.Blend upload and storage
Although many downsides could be seen, the number one most common comment on a question is a variant of "Could you upload your .blend, thanks!" Often it is the easiest way to trouble shoot issues, since images can only tell so much, and it takes a lot of time to reconstruct situations. Blend files are also valuable to answers as ...
I do not think we are doing anything "wrong." SE sites can take a long time to graduate.
If you look at the stats of the other sites, we are in a good place. We actually place ahead of several full sites. The time in beta does not mean anything. The old 90 day limit has been done away with. Now the SE team looks at each beta site and lets it grow until it ...
< KBD > button
There was a discussion on this, which largely panned off into a user-scripts party :D! But in all seriousness, I think we need this. Without user scripts, which I dislike for various reasons. Typing out <kbd></kbd> is a really big pain, and makes me flinch every time I'm in Firefox or another chrome user without the script.
I think it might be useful to implement a Featured Artwork header decided by a weekly or monthly competition. We could have an artwork gallery that the header is randomly chosen from every day. This would accelerate learning, promote participation, and make people more interested in general. There are some downsides to it, but I think in light of the ...
I would want all moderators to spend time on the site regularly, and actively participating in site activities, answering, moderating, reviewing and mentoring above and beyond the norm. This would show that the moderator was interested and active in the determining of the site's present and future atmosphere and quality.
I would also note that they ...
If a user is not active, he can not fulfill his duties as a moderator.
A user should be able to identify when a post is bad. Having lots of disputed flags would be a good indicator that he is a bad judge of quality.
A moderator should not only smash down the ban hammer whenever someone makes a mistake, but also encourage ...
I feel strong need to promote accepting answers more, too many good answers are left without the accepted checkmark.
This could be due to new users not knowing to do this or how to do this (but many don't accept even when reminded in comments).
Or there are not enough rewards for accepting answer.
The actual solution I propose is for high enough* ...
A moderators job is to help keep the site civil and dignified.
A moderators job is not "teacher" of the site's content. The moderator is a teacher of the site's code of conduct.
If the moderators do their work properly, content-teachers who contribute to the site will want to stay because people who visit the ...
Role Model - Always
Moderators set the tone and expectation for a community. A moderator who is rude, incomprehensible, unruly or unintelligent can lower expectations and confuse new users. This applies to all circumstances, chat, meta, main, comments and even other network sites. The moderator should be someone who is looked up to. Look to community ...
It would be nice to have a special code, similar to kbd for buttons.
This would be useful because it would allow us to bring more visual distinction to a button in a set of instructions, without having to resort to a screen shot. (Images increase load time even when they are small).
This would make asking questions (and maybe answering) quite a bit easier. Users would be able to share their geometry and textures directly into the web browser without having to upload and download blend file, provide multiple angle screenshots or animated gifs.
I think it would make some questions way simpler. It is not, however, a ...
My requirements for moderators are very simple.
Moderators aren't leaders, they are protectors of community agreed scope, sanity and netiquette. In their choices they should be an example of the spirit of B.se. and should be seen to participate with the QA like everyone else.
Impartial, open to reason, and willing to concede for the greater good of ...
Yes. There is a discussion post gathering community feedback for the general direction of the design. When the design has been drafted, it will be pitched to the community for review.
Here is an example pitch for the Movies & TV community.