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Would this question be on topic?

Question this question is about; Where can I post my pencil drawings online? Is this on topic for A&C SE? 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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New tag to address questions regarding conduct of artists and craftspeople

To address questions about the (acceptability of) (professional) behaviour of artists or craftspeople, and to avoid them being tagged with irrelevant tags, I created the artistic-conduct tag. As ...
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Are questions about the business side of selling your craft/art on-topic?

As someone who's on Photo.SE the "pricing" question comes up all the time from newbs about to embark on hanging out a shingle, and it often gets closed as too localized, or opinion-based, but some of ...
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Identify-this-painting questions

There was a recent question (Art identification) that was closed. A user disagreed with the closing, and I thought the reason was interesting and worth a meta question -- they declined to start one, ...
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What's good verbiage to explain this off-topic subject area?

This wording was suggested in a draft of the Arts & Crafts FAQ page: Discussion or critique of works, whether your own another artist's This is a condensed version of a proposed off-topic ...
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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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Does this site include the literary arts or music?

This site is an arts and crafts beta. Does this include language arts? Poetry, short stories, novels and such? If not, where should I go for that? Does music count as an art here?
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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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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 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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Can we take questions asking for a description of an art genre?

A question was recently asked about anime/manga: When discussing my art, particularly some of my graphic novel pieces, with several of my younger colleagues they have mentioned Manga. All they ...
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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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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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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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Are unconventional canvases generally on-topic?

We had this question about painting a kitchen item: What type of paint should I use to decorate a kitchen appliance? That was apparently closed and then reopened by the community after editing ...
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What makes this color theory question about walls and LED bulbs off-topic?

Here's the question: What range of wall color options would be generally considered aesthetically viable for a room with colored light bulbs? What are some of the reasons it's not on topic? Is it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should we reconsider the name or scope of “Arts & Crafts”?

There are constant off-topic posts because a question is about art in general, art history, or art theory, and not limited to applied technique or not solving one certain practical problem. Maybe ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What is the history of Arts & Crafts stack and its scope?

What is the history of Arts & Crafts Stack Exchange and its scope? Currently, there is a discussion about if the scope or name of the stack should change. There's also a fair number of closed or ...
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Feature Request Proposal: Improve Access to Guidelines (as part of Scope Reconsideration)

Proposed For Group Consideration: That A&E SE post a Feature Request on Meta Stack Exchange to (1) have links to our “Help Center” and “Asking Help” pages placed in additional high profile ...
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Where is the line between “material selection” and “product recommendations”?

I stumbled across the question Transparent resin to fill small acrylic plastic container? At first glance the question seemed to be off-topic as asking for a product recommendation, so I started ...
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Knitting and Crochet community

would anyone be interested in starting a separate stack exchange for knitters/crocheters? I don't mind being in A&C but I think there are enough knitters/crocheters and questions to form our own ...
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Are questions about leather-working on topic?

So, I got a bit hooked up with re-enactment/LARP recently. Part of the fun for me is the crafting, leatherworking and sewing. I found an image of a piece of leather armour with I would love to create ...
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Is this “how do I learn this” question off topic?

Best resources to learn origami art immediately? The question is subjective, vague and at the end of the day asking after how to learn an entire art form. What kind of origami style are they going ...
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Is this question off-topic?

My sister's boyfriend painted this picture. I am not familiarized with art and the only explanation I got is it paints the ligth. I wanted to know more about the picture, but I don't know if it would ...
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Do we want a custom close reason for questions about art history/appreciation?

It's been established that art history and art appreciation, including "history" of current/living artists, is out of scope for this stack. Instead, we're focused primarily on the making of art, the ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Should we have canonical questions?

I was just asked to review this question, in which user 'Johannes' is attempting to make a canonical question on beginner's knitting mistakes. In its current state I think it's too broad, and have ...
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Photography - equipment questions

I finally got myself a nice DSLR and I'm coming up with different questions. While I consider photography to be an art there is a SE site Photography and I'm assuming that most equipment questions ...
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Help with a hostile moderator

I will appreciate a mod looking at the back and forth in the comments under "Layout Foot length Jacket Cape" and letting me know if creationedge is using his/her position appropriately. Matt and ...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, I announced an experiment that would: Turn on the review queue indicator whenever there's a task available in any queue. All queues with at least one task will be marked ...
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Create tag for crafts with metal rings

I want to create a tag for crafts with metal rings (ie chain mail), but there are multiple spellings according to Wikipedia including: mail maille chain mail --> (chain-mail since tags can't have ...
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Practical Special Effects?

Are movie-style practical special effects questions appropriate for Arts & Crafts SE? I mean like questions about how to make realistic-looking blood, how to make a face-melting special effect, ...
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Where can I get advice on identifying an artist or style?

I'm trying to identify a particular painted art style (like precisionism but with a tendency to use thicker paint daubs (oils?)). I can provide examples and images, but I'm aware this site is not ...
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If we had a art/craft exchange, who would participate?

I don't have details but I wanted to see how interested people are in this. We got several upvotes on the "Secret Santa" idea on the one-year celebration idea generation question, so I thought I'd ...
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Are questions about tool making on topic here?

I'm interested in making some tools such as knives including a draw knife, axe handles, as well as some shop machinery. Are questions about particular aspects of the making process of the above on ...
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Is it OK to cite brand/shop?

Is recommending a particular shop, online shop, or brand when answering a question acceptable, or would it be considered advertising?
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Next week (April 26th) marks our 1-year anniversary! How should we celebrate it?

April 26th, 2016 was the first day of our private beta (and May 17 was the start of our public beta) which means that in a few days we will celebrate one year as a site! Should we celebrate? If so, ...
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Unanswered questions with answer in comments

So, I tend to like looking at the unanswered questions queue to see what is stumping the group. I opened a random question (this one: What is the easiest/cheapest way to seal/stamp a brand in craft ...
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Have we become a help me find this thing site?

I just saw this question: How to make retail-friendly adhesive hang tab packaging and I have to admit, I'm seriously mystified as to how this is arts and crafts. We now support retail packaging ...
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Are culinary arts on topic

So I have been confused on whether I should post culinary arts on here, or on seasoned advice. I don't want to post any culinary arts related questions and get shutdown cause of them. By culinary arts ...