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Could we merge tags 'navigation-mesh' and 'navmesh'?

The title says it all. These two are describing the exact same thing, so I suggest we only keep one.
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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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Anniversary Game Jam 2014 [closed]

Congratulations, everyone! The jam has ended, and the voting has started already. Check out the answers to this question and the games inside them, and vote them up if you think they deserve it. ...
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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... 😇😅...
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Proper solution for legal questions?

We get a question every few weeks that isn't really a question about game development, but a question about copyright or contract law. I really do not think such questions have a place here; by their ...
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In what universe is this question not constructive?

I posted this question in 2010: What is a good starting platform for a teenage game programmer? Since then, it's had 22 up-votes, its answers have had at least 86 up-votes, and 5 people have marked ...
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Are “What should I use to do x?” questions really on-topic and good?

The general question I'm talking about goes like this: I'm looking for a new framework to use for my next 2d/3d/native project, what should I use? And the answers go like this: Unity XNA OpenGl ...
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Is “How was entire game X made?” off-topic?

In the past, we1 decided that "How can I make an entire game like X?" was a bad question. There seems to be a new-ish variant of this, "What technology did entire game X use?" What technology does ...
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Should we be running the game jams on meta or elsewhere?

There has been talk of possibly finding or writing an external tool (website) for planning and running our game jams. Things like reputation requirements are less than ideal for what we'd like to do ...
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Anniversary Game Jam 2014 Preparations

Actual jam thread: Anniversary Game Jam 2014 One year ago, on November 1st, we held our very first community game jam, and it was very successful. Every quarter since then, we've continued the ...
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Off Topic variations

As some of you may know from MSO, there will be changes coming to how we close questions. Among them will be the removal of "too localized" (see below for how that will work) and the addition of ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we better define the scope of GDSE to include graphics programming and image processing questions?

Well, a lot of the questions here are graphics or image processing related but are not game development related. According to our Help Center those are not game development related. This question ...
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Is <modelling tool> discussion on topic?

There was this question about learning Blender. The point that came up in some of the comments was is this on topic? I mean, modelling tools in general are a fundamental tool in making important ...
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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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Is there a fundamental difference between “hacks” and “mods?”

...as far as the scope of this site goes? hacks is on 13 questions as of now, wheras mods has ~150. Is there a fundamental difference between these two tags, as far as what we consider appropriate ...
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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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Is editing a question to remove all content okay?

This question was closed, and in response, the author edited the question to remove all the original content and encourage us to vote for deletion (edit history here). I rolled the edit back because I ...
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Where is the line between informational and offensive?

A recent question contained an image that was removed as offensive. The removed image "spoke a 1000 words," illustrated the problem and even reflected some of the technical issues of the problem that ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 1H 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they ...
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Why was this answer so popular?

I happened to answer a question, and at the time of this writing, it has gotten 74 upvotes. Much more than my second best answer. Now, don't take me wrong. I like getting an answer upvoted, because ...
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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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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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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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Congratulations Philipp 🎉

Today, user Philipp has reached the mark of 100k rep on gamedev. With 21 questions, 1822 answers and ~3 million people reached over the last 8 years, that's a lot of help provided to hobbyist and ...
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What direction should we give askers of “is my approach viable” questions?

Consider the following question: How can I handle merging and splitting lots in a city block? The original version of this question presents a reasonable problem that the asker would like a solution ...
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Synonymize [light] with [lighting]

lighting has 290 questions. light has 35 questions and no tag wiki or excerpt. It appears to cover the same things as lighting. Should they be synonymized?
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Code dumps/too localized

So I came across these questions (https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/58168/java-animation-memory-overload + https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/58167/animation-color) and I don't see ...
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Famous games written in

Does anyone see a genuine reason for asking this type of question? My first instinct is to say that people ask this question to try to argument better their choice of language, therefore the question ...
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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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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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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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What should we use chat stars for?

In the chat, messages can be starred by clicking the little star icon to the right of each message. The tooltip for this star is "star this message as useful / interest for the transcript." Messages ...
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Professional game developers and NDAs

Assumption: we want as many professionals on the site asking as many "long-tail" expert questions as possible. From Joel Spolsky's post re: firearm SE proposal: Excellent suggestion. One ...
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How do we make sure there are more “good” questions on the front page (to inspire new users)?

Recap of events There was some discussion here and in chat with concerns of the quality of new questions and the quality of questions visible on the front-page. The consensus (or more honest: people ...
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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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Can I create an “article” by posting a question and an answer directly?

Let's say that for a time I have been researching a specific question or topic on my own and I've come up with an answer. The answer seems to me to be complete and satisfactory to my needs. At this ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I ask better questions?

This is oversimplifying things, but every day I find myself having thousands of questions, which usually fall into one of these categories: Trivial questions: Stuff that I've probably done before, ...
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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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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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