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Should questions that don't directly relate to blender, but are about general artistic topics like composition be on or off topic?

For example, this question: How to use the golden spiral composition rule. These are already allowed for general CG/modeling questions. One could argue that composition is a part of CG, but on the ...
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Confusion of “baking” and “texture-baking” tags

I have noticed several questions lately about texture baking that have used the [baking] tag instead of [texture-baking]. The tag wikis make sufficient difference between the two: Baking tag wiki: ...
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What is our standard for spelling?

I have edited many questions and answers to change spelling. Do we have a standard about how words are to be spelled, that are differently in different parts of the world? Example: ...
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Should repeated downvotes without cause be treated as bullying?

Today we had repeated downvotes on one anwer to this question How to lock object face a certain distance away from another object face? Do we have a way to avoid this? If I remember right this: ...
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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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Should we downvote questions which are overly simple?

Sometimes questions which seem overly simple are downvoted, such as How do I select an object in the 3D viewport? and How to retrieve the objects of a group. While answers to these questions can most ...
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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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Would prepared statements and questions and requests be useful?

I like this site. All of this may be wishful thinking. Prepared statements are often more neutral and more accepted. I have noticed some questions being put on hold for other new members. I ...
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Answering questions and adding screenshots later

I often check the site and see questions that I can answer while I am on the go on my mobile device. But I (obviously) don't have blender on my tablet, so I can't add any screenshots. Usually I ...
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Should we downvote first posts?

I often see first posts (or posts from 1 rep users) downvoted. Presumably 1 rep users are new, and haven't had time yet to learn the workings of the site. They also won't have certain privileges, ...
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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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Etiquette for asking for files

Often times the easiest way to find the answer to a question is by inspecting the OP's blendfile. I personally try and ask for a .blend in a way which describes a few possible causes (in case it ...
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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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Are questions about third party paid addons on topic?

I have been looking into using stackexchange for Q&A about our own addons, However the questions we get so far are mostly related to blender itself and actually we do not get so many questions ...
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Assumed off or on topic until proven otherwise?

Blender stack exchange receives allot of "import export problems" questions. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to figure out which software package is responsible. If blender is causing the issue, ...
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What to do with questions that include other questions?

I posted a question about replicating the view-port lighting in the render - Is there a way to render an animation that looks like as if it is rendered with the OpenGL lights (View-port lights)? ...
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Shouold picture resources be added to our "Resources for Blender" question

I think seeing as there is a great deal of overlap between textures and pictures, another category should be added to this answer. Something where free stock photos sites can be put. Sites such as ...
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Answering own questions (as a way to share code-snippets)

Recently I was asked about a script I wrote for a project (just a small utility, nothing worth releasing as an addon). And I figured others may find it useful, so I posted it as a Q&A (here - ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 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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migration rejected closed question any way to edit?

This question https://blender.stackexchange.com/questions/13737/best-way-to-model was migrated from game dev with the tag of untaged. Is there any way to retag that question now? On most closed ...
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What to do about people posting copyrighted material?

So, I've recently come across this question and I noticed that the first image comes from Carlos Ortega's website and is Copyrighted; What should I do?
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Tag cleaning discussions

How should we discuss and decide the scopes, synonyms, need for, lack of need, etc. of tags? We have been discussing this mainly on the chat with whichever frequent users happen to be around, but ...
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People "editing" post without actually changing anything

The other day, a saw a user edit 27 post, in like 30 min, and it seems (haven't checked them all, but a couple of them confirmed this); Also today, he did this to one of my posts. It seems hes just ...
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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 are the policies for accepting meta answers?

I've been asking some meta questions lately, but I'm not sure when a meta answer should be accepted. Since the decisions made in these posts affect the entire site, it doesn't really feel right for ...
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Are negative answers acceptable?

There are many, many unanswered questions asking if features exist or if certain behaviors are possible. For cases where features don't (yet) exist, but have plans to add them or such promising ...
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Duplicate answers

What is the etiquette on blender.stackexchange for answers on the same question saying essentially the same thing? From meta.stackexchange: We don't see that getting several answers to a question ...
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What do we do with questions which don't have enough info?

Sometimes there are questions which don't quite have enough information to be certain what the full situation is. For example: Dynamic Paint Brush Erase doesn't work in Render Output Cycles: No ...
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Are licensing questions off-topic?

There have been a couple questions asked about licensing, with mixed responses (some were closed, others were answered). Examples: Blender use as world editor, level editor..etc, License problem? ...
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Is the question answered?

In one of my questions ( Get list of operators in a menu layout ) the answer offered is "so far, you can't, here is a workaround" which is not a very safe option... Should I mark the question as ...
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Why do you need less rep to review an edit then to bypass the review for your edit?

Here is an example: Why do you need 4000 rep to bypass the review for a tag wiki edit, but only 1500 rep to review other edits?
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Should we have a few questions on resources for use with Blender?

I suggest that we allow one question on each of the following resource types (list is incomplete) to create a list of resources: As in this post Blender resources for architects? The questions should ...
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Are questions about finding specific addons/other resources on topic?

There was a question asked recently, asking for help finding a certain addon. Imo these types of questions might be more on the forum/discussion side of things to fit cleanly in a Q&A format, but ...
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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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Tag Synonyms with no users

What are the reasons for making some of the tag synonyms? These tags have no users and are not needed but are still in the tag list because they are synonyms. glossy material-nodes bezier As any ...
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Should we migrate questions from GD?

There are lots of questions being asked on Graphic Design which would fit perfectly on this site. For example: Blender - how are points and paths imported from svg different from points and paths ...
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Add prompt to mark as answer

I was just on movies.stackexchange.com and I discovered they have an automated prompt that comes up if you, as the person who wrote the question, upvote an answer: I think this is a must-have for ...
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"Community" (the moderator) deleted a question that I linked as base question on an other post!

If this question is deleted, the base of my question will disappear! What should I do? Furthermore, it is NOT an already asked question, because it talks about OPTIMUS on Linux, case in which many ...
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Perhaps using 'code' format for displaying UpperCase I as a keyboard key should be standard protocol?

I recently noticed that when showing the uppercase 'I' in keyboard format, unless the letter is enclosed in `` to display it in 'code' format, the result may be easily confused with the lowercase L or ...
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Asking redundant questions

When a user asks a question that could easily be googled, or for that matter, a question they already know the answer to, is it acceptable? I ask because i believe that whether or not the information ...
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Gooseberry banner

Could we not have a banner (on the right side) which promote the support for Gooseberry project, as there are 4000 visitors/day here on Blender.SE? It could be a good lever for the project, or at ...
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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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Should the RenderFarm chat room be promoted more prominently?

Should the RenderFarm chat room be promoted more prominently on https://blender.stackexchange.com/ so that more people will know it exists? Currently, we have lots of notices about rooms not ...
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Overuse of images in answers

Some answers are including images just to show a menu-item. eg: original post I'm concerned that doing this too much makes posts harder to update (if blender changes), where: ...
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Should each method be its own answer?

There are a good number of questions on this site that have answers which include multiple methods to solve the problem. Should these individual method be each in their own answer? The benefits of ...
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Duplicate chains: good or bad?

By a duplicate chain, I mean a question which has been closed as a duplicate of a duplicate. For instance, Transforming a vertex moves other vertices has been closed as a dupe of Nearby objects won&#...
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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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When should a question be closed as a bug report?

When should a question be closed as a bug report? Should we only close questions which would actually make valid report on the bug tracker? (and if so, how do we determine if a report would be valid?)...
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Snapping Tag and general tag organization

There was a tag discussion held in chat a while back to discuss which tags were too specific or too general and should be removed. The decision was to remove the following tags: clipping snapping ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2014 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 ...