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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Community poll: Do we want a banner warning against AI generated answers?

This recent Meta-Post announced that: Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content. We will initially offer two banner text options that all sites in ...
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What is the Arts & Crafts site policy for AI-generated content?

AI-generated content—content made using, for example, ChatGPT—has been a hot topic this year. Policies surrounding it (as well as the way they were introduced) instigated the moderator strike last ...
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Community Moderator Strike

Man, what a mess. I wasn't sure if making this public was necessary, but yesterday and today (of all times?) a relatively high amount of spam seems to have been introduced to the main site, so I want ...
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Alert on moving comment discussion to chat

If comments on a post turn into discussion, the system pops up an option to continue the discussion in chat. Some things to be aware of: The word "continue". It doesn't move previous ...
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Please help the Arts & Crafts site by voting

On any site, voting is how the value of posts is identified and sorted. That's part of what makes the knowledge base valuable to the vast majority of readers. But voting also plays a vital role in ...
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Flagging guidance for answers

What is the appropriate usage of flagging for problem answers? In general, flags are for things that are not appropriate as an answer post on that question. If it at least attempts to even partially ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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Should we enforce quality standards on style identification questions?

I mentioned this at the end of the question on revisiting AI, but it deserves some separate focus. In the early days of the site, there was discussion on whether or not to include style identification ...
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Is it time to consider revisiting AI art in the site's scope?

AI art is starting to become popular. Its particular use for transforming art into different styles has shown up several times recently. Maybe certain uses are just the latest craze people are ...
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Can copy-editing an existing answer create value to justify a new answer?

You may have seen answers around the SE network that were technically correct but had "problems" that limited their usefulness. For example: Waaay too long and unnecessarily so; few people ...
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Would the community appreciate month-long themed events?

I'm coming to you as a relative outsider with a suggestion for a month-long themed event, but it was suggested in chat that either this might not be something the community would want to take part in, ...
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Clarifications on the use of comments

There is fairly comprehensive general guidance on using comments in the official Stack Exchange Community FAQ and the Help Center topic on comments. There is also extensive discussion of specific ...
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Possible question of interest on Seasoned Advice [closed]

Why is the tin lining bubbling on copper pan? was posted on Seasoned Advice. Any A&C readers with metalworking background or experience tinning copper kitchenware may want to offer answers there.
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Does use of a computer to create art put it under Graphic Design SE?

Rather than using brushes to paint an artwork on canvas, someone could capture essentially the same handstrokes on a digital tablet feeding a drawing program, then have the computer print it to create ...
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How do computer-controlled machines fit into the site's scope?

Hand crafting includes the use of tools. All kinds of hand tools are on-topic. Even large stationary, motor-driven tools, like woodworking shop tools, are on-topic; the crafter is controlling things ...
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Need a generic term for desktop crafting assistance machines

We've had a few questions on desktop cutting machines like the Cricut and Silhouette. The Silhouette question was tagged with Cameo4 (the model), and that tag apparently got deleted after six months ...
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Suggestions for tagging "sharpening"?

Current Situation Sharpening is an identifiable task that's fundamental to many A&C processes, and people have questions specifically about that. I don't know if we've actively avoided giving it ...
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Ideas for [transparency] tagging

The transparency tag is associated with two meanings, which hinders its use in searches: The clear plastic film used for overlays, overhead projectors, etc. The transparent property of light ...
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An alert on tag creation

This is a heads-up for people who create new tags, or have in the past. Most users are unaware that Stack Exchange has an automated tag cleanup system that deletes little-used tags. On a main site (...
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Scope reconsideration: allow questions about art theory

I think what has gone wrong since our last attempts to improve our site's traffic by reevaluating the scope of our site is that it has too many aspects to consider. Instead of reassessing our scope as ...
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Can the [miniatures] and [model-making] tags be merged?

We have a model-building and miniatures tag. The former is used for 5 questions, the latter for 15. I am not entirely sure about the nuances in the use of either word, as English is not my first ...
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Should questions asking how to craft something for a medical purpose or to meet health/safety requirements be on-topic?

A recent question, What precautions need to be observed to create a food-safe silicone mold?, triggered my radar about a type of question that could potentially be more dangerous than helpful, and I'm ...
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Is it okay to self-answer a broad question?

I'd like to write up some self-answered questions: is it okay if these are broader in scope than what we'd usually allow? Is it okay if they are basically (short) tutorials? As an example: for a gift ...
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Should we create a collaboration sandbox?

Background Sandboxes are a tool that allows edit activity without overwhelming the main page with bumped posts. They can be set up in various ways for different purposes. The gist of the ...
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Community gallery #1 - Anything goes!

In this thread we suggested to create a community gallery on Meta, in the hope this will increase participation, grow our community, and improve interconnection. It is time we start promoting the ...
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Have arts.stackexchange.com redirect to Arts & Crafts

A question on the Movies & TV meta site, 'film.stackexchange.com should redirect to the site', reminded me of this: Should we let arts.stackexchange.com redirect to our site? It currently leads to ...
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Need suggestion for tag improvement

A fitting tag was requested for Forward Shoulder Adjustment in Knitted Sweaters. It sounded like a good tag and I created it. Then I searched for other questions that might benefit from the same tag....
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on Arts & Crafts has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and your first elected moderators are: You can see them listed on the moderators page - please thank them ...
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Post editing: less is more?

Posts benefit from being clear, and having obvious typos and other language errors fixed so they aren't distracting. Problem posts can have downvoting or closure voting reversed with edits that make ...
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Suggestion for increasing traffic: community gallery

We have discussed and are discussing methods to increase traffic to and retainment of our community: Suggestion for increasing traffic: schedule regular chat events How can we increase participation ...
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Suggestion for increasing traffic: schedule regular chat events

Arts & Crafts is one of the smallest sites on the SE network, and a few meta discussions here have focused on how to increase our traffic and participation, most recently How can we increase ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Announcing the first full election for Arts & Crafts!

Arts & Crafts Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on 7 March 2022, as your first full election as a result of having lost your beta label in December 2021. The timeline: ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Arts & Crafts Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next ...
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Problem with Amazon links

For many years, Stack Exchange made some revenue on post links to Amazon products. It did this by substituting an "affiliate link", a shortened URL beginning with rads.stackoverflow.com. ...
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How can we increase participation in community moderation?

By design, Stack Exchange is based on community moderation. Non-moderator community members have access to almost all of the tools to do content curation/moderation. Even brand new users can ...
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What is the best site intro link to point new users to?

SE sites operate differently from most forums, and it's common to point new users to a link to give them an overview of how the site works when their first post indicates that they aren't familiar ...
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2022 Potential Moderator Election: Community Interest Check

It's time for us to consider holding an election for moderators for Arts & Crafts. The last election we held was back in 2020, where we elected two moderators, and since then, one moderator (Erica)...
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2021: a year in moderation

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We are getting rid of our Beta status!

Upcoming Thursday the 16th of December we will lose our Beta label, and Arts & Crafts will enter its 'mature' stage! So .. This means, among other things, that we will join the list of 'Launched' ...
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Can I ask how to identify if a pencil is genuine brand or fake/counterfeit?

I want to know how I can identify whether or not the pencils I've bought or about to buy are genuine or fake/counterfeit. I recently came to know that Faber-Castell fake/counterfeit products do exist ...
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Should we limit community bot bumping of questions?

My understanding is that each SE site has at least some control over community bot bumping of questions. Assuming that's the case, should we limit the practice here? The community bot is automated, ...
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Asking about laser autofucus in lab setting

I manage a lab for a largish art university. We got a new relatively cheap (although in arts and crafts context this is not cheap) Chinese laser and we are having problems with autofocus crashes that ...
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Would it be on topic if I ask questions about a specific brand?

I have some questions about Faber Castell pencils, like where they are manufactured and if there's any difference between materials used in different model numbers of pencils of the same series (for ...
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Why was this answer treated as spam?

A new user posted this answer: What are some waterproof materials that meet my criteria for folding origami stars and cranes eggs?. For people who can't see the deleted post: I have folded origami ...
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Action in Low Quality Posts Review Queue

The LQP review queue offers only three possible actions (other than skip): approve (OK as is), edit, or delete. A good percentage of these posts are low quality as-is, but could be improved. I ...
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Can a question that's too old and unanswered be closed?

This question has been up for almost 11 months already. Can we close questions that are too old and unanswered? I also think that the question is too "open". It's asking us: "what is ...
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Are restoration (not referring to art restoration) questions OK here?

I really love restoring old furniture, tools, and other interesting looking things as a hobby. For wooden furniture, there's the wonderful Woodworking site. But for other stuff, is it on topic here (...
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Is this popular "What are some projects we can do" question actually on-topic/in-scope?

What are some good car-crafts for long trips? was a popular question with a lot of responses, and people had fun with it. But I'm questioning whether it's actually on-topic and generally within SE ...
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