Should these kind of questions be allowed? Something like "I've been working on the home page of this website for some time now. I feel all the colors are appropriate, but not sure if the font is suitable. What do you guys think needs improvement?", and similar questions.
We recently had a similar discussion about "writing critiques":
Following that same logic, I would say that graphic design critiques should also be on topic.
In retrospect, the idea that a site about [graphic design] doesn't allow talking about [graphic design] (except in the rather narrow context of objective question examples) was, uh, a bad one. Yes, all critiques are subjective, but we now allow some subjective topics so long as they are constructive. We think [graphic design] critiques, if properly directed, fit firmly in the "constructive" category.
But keep in mind that the critique request has to be part of a specific, constructive question. In other words, you must tell us:
- what you were shooting for when you came up with the design
- specifically what kind of critique feedback you are looking for
- also, what kinds of critique feedback we should avoid, to set boundaries
You cannot simply throw up a screen shot of your design, type in "What do you think? How can I improve this?" and click submit. Vague requests for feedback should be closed as [not a real question].
Of course, discussion on the topic is welcome.
I'm in the other camp.
Not only because I see the questions and answers too subjective, but also because there are loads of sites designed specifically for this when it comes to graphic design. I'm currently not in the writing field so I can't say for sure there aren't any "writing show & tell" sites but certainly there isn't as much competition.
Some sites to back me up (sorry for the obvious web-bias):
Over at Area 51, during the definition stage, the question "Does this design look OK?" was the 3rd most off-topic question with 24 off-topic votes, 1 on-topic vote and 3 not a good example votes.
I see two valid reasons for this:
- As Pekka and ClemDesm have mentioned, these kinds of questions have the potential to take over the site.
- As koiyu mentioned, there are other (and maybe even better) sites dedicated to this.
However, after reading what Jeff has posted at the Writing meta and what Robert posted here, I feel we can have healthy discussions if these review requests are turned into proper, constructive questions.
As far as rep gain is concerned, I have two conflicting opinions:
- I think users shouldn't gain rep for posting good or interesting designs for review. So, do make these questions CW.
- I think users should gain rep if they post insightful reviews. So, don't make these questions CW.
In the end, I think I'm leaning towards option #1.