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Are Legal Questions On or Off Topic - Revisited

The case for legal questions being off-topic They fail the "would a game developer give me a better answer?" test. Game developers are not legal professionals and are absolutely not qualified to ...
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Should we consider Blender related questions off-topic when they're not about game development?

Officially off-topic, refer them to BSE in my opinion.
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Generic programming questions are off-topic, period. Right?

My opinion is that Stack Overflow exists for those questions. Having redundant Q&A for the same questions doesn't seem helpful to me. But I'd be willing to go along with the rest of the community ...
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Clarify off-topic as it pertains to non-game use of game libraries

That first question getting close votes is particularly annoying, because if the asker had not said that they weren't working on a game, I don't think it would have attracted any close votes at all. I ...
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Where can I ask open-ended questions instead?

We have a chatroom for that. In addition, some other large game development sites do welcome open-ended discussion: /r/gamedev TigSource forums GameDev.net Indie DB forums You could also ask local ...
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Are questions asking which technologies contain a certain feature off-topic?

I think these questions are tricky and should be handled on a case-by-case basis, but should be closed more often than remain open. First of all, because the answer can very easily be "No", which ...
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Should we consider "does product X have feature Y" type questions as on-topic?

I don't think they're the best fit for our format here. I don't know if I'd call them off-topic, but there's a number of awkward aspects: In my experience, most of these questions I've seen are ...
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Question about using a configuration file to launch game to a specific level - On-Topic?

Generally I'd avoid a question that asks "would this work?" because they all have one answer: Try it and find out! You're in a much better position to evaluate whether a particular solution fits ...
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Can I ask a "what tech to use"-question if I have specific desired features in mind?

Found it. Searching a technology is on-topic on Software Recommendations. Making sure the appropriate purpose is stated (in this case: game development), and appropriate constraints are stated as ...
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How can I ask about what I need to know to make a game similar to an existing game?

You can ask about it in chat.
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How can I ask about what I need to know to make a game similar to an existing game?

Some questions, no matter how they're asked, will never fit into the stack exchange format. A question like "What skills do I need for X?" or "What should I learn to do X?" or "What should I know ...
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Is this question about Maya modeling off-topic?

The comment from @Gnemlock reflects my opinion too: We do not close questions because they are better suited, elsewhere. We close questions because they are not suited, here. As is, we do accept ...
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Do we allow "where can I download X" questions?

Questions asking us for a download source shpuld be considered off-topic, but on a case-by-case analysis, they may still be fairly salveageable. Regardless of policy, I see some issues with these ...
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Would this multi-track music question be considered off-topic?

Generally we close requests for resources, including: links to external websites or tutorials book / course recommendations asset sources as off-topic, usually using the "too broad" reason. These ...
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Is asking for ideas/suggestions off topic?

It seems very broad... Broad questions get closed since there's no concrete answer. You could try asking in the chatroom.
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Are questions asking which technologies contain a certain feature off-topic?

Fundamentally, these questions are not good QA site questions for the same reason shopping questions aren't allowed on SuperUser. http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping/ ...
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Why was my off-topic flag declined even though the question was marked as off-topic?

I saw the question through the review system and voted to keep the question open. This rejected your flag. A few hours later another moderator migrated the question to Stackoverflow. The question was ...
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Why was my question about finding an artist removed?

The stackexchange network isn't your standard forum where people just post a topic and get replies. This is a question and answer network, where people post questions about problems and other people ...
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How can I ask about what I need to know to make a game similar to an existing game?

These questions are always just masked forms of "I don't know how to make a game. Where do I start?" Because if the user did know how to make a game, he or she would know what specific questions to ...
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