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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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Is there a place for asking for general debugging help?

I have code that I would like help with, but I don't really know what's wrong with it. I can't post it in the regular forums for StackOverflow or Game Development because I can't ask a specific ...
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Is [mathematics] a meta tag?

This is possibly in direct conflict of a previous question of mine: Should [formula] be a synonym of [mathematics]? After looking around I found several tags that could be synonyms for mathematics. ...
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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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Is it a good idea to add tags for engines with low popularity?

Whilst it would make people more aware of the game engine, would it really be of much use to do this? It could be considered as extra clutter, for example, if I added a tag referring to an engine that ...
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What is wrong with my question and how can I improve it?

This question, this is about recommendation so it should be closed but here's the thing, downloading parts of the game as the user unlocks level is an important feature that no one talks about. Is it ...
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Should we blacklist [experience]?

I'm guessing the experience tag was once meant for what is now user-experience, based on this question User-Experience tag. Now the few questions that use it, are using it as meta. Typically, ...
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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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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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Is asking for ideas/suggestions off topic?

I've got an interesting question on game development that would be sure to stir up some discussion. Though the question is more on the lines of "what are some ideas on making a game of this genre". ...
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Is posting multiple answers deprecated?

I came across this new question πŸ”— and decided to answer it. I had two ways to solve OP's problem so I decided to post two separate answers. I was then met by the dialog: Are you sure you want to ...
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Do/should we allow Emojis here?

I've come across this post, which reads: What the possible codes?? Using Adobe flash CS6 AS 3.0 for tracing Game.. A-Z , 1-100 & shapes.. By levels.. For kids. Hand game. Please help me... πŸ˜‡πŸ˜…...
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Is the tag [techniques] useful?

Yes, we have a tag techniques. It has no tag description and no tag usage and it is used on a very broad range of topics (as broad as 15 questions can be). Is it a meta-tag that can be used for ...
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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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Should we remove dead links that can't be replaced?

While going around trying to help purge the engine tag I found this question that includes two dead links to some source code. I was going to remove those links but I hesitated because I was unsure if ...
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Is it fine to post an answer that elaborates an edge case of another answer?

Here is the link: https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/a/142800/74040 The author of the answer based his answer on an edge case that happened while application of the accepted answer. What is this site'...
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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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Should we update the "voxels" tag information?

Currently the voxels tag's description is this: VOlumetric piXEL (volumetric picture element). An approach to world construction that uses small, uniform volumetric elements as opposed to the ...
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Do we need a "blog" tag?

I noticed we have a blog tag. As it is, it has limited use, and no usage guideline1. I could only see two reasons why such a tag would be used: In regards to questions asking for help in finding or ...
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How do we answer all these Game Maker questions asking about how to implement data structures and therefore all requiring dynamic memory allocation?

So I've been browsing the list of questions tagged with game-maker. There's a decent number of them all asking about various data structures or something pretty similar to the concept. A number of ...
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Is this question about Maya modeling off-topic?

I recently flagged to close this question about modeling in Maya. I believe this question to be off-topic and my reasoning is this: It has nothing to do with game development. While it's true that ...
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What is the best way to correct a user's reversing of an edit?

Here are the revisions of the relevant question. The game-design doesn't apply to this question. But just putting in another edit isn't going to help the user ...
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Why was my edit to this answer rolled back?

The question in question: Why am I unable to edit the Input Field object's script? The issues: 1) My original question was "edited", in ways that add nothing meaningful (slight changes in ...
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Do we need a "no clear problem statement" close reason?

I've only been active (again) on the site for the past couple of weeks, and an awful lot of the programming questions I see contain: an explanation of what someone's doing, possibly making vague ...
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We've blacklisted [engine], should we do the same for the other similar tags?

This is a follow up of a previous question about doing something with the tags API and SDK, which made me realize they were not ...
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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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Should we alias programming to "programming-theory" or "software-engineering?" Or...?

Per the recent discussions at What's the point of the tag [programming]? the consensus on the programming tag is that we'll keep it, but heavily re-scope it to try and focus more on theoretical ...
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Should we have an Internationalization tag?

We already have a localization tag, however Localization and Internationalization are distinctly different endeavors. I think this question about the differences sums it up well. In short ...
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Why is there no [boo] tag?

There are a couple of questions relating to Boo, and they're tagged with scripting. Can we re-tag them with boo, or the tag has been removed for a reason not written here and should not be re-...
Vaillancourt's user avatar
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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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Can we merge [gles] with [opengl-es]?

The tag gles only has one question and it's actually about opengl-es can we make gles a synonym of opengl-es and merge them?
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Is my question invalid? If not, then it received downvoted and no answers

Quake Physics ported to Unreal Engine? The above question is a generic one, and of significance. It should be a pivotal explanation about the fundamentals of game engines. This is an abuse of SE and ...
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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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Why was my "very low quality" flag rejected on this non-formatted code-only question?

I recently flagged this question as very low quality and the flag got rejected. I've read posts such as "please flag responsibly" and this answer on the very low quality flag, and while this question ...
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Is "IAP" a synonym of "microtransactions?"

We've had microtransactions for some time now. We've recently created iap. Are these tags the same (and thus, should iap be a synonym of microtransactions)? Note that the excerpt for ...
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How do we feel in regards to questions that ask if a certain piece of technology is capable of a certain feature? [duplicate]

How do we feel in regards to questions that ask if a certain piece of technology is capable of a certain feature? I am sure I already found a relevant meta discussion, in which we discussed this in ...
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There is a tag for 'chess', should there be a tag for 'pong', 'breakout' and 'pac-man'?

I asked a while ago a question about whether we needed the tag for chess, and the community felt that, yes, we needed the tag. Tags being there to help users find ...
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How should we use the engine tag?

A question came up in the review queue, where the user had used the engine tag. My immediate thoughts were to ask why they were using the engine tag, as they had not mentioned anything pertaining to ...
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Could we rename the tags 'api' and 'sdk' to 'api-development' and 'sdk-development'?

The current excerpt of api is: Application Programming Interface - the specification of the methods, classes, structures etc of software libraries and how they are to be used when developing ...
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Can we please pay a little more attention to our edits, guys?

I am sometimes directed to the edit history of various other questions, and I have noticed a clear trend; minimal edits. I thought I would take the time to write up post asking everyone to be a bit ...
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Is there a significant difference between the `spritesheet` & `texture-atlas` tags?

Is there a significant enough difference between spritesheet & texture-atlas to warrant separate tags? My understanding of the terms is that the former is more often applied in a 2D context ...
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Should we consider "does product X have feature Y" type questions as on-topic?

A question about Linux support for Lumberyard was recently closed as off topic. A further comment mentions that: .. questions about the support and software requirements (et cetera) of various ...
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Where to ask "which technology to use" questions?

Recently I asked a question, which unfortunately got an on-hold label! https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/139224/which-game-engine-to-build-for-arm-linux-target Putting an on-hold label and ...
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Is there a way to show only 'on hold' questions?

Is there a way to show only (or hide for that matter) 'on hold' questions? Just to clarify, I don't want to filter out closed questions. Instead I'm wondering if there's a way to show only questions ...
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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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Developing games in games

Many games allow you to create games in them, such as Minecraft or Roblox. I'm not talking about modding. Are questions about these considered on-topic? I know questions like "Minecraft keeps ...
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Am I allowed to ask a question about Udemy courses?

I want to know what course I can take on Udemy that is specific to general game development terms, such as the math behind it (matrices for transformations), what the specific gamedev lingo or jargon ...
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Can we improve the [gamification] tag?

I noticed a question that uses the gamification tag, and out of interest, I clicked on the tag to look at the other questions. Here they are, in full: What is the line between a serious game and an ...
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Do we need a [blender] tag?

It's obsolete and it makes people think modelling related questions should go here. There's already a separate Blender SE for that. In my opinion this tag should be separated into blender-engine and ...
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Does including a link to our website in a post automatically constitute spam, even if relevant?

A new user asked a very off-topic question; as a music composer, they asked what game developers look for when hiring a music composer. As part of the question, they note that they have created a ...
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