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General questions about questions that have been closed because they are off-topic or otherwise do not meet the criteria defined in the FAQ.

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Why was question regarding professional play closed?

Why was this question - my first on this site but far from my first on SE; I certainly don't see how it is overly broad - closed, just when it had begun accruing useful responses? A question requiring ...
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Does the lack of an image automatically mean an identify-this-game question should be closed?

In the question What game do these dice belong to the poster gave a complete description of the game components he had (and which as it turns out are very uncommon if not unique to the target game) ...
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If answering and closing a question takes about the same time, why not just answer the question?

There is a trade-off between being a welcoming community and keeping the site in high quality, leaving only good questions and answers. A new user has asked an off-topic question here, I found an ...
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Asked a Yes/No question on mechanics, but Closed for Opinion Based?

This was my question on utilizing a common token change to a commonly played board game (which has recently been voted into deletion): However, a Meta question on the topic of "Are Questions on ...
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Why was my question put on hold as being unclear?

I asked this question some time ago and just realized that it had been marked as on-hold for being unclear. In what way was my question unclear?
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Why was the question asked first marked as a duplicate?

On July 20, this question was asked: What is Majestic Myriarch's power and toughness if I "eternalize" it with God-Pharaoh's Gift? Then, on August 17, this one: Token copies with ...
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Can we please reopen this question? 'What do boardgame publishers do?'

What do board game publishers do? What are the difference between them? I'm satisfied, from the discussion in the comments, that this question is off-topic. It seems like a perfectly answerable ...
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What's with all of the close votes for non-rules questions?

I'm starting to notice a pattern of closes on questions that can't be answered with rules quotes. Some examples: Board Games development online course: This was voted to close as off-topic because it ...
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Per game approaches on broad/subjective close voting

The Magic: the Gathering question category is probably one of the pillars that this SE was built on. As a frantic board/card game player who doesn't play M:tG, I've always experienced a bit of a ...
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Was this question a game recommendation question?

What board or card games simulate psychological warfare? asks for games which meet some specific criteria. (It's now deleted, but the details don't really affect this question.) Is this a game ...
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Should this question about fonts be closed?

The recent question Designing - How do you approach finding the right font for your game? has been put on-hold as "primarily opinion-based". Should this question really be closed? I am concerned that ...
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Can we get rid of the recommendations tag?

We've previously decided to ban recommendation questions and then really banned them and then decided again to remove the tag, but recommendations is still there! To finish the job, perhaps we could: ...
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Why are game recommendation questions off-topic?

This is one of the reasons questions get closed on the site - why? How can I find answers to these questions if not here? Note: this is a canonical question, for linking when questions are closed. If ...
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Questions about skill vs. luck

We already have a great general question about how to think about the ratio of skill vs. luck in a game. Heck, we even have multiple ones. So do we really need to have a question that asks for a ...
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Are there "degrees of badness" in close reasons?

The closing of a post for "duplicate" or "too localized" carries no penalty. On the other hand, the closing of a post for "off topic" or "not a real question" carries a downvote. Apparently the first ...
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Should we ban game recommendation questions? - Done

We've discussed this before, but I think it's time to put the final nail in the coffin of Game Recommendation questions. Take a look at the recommendations tag. The most recent stuff is first. Look ...
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Can a "Hook" Make an Otherwise "Broad" Question Narrow Enough to Answer?

Early in my participation on this site, I asked the following question: Why Do People Use "Precision" Bidding in Bridge? which was deemed barely acceptable (not closed). A more seasoned ...
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Why was "What should I buy to teach Magic: The Gathering to someone?" closed for being "too localized"?

Here's the question: How should I approach teaching Magic:The Gathering to a new player? 11 upvotes, been around seven months with some good answers. I just posted an answer to point out a new ...
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What's an acceptable scope for a chess strategy question?

The question that prompted this is this one: I voted to close it as being too broad, specifically because of this line from the FAQ If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’...
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Should We Edit First-Time Questions To Make Them A Good Fit For The Site?

It's the usual scenario: a newcomer to the site arrives and posts a polite, interesting and constructive question. Which doesn't have an objective answer. So the question is closed and the user gets ...
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Are Some Games Too Elementary to Be Considered on the Site?

I'm talking about games that could be euphemistically classified as "children's games." This is a reference to this question, which appeared on the site, and which I helped to close. Russian ...
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What's the appropriate way to debate a closed question?

Recently, Pat closed a question, someone put a comment on the question, asking why it was closed (but didn't vote to reopen) and I responded to the comment saying that I agreed, but also voted to re-...
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Should Moderators Be Able to Close Questions Unilaterally?

There's no doubt in my mind that some questions on this site need to be closed. I'm also convinced that we have a "pretty good" closing mechanism, whereby five users can close a question. This ...
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Is A Question With a Clear, Objective, Expert Answer Likely NOT to be a "Bad Fit" For the Site?"

A few days ago, one of my questions on overcalls in bridge was closed by a moderator, apparently for being "subjective." What are rules for an overcall that have wide acceptance? When this happened,...
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Why was this question on playing defensively in chess closed?

I'd like to request that this question be reopened. It was closed because some people are confused about what "defensive" means in chess - I meant to clear that up in an answer, but the question was ...
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Questions about specific bridge hands

Are these appropriate for B&CG? Does a Takeout Double Apply to a "Passed" Partner? In Bridge, Do You Count Defensive Points In the Opponents' Suit When Making a Takeout Double? ...
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Should we simply down-vote questions we don't like?

A lot of people vote to close (or just straight-up close) questions they don't find interesting, don't appear well-written, seem off-topic, or don't seem to have a clear answer. Should we simply down-...
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Tag for closed questions?

Does it make sense to create a tag for closed questions? I'm not sure it does, but it occurred to me because I thought it might be nice to put that tag on my ignore list.
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We need more subjective, spirited, and open ended debate

TL; DR: The culture from stackoverflow.com is mostly useful, but not all parts are a perfect fit for BSG.SE, let's only keep the good parts. While I love that BSG.SE doesn't devolve into flamewars ...
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Do we need to close bad questions?

Ever since the private beta, we seem to be a bit wary of bad questions, and quick on the "close" trigger. We've had several threads discussing what questions are good and bad, such as simple ...
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How should we handle vague questions?

This question is apparently related to mahjong combinatorics, but is vague. It's generating some close recommendations, with no rationale provided. It has a comment thread discussing mostly whether ...
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Are questions where the first result of a Google search has the answer good questions?

Sometimes a question is trivial to answer with a Google search or two, but the answer is not on a stackexchange site. Are those questions still worth asking on SE or should they be closed?
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Please leave comments or a meta thread when voting to close [closed]

At this stage of the beta (currently, the private beta), we're still trying to define the boundaries of what is on and off topic. Close votes for off-topic questions are a good way to do that, but ...
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Should we close question that are just "what are good strategy tips for such-and-such game"?

I've seen a series of question posted on strategy tips for various kinds of poker: Description of Poker 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Strategies? Description of Poker Omaha Strategies? Description of Poker Texas ...
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