UPDATE (1/21/13): The Scope Expansion Project has come to its end, but after having made a noticeable, positive impact on the site. There has been a noticeable increase in questions about topics like typography, which have helped diversify the site. And the site is attracting more active users (both visiting and participating) than ever before. Now it's time to let the community stand on its own! It's entirely possible that the project can return at a future time, though, if the community needs this special type of help.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

This was done in hopes that it would help add a healthy dose of theory and academic questions in addition to the tools and application questions that are already predominately found on this site.

Previous reading on this matter can be found here, and then here.

How it works: There will be tags (listed below) monitored each week. Each person who asks a question relating to that topic will be eligible to win a prize.

How to enter: Ask a question relating to one of the topics below and tag it accordingly. Each question you ask will get you one entry into a random drawing to win one of the following prizes:

  • If your country is regularly serviced by an online Amazon store without exorbitant shipping costs, you can choose an item of your choice (under $50 USD)
  • If your country is not serviced by an online Amazon store, you will receive a UX.SE and Stack Exchange swag package of exclusive merchandise.

The difference in prizes is due to the difference in cost for us to ship to various parts of the world.

The question must have a score of 0 or greater and not be closed or deleted to be eligible. Users may only win once in a four week period.

Winners will be selected every Monday at 2PM UTC.

Eligible questions also tagged or are ineligible for the contest. This is because the goal of the Scope Expansion Project is to create questions other than ones about software.

Choosing the tags: If you have suggestion for tags to be included future topic, please leave them as answers or comments to this post. Similarly if you think any tags should be removed due to lack of usefulness or appropriateness, leave that information as well.

Current Tags:


  • 1
    To your two questions in the 3rd Oct update - I'd say yes and yes. For the first, I'd say apply it on a case-by-case basis: if it's clearly more about working some software than the theme (e.g. if it was "How do I change fonts in Inkscape?" tagged with typography) then consider quietly redrawing... For the second, yup, definitely so. We've got a few good workflow questions and they're exactly the kind of sage sector wisdom stuff we should encourage. Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 16:38
  • Yes and no. If you make the adobe tags eligible users will assume the new tags relate to the application use - diluting the reasoning for the new tags. The same would go for workflow. That will just be used for application questions, which I thought was not the point.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 10:56
  • 2
    @scott Think you might have misread 'make... ineligible' as 'make... eligible'? The idea is to exclude a question like "How to kern in illustrator' tagged with both typography and adobe-illustrator, so that it would be only questions about these areas in general, and not questions about these areas that actually are specific to one application. Commented Oct 4, 2012 at 11:20
  • How do I write a "Tag Wiki"?
    – Ryan
    Commented Oct 15, 2012 at 20:44
  • Oh and I think "Composition" and "Page Layout" are redundant
    – Ryan
    Commented Oct 15, 2012 at 20:50
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    Who approves tag wiki edits? I made one for workflow a few days ago...
    – Brendan
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 3:43
  • @Brendan I believe they go into the general edit approval queue? At any rate, I think I rejected your suggestion for Workflow with a custom message about it being too minor. A Tag Wiki should be helpful and provide information about the type of questions. "How you get from start to finish." is a succinct synopsis, but I don't think it's sufficiently helpful on its own.
    – Farray
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 5:00
  • That was just the one-liner at the beginning...I had written two paragraphs in the other text box. I edited that stuff down and put it into the excerpt. Hope it fits the requirements better!
    – Brendan
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 13:08
  • @Brendan Gotcha'. For some reason the edit queue didn't show that and I only saw the one-liner. I just approved your edit with the longer body of text. Sorry for any confusion/frustration caused.
    – Farray
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 15:21
  • Thanks! Let's keep expanding the scope! :D
    – Brendan
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 15:32
  • Congratulations to the other winners and thank you very much for selecting my question as last weeks winner! All very worthy questions and an excellent competition. Just wish I had some answers on my question :')
    – Andy
    Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 20:11
  • @F'x It is still running! Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 17:34
  • I was adding tag definitions but proximity and juxtaposition aren't tags yet.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 12:58
  • @Whoever put in the first 'design-process' tag definition (skaught?): Sorry, I proposed a new one that I've been working on for the past 2–3 days…
    – TehMacDawg
    Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 19:56
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    Can we let someone else win this week? I'd rather the prize go to a newer user. Heck, I'm here anyway :) I'll take it if no one else qualified, but if there are others in the running, please give them priority over me.
    – Scott
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 19:53


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