The recording software
The top two are by far the most used (on this site):
LICEcap Windows and OSX installer
GifCam Windows only, but no install (yay)
ScreenToGif Newer app, looks very good, Windows only, no install (yay)
peek Linux only
Do note that these all can be run on linux using Wine.
There are many other ways, such as recording your screen, and ...
Apart from the higher signal to noise ratio, and the format difference previously mentioned, I find that the Stack Exchange format is a lot more friendly towards people seeking information but not participating in the discussion.
e.g. drawing from my personal experiences with programming, before there was StackOverflow, researching a topic requires one to ...
Per suggestions and discussions, those that should definitely be off-topic are:
1. Requests for tutorials and lengthy HOW-TO's1
Can anyone make a tutorial on doing X?
How can I animate a short film in Blender?
Please recommend links to tutorials.
2. Package or software comparison questions
Which is better for doing X, Max or Blender?
Which is better for ...
I certainly have, and in the past have said that more people should vote.
I 100% agree that as a whole our site should be voting more.
However, I can not agree with your reasons for UVing or DVing.
After reading the voting pages:
Why is voting important?
It is abundantly clear the voting should not be based on some whim, or whether or not ...
Thank you for your meticulous tag management.
Thank you for your tireless review queue sweeps.
Thank you for your steadfast flag handling.
You poured so much energy into keeping the cogs of this site going for years. We appreciate you for that. But more than that, thank you for being our friend. Your advice is well taken.
Thank you for everything, we'll ...
Think of the OP as your immediate target, then the rest of the blender users in the world.
At first the reaction will be from the OP, over time more people will see it, and you very likely will get more positive comments.
Now because the OP is the first target, the OP is the one that dictates the response you get - good bad, or none.
Keep in mind what kind ...
You can use Blend-Exchange or PasteAll, both are externally offered services, the former of which is run by me. It was designed specificly for this purpose:
The reason to use Blend-Exchange over pasteall is that the files are kept permanently - they expire in around 5 months on pasteall.
With the user script, you can have a upload button right in ...
Blender is a visual application, words will go a far way but a picture is worth a thousand words or so the saying goes.
The recommended current workflow is to either use as many images as needed to illustrate the issue or to submit the problematic file for inspection.
A well worded question can trump all, provided you describe the steps that are ...
I don't see any reason not to allow these, but I suggest that it be limited to render engines with blender integration (i.e. usable directly from blender's UI).
Using external render engines seems like a fairly common thing among blender users, and I think it definitely fits under our current scope:
The Blender Stack Exchange site is for people who use ...
I saw this story made in MS paint, how to do it in blender?
One fine day the colorful hills of Stackexchangia were just as calm
and peaceful as always.
Tardises were making, Novices were disguising, X was 27, and the
M.O.D. team was still busy deciding the meaning of their acronym.
All was right in this corner of interland.. Until ...
Python API 2.6
Tutorials on official site
Noob to Pro
Blender Cookie (Jonathan Williamson)
Blender Guru (Andrew Price)
Blender Nerd (Greg Zaal)
KatsBits Blender tutorials & Blender training
Blender Modifier Series
Spastic Kangaroo (CharlesL)
Blender Hints and Advice: A ...
I think questions focusing on interactions between applications are fine like "How do I prevent texture corruption when exporting to application x's format?" are fine. I think comparing performance in general is a can of worms that should stay firmly closed.
Speaking for myself I don't upvote question very often. It's not because I'm bitter, or in some personal vendetta to withhold points from other users; nor because I don't read them or don't care. I just think upvoting a question should be reserved for actually good questions.
Most questions that show up here show absolutely no effort from the user, no ...
There are several variables involved but the major one is publicity. Even in our commitment phase which took nearly a year, I myself had no idea of it until I randomly stumbled across it. What we need is publicity. IIRC every Blender release totals around at least 200k downloads which means that there are lots of people out there, people who want to learn.
What kind of program cuts off the head of its monkey?
HI, I'm not new to blender, but I have no idea what I'm doing.
I started blender because it appeared to be the only 3D program that included a prebuilt monkey. WHERE IS THE MONKEY??? I have only found the monkey's head in my program. yet I KNOW the whole monkey exists LINK TO WHOLE MONKEY!!!
HOW DO i GET ...
How do I stop the smoke simulation?
I decieded to make a render of a factory blowing up in Blender Cycles. So I used a cube for the factory and added a quick smoke with resolution 4. But that looked terrible so found out how to really model and I modeled a huge factory with a surrounding lake, city, and forest (total 2.6*10^13 polys). Then I used a smoke ...
From someone who was there when the site was just starting to walk (admittedly I arrived at bit late, 587 users after you), I can personally attest that its impossible to overstate the effort you've put into making this site live and breath.
I am surprised to learn you were that young. Your leadership and initiative was and is inspiring, and I don't ...
If you don't have the wherewithal to optimise an image prior to upload, here are a few tips on doing so directly on SE.
After embedding an image to your post using the upload feature on the site, you should see an imgur URL similar to http://i.stack.imgur.com/FOSov.png (just using this as an example). This should result in a large image (190KB, a relatively ...
This happens from time to time,
If the questions are really different but the answers the same, suggest not to close as duplicate because.
This may change over time (as Blender changes, the answer may no longer be a duplicate for both).
You can always give a brief answer to one that links to the answer from another. (to avoid too much copy-pasting text).
I have no idea how this design process thing works, so I'll just blurt out stuff until the ball gets rolling :)
This site is all about Blender, so it seems logical to me that the site would in some way be themed around that.
What reminds me of Blender?
The logo is of course made up of three colors:
Short answer: nope.
You will probably never see a "flag the DV" type of thing for a number of reasons.
All votes up or down, are completely anonymous. So it is not as if a mod could do anything to a user who casts a "bad" DVs.
Votes are very subjective; and most of the time* there is no way to say definitively that a vote was "bad". What may be helpful ...