Given the changes in 2.8, should we ask the users, whether they are asking or answering, to indicate which version they are using, in order to make sure that the answers provided are correct?

Or, alternatively, create versions tags 2.79 and 2.8?


It's not necessary. On the one hand, if the users are experiencing an issue, we would usually ask for screenshots, which makes it very clear whether they are on 2.7x or 2.80.

On the other hand, if they are looking for a feature or requesting advice on a workflow, the good answers will spontaneously start to transition during the Beta period from a majority of 2.7x-based to a majority of 2.8-based (and will be mostly independent from the version, apart from the hotkeys). They will likely contain the necessary remarks about "if you're using 2.8, you will find it in this other menu / with this other hotkey", either straight away or after an edit/comment by another user.

Of course, if the question is about fast PBR visualisation, or advanced creative uses of the Grease Pencil, the answerer will very likely push for 2.8.

I'm also against version tags. What the users need are answers about how to use Blender, regardless of version. A question is rarely about a particular version of blender: answers may be. So the solution is to slowly edit the answers we come across to be up-to-date.

  • $\begingroup$ See blender.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7/… as well. Eventually 2.8 will be the standard and Blender has excellent backwards compatibility. $\endgroup$ – iKlsR Oct 17 '18 at 11:48
  • $\begingroup$ That's a good argument as well. I haven't used Blender for that long and backwards compatibility is a problem in so many softwares that it's not even funny... $\endgroup$ – Sava Oct 17 '18 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ The real question is, when a new version comes out that moves everything around, who is going to go back through all of the old questions and post new answers with new screenshots for the new version? And then which answer do you mark as "accepted"? $\endgroup$ – Nick Feb 20 '19 at 1:22

I don't agree that version tags are unnecessary. There's a ton of tutorials on how to use Blender, but as I am testing 2.8, and learning blender at the same time, most of my questions are "where did they move [feature name] to in the new 2.8 user interface?", which is a 2.8 specific question. I may already know what the feature does, but not how to invoke it in a version that moved everything around and changed hotkeys which differ from a tutorial created based on an older version. There may also be version specific limitations or bugs.

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    $\begingroup$ I also think that from a (n educated) supporter's point of view such tags may seem unnecessary, but from an (uneducated) user seeking for advice such tags may be very helpful. Consider you think you've found the solution for your problem, and then you discover that it does not work for your version. Frustrating, isn't it? And don't assume or demand that users always run the latest version, please. $\endgroup$ – U. Windl Feb 19 '19 at 22:38

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