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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about the history and interpretation of other people's paintings off-topic here?

I wanted to ask something about a theme that appears in a painting by the French artist James Tissot, so I thought it would be on-topic here. But it wouldn't be, right, because this is only for ...
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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?