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Can we re-open the door to something a little like photo critique?

See How can we do photo critiques? and Should Photo Critiques be allowed? for previous discussion. It's generally been the consensus in the past that this is outside the charter of the site. But our ...
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“Filters must be destroyed!” (Must every UV/protection filter question get this response?)

This started as a comment on Itai's answer to this question, but it got a bit lengthy, and at the same time I figured that was not the best place for my whine. Here I go: lately I was quite suprised ...
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What about “review this item please” questions?

Example: How good is Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG Macro Lens The question shows that some basic research has been done, and it's not one of those "shop for me!" questions we all love so much. But, ...
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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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Sustained Troll attack

One particularly troublesome person has been trolling this site. Happily the moderators have contained the problem and I want to express my appreciation for their good work.
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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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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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Photo location tips: on or off topic?

Inspired by this question: What are some of the best spots in New York City to take really good pictures? Are posts that ask for photo location tips on or off topic?
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Are questions about video cameras allowed?

Am I allowed to ask about camcorders and other such video related tools? I am pretty sure questions about video technique are off-topic, but what about the actual cameras?
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Are questions about concepts which are “similar” to those in photography on-topic?

This question is about the "HDR" acronym now being applied to some televisions. "HDR" is this context does stand for High Dynamic Range, which is of course a well known concept in photography. However,...
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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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Proposed “soft-landing” for “what camera” questions.

This is building on an idea from this discussion about equipment recommendations. The idea is that we'd have a "soft landing" post which "I am new; what camera should I buy?" questions could be marked ...
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Move off-topic questions

Will there be an option to move off-topic questions to superuser when the site goes live? There will of course from time to time come questions like this one (where the only relation to photography ...
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Are homework questions on or off topic?

There's a question that's just been added to the main stack which reads very much like a homework question with three combinations of: I have this focal length, ISO, aperture and shutter speed on a ...
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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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Are stop motion quesitons on topic?

See for example What features does a camera need to be used for good quality stop-motion animation? Stop motion is an area that definitely blurs the line between still photography and video. Should ...
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Where do we draw the line on Photoshop and similar questions?

Possible Duplicates: Where is the right stackexchange site to post photoshop questions (here or superuser) ? Is this the appropriate place to ask questions about how to accomplish an effect in ...
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Are specific camera hardware questions on-topic?

I have a digital camera that is a few years old, and has a specific kind of image quality problems, especially in darker settings. I'm not a professional photographer, so I'm having a hard time ...
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Are questions about industrial optics on topic?

Recently I saw two questions pop up that didn't jump out as photography themed: What does "distortion <XX%" mean in lens specs? and How to read a lens spot diagram?. After a response from ...
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Color-theory or linguistics

A recent question - Why are there no dark yellows, or bright violets? - asks about perception and color naming. At first glance, I certainly see how this is related to photography, but I can't quite ...
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Single vs Multiple answers

Here's a question that has been answered with lists: What are must have accessories? Is this 'good', or would this be a 'better' way to ask this question: If you see an accessory you think is a must,...
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Can we ask questions about photographic scouting and photojournalistic technique?

Are questions about photojournalistic technique on topic? For example, here is an article about tips for photographing golf tournaments. Are questions along the lines in the article on topic? What ...
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Can we modify the “shopping” close reason to include more than just “out-of-date quickly”?

Currently, the "shopping" close reason says Questions seeking product or service recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the ...
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When flagging a question as off-topic, is there a way to suggest another SE site

Currently if I flag a question as "better suited for another SE site", the only suggestion is this "meta". How can I suggest "GraphicDesign" (for PS/Gimp questions) or SuperUser (for general computer ...
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In-sufficent Off-topic flagging options [duplicate]

It seems that there is a bug with the off-topic flagging as there is only the option to migrate to meta. There should at least be one other option. This has also been brought up several times since ...
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Can I ask “find me x” questions regarding stock photography with specific rights?

Such as, "I need a public domain, commercial-use and free-to-modify picture of a middle aged woman with blemishes."
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Questions not about photography involving devices whose primary purpose is not photography, but which can be used for photography?

So it seems Questions (potentially) on photography using not-quite-a-camera...cameras are considered on-topic. What about questions not about photography involving devices whose primary purpose is ...
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How can we make this open ended question answerable?

How much time do you spend actually shooting a single look? is almost certainly too broad and opinion-based. Yet, it's clearly about photography and a respite from the common questions about gear and ...
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Is photo restoration on topic?

(This is spawned from: What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?) The question is pretty simple: Is photo restoration on topic on this site?
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What is meant by “photographic equipment” as reference in the help center?

I recently posted a question that was put on hold as off-topic. I understand that questions about videography are off-topic here on Photo.SE (as discussed here), and this question is by no means a re-...
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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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Suggestions to improve the Ask a Question & Help Center pages in regards to the policy on shopping questions

I was just checking on whether a user I sent to this site ended up finding an answer over here. I noticed that the question was quite quickly closed though. Although, that user ended up changing the ...
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Questions about (famous) photographers

Would this be on or off-topic? Somebody's rare work, prints' availability, techniques, setups, books?
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Are these measurement questions on-topic?

There are questions that appear more like mathematical excersises than photographic. Question only needs to include the size of a sensor of the camera at hand to make it answerable in MathSE, or ...
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When is Off-Topic relevant enough to be acceptable?

A thread was started earlier today, titled "What is your favorite photography joke?" There was some discussion going on in the comments of this question about whether the question was off-topic, and ...
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On possibily migrating astrophotography questions from Physics.SE to Photography.SE [duplicate]

Background: When the Astronomy.SE beta site closed, its questions were moved en masse to Physics.SE where the great bulk of them at certainly on topic. One of the possible exceptions are those ...
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Question about Voyager, Pioneer and other space programs

I always wondered what kind of cameras the space probes have. Like megapixel count, sensor size, lens length, that kind of stuff. Would it be off topic in this SE?
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Can I ask for someone to post some photos from a camera?

Can I ask someone to post some images from a particular camera without getting the question down-voted?
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Is “where to find RAW files” a good question?

We have an old (2012) question "Where can I get free RAW files online for practicing with Lightroom?". To me, this is showing many of the problems of off-site resource questions: In the top-voted, ...
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Color Workflow question on-topic?

I have set up a complete color workflow in order to photograph artwork in a studio setting. Using Passport Color Checker to make a custom camera profile for Lightroom Calibrating my monitors with ...
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Are questions on whether a specific image is photoshopped in scope?

Skeptics.SE has several questions that are of the form "Is this specific image photoshopped?" - the last one today. Sometimes, someone already did the legwork, and posted an analysis of the image on ...
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Request: Change “using photographic equipment” to “using photographic equipment (in the context of photography)”

This has come up before, but mostly in the context of video (see What is meant by "photographic equipment" as reference in the help center?), although it's also a frequent issue around ...
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Migrate off-topic questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we have a migration path → superuser, graphicdesign, and avp, please? This question was asked over a year ago, about giving some options to migrate questions when they are ...
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Questions that are already answered by other online resources

What I like about stack overflow was that it was a great resource to go to when you cannot find the answer to your question by spending some time searching the web. I think that having questions on ...
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Questions About Flickr: on vs. off topic

Thoughts on whether questions about Flickr (specifically about certain features/functionality) would be on or off topic for the site? I would think it's on-topic, but it's not strictly about the ...
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Can I ask a question about a specific camera's wi-fi problem in photo SE?

Can I ask a question about its wi-fi without getting down-voted in Photography Stack Exchange?
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Is it ok to post a picture of an insect to ask what it is?

I took a few pictures of an insect last night, and I really have no idea what it is, and am very curious to find out. Would it be off topic to post it as a question to see if anyone else can possibly ...
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Is, “please take this picture for me?” on topic?

As a follow-on to my variable-aperture question from a few days ago I'd like to ask for someone to take a picture like Imre suggested, because I don't have enough experience with flash to get a good ...
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What's going on with the blatantly off-topic IT support questions?

In the past week, we've seen a few (three? maybe more?) completely, blatantly off-topic IT support questions. The most recent is Tool to fix Corrupt OUTLOOK PST file, and I've seen at least two more ...
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On-topic and off-top subjects

What subjects are considered to be on-topic and off-topic on Photography.SE? I realise that there is probably a guide somewhere, but I can't find it.