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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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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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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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Blender — Top User Swag!

This has been shipped today! Enjoy your swag, everyone :) If you still don't have yours and think you should have it by now, please send me an e-mail so I can look into it instead of leaving a ...
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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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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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Why does no one vote?

Has anyone else noticed that seeing a question with 0 votes is becoming common? Seriously, we need to get our act together. If you like a question, or in particular, feel a question asks a good ...
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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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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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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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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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Allow permanent blend file hosting

Now that we are officially (yay) a part of SE, we can revisit one of the main issues that has "plagued" our community and been largely inconsistent with our derived meta of how our site should work. ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Blender's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They've replaced the pro-tempore crew — please thank both teams for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about the 2.8 branch on topic?

So far we only have a few questions that are directly about Blender 2.8, from a quick search on the site, there are these that come up: What's the purpose of eevee engine? Game development for 2.8 ...
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Can we blacklist the “blender” tag immediately?

Following the lead of Caleb on Christianity.SE, who requested that the tags "christianity" and "christian" be blacklisted six days into the private beta, I recommend that the tag blender be ...
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What to do with really short answers?

Along with the uptick in new users, we seem to be getting more and more answers in the form: So just do X and add Y with a Z thing and it will work. Giving no details as to how to actually do X, Y,...
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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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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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Contest for an Image for our blender nation article

Bart, who runs blendernation.com, has agreed to run an article when our site graduates. All articles have a featured image; we need one. So this is a call for artwork. The size for featured image on ...
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Button to insert <kbd></kbd> for users

I come across a lot of posts which lack proper hotkey formatting: any key And I change it to: AnyKey It would save me 11 keystrokes per ...
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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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Bringing back scheduled chat - Meet the Pros

A little over 2 years ago when we entered public beta, to drive traffic to the site and engage our then avid users we came up with the idea of scheduled chats where we picked an active "celebrity" in ...
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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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Why use Blender Stack Exchange over Blender Artists Forums?

Why should users be using Blender Stack Exchange instead the support forum on Blender Artists? P.S (Would a moderator mind adding this to FAQ?)
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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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Are questions about external render engines on topic?

Are questions specifically about external render engines (engines not bundled with official blender) allowed? For example, What's going wrong with my Luxrender Prism?
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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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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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Is it appropriate to promote your question by repeatedly posting links to it in comments of other answers?

I have recently noticed that a specific user has been trying to promote their unanswered question by finding similar questions to theirs and posting a link to their question in the comments on one of ...
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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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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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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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I could really use MathJax for a series of qestions - how to build support for it?

I use blender to illustrate and demonstrate physics and optics, and it's incredibly useful. Blender + Python is a winning combination for science. I'd like to ask several questions, and they involve ...
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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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Closing old questions from inactive users as unclear

I'm going through old unanswered questions trying to answer, but some of them needs the feedback from OP which have been inactive on the site for a long time so it is unlikely that they will respond. ...
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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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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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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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Blender site design: Captcha / 404 / Error page - input needed!

We are working on finishing touches for the site design, and one of the fun parts is coming up with the design concepts for the 404 / Error / Captcha pages. We generally like to have metaphors closely ...
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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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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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What are we doing wrong that we're still in Beta?

So an earlier answer in the Blender meta site seemed to suggest that 1500 visitors per day was a desirable goal. If I read the stats for the Blender site correctly, were have more than 10,000 visitors ...
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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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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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