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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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Pro-Tempore Moderator Nominations [closed]

Well, we've made it out of the rough, (Private Beta) and are well on our way into the Public Beta gaining more and more users daily. According to the Moderator Pro Tempore, the SE Team will pick up (...
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Wow... here, I feel I give a great/complete answer, but.. the OP does not react

Discussion, pure discussion ! Does someone knows why (sometimes, but often) the answers you feel to be the best (and the more time consuming, and often the more accurate) "statically" are the worst ...
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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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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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Challenge tag: create a simple shape in as few clicks as possible

Haunt_House recently posted a very interesting question. It is set up similair to a code golf question, except for 3D models, as you might've guessed. He posted the desired outcome (a simple arrow), ...
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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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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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Improve your old answers party!

I recently got an up vote on a rather old answer of mine. I took a moment to read it since I'd forgotten what it said, and promptly discovered it made nearly no sense (the animated gifs made it usable,...
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Can we get a "Not Answerable" close reason?

https://blender.stackexchange.com/q/71770/2217 Picture just for historical reference. That is just the latest example from the plethora of questions BSE gets that may be clear, on topic, but we can ...
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What is our criteria for a minimum effort?

This is a two part question, but it is centered around one issue: What is the minimum effort we expect to see in a question? I bring this up because, yet again today we had another "How do I do X" ...
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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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Question put long or short preferred?

Would people rather read a question put in the simplest terms and ask for any more essential information in the comments, or am I more likely to get an answer if I add as many relevant details as ...
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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 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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Old duplicate, poor problem description and no helpful answers

I wanted to ask a question on how to import colors (materials) from .stp files. A query brought up a similar question with answers (Want to import an STP file to blender with colors), that contains ...
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A meta dissertation on Conduct with new users

I came across this post yesterday and it bothered me enough to bring this to meta. First take a look at how the question looked originally. Granted it was a lousy question. There were many problems ...
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Minor typos found on blend-exchange form

Sorry if I could seem nitpicking (I could probably be), but just noted that the submission form has some minor typos in a couple of texts/placeholders, just in case someone wish to correct those. Not ...
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Imaginary worlds - Challenge #4

Contest: Imaginary worlds This is your opportunity to depart from reality a little. The goal of this competition is to spark your imagination and creativity, and to be a fun departure from more '...
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Blender Stack Exchange Dark Theme

The site is too bright when working in a dark room or at evening when switching from all the 3D software that all has dark UI. Is there a Dark Theme? If you have your own feel free to post it next to ...
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Favorite BSE post of the year - 2017

Well the winter bash is almost over and the hats are nearly gone, that means the year is close to its end and it's time to look back. What was your favorite post from BSE this year? Question or answer,...
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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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Hats Contest (say good bye to the Winter Bash)

The contest is over and the winner is 10Replies See below for the full results. In case you did not know we have contests here on the meta from time to time. Before the hats are all packed up for ...
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Professional Way vs. Getting the image?

I just got into it with someone on BSE, and it lead me to a question about answers! I do not work in a game/vfx studio but I do get paid to use Blender. So I do not know all the techniques that ...
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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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Should the 'tool' tag be removed?

Should the 'tool' tag be removed? It's kind of broad and undefined. Besides, blender is a tool. I don't think using it to mark a question about the knife 'tool' makes sense either; that's too broad.
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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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Migrating Blender related questions from other SE sites?

Will there be some time soon an effort to migrate blender related questions from other SE sites? I.e. Stackoverflow is full of 'em, and I'd imagine it'd be good to consolidate those into one place.
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Down-voting a question because the OP didn't accept your answer

Is this actually acceptable practice? There was a recent question where a user basically stated in a comment that they were going to downvote a question because the questioner wouldn't (or didn't ...
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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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Mechanics - Challenge #3

Contest: Mechanics 3D artists always enjoy rendering impressive, shiny machines, from robots to complex vehicles. But often times they wouldn't work in the real world. Objective: Create a machine ...
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Where should we draw the line between an answer and a full-blown tutorial?

when I came to Blender Stackexchange three months ago I realized quite fast that I could provide more answers than I had questions and providing those answers developed into a new hobby quite fast. ...
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Are too many questions being tagged "duplicate"?

Friends, consider the following two questions: In the US, what traffic control sign has eight sides? and In the US, what traffic control sign is red? In both cases, the answer to the question ...
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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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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Should questions that compare Blender and <insert competing 3D modeling software> be allowed?

I can see that a category of questions that would potentially be very problematic would be questions along the lines of "Which is better, Blender or Maya?". Now, such a broadly general question such ...
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Blender 2.8 is going Beta. What now?

Blender 2.8 is getting its Beta status today or tomorrow. Which means that we can expect the interface, workflows etc to be in their final form. Bug fixes, and bringing back of features that were lost ...
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Overuse of code snippet formatting

I often notice people using the code snippet formatting for many more things than showing code, often just to emphasize things. ...
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2015 Experimental Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the experimental moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates ...
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What's the point of closing as unclear?

One of the reasons for closing a question is as follows: unclear what you're asking Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's ...
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narrowing down terms of blend-exchange

Recently I read a comment here about very long-range licence regulations on blend-exchange. It states: You grant to blend-exchange.giantcowfilms.com a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-...
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What should be the standard format for file-extension tags?

We should definitely standardize how we want to handle file-extension tags, because there's already been some confusion. Should we have: .svg or ...
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Add content to make a post easier to find

I was looking for this answer. Luckily, I remembered the post was about two displaced meshes which were joined by the shrinkwrap modifier and the data transfer modifier. With these (is:answer ...
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What is a rollback operation?

What is a rollback operation, what is it used for?
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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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Do we need the Undo tag

The undo looks useless and I think it needs removing. Currently it is only used on one question (which is a duplicate of another question which didn't use the tag and got answers). I can't see undo ...
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What to do with abandoned questions?

We have a large amount of abandoned or zombie questions. They keep popping up as modified by community... For most of them there there is not enough info to answer, but the user never bothered ...

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