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Likely there is a cross post meta about this so if someone is aware that would be good.

Arts & Crafts has the potential to be a large and all encompassing site for several different hobbies, crafts and etc. Is there anything that we should focusing on now early in the game. I tried to get a tagging thread going that was closed (for good reason).

Just asking questions would be a start but that is the case for any site even outside of public beta.

Do we need to try and find some more obscure crafting questions so we don't pigeon hole ourselves into only being elitist of a few genres?

I want the site to succeed and I want to help.

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  • Will people come here for glassblowing and other glass arts? Metalwork? Amigurumis? Customizing figures? Children's crafts? I would love to questions on such a broad range of mediums. Perhaps our FAQ should specify "studio art, crafts, artisan crafts, children's crafts for professionals and hobbyists" or somesuch, so the breadth is emphasized. – user24 Apr 27 '16 at 19:37
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    I have a ton of lapidary questions. I wanted to limit them at first, to see how they were received. I think establishing ourselves as a repository of knowledge for a wide range of arts/hobbies is essential for the site's eventual graduation. If the consensus agrees on such a broad range, then IMHO the best approach is to get diverse content up (show, don't tell). – Beofett Apr 27 '16 at 20:15
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Defining the content of our site is important but we should let topics come to us and discuss them if necessary as they appear. It would be difficult for us to create content if we don't know that there's demand for it.

Instead, I feel that we should focus on curating the content of the site we have so that we can get this site started out well. If ignored - they tend to be things that get put off until "later" - they quickly become "unfixable".

These things include:

Focusing on good tagging practices.

Tags quickly turn into a quagmire from hell if they're not curated from the start. Let's figure out what practices we want to follow and be flexible if they need to change.

  • As we've discussed elsewhere, should it be or ?
  • When is a tag too broad - is going to be useful or would , , be better?
  • Prevent users from going tag-crazy during the closed beta phase and make an effort to limit tags used on questions to those that actually relate to the question - a question about the differences between knitting, crochet and Tunisian crochet is not really about even though all three utilize yarn.

Discussions like this should be brought up in a neutral way on meta on an individual basis whenever someone has a question about tagging.

Editing questions for readability and clarity.

Let's find a standard that works for us. Personally, I don't like questions that use "title case", so I like to edit them to make them in standard case.

Close questions that don't fit the SE model if they can't be "fixed".

Yes, it's extremely tempting to save every question but this phase of our site is about making certain we're getting a good start and allowing overly subjective questions, questions that don't fit our scope, or any other type of problem question is a very important part of that process.

Vote

This should be higher up the list, really, but voting is extremely important for morale and to help us get users who can actually help moderate the site. We have the CMs doing a lot of the background stuff for us right now and we'll eventually get some mods of our own... but we need to get users rep and the only way to do that is to vote.

That being said, don't be afraid to downvote. Remember that the downvote is a powerful tool and is an important part of this process. It's not "mean"... it's necessary.

Ask good questions and write good answers.

Remember to show your work. One sentence is rarely sufficient to ask or answer a question. We need as much information as we can get to really be sure that our quality is high.

Use comments as comments, not answers!

If you need more information from the asker or answerer, use a comment to request it. We should focus on improving questions and answers as much as possible so that they can be directed and useful.

Do not use comments to answer questions! This is detrimental to the site and is a very bad habit to get into. If you see comment answers, flag them. They often make users decide "it's already been answered, so there's no reason to add an actual answer".

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