Is there something on the website that describes the differences between these areas? I wasnt able to find anything. I dont understand which ones are best for which kinds of questions.
There's a sticky at the top of the Help room "How to use the Help Room." It has discussion about why it was made, and so on.
But, yes, it is all 1/2-done. After the site was changed and the new Help/Meta/Moderators spaces were added, a year and a half ago, the site got a partial rewrite, then we just quit. Most of the old Moderators left, and the new ones couldn't agree on how the site should work. It's in a "if it's not too badly broken, don't fix it" state.
Answer by Bunny83
Jan 07 at 10:14 PM
Unfortunately the use of the different areas isn't explained in a central spot. I'll explain them briefly:
The default space is ment for the "usual" questions. That are questions that arise from the usage of Unity and it's API. The questions here should mainly revolve around conceptional questions
The Help Room has been added recently since Unity Answers was flooded with "poor" questions. "Poor" doesn't necessarily mean that they are bad (though, a lot are). It's ment for questions that are only partially related to Unity. That includes questions about general programming issues (trouble understanding basic OOP concepts or C# syntax). This also includes all "I received compiler error XYZ / exception XYZ" questions as well as pure debugging questions. So when the problem isn't about Unity but about a specific issue that a user has with his code that is related to a poor understanding of basic concepts.
Unity Answers is not a general programming Q&A site. We do not teach programming here. It's a knowledge base that should help all Unity users when they have specific questions about the development with Unity.
The META space exists in most Q&A sites. It's ment for questions about UnityAnswers itself. Your question here is a prime example for the META space ^^.
The Moderator space is basically a "sub section" of the META space. It's ment for questions about the rules / conventions you should use when you reached a high enough "karma" / reputation level so you can view the moderation queue. If you participate as moderator and something is unclear you can ask for clearance here.
The moderation queue is a seperate area that only moderators can view. It contains posts of new users which have less than 15 karma points. All posts from users with less than 15 karma points are automatically hold back in the moderation queue and a moderator has to "approve" it. We introduced this since UnityAnswers was heavily misused for spam / advertising. A moderator might send a post back to the moderation queue when there's a problem with the post (off-topic, advertisement, bad language)
I suggest you read through the UserGuide and the FAQs
If you also act as Moderator, there are seperate moderator guidelines. Even if you're not a moderator it might be interesting so you understand when a question / answer / comment might be rejected.
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