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On the over-enthusiastic use of community wiki to protect poor questions

I have recently seen several examples of highly subjective questions which were made community wiki by a moderator, presumably in order to give them some semblance of propriety. The most current ...
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Rubik's Cube is it on-topic?

Well, this is not board or card game, but it has same purpose. Combination/logic puzzles like Sudoku, Mastermind, etc. should be on-topic? In Programmers.SE we embrace some related proposals to avoid ...
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Are tag-specific badges available in public betas?

I was poking around the tag statistics tonight, and noticed that Brian Campbell has 132 votes for the Recommendations tag, but no badge for hitting 100 upvotes in the category. Are these badges ...
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Is this question too open?

I am thinking about asking a question, but not sure if it is too open. I find myself always purchasing games that have similar game mechanics. I prefer worker-placement games, and railroad tycoon ...
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Answering opinion based questions....

For questions in which the requester is asking for an opinion, such as this one, is it permissible to add your opinion even if it's similar or identical to another answer?
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The Status of Beta

I have just been over to Area 51 to check on how we are doing as a site, as we are coming up to a third the way through beta. The stats look like this 294 Questions. We should be aiming for over 750,...
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How does this link sharing work?

Recently when upvoting questions I frequently get this small pop-up offering me to share the link to get a badge. That's all nice and good but how and where do I do this? All I got is an url like this:...
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2500 rep for suggesting tag synonyms?

I've recently gone over 2500 rep, and according to the privileges page, have enough rep to suggest tag synonyms. Since we've had a discussion about the clue vs. cluedo tags, and decided that a synonym ...
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Beta badges not visible with name

Because of the public beta, the beta batches are awarded. But I can't see them on the top row. They also don't appear with the username. I see that they are visible with users already having a silver ...
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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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Are game design questions on topic?

Are questions about new game design and development on topic? Example: How do I become a professional game designer? They were voted as such in the Area 51 proposal. (Note: To allow easier ...
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Acronyms. Good or Bad?

Already in the few days the private beta has been live, the questions have already started using acronyms reasonably heavily. Some examples BCG - "Board and Card Games" site BCG.SE - Meaning "Board ...
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Chat is now available [closed]

It looks like chat has been turned on for BCGSE now. This gives us another, more casual place to discuss anything related to boardgames or the site. There appear to be two rooms that have been created ...
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Social games - allowed?

Technically they're not either a board or card game, although you can play them whilst sitting round a table if you really wanted to. However, I've got great new information out of threads like '...
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Per game tagging and new users

Now that we're in public beta, you need 150 rep to create a new tag. We recommend that any question that's specific to a particular game should have that game's name as a tag. If you're a new user ...
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Multiple Questions, same author, similar topics

I have noticed tonight that there are a few (count 7) questions asked in the space of 3 hours about the game Mahjong. All by the same user. https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/users/60/mafutrct ...
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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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"Name that game" type of question is on-topic?

See What's the name of this board game? In Gaming.SE this type of question is very popular. Should we consider them on-topic?
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Links to BoardGameGeek (or other sites)

I'm certain that a common pattern in some answers will be a link to a BoardGameGeek page (we have some already). What should our policy be about this, especially answers that are nothing BUT a link ...
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"recommend a game" questions

I think there is a risk that "recommend a game" questions are "bad subjective". Can I suggest that we recommend that any "recommend a game" question should be tagged recommendation and should try to ...
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Use specific game tag when question is not directly about that game?

Some questions are not strictly about a specific game X, but about other games like it. They may be tagged with that game's name. E.g.: Card Games with clear cards similar to "Gloom" Others don't ...
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Public beta has started

According to Area51, we're entering Public Beta in less than a day. Public beta has started! We should be ready for this, and prepared to take advantage of the increased opportunities for exposure. ...
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Do we need a a Clue and a Cluedo tag

Can these tags be consolidated? Or is there enough value in differentiating the US and Uk versions?
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Should we try to generate basic questions?

It seems like a lot of the questions we have so far are fairly esoteric or advanced. Should we make an effort to populate the site with more basic questions in order to build up a good knowledge base? ...
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Who should the moderators be?

In weeks, this community will receive some provisional moderators to help get this site started prior to the elections at the end of the beta. Please read this: Moderators Pro Tempore. Please ...
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If you can't sit down at a table and play it, it's not a board or card game - Good definition?

I'm wondering if LittleBobbyTables' definition here, might be a good, simple, definition of what this site covers? What potential grey lines, or exceptions might there be? Are they serious enough to ...
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Taxonomist badge with only 14 questions.

I saw the first silver badge was awarded. It was a taxonomist badge awarded to the tag card-games. But there are only 14 questions with this tag. Is this a bug or has there been a lot of retagging ...
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Is Cornhole on-topic?

Prompted by: https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/186/variation-on-rules-for-cornhole-which-involves-two-boards If cornhole is on-topic, then what about games like shuffleboard, horseshoes ...
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SmarterGamer.com -- what gives?

I was doing some research on the "Shadow Hunters" question asked here to back up my answer, and managed to stumble up on the exact same question at SmarterGamer.com. It looks like a StackExchange ...
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Is it offtopic to play or anounce games through BCG?

For now it probably is, but I can imagine the following in the future (if there is a chat channel available): Werewolf chat, I have a lot of good experiences with this. The games are mostly fast and ...
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"Games for [some kind of player]"/"Games with [some kind of property]" questioins

There's a certain type of question that isn't quite a recommendation question, which have been discussed, but which are instead soliciting a list of games with a certain property or set of properties. ...
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What to do about our low acceptance rate; or, are we asking too many open-ended questions?

I'm not trying to imply that the sky is falling, but I checked the Area 51 site for Board and Card Games, and we currently have an 84% answer rate. For some reason, I thought that was our ...
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Texas Hold'Em Shotgun Questions

These questions are individually better than the previous set (which seem to have been deleted), but asking a long series of formulaic questions about particular strategic questions in a single game ...
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Does the site cover "party games"?

Does this site cover "party games" like Pictionary, Taboo, or Cranium?
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Poker - is it on topic?

Is poker - while I readily acknowledge that it's a popular card game - really in the realm of what we want this site to be about? I'm seeing a bunch of questions about poker and it made me wonder ...
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Did the reputation cap change for beta sites?

I noticed last night that I managed to squeak in 200 reputation by about 7:30 EST, beating the 8 PM cut-off time for the new day. My profile for yesterday shows "200" reputation listed. Either the ...
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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 questions purely about online versions of a game be allowed?

Here's one example: Are there any English servers where I can play Mahjong online?
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Please, don't game the system!

Few minutes after the votes have been refilled at 00:00 UTC all unanswered questions with at least 1 answer got up vote on that answer. I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or a deliberated action ...
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Solitarie card games are they on-topic?

I think it is, they're valid solo card game.
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Large number of seed questions?

I've noticed a large number of "seed" questions on the site. The questions don't have much content to work with themselves, just a question in the title. The topics seem ok, but the questions ...
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Should the threshold for suggesting tag synonyms be lowered?

I believe the current rep threshold for suggesting tag synonyms is 2500. That's excessive for our current site, and I think aliases can be quite useful. Should we try to get the admins to lower the ...
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Are game review questions appropriate for BCG?

A game review would be highly subjective, however, it would also be useful for gathering thoughts on a game that the OP or readers may not come up with on their own. They could be useful community ...
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How should we tag questions?

What should be the main tags on the site? Tagging by game is obvious, any question specific to a game should be tagged. I don't see the point of board/card tags; they supply very little information ...
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Loose house rules questions?

I see a lot of questions asking for generic house rules for a game. I don't really think that fits. I think questions about house rules to solve specific problems, or the benefits of a house rule ...
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Are objective questions that result in game lists on-topic?

I'm thinking of this question: https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/83/largest-number-of-components-in-the-box This question isn't subjective -- some game will have the most components. ...
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Courtesy and Etiquette

We have a courtesy and an etiquette tag. Looking at the questions, there actually does seem to be a difference between the two, which rather surprised me - I was about to do a retag-spree, but it ...
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Are questions about boardgames-related events on-topic?

I'm talking about events like SPIEL in Essen, where many new games are shown to the public at 1st time. Mostly these questions would be not about specific game, but still related to boardgames. And I ...
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Can I just invite someone over to join the beta, or do they need to sign into area51?

Can I just forward the Link to people i want to join the community, or is this really a closed Beta?

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