I recently asked a question regarding sharing or publishing photos I took. It has been migrated to another Stack Exchange website, as off-topic. When the question received the template message that it didn't belong here without specific details, I was wondering what the rules were here.
The list of topics covered include many things around the equipment and the shots, but after the shot itself, it seems the only topic is "photographic processing or retouching" which is vague ("processing" could pretty much be replaced by "doing something with your photo"). It is a bit more precise when we can read that "Image Manipulation (outside of the Photography context)" is off-topic. But still, not that precise. In that list of topics covered or not, my question was lying in a big hole in my opinion. Photography is obviously about preparing a camera, a scene and taking a shot but it's also about manipulating the image and sharing it (or keeping it to oneself).
This last part is where the boundaries are unclear. Most questions like this or others tagged
printing are interesting and fairly specific to photography, so I would believe they belong here.
Many others like this one and some linked questions are closed with a similar off-topic, opinion-based or short-lived, which are common reasons raised among Stack Exchange communities. And often hide just a grey area. In particular, with digital photography, many tools used once the shot is taken will involve some software. While I personally agree that asking for the "best" software usually yields unhelpful answers, I also think that figuring what kind of process you want to have with your photos, typically where to share and how to share it, is really helpful for a photographer. The accepted answer to that closed question is a good example of a useful answer that doesn't recommend a specific tool but rather lists options of whom/how to share your photos. I tried to phrase my question in the same manner, explaining my process of sharing and figuring if any tool matches this process rather than asking for a specific software.
What are the precise boundaries to the covered topics? In particular:
- Is sharing with friends on-topic?
- Is sharing on the Web on-topic?
- Is sharing on social media on-topic?
- Are printing techniques on-topic?
- Is finding a printing process on-topic?
And updating the
on-topic page with more precise boundaries to make it a bit simpler for new users and the rest of the community to figure what they can post or close.