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What questions should be definitely off-topic?

Obviously questions not about Blender would be off-topic but what should be the general yardstick for off-topicness? Update: Since the site has moderators now and we can better address on/off-...
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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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How do I ask a question that is hard to describe?

I'm new to Blender and I ran into a problem, I'm not sure of how to accurately explain my problem. How can I best explain/show the community the issue I'm having to get some help?
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Can we have a service for uploading blendfiles?

Can we have a service for uploading .blend files on the Ask Question page? This would be useful for many cases, in particular for new users. Many questions simply need a .blend to describe the ...
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How should be the version tags?

Make it sense to create tags there also include blender as a part of the tag e.g blender-2.67 Is not be easier/more DRY to create only tags for the version number like ...
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What is the process for creating gifs for questions and answers?

We now have over 1600 posts with gifs in them, gifs are very popular and useful; however it seems that they can be hard to create. I have read placing .gifs in text and How to post gifs on this site?, ...
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Announcing: Blend-exchange a new solution to .blend hosting

Announcing: For a long time now .blend hosted on pasteall.org have been disappearing, after 5 months. Although good answers and questions shouldn't need .blend files, they can be extremely useful to ...
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Blender site design ideas - input welcome!

First, congratulations on the upcoming graduation of your site! My name is Kurtis, and I'm the Stack Exchange team member who will be working on the design for your graduated site. I've read your ...
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Guidelines on the usage of StackExchange Markup and style

The basics are explained in formatting help, but perhaps for sake of homogeneity we can adopt a style guide concerning conventions with examples of how to and not to mark-up content. Well established ...
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How can I optimize images and screenshots that I embed in my post?

Uploading 1MB images or even 300KB images in a question or answer is often unnecessary/overkill and slows down page loads significantly especially when viewing on a mobile connection. Similarly, ...
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Duplicate answer vs duplicate question

I have noticed several instances where a question has been closed as a duplicate of another question when the two questions have the same answer, but aren't really the same question. A recent example ...
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New contest format proposal

We tried contests (Add contests on blender exchange), however after the first one we didn't get many entries. It seemed to me that there was interest, but people didn't have enough time to put ...
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Including a .blend file

How do I put a .blend file in my questions? Thats really all I have to ask, even though I have to fit a certain amount of characters.
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Source code questions in 2016

Source code questions. Back in the day, we decided to put these questions outside our scope for a variety of reasons. Now that we've graduated and matured more as a site, perhaps now is the time to ...
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Custom off-topic close reasons: 2014 in review

The last new off-topic reason here was added on January 14, 2014 - one year ago today. So now is a good time to review how these have been used over the past year, and consider if changes are ...
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Micro Editing, does everything need to be perfect?

How do we decide if we should really go ahead with editing that nagging mistake in someone else's post? Is it OK to edit subtle grammatical mistakes, or typos? Stack Exchange has this built in rule ...
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Featured image contest revisited

We've discussed having a photo.se style continuous contest to provide a "featured render" for display on the main site before, but now that we are graduating it's time to see about making this happen. ...
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Should we expand our scope to allow simple howtos?

Should we expand the scope of this site to allow some simple "how to" questions? This question was a recent example of the kind of question that could be allowed. To give another example of ...
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Policy for linking to blend files

Sometimes its so much easier to give a blend file as an example, or to give a blend file as part of an answer. I think in some ways using blend files goes against the notion of having a concise text (...
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Styling for GUI instructions

With a graphical application like Blender, answers often require instructions that include navigating the interface. The standards recommend using <kbd> for ...
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What is the problem with posting an image (or link) and asking “How do I do this?”

What is the problem with asking “How do I fix this?” "How do I do this in blender?" "why is this happening" or "Go to this link and tell me how to do it" ?
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How should the site look?

What kind of color scheme and style should the site have? Should it be similar to blender's UI and default theme? Should it look like other blender related sites? E.g. Blender.org BlenderNation.com ...
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What to do with questions which have been answered in comments?

I occasionally see questions which have been answered in the comments, but the poster has not responded to requests to post an answer, or only has a partial answer. For example: Problem rendering a ...
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What should our custom off-topic close reasons be?

Custom close reasons have been live for a while now. We currently have 2 of the (3) given in use but a recent surge in questions being closed has prompted the need for a few more that are more ...
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General 3D Graphics

After seeing How can we ensure Blender.SE doesn't share 3DGraphics.SE's fate? Are questions regarding general, or theoretic, 3D concepts on-topic? e.g. Best lighting for a specific set How ...
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Things to address with Stack Exchange upon graduation?

Our site is wonderful, and I love it, but I'm sure we all realize that it could be improved greatly! Now that SE is going to develop a custom design for us (Which will be soon, they have $40 million) ...
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Should all “Ask A Question” pages encourage the poster to upload their blend?

Should the "Ask A Question" page encourage the poster to upload their blend and also provide a means to do so? So often we have to ask OP to post their blend somewhere, but I think it'd save OP & ...
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Funny Questions #1

NEW CONTEST - FUNNY QUESTIONS - The rules of this contest are simple Write a funny question as an answer to this post. Put the title of that question following a #. You may use plays on words, you ...
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How do we promote our site?

We recently entered public beta and while it's still very early, our stats are a bit lacking compared to what they could be, they could at least correlate with the number of users. At the time of ...
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Where to upload .blend files - non-expiring links

People can upload their blend files to various site such as pasteall, google drive, and dropbox. The problem with these file hosts is that: pasteall: links expire after 5 months dropbox/drive: upload ...
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What would be wrong with tutorials as long as they describe a reusable workflow?

First bullet point in What questions should be definitely off-topic? is : Requests for tutorials Can anyone show me how to model/rig/animate X? Can anyone make a tutorial on doing X? although I ...
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Can we please reconsider allowing Q&A regarding Blender build problems?

I posted this question on building Blender and was kindly informed that it's off-topic and I should direct my question to either blenderartists.org or #blendercoders. Quote: Reason being, there is ...
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Funny Questions #2

- FUNNY QUESTIONS ARE BACK - The rules of this contest are simple Write a funny question as an answer to this post. Put the title of that question following a #. You may use plays on words, you may ...
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How can we ensure Blender.SE doesn't share 3DGraphics.SE's fate?

For those not in the know, an older, now defunct 3d graphics.SE never made it out of private beta. What can we do to make sure Blender.SE has the best chance of at least making it out of private beta?...
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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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What to do with questions based on links once the links have expired?

Some questions are based on links to files and images hosted in external sites. Once those links disappear the question no longer makes sense. Here's an example: Setting parent to armature with ...
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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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What can we do to reduce the misuse of the 'blender-render' tag?

In my opinion the blender-render tag has become problematic. This tag has become (or always has been) one of the most misused tags we have. People are adding this tag to new questions simply because ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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How should we handle questions about features not yet in Blender?

Currently, there are several questions on the main site that ask about features not yet in Blender, either planned, broken or not documented. How should we handle these type of questions, most of them ...
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Editing questions to remove “thank you” etc

"Any help would be much appreciated" "Thanks in advance" etc. Should we remove them from questions, or just leave them? I know there are other meta post on this topic Should 'Hi', 'thanks&#...
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Canonical posts for hardware questions?

As stated in Answering vague support questions (once)?, we should consider having some "canonical posts" for some hardware posts. Some examples of topics which might benefit from a canonical post: ...
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UPDATED (December 24) Blender site design

I’m Courtny, senior product designer at Stack Overflow! I’m super happy for this community, because we have started on your site's design. Your Site Design The idea of the design is a reflection of ...
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Frequently Asked Questions on Blender Stack Exchange

Anyone who's been around this site for a while, has seen the never ending cycle of the same questions being asked over and over again. Users hardly ever use the search function... and the search ...
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Congratulations! Blender is graduating!

It's a big day. You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Blender has already met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites, and today joins in the new design-...
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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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David♦ Moderator resignation

Well, here is a post that even a year ago I never thought I would be writing. I've been part of this site for six years to the day, January 21, 2014. My interest in blender caused me to get more and ...
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Improving the Blender manual

So to follow up my previous post, the manual project chat room is live and ready for action! Contributions of all shapes and sizes are welcome. How do I start? If you're unfamiliar with the manual ...
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Add contests on blender exchange

In light of our recent event aiming to improve our answer ratio. I think it would be a good idea to consider adding contests to blender.stackexchange.com. The stackexchange site Code golf has a 9.5 ...
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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 ...