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Are video game questions appropriate for superuser?

Why was this SuperUser post about video games closed?

I feel video games are software and that this post should be reopened.

  • related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/15908/…
    – Jon B
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 19:54
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    @TheTXI: Why do you hate the English language so much that you would roll an edit back to horrible grammar and argumentative language?
    – Geoffrey Chetwood
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 20:04
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    assuming SuperUser did allow questions on video games, "Must have" questions are also frowned upon.
    – Rob Allen
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 20:09
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    @Rich B: Why do always edit out the original posters meaning and tone. This is completely inapropriate, just stick to grammar and spelling.
    – Lance Roberts
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 20:13
  • @Lance: If you feel abuse has taken place, inform the moderators.
    – Geoffrey Chetwood
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 20:14
  • I was about to ask why is this a wiki, then I saw the 15 revisions. ;)
    – Troggy
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 20:23
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    @Lance: Honestly, while editing other people's posts is always a bit controversial, I'm not sure Rich B did anything wrong here...he cleaned up the language mistakes and kept the jist of the question while making it much more likely to gain useful responses. Certainly, whether you agree with the practice in general, the intent here seems to have been good. (Of course, ironically, he voted to close it after that...but I can't really argue with that either.) While I don't like to modify tone myself, I don't think there's a set policy on it, so saying it's inapropriate is perhaps overstated.
    – beska
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 20:58
  • @beska: Editing tone is appropriate when the OP's tone was inappropriate.
    – Geoffrey Chetwood
    Commented Sep 2, 2009 at 21:01

2 Answers 2


The question is not if Video Game is software, but that Video Games are not considered to be appropriate on SuperUser as stated in the FAQ:

"Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about ...

  • computer hardware
  • computer software

… and it is not about videogames or consoles, then you're in the right place to ask your question!"

  • game-related uilities and tools such as map editor are not games right?
    – beppe9000
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 3:25

It was ruled very early on in SuperUser's beta period that questions concerning games are not acceptable questions.

If this is not to your liking, you can take it up further with Jeff Atwood & Co. at [email protected]. I should note, however, that Jeff was the one who first started bringing the hammer down.

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