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The question you mentioned was asked in 2010, which was before our current rule set was established. We since developed rules like the one that blocks "trivial" posts based on what didn't work previously.
Why is action-replay a tag if third party modification and third party software is not allowed?
Because questions can involve to Action Replay but not break the rules. Your question related directly to Action Replay and how to use it, so it was not allowed as that's about the Action Replay software which isn't Pokemon. However, a post like this could involve Action Replay, but it is not the main subject of the question: https://pokemondb.net/pokebase/181812/is-hacking-illegal-or-legit
There is a quantity of posts that ask directly about how to use Action Replay in the tag that you mentioned, which I will hide. Everything else that remains, I consider to involve Action Replay in some way but asks a different sort of question (eg. "what does AR do to the game" can be argued to be about how the Pokemon game works and not predominantly about the AR software). I am sorry if the posts listed on that tag led you to believe questions like yours would be accepted.
Why was my question hidden (which was “Why did Game Freak change Gengar’s ability in Gen. VII?”)? Thank you
I didn't hide your question, but I know why it was taken down: it assumes knowledge of something that is potentially known only by the developers of the game, possibly making it unanswerable. What I will do though, is reshow it and change its wording slightly, so that it fits in better. I hope this is okay as a compromise.

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