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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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Purpose of 'location', 'position' and 'transform' tags?

These three tags represent a small number of questions (with position having the most at 74), and I'm not really sure what value they add. The purpose of tags (as far as I am aware) is to organise ...
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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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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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Should I answer questions that do not belong here?

I downvoted and flagged this question, because the user was asking the typical "what technology should I use" stuff, and it was fairly obvious that he didn't read or that he didn't understand the FAQ. ...
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“Review this for me” questions

Sometimes we get questions that essentially amount to "review a product/project". Examples: Google's ForPlay library, where does it fall down? DarkGDK good or not? What are the pro/cons of Unity3D as ...
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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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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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Do we need tags for 'rectangle', 'circle', 'triangle', 'hexagon' and 'shape'?

It came to my attention that there is a tag for ✅ rectangle, no description, 76 questions ✅ circle, with description, but no usage guideline, 52 questions ✅ triangles, with description, but no usage ...
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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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Why is this question undergoing rollback wars?

See here. This question had several reasonable edits made, which were then reverted entirely by the original poster in favor of transforming the question into something completely different. Attempts ...
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Where can I ask open-ended questions instead?

GDSE is not a discussion forum—we discourage questions that are primarily opinion-based or that aim to generate discussion, because they don't fit the Stack Exchange format. However, even if they don'...
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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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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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Do we need the [old-school] tag?

Do we need the old-school tag? Current stats: 24 question & 7 followers.
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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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When will we get the new user pages stackoverflow has?

A few weeks ago, stackoverflow got some nifty new user pages. I was wondering when will we get them over here at GDSE.
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Where's the most appropriate place to post a general graphics programming question?

A recent question about raytracing recieved a comment that it had nothing to do with game development. While that may be true, is there another place where the question would be more appropriate? I ...
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Is Unity turning into our jQuery?

I hope not.... just sayin'
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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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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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What should we do for the 2014 Winter Refactor?

Last year we organized a semi-formal backlog-pruning event called the Winter Refactor. With the StackExchange holiday season rapidly approaching, I'd like to solicit input on running another Winter ...
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Should we allow “list of X”-questions?

Many questions currently on the site are things like "Give me a list of options for X". There is a decent amount of precedence for these kinds of questions being discouraged on StackExchange sites. ...
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Are programming problems (bugs in code) on topic?

From time to time questions with snippets of code crop up and the poster usually asks: "Why doesn't my code work". Have a look at this recent question for an example of what I mean. I have been ...
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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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Do you participate in Global Game Jam events?

[This is a companion question to the one I asked yesterday about IGDA membership.] IGDA runs an annual Global Game Jam in locations all over the world. Have you ever participated in one? Would you ...
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Are questions asking how to find where game engines have the code for different things on-topic?

For example: where is the code in Unreal Engine that deals with the player picking up a weapon? Is this an acceptable type of question? What about a more general version: how can I find the code for ...
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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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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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I'm making a simulation of X, and want to know Y about X

What do we think of questions ostensibly about non-game-making topics which are being asked in order to create a game which simulates those topics accurately? In meta we had a related conversation ...
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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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Reflecting on the Reflection Tag

I was answering & editing a question involving (one kind of) reflection recently and noticed our reflection tag currently has no tag guidance and a mix of three very different meanings: ...
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How should I select a correct answer to my question?

I've asked a question here: How should I implement side-scrolling level design? I have received two answers I think are correct. One answer seems to be the most accurate for game development in ...
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what is the exact meaning of a downvote/upvote?

I've had an idea to upvote an answer when it's right and I like it, and downvote it whenever the answer is wrong. about questions I had the idea to upvote whenever I think that question might be ...
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Is this the site for “How to safely profit from violating copyright” questions?

Specifically, this question. Note that the two highest upvoted answers, including the accepted one, both agree that yes, the proposed scheme to avoid being caught for profiting from violating ...
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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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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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Moderator Nominations

Some guidelines: Each nomination should be a separate answer. Link the name to the user's profile so we can see their activity. The nominee should indicate their acceptance by commenting on (or ...
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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 need Unity questions?

Don't get me wrong, I love Unity. I think it's a great engine. But surely we should refer people along to Unity's official QA website? That's a better place for their questions (even if it is terribly ...
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Adding the tag to the title. Yes or no?

See this question as an example. The user added OpenGL to the title, and tagged the question OpenGL. What do you think about the "tag" being in the title? I know that over at gaming SE, you shouldn'...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 We're hitting the next milestone, and so we begin anew with our Community Promotion Ads! What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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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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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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“How to make an entire Game X” - off-topic?

For instance, How to make a Battleship game?
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Should we remove the 'inventory' tag?

Should the inventory tag be removed? Are there people who are experts at inventories? As of writing this, there are 29 questions that use the tag, with only two of them closed, so there doesn't seem ...
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When is it appropriate to cross-post answers?

I reviewed the first post of a user (this answer). They asked a question on SO and posted an answer a day later (and marked it as the accepted answer). Then today he answered a question here on GDSE ...
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Are questions about how to design an implementation of certain parts of a game appropriate?

When I'm stuck on some aspect in one of the many dead-end game projects I start, can I ask for advice about how to design it here? If I have an idea about how I want something to work functionally, ...

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