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Modding: Rediscussed

According to this accepted answer, modding is on-topic on GameDev.SE. The posts didn't explore the topic very much. Should modding be covered by GameDev.SE? Why or why not? The possible solution is ...
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Why was my question about finding an artist removed?

i had a question on a dev site removed for looking for another dev? (wanted to hire an artist) just curious why would that be on a site for dev's to congregate? I think this is a great site, the ...
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Synonymize [xna] and [xna-4.0]

xna × 2796 xna-4.0 × 657 These tags mean the same. I think we can assume, that user is using the latest and last version of XNA (4.0). So when looking for xna tags, user expects to see 4.0 tags ...
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Allow very high-level questions about fundamental topics?

If a question is posed that essentially asks for the definition of some core piece of game development, such as this one, can we answer those with a high-level description of the topic? In the ...
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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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Is it appropriate to Edit an answer just to improve the answer-er?

Regarding this little gem from a 19k user: @Jon instead of improving your answer I decided to write my own. – Philipp Apr 27 at 11:43 And this question: Editing the pixels of a rendered image ...
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Useless Augmented Tag

Two new tags have been recently created. augmented-realityaugmented Should augmented be removed or made a synonym of augmented-reality?
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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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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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Is asking questions not directly tied to game development allowed?

A few times in the Gamedev SE, I see questions that even though they seem to be related to game development (obvious variable names, Class names, etc..), but aren't directly relevant to any issue that ...
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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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Question about play-testers for prototyping off-topic?

I'm taking this game design course on edX (which, by the way, is excellent) and they emphasized the importance of prototyping, and getting new/fresh people to try your prototypes. Is it valid to ask ...
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Synonymize [ui] with [gui]

gui has 199 questions and a little wiki info. ui has 20 questions and no tag wiki or excerpt. It appears to cover the same things. Should they be synonymized?
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Synonymize [tile] with [tiles]

tiles has 401 questions. The second tag, tile has only 12 questions and additionally has no tag wiki or excerpt. It appears to cover the same things as tiles. Should they be synonymized?
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How is my question regarding FBX off-topic?

How do people benefit from narrowing the list of acceptable topics, why are "superusers" forcing topics on hold or closing them. What is this site all about, is it information warfare, downgrading ...
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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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Suggestion: community-sponsored (commonly off-topic) questions-“best way”, “what's first”

I was in the process of answering a question and had to convert it to a clump of poorly formatted comments when it got moderated. The specific question was a relatively typical off-topic one, ...
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Downvoting a downvoted question of a 1 rep user

Is there a point to downvote a question from a user that has the minimum reputation score available and which question has already a negative score?
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“You can't” answers: better to accept or leave unaccepted?

If the answer to a question is "you (currently) can't", is it better to accept it or to leave it unaccepted? While the "you can't" may be the correct answer now, it might easily change in future: if ...
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What makes a game development tools question acceptable?

Background: This recent question about Unity's machine identification was put on hold, while this question about installing Unreal Engine 4 survived the close-vote queue. Both have comments about ...
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Should or shouldn't we introduce a format to ask about game-engine suitability?

This question is a follow-up to the question: Would questions about game-engine recommendations be on-topic, given they have clearly stated needs? The help-centre states: What topics can I ask ...
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Would questions about game-engine recommendations be on-topic, given they have clearly stated needs?

Is a question asking for a recommendation of a game-engine fitting one's needs on-topic or off-topic? There are SE formats such as rpg.stackexchange.com which allows for recommendation questions ...
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how I can add or upload picture or photo to this site (stackexchange) in a comment?

how I can add or upload picture or photo to this site (stackexchange) in a comment ??
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How can I render math formulas from StackExchange in my web browser?

I would like to see maths formula in rendered form instead of code in Firefox. It is possible? For instance, in this answer, there is a formula: $$(v_{x,i},v_{y,i},v_{z,i}) = ...
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Reasoning for “Illuminator” badge

I just realized that there is an "Illuminator" badge: That really surprised and baffled me and ultimately lead to the following question: Isn't that already going in the direction of bad / ...
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How can I follow question/user/topics on this site?

There is no "follow" button. How can I follow a question or user or topic?
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“Trollerators” aka moderators need moderation

Edit: Moderation is overhead and does not directly contribute to the purpose of these sites, which is to answer questions. Suggestion: Instead of simply being, or not being, a moderator, I suggest ...
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What should we do about this users spam-like answer behavior?

What is the proper way of action about this new user, who spammed 14 identical answers in around an hour? http://gamedev.stackexchange.com/users/59097/celtic-sadness The answer is rather poor in my ...
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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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How can this question about renderer decoupling be salvaged?

This question is too broad as originally written. However, it is an interesting topic and the heart of the questions posed are both relevant to game development and very common. How could this ...
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Should we change the “kismet” tag to “udk-kismet?”

I have noticed that the kismet has started to become more popular. It is a component of the free UDK engine, so wouldn't it be better as something such as udk-kismet? Or is it better if a component ...
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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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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 ...
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Why not purge unanswered questions as part of the 2014 Winter Refactor

Out of curiosity why not a purge unanswered questions? There is lots of talk about "fixing the site" and its said that answering unanswered question is a good way to do this. I don't understand the ...
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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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How can I ask about what I need to know to make a game similar to an existing game?

I'd like to ask what sort of "roadmap" one would follow in order to be skilled enough to create such amazing work, both for games, or for UIs in general. The thing is though, my experience on other ...
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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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Should we blacklist the 'compilation' tag?

In my answer to this related question about synonyms for various flavors of tags referring to compiling and compilation I theorized such tags were actually relatively useless for the site. I've done ...
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What is the use of having multiple tags for compilation?

I am not an expert in SE politics. I do find it quaint that we have three tags for what appears at first glance as the same exact thing? What's the point in that? The tags I'm talking about are: ...
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Should we be running the game jams on meta or elsewhere?

There has been talk of possibly finding or writing an external tool (website) for planning and running our game jams. Things like reputation requirements are less than ideal for what we'd like to do ...
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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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Can I ask a question with an answer in mind that recommends a specific service?

I am a Ukrainian game developer and we are about to run a crowdfunding campaign for our first title. For quite a while I was looking for ways to run the campaign on Kickstarter (it does not support ...
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Are “advantages/disadvantages” questions on topic?

For example questions like this that ask about if feature/algorithm X has an advantages/disadvantages over feature/algorithm y. Such questions encourage discussions and some of the questions and ...
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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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Can this question be improved to get it reopened?

I'm talking about this question First, a disclaimer: I have the best answer at this point, and I heavily edited the question, so do take my opinions with a pinch of salt. I think that the original ...
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Can I post the same question on Stack Overflow and GameDev? [closed]

Is there any etiquette around posting the same question on two (or more) StackExchange sites? I have a question that is programming related, but involves a game I want to write in Cocos2d-X in Lua ...
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What is our stance on “recommendation” questions?

On the main StackOverflow site there is a specific close reason: Questions asking us to recommend or find a book, tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for ...
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How can “Best view for 2D Android game” be salvaged?

I'm posting this thread at the request of the asker of this question: Best view for 2D Android game in Xamarin The asker cannot post this his- or her-self due to the pointless and new-user-hostile ...
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What value does the “indie” tag provide?

As of this writing, 69 questions are tagged indie. What value does this tag provide (if any), and what guidelines should we provide in its wiki to encourage correct use?
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What to do about “How do I maintain game balance while promoting interaction between dead and alive players?”

So I think this question started out solidly but recently mutated due to the discussion in the comments into a bad question. How do you motivate players to be content with randomly selected roles ...