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What are the requirements for font identification questions?

In order to promote high-quality font-identification questions, we ask that you follow a specific format. If your question has been placed on hold, please edit it to meet the following criteria: ✔ DO:...
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Is it time to disallow font id questions?

They should stay. I mostly think them annoying. Quality is often low: askers don't include images, include them in the wrong way, are curt and rude, don't mark the correct answers, and often lack the ...
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Should extremely basic 'how to do this in software X' questions be off-topic?

The biggest problem I see with forbidding extremely basic questions is that "basic" is very subjective. I won't defend these types of low quality questions, but my fear is that forbidding them will ...
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What is our stance on link-only questions?

I think we should care. A lot, even. The criterium should be the same for questions as it is for answers: does it still hold value if the link is broken? If yes, then keep and possibly edit. If no, ...
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Are we going to allow 3DS Max/Maya/Modo... questions? YES or NO?

Our focus is design, not how-tos or tech support. There's somewhat of a subtle difference between design and how-tos, but it's an important one. We want to focus more on the why and less on the how. ...
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What are the requirements for style identification questions?

In order to promote high-quality style-identification questions, we ask that you follow a specific format. If your question has been placed on hold, please edit it to meet the following criteria: ✔ ...
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Do we want 3D experts to be part of our community?

Yes we should include 3D experts here. However, we don't have to accept every 3D question just like we don't have to accept every 2D question. How many dimensions are involved shouldn't even be a ...
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Welcome to the new Graphic Design Stack Exchange

I have been considering to share the following thought for a while, and as it ties well in with Ryan’s thoughts, I might as well use this opportunity. Also, I just noticed how the bar analogy helps to ...
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Can we set some guidelines for "Style Identification" questions?

In order to promote high quality style identification questions, we ask that you follow a specific format. If your question has been placed on hold, please edit it to meet the following criteria: ✔ ...
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Revisiting closure, part 3.2: Drawing the line for code

Suggestion: Disregard the fact that a question uses code when deciding if it is on- or off-topic. HTML & CSS are tools, just like Illustrator or Photoshop or a pencil and paper. On a basic level, ...
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Are questions about removing a watermark acceptable?

I have to admit that I'm a bit torn. I am the last one to want to restrict information and thus censor posts, but I also vehemently do not want this site to be a go-to for copyright fraud or other ...
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Is it time to disallow font id questions?

I've always felt they were a poor inclusion, just as much today as they were a year ago. Users posing these questions do not engage in the site. They get an answer, then they are gone. Often not even ...
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Should extremely basic 'how to do this in software X' questions be off-topic?

In general, I agree with Dom's answer. It is the best example I've seen of an extensive, well researched, well thought-through answer. Thumbs up! That said, I would like to offer an alternative: an ...
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"What software was used for this"-questions and how to deal with them

I completely agree. Your first point; the fact that it's mostly impossible to find out what software was actually used means that the OP is asking the wrong question. What they most likely want to ...
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Do we want 3D experts to be part of our community?

There are a significant subset of 3D generalists who are also graphic designers, many of whom use their 3D chops and tools for package design † ; there is another subset of 3D generalists who are ...
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Request: New close reason "What have you tried"

I'd like to bump this idea in light of our growth and the direction the site has been going. Additionally as a few of us were discussing in chat today a lot of these poor questions never get answered ...
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Is it time to disallow font id questions?

The Data: Currently, the 447 correctly tagged font-id questions make up ~4.2% of our total question base. The recent influx, plus the ones that slipped by without the correct tag, probably brings ...
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Is it time to disallow font id questions?

I have no arguments that the font-identification questions attract low quality questions. Mostly hit and run type stuff as others have mentioned. However, outright killing one of the most popular tags ...
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Should extremely basic 'how to do this in software X' questions be off-topic?

Original answer March 13th, 2015..... I've been giving this some thought. HomeImprovement.Se doesn't allow "how do I use a hammer?" questions. StackOverflow.com doesn't allow "How do I make an ...
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Are we going to allow 3DS Max/Maya/Modo... questions? YES or NO?

I think in this instance the best thing to do would be the send these users to other sites where they can get better and more help from a community experienced in 3D. In some cases I think, due to the ...
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Are we going to allow 3DS Max/Maya/Modo... questions? YES or NO?

No, let them go elsewhere. 3D is much more technically demanding. This means that ultimately it leads to far more technical supporty type questions than Photoshop or Illustrator. Users asking are less ...
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Good places to send 3D users?

http://forums.cgsociety.org/ This is one of the largest 3D forums on the internet. I'm not sure how friendly it is, since I don't post there myself, however it is definitely well trafficked.
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Are AutoCAD usage questions on topic here?

Not in a general no. But again if you ask a question about graphic design like the layout of a sign or something to that effect. Note: It is extremely rare, so far, that the CAD or 3D questions are ...
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Why do we allow 3D questions again?

Sorry I see a total of 295 questions with 3d related tags. And just look at the wealth of answers : https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/3d (that was sarcasm) I don't think we ...
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Graphic Design meta needs to clarify in banner what is and is not welcome

Welcome to the site and sorry for the inconvenience but as you stated in your question and just for clarity you assumed what the site was about and did not first read the FAQ? In regards to your ...
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Should I edit question with accepted answer closed as 'off-topic' for lack of effort (i.e what have you tried)?

I don't think you should edit it in effort, leave that up to the asker. Your edit undeniably improves the question, but it doesn't solve the root of the problem. The point of that close reason is to ...
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When is an After Effects question a GD:SE or VP:SE question?

I don't think we have really set one. We're not supposed to be a software support website though it feels that way more often than it should. My own take is if it has to do with AE for Graphics and ...
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Changing how we handle low-effort and tutorial-on-demand questions

In my opinion questions should be closed if: They cannot reasonably answered in this format (or at all). They cannot be reasonably answered by this community. The first case is usually well covered ...
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Where do we draw the line on tutorial based questions and what is acceptable?

Based on the sample image and question: If the question is about recreating the whole poster, I'd vote it as too broad. There are several elements with different graphic treatments, each with it's ...
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Welcome to the new Graphic Design Stack Exchange

This isn't really my answer, this is a repost of an old answer that I find as relevant today as ever: No rules for rules' sake. We're not lawyers. It should be all about the Q&A. Understand the ...
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