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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Please use custom (fill-in-the-blank) off-topic close reasons!

If you have sufficient reputation to see the tools (2000 rep), I invite you to check out this page. This is the close statistics page and it's really helpful to moderators and high-reputation users to ...
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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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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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Is this an appropriate way to edit an off-topic question?

I'm asking about this specific question. If you check the revisions, you'll see that OP's question was a "shopping" question, and did not give any specifics about what they needed other than "cheap". ...
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Challenging migration of "System for Documenting Ideas" question

The question https://crafts.stackexchange.com/questions/2672/system-for-documenting-ideas was just migrated to the Software Recommendations community, but I think this misinterprets the focus of the ...
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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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Is this question about paint composition on topic?

I'm wondering if this question is on topic for Arts & Crafts or not: https://crafts.stackexchange.com/q/2559/30 We all know most commonly known paints are CMY(k) because they are "subtractive"...
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I don't think we need [practice]

I have seen practice show up on a couple of questions now. I should think that it is a given that people are here to learn and practice. Comes part and parcel with the territory of SE and especially ...
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Should we have tags for individual articles of clothing?

Should we have tags for individual articles of clothing? Articles of clothing, such as pants, dresses, hats, etc. can be part of many types of crafts. For instance: sewing, crocheting, costume design ...
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How topical are crafting tool questions when they get into history?

This meta question is inspired by a recent A&C question: What happened to slant-needle sewing machines? Slant-needle sewing machines used to be all the rage, and it's easy to see why: being ...
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So, how do we all feel about Hats?

Stack Exchange celebrates the winter holidays by having a "hat" event known as "Winter Bash" which starts this year on December 19th and lasts about two weeks. Doing actions on the sites can earn you ...
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When will the on-topic FAQ go live?

We've discussed what it should contain, and come up with a draft... Those posts were last active 5 months ago. I recently consulted the page to check if a question would be on topic, but it's still ...
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Would a question about infusing scent into myrrh be on topic?

How can I make rose scented myrrh incense? How can I make rose scented incense with unscented myrrh resin drops? I have some of natural scented and would like to be able to be able to give it a rose ...
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Proposal for background illustration for art and crafts se Web page [duplicate]

If it is not a hard and fast rule that "a beta-branch can't use illustrations on top bars and backgrounds", there should be use of page-illustrations. Isn't? In my preference a soft landscape or ...
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Are service inquires off-topic?

I figured I would ask here to see if anyone had experience with any services, but not sure if service recommendations are off-topic. From what I see off-topic has a lot to do with opinions, and even ...
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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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Should we have some form of tailoring tag?

Even with the exclusion of embroidery and cross stitch in the sewing tag, could it be argued that the tag is still too broad? For example, questions about adjusting patterns to fit properly might be ...
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Should we have weekly/fortnightly topic challenges?

A long time ago, on a site far, far away (roughly two clicks), a great suggestion was made. Jon Ericson came up with the idea of weekly/fortnightly topic challenges. For those not willing to make the ...
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Let's advertise the community on some related sites!

It's getting a bit quiet here and we'd like to up our visibility a bit. We think a good start for that is to create some directed Community Ads on other sites (as was discussed previously here). ...
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I would like to introduce a new HNQ based feed in chat

We have been in public beta for a while. One of the many ways our site gets attention is via the Hot Network Questions(NHQ) feed and site bar on StackExchange. There is a formula that will elect ...
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There appears to be crossover with 'technique-identification' and 'terminology' tags

The current wiki excerpt for terminology states: Defining, explaining or finding terms used for the tools, materials or techniques used in crafting. technique-identification does not currently ...
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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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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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What is the way to reform the question about understanding abstract drawings?

Well, until I understand what rules are there for drawing abstract drawings, I won't be able to draw them. Like photography has some rules like rule of thirds, golden ratio rule etc. , I was hoping ...
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What are our thoughts on whether general "how do I fix this" questions are on topic or not?

This is a very complex question that will not likely have a simple solution. Two questions were asked recently that seem, on the surface, to have no relation to A&C. One has since been edited in ...
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On-topic FAQ Draft

Thank you for all the suggestions from What should our on-topic FAQ contain? The pro tem mods have discussed and compiled the ideas into the following text to go on the What questions can I ask about ...
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New site description

Now that we've had some time in beta, we're looking at solidifying our site description. This is what we've come up with: This site is for artists, crafters, and hobbyists interested in creating ...
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Should we allow brand name tags to be used in place of generics?

If you were about the sneeze or clean up the aftermath you might be inclined to get or ask for a Kleenex®. However, unless you own the actual brand, you are actually looking for a facial tissue. ...
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What sort of chat events should we hold?

Not all Arts & Crafts questions are well-suited to the StackExchange model -- for example, "does my artwork look good" or "what craft can I make with popsicle sticks". However, these could be ...
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Please welcome your moderators pro tempore!

First off, thanks to everyone who participated at the moderator nomination meta post! I may eventually be contacting additional users to fill more moderator slots, but I wanted to get the folks below ...
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Are "how do I reproduce this" questions on-topic?

Would a question of the type "here's a portion of a painting1 I really admire, how do I reproduce it?" be on topic? By "reproduce", I don't mean "how do I use a copy machine", obviously. :) I mean, ...
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What guidelines should we set for "identification"-style questions?

I know that ID questions are very contentious on different sites - some sites love them and others hate them. I believe that they can be successful here if we set some strict ground rules to make the ...
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Can we axe the 'technique' tag?

The technique tag is overly broad, could apply to every craft we have, and doesn't tell us anything about what's physically needing to be done or which craft it's for, without the addition of another ...
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Can we make a papercraft tag? (and possibly delete the paper-crafts tag?)

It sounds like we've kind of decided that the [paper-craft] tag isn't particularly useful and more of a meta tag. And in the meantime, there's actually a craft called papercraft--cutting and gluing ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

At this stage in a beta site's life, one of the things it needs most (along with questions, answers, and users) is VOTES. Voting from the community on questions and answers will help to determine what ...
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How will we handle overlap with DIY.SE?

The Home Improvement site is an older, graduated, Stack Exchange which looks as though it's going to have a fair amount of scope overlap with Arts & Crafts. From their help centre (emphasis mine): ...
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May we have a list of useful books and blogs for drawing and painting?

ELL have a thread of this topic in their meta. Photo.se have this sort of thread on their main site. https://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/16/what-are-the-first-few-photography-books-someone-...
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What can we do to advertise between SE sites now that we are in public beta?

I am understand that community ads are available only to graduated sites. However I know that I have seen Woodworking.SE ads/links on places like DIY.SE. I will have to reach out to that community to ...
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Care vs Maintenance

Currently we have some tags such as brush-maintenance and pencil-maintenance, which I believe are my doing. But that seems overly formal and wordy, and tool-care where you replace tool with the ...
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Questions asking for resources - On or off topic?

Inspired by this question: https://crafts.stackexchange.com/questions/451/resources-for-lost-wax-casting Should we make requests for resources off topic here?
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Refine definition for material-selection/medium-selection tags?

material-selection and medium-selection strike me as very similar tags. How should their definitions differ and/or overlap?
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How strict are we going to be with comments?

On the question What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil? there was at least one comments that was removed. It was from me and was something along the lines of: Yes I was interested in this as ...
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What's the policy on questions about the "best" way of doing X?

An edit was just suggested to my question, replacing "What's the best way to ... ?" with "How to ... ?" I approved the edit, since SE automatically gives a warning that questions containing "best" in ...
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Tags for paint and painting

Scanning the list of tags, I found a several that seem quite similar and probably need clearer usage guidance in the form of tag wikis and excerpts: paint: 3 questions, two about what type of paint ...
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What should our on-topic FAQ contain?

Stolen from Cooking.SE - If you're unsure how this should look, check out their version, which has really great examples. It's generally a good idea to have a separate Meta question to reference that ...