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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

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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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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Should I be more "truthful" about the material in this question?

I just posted What type of paint for mildly flexible plastics? and now I'm thinking about my wording. The material I'm asking about there is FormLabs Durable resin, off a Form 3 SLA printer. It's a ...
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Platforms for sharing works of art and craft

Recently, a question came up asking if requests for platforms to share works on is on-topic on our site. It is not (with the current exception of our Community Gallery). But in order to help users who ...
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Can I ask what platforms I can share my artworks on? [duplicate]

I've been tempted to ask this question but I don't think it's on-topic: What source/media is reliable to share my art with, like deviant art, etc. Would this question be on-topic? Or should I just not ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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What is (y)our stance on linking to specific articles and retailers?

I'm seeing a lot of hyperlinking to specific products in answers. Obviously, these can aid a lot in finding the right product for the job and are usually not directly problematic. However, many of ...
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Are questions on where to post artworks online on topic?

Is the question Where can I post my pencil drawings online? on topic here? If not, do you know of another SE site where it would be on topic?
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Anatomy and reference images

A question was asked today (titled "Bowed head" reading pose) to find an appropriate image to use as a reference for drawing. While the nature of the question is not appropriate for Arts &...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Arts & Crafts's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Scope reconsideration: practical suggestions

It's been a while since the Arts & Crafts scope reconsideration topic was active. I still feel it's an (or the most) important step in shaping this website into a more consistent and mature ...
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Are there enough questions to warrant a "stuffed-animal" tag?

I recently asked a question about repairing a stuffed animal, and after looking around the Arts & Crafts website, I saw there were other repair/creation questions regarding stuffed animals as well....
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2020 Community Moderator Election

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Are gemstones part of [stones] or [jewelry], or should they have their own tag?

'Stones' can include anything from river rocks to rubies. The latter linked question includes both stones and jewelry tags, but does not mention anything about the intended use of the stone, so the ...
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Should [toys] be removed?

The toys tag has 10 questions. To me, this doesn't seem like an appropriate tag for the site. A "toy" can be anything used in play; any size, any material, suitable for any age, etc. ...
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Remove or keep the [color-theory] tag?

We currently have a color tag, of which the description reads: "For questions about the nature of color and color theory, but not about the process of applying color to works." It is ...
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Should we remove the [preparation] tag?

We currently have the two tags preparation and surface-preparation of which the first is used erratically. Preparation often seems to be used for questions about preparatory steps, but in which the '...
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What are the voting requirements for a Pro Tempore Moderator election?

There is an upcoming moderator election. This election has been labeled a special, pro tempore, moderator election. This meta post states that the requirement to vote in a moderator election is 150 ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election - Nominations begin August 10th

Summary: Arts & Crafts Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on August 10th to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement ...
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Use style-identification tag in conjunction with particular medium tag?

I've recently added the style-identification tag, and have been editing them into questions retroactively. I keep removing the medium tags (e.g. drawing, sewing, painting) in the process, since most ...
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New tag for questions asking to identify objects to be reproduced?

I'm going through our list of tags again - specifically those with the words 'identification' and 'selection' in them - and stumbled upon this post, for which no proper tag is available (sewing is ...
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2020 Moderator Election - interest check

This community hasn't had any new moderators since the original three were appointed about four years ago (including yours-truly) and has never had an election. A couple of months ago one of the two ...
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Scope reconsideration: scope defined by user base expertise?

As a result of my last question, I had a short discussion with fixer1234 that brought up another matter I think is important for demarcating a potential scope reformation. I'm not sure it matters, ...
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Are we too lenient toward questions?

Disclaimer: this question starts out quite egocentric, but bear with me :) I have the distinct notion questions that would really be considered too broad or unfocused for our website are not filtered ...
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