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Should people who vote to close, answer questions anyway?

I'm not pointing fingers at ANYONE, I promise. I've seen a few multiple instances where people will vote to close and then answer a question, however. Such as this case. Don't we vote to close ...
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How to handle an edit war properly?

I'll start by saying that I probably should've asked this question earlier, and that due to that I did not most likely handle the situation very well. There's an edit war going on here. The OP is ...
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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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How should we handle questions asking for specific legal advice?

While questions that touch on the law are generally on-topic here at Game Development, there are subsets of that topic that I think we should clarify our position on. In this case, I'd like to ...
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Should we make exceptions for questions about identifying specific software?

In the general case, questions asking for software to accomplish some task are off-topic here (and generally closed as "too broad"): answers are necessarily opinions and suggestions, and not really ...
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Standing moderators, could you tell us a bit more about the circumstances of the election?

When the moderator election was announced with 2 slots, that was surprising enough it prompted some remarks in chat. I agree it's interesting since moderation teams this size have often only grown one ...
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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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What to do with a question that has a fitting question/answer on stackoverflow?

This question just showed up. It's about reading sprites from a sprite-sheet using Java. In the comments, another user pointed to the following questions on stackoverflow which pretty much answer the ...
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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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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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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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Is it good tone to link your own (open source) projects to support your answer?

Often, when I answer a question it is because I have dealt with a similar issue or otherwise have knowledge/experience/tips regarding the problem at hand. I write out the answer, possibly put in a ...
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Handling duplicates where there's an understanding gap

This is a phenomenon I've seen just a couple times; most recently: Today: Multi purpose item class design in C# Duplicates this from 2010: What are different ways to define items in an RPG like game?...
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Would GDSE benefit from an official “back it up” policy?

Note that the below post is not a proposal for the specific rules to be put in place but just an inquiry with appropriate background information and my feelings on how the site could change from such ...
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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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Entity/Component/System Tag Cleanup

Alexandre Vaillancourt's answer to this recent meta question made me realize we have a bit of a mess of tags in the neighbourhood of entity component systems: entity-component-system - 11 questions (...
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Can this question be salvaged as “good subjective” with proper edits?

The Question: Are hidden stats a good idea? Background This meta post led me to the question at hand of which I made several observations including: The question had 18 up votes The question was ...
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Candidates being in the same timezone a problem?

I had a look at the moderator candidates and 3 very good candidates reside more or less in the same timezone (according to their profile-page). So I was wondering if that's something to consider for ...
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Why was my question deleted?

I recently posted this question that attracted a lot of attention. Now, 20 minutes ago, Alexandre Vaillancourt deleted my question after it being put on hold. I do not understand why it was worth ...
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Inlining/reuploading images to stack's imgur. Should we do it even if it means going against 3rd pary license?

This question for meta.photo.se came to my attention: (short version of the question) Can we please inline images? Can we re-upload to imgur images linked in questions? This will be useful ...
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Deleted comments in 2013 moderator election

I am concerned about the deletion of at least several comments that have been made on the 2013 Moderator Election nominations page. What is going on here? I had posted a fairly innocuous comment on ...
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Duplicate [tag:platformer] [tag:platform-game]

Are the tags platformer and platform-games duplicates? If not, what's supposed to be the difference?
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Is asking for learning resources on topic?

I'm interested in learning a few specific aspects of game programming and I wanted some recommendations. Are "recommendation" questions off topic here?
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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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off topic flags could point to sites Other than meta

well today we had a question really suited for Stack over flow in gamedev. But when I tried to flag it I could only suggest it belongs to meta site. I guess we add Other related sites to that 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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Vote for the 2014 Winter Game Jam logo!

We of the chatrooms have decided that we wanted to make a new logo for the Winter Game Jam, honoring the amazing hats that SE and Elias Stein (the artist) have provided for us this winter. We are ...
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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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Tag for the “Minecraft genre”?

I see a lot of questions which (implicitly or explicitly) are about making Minecraft (Infiniminer, Ace of Spades, Cube World, whatever) style games — to be more specific, let's say games where the ...
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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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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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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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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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Now that c# is the only language supported by Unity, do we need to tag Unity questions with c#?

It's been around for a while: Boo and UnityScript have been removed from Unity. Now, the obvious is that issues with Unity will be tackled in c#. Also, the new ...
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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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What's our stance on self answered questions that don't show any research effort?

I've seen a couple Questions go by in the past where the user asked the question, then answered it immediately. Often, these questions were simple, a little bit more elaborated than this example: ...
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Should we remap the “legal” tag?

Continuing the trend of law-related meta questions... is there anything we can do to the legal tag to provide better guidance as to its use and the kinds of law-related questions that are acceptable ...
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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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The tag 'forces' is quite specific, what should we do with it?

The tag forces seems to be very specific. It has at the moment 14 questions and no tag definition. Is it too specific? Could/should we do something about it?
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Curious for a second-opinion: Would this answer pass review?

Got this in the review stack and though it was pretty borderline. The question asks about a basic implementation of applying an acceleration based on a key press. Here's the answer: you need to ...
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What does one look at before answering a question?

I'm curious - I see a lot of questions that go unanswered on the front page, some of my own, some of others, and I'm really wondering - when the community is going through the index page to take time ...
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What should we do to spread the word about this site?

Everyone who's reading the Meta site has an interest in spreading the word about the site. That will increase the user base, give us better questions, and give us better answers. What kind of things ...
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Should the “design” tag encompass architecture AND game design questions?

I'm a game designer and my main area of expertise is that, game design. While i find the technical aspects of a game program interesting, I expected finding game design related questions when ...
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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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How far is too far when it comes to editing questions?

I was considering heavily editing this question when Josh then edited and answered the question himself. The edits are significantly better than how it was originally phrased but in the end the ...
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Why are people so eager to close questions as duplicates?

Why are people so eager to close questions as duplicates? I can give only two examples and only because I answered the questions, so I believe there must be a lot of such duplicates, but in what ...
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Would questions about Maxscript be appropriate, would they be answered?

I am wondering, would GameDev be a suitable place for questions about MaxScript? MaxScript is a scripting language developed by Autodesk for 3DS Max, therefore, its specific to a content creation app....
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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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Reputation requirements increased; can (should) we undo this?

Now that the reputation requirements increased to the higher Stack Overflow limits, (and maybe it's been this way for a while now), even fewer users are able to edit posts and vote to close, which I ...
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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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