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The moderators of Blender Stack Exchange are on strike

In direct response to the disorderly firing of Monica Cellio and the increasing distrust in SE policies and tone shift towards the community as a whole, all the mods of BSE have recorded themselves as ...
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New Site Design is Live

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you see any CSS/styling bugs, please ...
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Moderator Election Coming Soon

I'm happy to announced that this site has been cleared for graduation… congratulations! Unfortunately, there has been a long backlog of sites waiting for their custom site design, so rather ...
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Blender is currently unusable on NVIDIA GPUs (M - MX family)

Update 2 Waited a couple versions or so, can confirm issue is now gone in 376.33. Tested on a Dell XPS 15 with a 960M. Update This issue seems to be only on the M - MX family. Desktop GPUs aren't ...
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Big thanks to the Blender.SE community!

Moderators, veterans and other mentors. Before any more of you leave, you need to know: YOU'RE AWESOME! (it doesn't get said enough) It's just amazing to be a part of such a great community. ...
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"Meet the Pros" — Scheduled chat #3 with Mike Pan

As you may already know, we are bringing back regular scheduled chats with various blender professionals. We are honored to have the esteemed Mike Pan as our next guest! Mike is well known in the ...
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Tips for new users

The Zen of BSE as I see it BSE isn't a forum The search facility (top right) works great! Use it - you'll be surprised what you find. Your posts can be edited by anyone. This is normal. You wont ...
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Regarding questions and answers as tutorials

Since I proposed the list of possible topics that should be off-topic, it seems it has been well received and people are working with it. However, there have been several discussions in chat, numerous ...
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Questions lacking research

There are increasing numbers of questions that are "How do I do this" + picture. The basic rules of [SE] are that questions should be focused, show some research and are basically non-forum type begs ...
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BSE has a external image problem

We all will agree that there should not be images hosted externally. However in the past it has been accepted to host gifs larger than the 2mb size limit of ...
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Could we brush up the Help Center, please?

As I said before, some (many) points in the Help Center are quite vague and were probably written for Stack Exchange in general. With all the new users pouring in due to Blender 2.80 Beta and the ...
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"Improve the Blender Manual" event proposal

The Blender manual still has many rough spots from it's recent migration from the old wiki. Many pages are severely out of date, incomplete, or missing. Since we are a community of Blender users who ...
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"Meet the Pros" -- Scheduled chat #1 with Jonathan Williamson

Yesterday, I emailed Jonathan Williamson, one of the founders of Blender Cookie, and we're planning on hosting a scheduled chat right here on Blender.SE. The chat will be some sort of interview with ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Blender's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering,...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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2019 Moderator Election results (unofficial)

The official 2019 Community Moderator Election Results Here is the result of running the ballot file in openSVT using the Meek SVT method: Loading ballots from file blender-stackexchange-com-2019-...
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Comment on a suggested edit?

I had to reject an edit for an answer today, since it was erroneous. However I wanted to comment on the edit and explain why I rejected it, and found no designated place to do that. The reason I ...
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Policy on posting code / error message etc as images

For many of the reasons well outlined here https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/285551/why-not-upload-images-of-code-errors-when-asking-a-question/285557#285557 https://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/...
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Candidate score

When an election rolls around the nominees are assigned a candidate score. A maximum possible score of 40, constructed fifty fifty from reputation and selected badge achievements. Reputation 1 point ...
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Question Template for better question structures

We are often faced with questions that are incomplete or unclear. There are alot of prerequisites for solving those issues. Should we not include a simple template so that individuals who ask ...
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How to ask scripting questions - efficiently

I read many of the scripting related questions / comments / edits. Some comments and edits are predictable and a lot of them fall in these categories trying to get more info trying to reduce the ...
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Cleaning up our custom close reasons

For a long time our close reasons have been wanting of attention. We've just now gotten around to making a few changes: Bug reports We've decided to change the wording of this close reason, as it ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Proposed tag changes

Change #1 I have come across many questions that deal with units, the latest one here. I propose we change blender-units to be units. It would fit a broader spectrum of questions, and some that are ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Blender's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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Remove the Development tag?

https://blender.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/development Since the actual development of blender is off topic for this site, I see no reason to have the development tag. Most of the questions ...
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Always mention that something is an add-on when referencing add-on features

I recently had an experience trying to answer a user's question that was very confusing because that user neglected to mention that the feature he was referring to is only available after enabling a ...
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How do I know if a new tag is warranted?

Today I made a post involving the mist pass and typed in a tag for "mist" but then the confirmation dialog popped up and I had second thoughts because maybe "mist" can be categorized under "render-...
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How specific should our tags be?

Many of our tags are aimed at covering broad, general categories, rather than using more, specific tags of limited scope. For example, we have modifiers instead of array-modifier, mirror-modifier ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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2019: a year in moderation

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Blender 2.8 and Duplicate Questions

On the stack overflow blog it is said that "questions are merely the sand that produces the pearl." and "that you optimize for pearls, not sand". So with that context here is my question. The public ...
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Can 'asking for duplicate confirm' be a better approach?

Looking at this, for instance, I am wondering if we could proceed a bit differently : Ask the OP if it is a duplicate (that needs to be mentioned clearly as a question in the comments, for example "...
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Are questions regarding making modifiers allowed?

I was wondering if questions about making modifiers are allowed. I did a couple of searches here and there and many questions similar to what I was going to ask were closed. I did read a question ...
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Is it appropriate to ask about project maintenance and architecture?

Executive Sumary I'd like to find resources for learning how to maintain a small but non-trivial animation project, such as two or three minute animated film. Would it be appropriate to open up a ...
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Proposed Community WIKI suggestions

I was reviewing questions seeking help in resolving issues the various posters of the respective questions had with different aspects of Blender. Now, while the particular questions I was paying most ...
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Customized help center entries

As pointed out in Custom off-topic close reasons: 2014 in review, we appear to have very little site documentation about things like what you can ask about and how best to ask about it. As a matter of ...
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Excerpt of tag `operator` - incorrect definition?

The following definition sounds incorrect to me: An operator is a processing unit that is invoked/executed on scene data by the window manager. Are operations only run on scene data? All of the ...
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"Meet the Pros" -- Scheduled chat #2 with Campbell Barton

In the same style as the previous interview with Jonathan Williamson, Campbell Barton (ideasman_42) has agreed to take some time out of his schedule for a similar session with us. For those who don't ...
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Layout and Text problems on Blender meta

I have just asked my first question on Blender meta, and when I tried to submit it I got an error: First, it said '…see the error above.' but there was no error 'above'! The red 'flag thingy', to the ...
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What is BSE's attitude to 'Promotional' Q&A's?

A few times, I've seen questions posted, and self-answered immediately. The answers are often good, and link out to a tutorial on the subject. An example might be: How to create a perfect circular or ...
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What to do about fluid-simulation and smoke-simulation, fire tags?

Since 2.82 some of the physics systems have undergone some major changes, specifically Fluid (when mantaflow was added). As such, for the site it seems to creates a bit of a mess with some tags ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Why edit that make easier to understand for new version of blender get rejected?

i would like to understand what make this edit not accepted by community ? https://blender.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/109170 In my opinion it help make thing more understandable as i ...
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Is XY Problem question need to be rewrite/edited?

XY problem happens a lot in BSE, especially Python and bpy question. eg. Print all information about an object, KeyError: key not found Blender python. Most of the time an coder write down some script,...
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Should the 'sapling-addon' tag be renamed?

I've just noticed the sapling-addon tag. This tag seems to be the odd one out compared to other add-on tags in that it has 'addon' in the tag name whereas thers don't (fspy, animation-nodes, ...
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How to distinghish 2.8 question (and the corresponding rendering settings)?

What can we do to understand the subject when the question can be 2.8 (or not) and can be Eevee (or Cycles)? I think all is said, except that the OP rarely (never) indicate this context. Previously ...
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Is there a newbie forum?

Is there a forum for complete newbies like myself, where we can ask the really ignorant questions, like how to paint the surface of an object or make objects move together as one etc? I just started ...
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Why a 2 day wait on bounty's?

I asked a question on BSE, I have no clue what to do next. It is for a work project that is do in 3 days, yet I have to wait 2 days to put a bounty on it. Why is there this waiting period? I would ...
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