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What is the process for creating gifs for questions and answers?

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, ...
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How do I ask a question that is hard to describe?

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 ...
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Question put long or short preferred?

Even the most mundane detail or seemingly non-related action can help you get a concrete reply (installed program X yesterday etc) as opposed to commented suggestions and followup questions so I'd ...
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What is the process for creating gifs for questions and answers?

You can make gif's using blender and GIMP. Three ways you can get original frames from blender - Render an animation. Depending on what you want to show you can setup an animation in blender and ...
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Are questions about the 2.8 branch on topic?

I don't think Blender 2.8 related question should be automatically considered offtopic. It will eventually become the official latest release, so it should be encouraging to have early answers and ...
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Are questions about the 2.8 branch on topic?

I'm going to disagree with Duarte here, and argue they should be off topic. At its core Blender.SE is a database of blender knowledge, in Q&A format. As a result posts long-term value should be ...
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What is the process for creating gifs for questions and answers?

There's definitely not a single best process. I hope this thread fills up with people weighing in on their method. Linux here.. (Ubuntu) -- not crossplatform My solution involves a few prerequisits ...
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Are questions about third party paid addons on topic?

This site is about Blender and anything Blender related as long as it's allowed in our scope, commercial or free though we would more prefer the latter, I don't see why not. So that would include ...
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Favorite BSE post of the year - 2017

Ok because SE auto converts to comments "trivial answers" (answers with links to other answers) I guess there will be one answer with a list of links. Add your favorite post to the list below. ...
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Should we downvote questions which are overly simple?

I reviewed both questions and couldn't find anything bad. I remember that I was also confused during the first hours with Blender on how the 3D cursor works. Answers like that are useful for ...
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Blender paid work

"Legal" yes, I guess so, but it is off topic and would get closed. Job offers are off topic. We get maybe one a month or so, and they quickly get closed, and directed to blender artists' job section. ...
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Is it possible to mark a question in order to be notified of the answers?

I think the favorite feature does what you are looking for, or as close as SE offers. After clicking the little star under the vote buttons on any question, it will get added to your favorite list. ...
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Are questions about the 2.8 branch on topic?

Yes, absolutely. Yes, 2.8 is rapidly changing. Yes, questions asked about it today might not apply tomorrow. The thing is, the developers are hoping to get people using and testing the branch as much ...
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Should we downvote questions which are overly simple?

"Simple" questions are not bad at all. From a blender user's perspective having a question here makes it easy to find the answer quickly, high google ranking and such. Everybody needs to learn at some ...
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Editing questions to remove "thank you" etc

This is mostly done by people new to se and probably have experience with forums or irc and this being a QA site, it seems like clutter. I'd say remove these only if the post requires other needed ...
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What is the proper action for a question that requests links to tutorials

Vote to close as off topic. Then if you feel so inclined, explain to the OP why asking for links to tutorials is off topic. BSE is not a google this for me service. That type of post is bad for a few ...
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When should we be asking question askers for blend files?

When should we be asking question askers for blend files? Sparingly, only when necessary. I very much agree with the question, and have had and stated this position for years. To quote from this ...
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How to deal with dead links

This is why it is encouraged to quote the relevant parts of your link(s) and write a full answer, links should only be to complement the text or be additional reading. Unless the question is fully ...
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Python API Code - Where Should it Go?

I think the general sentiment (and my opinion) it that all coding questions should be related to blender. If you have a python question that does not have anything to do with blender, such as this ...
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Should we downvote questions which are overly simple?

As long as such questions are not duplicates, I think it's to everyone's benefit to have them answered here, because once they are, we probably won't have to answer them ever again (they are likely to ...
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Where would be a good location to post a Blender Addon request/idea?

I'm not sure what you mean by "Blender Surface Site" but no the meta, nor the main site would not be the correct place to post that. See point 5 in the off topic list. You could try on blender ...
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Should a question be allowed to contain contact details?

You start out with the correct assumption which is: contact info should not be in posts. As such whenever you see this type of thing (usually an email address where you can contact them for more ...
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How do I subscribe to, follow or save questions?

Stack Exchange doesn't have this functionality well handled yet (notifications of other people's stuff), so here is what you can do (and what I do): Mark questions favorite (little star below up/down ...
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On topic: A question about how to design a 3D planet?

Thanks asking in meta :) The question "How to model a realistic planet with rings?" sounds a little too broad as stated, but you would be more than welcome to ask around in chat. Once you get a start ...
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How did my deleted question get a comment?

That was me, and moderators can comment anywhere, anytime. When a post is deleted it is not removed from the site. What does deletion mean for a post? Deleted posts are usually not physically deleted ...
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Add contests on blender exchange

Sorry to be the grump here but this isn't going to happen. Code golf was intended to be used like that, we have a stricter scope and I don't think contests should mingle with serious questions on the ...
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