I was surprised this question on Superuser got closed as "out of scope". Basically the question was, "Why is this software installer crashing on my new OS, when it never crashed on my old OS?". But apparently because the content of what the problematic installer was installing happened to be a game, the question was closed as out-of-scope.

There was really nothing gaming-specific about this question. It wasn't like "What hardware should I use for gaming?".

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If it was just a software installer problem, then it would still be open.

It was also flagged to close with a question on if it was allowed to stay open because it was a PC game. No, that's not a free pass.

The question is purely about the one game and games are out.

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    How is a question about an installer "purely" about the game it installs? I'm not a gamer, I have no interest in gaming, and I'm glad SU is kept free of gaming questions. But I do have an interest in figuring out crashing installers, and SU seems like the best place for that.
    – Spiff
    Mar 31, 2010 at 3:38
  • So was it a game installer for Myst the game or was it a software installer for something else entirely and not dependent on it being Myst at all? @spi
    – random
    Mar 31, 2010 at 3:54
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    I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. The problem is clearly an OS or software problem. Not a "gaming problem." Under example #3 in Jeff's accepted answer (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6542/…), "pc/mac peripherally gaming related questions may be allowed." A crashing problem at the earliest stages of installing a piece of software is certainly only peripherally related to the type of software they are installing.
    – Robert Cartaino
    Mar 31, 2010 at 15:15
  • Going to call that one an edge condition of either way then. The community can always vote to reopen. But am still calling it out as a game question. @rob
    – random
    Mar 31, 2010 at 15:47
  • Fair enough. "Edge condition," it is. Thanks for listening.
    – Robert Cartaino
    Mar 31, 2010 at 16:05
  • I stand by @random, if the community thinks edges cases should be opened they can, but I personally think these questions need a different platform
    – Ivo Flipse
    Mar 31, 2010 at 17:15
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    @random at the time it was closed, it was unknown if that particular software package used a one-off custom installer, or if that issue might apply to a commonly used installer platform.
    – Spiff
    Mar 31, 2010 at 18:11

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