]

tiles has 401 questions. The second tag, tile has only 12 questions and additionally has no tag wiki or excerpt. It appears to cover the same things as tiles. Should they be synonymized?
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What's the rationale to have questions tagged [c++11] also be tagged with [c++]?

Based on one of my other questions, the tag info about c++11 suggests to tag c++11 tagged question with c++ too. Please tag ...