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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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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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Feature Request : Tracking all the game development competition

What about having a new feature here in GameDevelopment that track all the upcoming and to-be-announced game developers event/jam/competitions. A interactive horizontal bar at the bottom of the page ...
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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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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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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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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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I saw a moderator active on a question that I thought was off-topic and they did not close it

I saw a moderator active on a question that I thought was off-topic and they did not close it... and it annoyed me. Mods should do the right thing, all the time, every time. Right? A moderator not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it on the election page. Game Development is scheduled for an election next ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we need the [old-school] tag?

Do we need the old-school tag? Current stats: 24 question & 7 followers.
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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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Why can I not link directly to FAQ anchors?

Our FAQ has some useful stuff, but it doesn't look like I can actually link people to that useful stuff. Instead I have to link them to the FAQ main page and ask them to search themselves, which is ...
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Tags are overlapping text in user profile "About Me"

I'm using tags in my user profile "About Me" and I've noticed that the tag link is overlapping the "About Me" text like in the following example: EDIT: I've noted that the same happens when you use ...
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Can we customize our maintenance page?

I guess this is more a question for the moderators or higher-ups in Stack Exchange... There was some downtime a few minutes ago, so I was directed to this boring offline page. So then I moved on to ...
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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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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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