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Are digital arts on-topic here?

Clearly, drawing and painting are very on-topic here, being arts. Are their computer equivalents (i.e. with graphics tablets, etc) on-topic here?
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We should be giving credit where credit is due

I have seen several answers now that are just cut and paste from other websites. While that is fine as we want to have the content here it is important that these external sources be properly ...
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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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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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How do we deal with idea generation questions?

As we know and will likely keep seeing as this site progresses there will be plenty of subjectivity. I anticipate that we are going to get questions along the lines of What can I do with [x] I just ...
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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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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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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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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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Chat room name ideas?

Arts & Crafts has it's own beloved chatroom!!! Woot! The issue is, a few things. Make sure to chat! Discuss! Chat's your third home, feel free to take about the site, or even just have casual ...
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What topics can I ask about here?

This section is currently blank in our Help Center. While we can't have an exhaustive list of Arts & Crafts (IIRC, that's something that got hashed out on Area 51), being specific about what types ...
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What about the commitment phase questions?

So there were plenty of good questions there. Would it be considered fair game to ask those on the main site now? There could be some good questions there that could be left abandoned by the askers....
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What can we use as sources of inspiration for questions?

I am already starting to have trouble coming up with good questions for the site. At least in chat I have seen other users have a similar sentiment as well. Sure there are time constraints in people's ...
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Is the “How to cover books without bubbles” question on topic?

Right now there is a question about covering a book with contact paper (How can I cover books with contact paper without bubbles?) And I'm curious if this is considered "on topic" I would like to get ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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“Step guides”: The how-to question sagas

Quite possibly one of the largest things with arts and crafts is discovery. Lots and lots of discovery. Drawing from personal experience, I've loved to learn new crafts, and showcase things with ...
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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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What are Arts and Crafts?

So far, we have some questions asking about specific arts or crafts. We may ultimately find that this is the best way to deal with what is or isn't on topic. Having said that, there may be some ...
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How subjective can a Q/A get before it's too opinion-based?

This meta question was inspired by a recent site question (https://crafts.stackexchange.com/q/78/30) but I believe it may be likely to come up relatively often. Arts & Crafts can be a moderately ...
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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about art restoration on topic here?

From what I understand, the scope of this site is to act as a place for people who are artists/creators of art and crafts. Are topics that relate to art restoration/preservation considered part of ...
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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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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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What's the distinction between recipe and technique questions?

We've decided that "recipe" questions are off-topic, and in the recent question about paper airplanes, CreationEdge stated: However, the questions should be about the craft itself ... as with ...
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What should be our initial focuses for this site?

Likely there is a cross post meta about this so if someone is aware that would be good. Arts & Crafts has the potential to be a large and all encompassing site for several different hobbies, ...
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Can we please change the order of the pinned topics in our Help Center?

I noticed that our Help Center has the pinned posts in a different order than I'm used to seeing on many of the other sites. It seems that it may be a matter of site age what the default order for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should we create a tag for knit fabric?

I just posted a question with a new tag knit-fabric. I wasn't allowed to create knits, my first choice, since there was already a tag for knit (one question - this might be better served by knitting, ...
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Can a moderator make [crochet] and [crocheting] synonyms?

There's a disparity with using crochet and crocheting. They're used about 50/50 on questions right now, sometimes doubled up. It seems like the best bet for tags like these is to make the synonyms, ...
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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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Can we please be added to the sites allowed to embed Youtube videos?

I don't know if Jeff's list has changed at all since this was written but... as a site where videos could do a lot to help with technique, I think it would be really useful to have YouTube video ...
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Should we create some basic FAQ questions for popular types of Arts and Crafts?

I've been thinking about the sites I use, particularly Cooking, and I find that they have some great basic FAQ questions on the main site that help users answer more specific questions without asking ...
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Are paper airplanes on-topic here?

Considering that origami is an art, and paper airplanes are basically the same, except that you make airplanes with the paper and throw them, is paper airplane making within the scope of crafts.se?
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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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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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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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