"What topics can I ask about here?" still says:

Do some research before asking for games that have/do X so that you're asking an answerable question - also review the site guidance on asking game recommendation questions.

That "site guidance" link leads to an out-of-date ruling on game recommendations. It's closed with a link forward to our current policy, and technically "review the site guidance" isn't saying game-rec is allowable, but it's a very misleading run-around:

  • Do research before asking game-rec questions, and...
  • ...read this link for guidance on asking game-rec questions:
  • Sorry, that's an old link. Here's the new one:
  • Actually, don't ask game rec questions at all.

Can we have our on-topic page actually say game-recs aren't on topic, and link directly to the up-to-date meta discussion? It probably won't alert people who also miss the big "OFF TOPIC--DO NOT ASK" on the tag, but it can't hurt and will provide a consistent, less frustrating site experience for those beautiful unicorns who do read the Help pages.


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Thanks for the catch! It's been updated now. The current wording of that bullet is

  • If you're looking for a game mechanic or technique that does thing X, ask for how to do X, not for "games that have X". Asking for one or a list of games is a game recommendation question, which are off-topic.

I've also update the section “This is not the right site for questions about” to add a third bullet:

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hooray! Phrasing suggestion: "Asking for a game, or a list of games, is a game rec..." etc. \$\endgroup\$
    – BESW
    May 8, 2016 at 22:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BESW Good idea. Done! \$\endgroup\$ May 9, 2016 at 2:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ Game identification questions are still on-topic though, right? From my reading of the old description, that on-topic bullet point would have covered them then, but now it seems to say those types of Qs are off-topic. \$\endgroup\$ May 9, 2016 at 12:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @LegendaryDude That'd be a good separate meta question, I think. \$\endgroup\$
    – BESW
    May 19, 2016 at 9:35

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