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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Image of the week “hall of fame”

You may know that https://photo.stackexchange.com/ (this site's parent :) has a "Photo of the week" contest. Here are all the images featured on the homepage from the beginning of the current year in ...
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Weekly Featured Image: Ongoing Contest

This is the place to submit and vote on photos to be featured on the the main site. This contest should showcase your best quality work, demonstrating at least moderate skill with a camera and a ...
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Back-editing “What's this effect” questions

It's been done before - How can I create this 'medieval look' using an entry-level camera like the Nikon D3300? - which ended up being my single largest rep source ;) This started out as a ...
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Is there a tag for “copy this photo look”?

I'm interested in answering questions that relate to "how do I achieve this effect?", but I don't see a tag for that type of question. Is there one?
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Heads up: new spam tactic

Well, not necessarily brand new, but we're seeing a spate of it. Spammers are creating questions copied from Reddit, DPReview, and other sites, and then coming back a few days later to edit spam links ...
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What should we do about portfolio reviews?

This is actually the second meta question about Looking for feedback! Am I ready to take photography to the next level?. The other meta question focuses on the "starting a business" aspect. But, I ...
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Is this question really a duplicate of the one marked as such?

I'm really scratching my head trying to understand how upgrading to full frame with just one lens is a duplicate of Is there ever a right time to upgrade to full frame camera body? Sure, on the ...
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Could we have done better with this budding new biz question?

Question...in question? As it stood, I think it wasn't quite the best question. But, I think there is the making there for a good-subjective question by going down one of two roads. Path 1: We set ...
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Is it poor etiquette to downvote without leaving a comment?

This is mostly an attempt to make the unwritten principle a written one. The principle, I think, is that we want to help site members improve their questions and answers, so if someone leaves an ...
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Is there any hope for making this site about photography?

We sure are good at getting questions on what camera is better than what other camera, and we're perfectly great at answering questions about optics and mechanics and how buttons and dials work. We're ...
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When are time lapse questions on topic? When are they off topic?

This question, Photoshop CC converting image layers to video clip, was nominated to be closed as off topic because it is about video. The issue addressed has absolutely no application to the capture ...
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How do I submit a photo for the weekly contest?

I´ve been on the weekly foto contest page, but it´s not clear how to upload a photo.
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Photography new site theme is ready for testing

We have enabled the new site theme for testing on your site. How do I enable it? Click here and check the "Beta test new themes". This will turn on the new theme for any site, including this one, ...
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Can we stop accepting / burninate the [image] tag?

Can we get rid of the image tag? It's way too broad - any question on the site could be tagged this with no value added. It has no tag wiki or usage description. It only has 44 questions, none of ...
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New Photography site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. Photography is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the design ...
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Are questions about scientific photography on topic?

Scientists in many fields use still photography in their research. However, the exact camera specifications and details of their needs are often quite different than those of photographers whose ...
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Is the purpose of allowing practically anyone to edit a question/answer to allow material changes to the original author's intent?

If even the original author should not change their original question materially after the fact, why does it seem to be OK to allow another, relatively new, user to go on a rampage of editing dozens ...
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Should auto-generated “Possible duplicate” comments be deleted while close votes on a question are still pending?

I just came across something I've not noticed before. A question asked on July 28 (nine days ago as of now) has three active votes to "close as duplicate." Does time lapse of the sun damage the auto-...
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Advising to throw away fixable hardware vs advising to sell it to someone who can fix it

I saw this question here and people are recommending OP to throw it away because repairs will probably cost more than a new item. OP seems to say that is indeed the case in one of the comments. But ...
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Self disclosure

The Stack Overflow guidelines under Help center > Our Model specifically state the following: The community tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it as spam. Post good, relevant answers, ...
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To what degree should we cover extremely basic information trivial to find in the manual?

How to take a picture by looking to the display of the Nikon D5100 instead of looking through the viewfinder eyepiece? for example. This is extremely easy to find in the manual, which is itself ...
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How about a new tag: “Photo Re-Creation”?

This question on How to achieve this retro elegant look? has been met with the typical response for re-creation questions. However, I think that OP gives enough body in the question to let us ...
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Self Answered Questions

I have a terminology question I'd love to get other users answers to, mainly to see if it changes from country to country. I know the answer to it, but don't immediatly (if at all) want to answer it ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for critique of an answer

I've seen several instances where two or three answers are very similar (though having materially identical content) but receive a different amount of votes. Ignoring the advantage that goes to ...
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I have a question about Photoshop (The program). Is it on topic?

I'm having a problem with photoshop 19.1 and scaling in Windows. Photoshop is a photographers tool but the question isn't necessarily just relevant to photography. Is it on topic here?
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Is Photography SE interested in Family History?

The Photography SE Help suggests that old photographs and identifying the people making and featuring in them may be on-topic here: history of photography photography in society but I ...
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Can we please disallow (or at least strongly discourage) answers which consist of screenshots of other websites?

I flagged this answer, which consists primarily of a large screenshot of a Wikipedia page, for moderator attention, and that flag was rejected as invalid. I'd like to appeal this rejection, and get ...
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Why so many downvotes on this question?

I recently asked this question: 24-200MM lens for Nikon D850? I neglected to include my research effort evidence originally, however after being questioned, I first added research evidence via ...
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Picture of the Week Theme Ideas

This is the official thread for submitting theme ideas for the Picture of the Week. Generally speaking, there will be about 11-12 "open" theme weeks a year. Some theme weeks will be predetermined, ...
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Clarification criteria for “What's this effect?” questions

We all know we get a lot of these - some ought to be immediately consigned to the "It's an Instagram filter" bucket & quietly left to rot by the wayside. Others, however - even though the OP ...
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Once again we manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the way we handle an imperfect question

This question. Yes, the question needed clarification. This suggested edit attempted to provide clarification. Yes it made a calculated presumption. But that presumption was by far the most likely ...
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Is the time over for the Photography weekly featured image?

I was reading up on the network wide SE changes: Ch-ch-ch-changes: Left nav, responsive design, & themes. Two things caught my eye: Photo.SE is currently getting the "Cadillac treatment" when it ...
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Shouldn't we try to point new users in the right direction *before* mercilessly criticizing their question?

Must we insist on criticizing questions by new users without even attempting to point them in the right direction where they might find what they need? I'm speaking primarily of the first comment, ...
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Is it against official policy to be helpful and point new users in the right direction when they ask an inappropriate question?

Shouldn't a link to chat be the first thing we would offer a new user who asks something like this? At times it seems like we want to run new people off! We obviously have no trouble telling a new ...
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Image Processing Questions on Topic?

It's been established that "how do I do this with photoshop" Questions are Ok so long as they pertain to particular photographic goal. It's also been established that Photo Editing, Manipulation, and ...
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Edit posts/answers for acronyms?

Acronyms are well known to those in a community, and not so known to those outside of it. For this reason, new photographers may find new and old questions and answers hard to decipher. As a general ...
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Adjust old answer to add in info that may be out of scope?

This question is most likely going to be marked as a dupe of this question. While I agree that the two are very similar, the answer of the older Q doesn't involve any advice for film shooters when ...
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Tags specific to Geographical Locations

I've just answered this question: First paid gig as an amateur; do I need insurance? which is obviously UK specific, where as there's another similar question: Recommendations for insuring camera ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Should we encourage / allow comments with helpful advice to questions we know will be closed?

This is a followup to Short answers as comments — please resist the urge and to Removed comment. It is often the case that we get questions asking for camera shopping advice, or which are otherwise ...
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There's now a software recommendations site: should we make these off topic?

https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/ is now in beta, but it seems to be going strong. Should we add this to the sister sites list and start migrating new software recommendation questions there?
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Criteria for determining if a post should be a comment or an answer

We have previously discussed that we don't want comments to be used for answers, but we also seem to not want under-developed answers either. This leads to a problem where we need a reasonably ...
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Image of the Week “Hall of Fame” (2017 Archive)

You may know that https://photo.stackexchange.com/ (this site's parent :) has a "Photo of the week" contest. Here are all the images featured on the homepage from the beginning of the current year in ...
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If a question is worth answering, it's probably worth upvoting

I've noticed a trend on Photo.SE where people rarely upvote posts even though they're keen to spend their time on a detailed answer. As an example, this post has 5 answers with only 3 upvotes and this ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote well-meaning, on-topic questions that don't fit the Stack Exchange format?

Case in point, Inspiring biographies of photographers, which asks: Just asking, also for future reference: Have you read any inspiring biographies on photographers? Which ones do you recommend?...
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Why are printers, earplugs, and shoes on topic, but not video, graphic editing, or computer vision?

We have this question about earplugs What kind of earplugs are best for concert photography?, which has remained open by consensus despite some interest in closing it as off-topic. There's also this ...
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When is a studio equipment not studio equipment

This question was moderator closed as off topic. The help center does not state that computer vision and industrial imaging are off topic. If in addition the question had included a statement about ...
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How MUCH editing for new user submissions?

This question is regarding this post: https://photo.stackexchange.com/revisions/94624/1 and in part, this one as well: Are homework questions on or off topic? I'm looking at this from the ...
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KISS or Extrapolate questions?

A comment that Michael made in this question got me thinking. The question itself has been answered and was actually hyper-focused on the terminology. The answer extrapolates out a little and gets ...