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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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How much code can I post in a question/answer?

I am wondering how much code is appropriate to post into a question/answer. By how much I mean how many lines. Is there a limit? Should I just post what I consider long code in pastebin/co and than ...
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Are questions about external tutorial/resources on topic?

Are questions asking for other resources on topic? For instance: https://blender.stackexchange.com/q/6950/599 non-video blender resources? Resource for Blender addons? Any good free materials ...
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Tags - Singular or plural term?

Jonathan created a new tag tab (as in vertical tabs): https://blender.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tab Now I wonder if both, singular and plural forms are ...
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Are contests appropriate for meta?

I have a odd question, would it be ok to run contests in meta? something like "Who can make the best looking house" I think this would be a fun thing to do and wouldn't negatively affect the site. ...
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Is this off topic?

Declare a global variable in a Blender session I'm still not quite sure what the scope of our site is. Would this be considered off-topic? It seems like it's mostly just Python. If not, why? I'm ...
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Should hat farming be allowed?

We have already had some instances of hat farming, such as: This deleted post This conversation in chat So far it's pretty harmless, sometimes even constructive (many suggested edits), but how far ...
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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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Should we allow general workflow questions that don't directly relate to blender?

Should questions about general 3D workflow that don't specifically relate to blender be allowed? For example questions where the OP does not use blender: e.g. How to fix a 6 point vertex
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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Blender Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Should we allow soft-questions?

Recently, a few questions have been popping up around the site, such as people wanting to try Blender, looking to fit it into their workflow etc. In short, these type of questions don't carry ...
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Do you want hats?

Update (29/11/13): We will have hats. For those who don't want to participate, there will be an option in the site footer to disable these. For a while now StackExchange has had a little winter ...
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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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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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How should we deal with tags about other software?

There are a few tags floating around such as unity, makehuman and yafaray. How should we deal with tags like these that are valid but about other packages?
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Suggestion: Merge `python` and `python-api` tags

I would recommend that the python and python-api tags be merged. Rationale: ⇒ The only part of Python that should be discussed on Blender.SE is the Blender Python (bpy) API. Anything else is ...
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Command line arguments (short/long), preference?

When answering questions about command line arguments, should we prefer long/short command line arguments? Short example: ...
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How serious is the 'self -evaluation'

it doesn't seem to have attracted much attention in the meta, where does kind of post come from and does it have any effect on B.SE. I feel a bit of a chump being the only person who added to the ...
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How should we handle questions about addons?

I've seen a few questions showing up recently that are relating specifically to addons. Should they be considered off-topic? I think questions about addons that are in trunk are fine, but 3rd party ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Blender Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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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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Usage of "baking" tag

The baking tag reads: Baking is the act of pre-computing something in order to speed up some other process later down the line. Use this tag for Blender's bake feature under the Render panel. Is ...
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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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Is it all right to copy our tag wikis from the Blender wiki?

Consider the tag wiki for modifiers: Modifiers are used to modify objects non-destructively until Applied. There are four groups of Modifiers: Modify Modifiers in the Modify group ...
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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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Why did Community ♦ review my suggested edit?

I suggested an edit to the cycles tag on the main site. It was approved by two human reviewers, but also by the Community ♦ bot: Why is it that Community accepted the edit? I also see that it has ...
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Why exactly was my question closed? Question ID - 2078

Before I get to the matter at hand, please bear with me on this: When I was 13, I had to go to a boys-only boarding school, in Kenya, and for that first year some 18 - 20 year old prefects were in ...
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Questions overlapping the Blender manual

Since this is a Q&A site on Blender, we should accept questions regarding the functions of Blender (other than too broad/tutorial requests). However, does the community here accept questions ...
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Are questions about modifying the source code allowed here?

I downloaded and built the source code to add a few tweaks that I couldn't add with scripting. Are questions about the source code allowed here?
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How do you determine when 'comments' have gone on too long?

How do you (the powers that be) determine when 'comments' have gone on too long, and add the message stating such, and to move the discussion to a chat room? This happened to me after seven 'comments' ...
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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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Are 'text abbreviations' really necessary?

Although they may be useful on mobile phones, to avoid the cost of speaking, and to save time due to the totally inadequate keyboards, - oh, and of course to save time while typing in chat rooms and ...
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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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Asking questions concerning people's opinion

Have been trawling the net trying to find decent tutorials for various parts of blender and was wondering if it is acceptable to ask on this site. I know this concerns people's opinions but was ...
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Is Blender.SE an appropriate place to ask for code review?

Is is OK to post scripts or snippets on Blender.SE for code review? I'm trying to get up to speed on writing code (mostly Python, but perhaps also some C) which I could release to the Blender ...
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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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Answering vague support questions (once)?

There are certain questions that don't fit our criteria very well, eg: Why is blender crashing? Why is blender's viewport so slow? Why is blender running slow? Why am I running out of memory? The ...
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Unanswered questions locked

Not sure where to post this reply but my original question was non-answered then locked, and labeled not useful. Undo and Redo on Macbook not functioning I just started using Blender on ...
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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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Time restriction before accepting answer

Is there a way for the site to enforce a minimal time limit before the question is allowed to be marked as 'accepted'? This should give more people a time to answer, and increase the quality of the ...
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Policy for questions about older versions of Blender

There have been questions about older versions of Blender, in some cases this seems like the user could have updated their installation before asking especially if its an area thats getting large ...
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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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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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Filling the tag wiki and getting reviews

If we need 4000 points to edit the tag wiki then who is editing and approving them at the moment? I added transforms and dimensioning to experiment with how that works. My edits have not been reviewed,...
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New Users and Answers that should be comments

I have seen some answers that really should be comments, but the users who posted them do not have enough reputation (50) to comment on someone else's post. What should we do with these kind of ...
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Are there any banners or ads that I can use to promote this site on my site?

Please let me know how I can do my part. If there is any way I can promote this site with ads, banners, etc I would be happ to add them to my site.
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Is there any way we can get new users to read a short guide to asking questions?

And by short I mean, no longer than a paragraph. Let me explain. We are closing questions because the question is too broad/vague, or too localized. I remember i used to use a program called Stomp, ...
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Question title capitalization convention

So I've been wondering whether it's better to capitalize all the words in the title for example 1. "This is a Title that has Capitalized Words." or just capitalize the first word as used in normal ...
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We need more Questions!

So, I've been looking at the stats on area51 for Blender Stack Exchange and most of them are looking pretty good... other than questions per day. When the site originally started, there was a pretty ...
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Is the discussion tag redundant? if most posts in meta are tagged with it

look through the posts, doesn't it make more sense to make a non-discussion or notification instead? It's almost like tagging questions with question

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