Over on photo.stackexchange.com we have gotten quite a few photoshop related questions that are outside the realm of photography, but would probably fall into the graphic design space.

How does the Graphic Design community feel about photoshop questions being migrated over from the Photography site?

Possible examples:


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I'm in favor. I think migrating questions like these helps us:

  1. increase activity on the site: more questions per day > more potential answers > more potential reputation > more potential avid users
  2. increase awareness of the site: people from other stack exchange sites will follow the re-direct to our community.

I think these should be our aims during beta (all while maintaining quality answers and number of answers - those these should hopefully come partly as a result of 1. and 2.)

Further note: I've noticed similar questions on superuser that would make more sense on our site.

  • Yeah, superuser has quite a few photoshop questions that would probably now fit better on graphic design or photography, depending on the viewpoint...
    – chills42
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 12:57

I agree with @Jaips in that these questions would be okay to have, as long as a minimum standard of quality is enforced for questions as well. If the site starts getting flooded with "How do I do a design like on this web site plz send PSD thx" questions, I'm out.


I would prefer to keep under control the question about Photoshop. I'll rather prefer that people would search in google first and than ask a question about Photoshop. People good at using a tool are not Designers, even if the majority of Graphic Designer (because they work with) know how to.

I am for welcoming as well the questions from photography, with a reserve/filter. I feel a bit undermined as profession to answer question like "how do you do a diagonal in photoshop?" instead of talking about design principle or solutions.

  • Stackexchange communities are successful on scale, they need to be a recognized name for finding answers. if the answer is better found on google (i.e some other link from google, not the stackexchange link) then the community will fizzle in obscurity. Stack overflow is not successful because its one of a few good places to find programmer answers, its successful because it is the best place to find programmer answers
    – Hemi
    Commented Jan 26, 2011 at 23:16
  • i've thought about this some more, and i think you have a good point. In the early stages of a stackexchange sites life it is important to have a balance of tough, expert-engaging questions to encourage the community to attract more experts. The community will be built around, highly skilled, highly knowledgable, and highly engaged users.
    – Hemi
    Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 7:11

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