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Mighty admins of Blender Meta,

Would it be possible to add a short text, suggesting to include a .blend file in a new question?
It could make answers more relevant and specific.

Just something simple like
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Many questions are way easier to answer when a .blend file is provided. But only a small percentage of users actually does it.

So.
Would it be possible to add such a suggestion, or is it going against SE purpose?

Thank you

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    $\begingroup$ This is mostly a duplicate of this. My opinion is that ideally I would rather answer a well-worded, illustrated question without having to download a file, save for the cases where they really are required. Suggesting a user should upload a file may encourage them to be lazy in their question writing. This would make it harder for other users to tell whether this question is the same as theirs and whether the answers are therefore relevant to their own problem. $\endgroup$ – Ray Mairlot Nov 19 '19 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @RayMairlot Thanks for the link, I missed it. And also thanks for your opinion, I didn't think of that. Well I guess I'll just stick to asking for .blends on each question individually :). $\endgroup$ – ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ Nov 19 '19 at 18:04
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    $\begingroup$ I'd even dare say that if a question requires a file to be answered it is most likely a bad sign. It is either too localized or a "do it for me" job that is unlikely to be helpful to anyone else in the future. $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Nov 19 '19 at 20:10
  • $\begingroup$ @DuarteFarrajotaRamos You make a good point, sir. I still think it's a good idea to have a .blend available, but I can see the possible problems. Thanks everyone for sharing your experience :). $\endgroup$ – ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ Nov 19 '19 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ @RayMairlot Please, consider posting your comment as an answer, like `@Leander suggested. The comment section is a bit hard to navigate :). $\endgroup$ – ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ Nov 23 '19 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Leander Done. You're right, I should have done this. $\endgroup$ – Ray Mairlot Nov 23 '19 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Should all "Ask A Question" pages encourage the poster to upload their blend? $\endgroup$ – Luciano Nov 29 '19 at 13:21
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We do, as much as we can anyway. Unfortunately as far as I know we don't have any way to edit the ask a question page.

I disagree with some of the opinions expressed in the comments, I'd say a .blend is nearly always better than no .blend (there are of course times where it's not necessary, but it doesn't really hurt either). To mitigate "here's my project pls fix it" questions, ideally we want to encourage users to upload a stripped-down "minimal example" of their problem. Doing that

  • helps them, as often the process of isolating the problem leads to the solution (or at least helps with writing a clearer question)
  • helps us, as we don't need to dig through large .blends and try and reverse-engineer what the OP is attempting to do
  • helps blend-exchange by saving bytes
  • plus it alleviates some concerns users occasionally have over IP rights.

Unfortunately the only way we have to consistently communicate this to new users is by commenting and linking meta where relevant.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good points over the pros of, especially the part about narrowing down the issue. My concern is that it all relies on actually getting users to strip the file down, which most newcomers never actually do. $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Nov 19 '19 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your thoughts, I couldn't agree more. This seems to be a situation where the Blender SE community can really shine :). $\endgroup$ – ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ Nov 20 '19 at 8:34
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My opinion is that ideally I would rather answer a well-worded, illustrated question without having to download a file, save for the cases where they really are required.

Suggesting a user should upload a file may encourage them to be lazy in their question writing. This would make it harder for other users to tell whether this question is the same as theirs and whether the answers are therefore relevant to their own problem.

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