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Which tags are useless or blacklisted? [closed]

This question covers our list of "bad" tags, tags which don't make sense in general or in the specific context of the site. These include meta tags, tags that are redundant with the focus of the site (...
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Programming Questions: Here or “Belongs on Stackoverflow”?

I know the features wouldn't be installed until this SE makes it out of the public beta. But in the event that it does, I think that this is something that we should be prepared for. What would the ...
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math markdown on this site [duplicate]

Can we have math markdown on this site (like on math.stackchange.com)? It will make answering some of the geometry questions easier
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Generic programming questions are off-topic, period. Right?

I came upon this question, a while back. TL;DR: the user is trying to implement a custom List, and does not understand when Unity complains that it does not have ...
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What counts as a “debug my code” type of question?

We currently close questions as off-topic when those questions are asking, essentially, for the community to debug the asker's project. When this close reason is applicable is a little unclear at the ...
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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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How should we handle the 'inspector' tag and 'unity-*' tags?

The inspector tag mainly seems to exist to refer to the Unity inspector. There are fourteen questions with the tag as of this writing. As a tag, "inspector" alone is far too broad (not only Unity has ...
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Can we please be more friendly to new users?

I've been monitoring closed questions for a few days now. I noticed a very common pattern emerging: The question is closed ("on hold") It was closed by a single diamond mod The mod closed it within ...
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Request: Relax a bit on moderation and don't be so eager to shut down questions

The moderation lately has been getting harsh. It's too severe in my book, and is not conducive to creating a welcoming or even useful community environment. New people should not be afraid to ask ...
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Can we get a hyperlink style for chat that is less subtle?

I'm open to suggestions as far as whether we should change the color, underline links, or both, but as it is it's a little too subtle for less than perfect monitors and viewing angles.
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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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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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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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Do mod- and map-making questions belong here?

Currently at gaming meta there are discussions about Do “mod-development” questions belong here? and Do “map-editor” questions belong here?. There was also a suggestion to send these questions to ...
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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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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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Can we enable MathJax on GDSE? (revisited)

This has been discussed before in math markdown on this site, but I'd like to have some fresh discussion of this matter. Circumstances have changed in the meantime. The discussion of 2011 seems to ...
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Flood the site with softball questions?

I was inspired by this question. It's short and concise. It doesn't include any useless details. It has answers with subtleties that may not be obvious. My idea is to add simple but answerable ...
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The 2013 GDSE Winter Refactor

It is the holidays! A time of gifts, food, drink and festival (and hats, if you are into that sort of thing). Now, we don't have any of those for you (except the hats), but we do have over a ...
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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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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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Are the entity-system and component-based tags describing the same thing?

We have these two tags: entity-system and component-based. I am under the (perhaps mistaken) impression that an entity system is exactly the same thing as a component-based system, and that they are ...
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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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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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Game design questions: should we be more lax with regard to SE's question/answer format?

By adhering to a strict non-open-ended, non-chatty, question/answer format, it becomes pretty much impossible to help people to improve their game design. So instead of covering questions that ...
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Design for Game Development Site

Hi all. I'm Jin and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflects its topic. However, ...
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Why should 'How was the technique in X done' be considered off-topic?

We get a lot of people asking about a certain technique in a game. eg: https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/49813/how-did-oldschool-dungeon-crawlers-ie-dungeon-master-eye-of-the-beholder-...
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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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Is this a good community wiki question?

Before posting the question, I'd like to know if it fits to be a community wiki question in the GD.SE main. Clearly it would be way too broad to be a normal question. My question would be "What are ...
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The word “game” in tags is redundant.

I've noticed a few tags of the form "game-design" and "game-engine". Well, yeah. It's about games. We're on the Gamedev beta. I've gone and stripped out "game" from all of these, just to get it done ...
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MathJax (\$\LaTeX\$ in posts) has been added! Let's make some math!

MathJax has been enabled on our site! That means we can have actual fancy mathematical equations expressed as such without resorting to pseudocode, uneditable \$\LaTeX\$ screenshots, etc. MathJax is ...
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BEST BEST BESSSSSSST! argh?

Wish there was a system to prevent people from using the word Best in their question title. :( What are the most popular software development methodologies used by game studios? The best algorithm ...
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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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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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Could GDSE's low-visibility hyperlinks please be revisited and improved on main, meta and in chat?

GDSE has a bunch of issues with its links having major perception issues across the board. Could link colors on this site's main, meta, and chat please be revisited? My request would be that our links ...
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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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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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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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A good answer exists but is not accepted

I have been trawling through this site for a while, and I often go to answer questions that already have a more than acceptable answer, only the person that asked the question either doesn't deem it a ...
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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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Cross posting programming questions on Stackoverflow and GameDev.StackExchange

What are the etiquette involved when cross-posting programming questions on StackOverflow and GameDev.StackExchange? Or is it a case of "don't do it?"
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Is this the site for game design related questions?

Game design questions are more closely related to the experience when playing the game. I was wondering how to address effectively, questions like the following, using the Stackexchange platform. ...
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getting-started for continuous noob onslaught

It seems almost daily there's a new question about getting started something or other. There were a bunch of these "getting started" questions in untagged which looked really crufty to me. I created ...
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The 2014 GDSE Winter Game Jam [closed]

The jam has ended! And by the number of votes, John McDonald is the winner! Congratulations to everyone who participated in the jam! See you next time, sometime during late Spring. Please review all ...
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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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A Close Vote is not a Super Downvote

I've been noticing a trend of increasing participation on the process of voting to close questions. This is great, as for a while we've had a bit of an issue with lack of participation leading to far ...
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Why should the GameDev site exist?

I understand this question will probably be downvoted a lot, because it is seen only by people already using the site, but still: I have some doubts regarding whether it is beneficial the game ...
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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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Should we be more exclusive?

I mean this kind of thing is all over but here's an example from today: I mean there can't be a more stereotypical noob entry "I just wanna make a game" type question. It's a bad question because it'...
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The Summer GameJam! (2014) (Preparations)

The summer gamejam's going to start soon enough (in June), and I wanted to post this question here to ask people about an idea of mine and for any other suggestions they might have. We did not have a ...

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