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Is "virtual photography" on topic here?

At the very core, photography is about catching light on a surface that reacts to it. That doesn't happen at all with virtual photography. It's all Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) a/k/a Computer ...
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Are homework questions on or off topic?

On the main stackexchange site, homework questions are not off-topic. However they expect you to have made an attempt to figure out the answer yourself before asking. In the example you gave there ...
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To what degree should we cover extremely basic information trivial to find in the manual?

The question, while trivially answered, certainly seems topical. And IMO, answering in comments, even an obvious answer, is not appropriate. The downvote reason, "This question does not show any ...
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Why are printers, earplugs, and shoes on topic, but not video, graphic editing, or computer vision?

Here's my take. We want this site to continue to grow are around a community of practice. In this case, that community is defined right first thing in the tour: Photography Stack Exchange is a ...
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Would questions about finding images that fit a description on-topic?

This site is mostly dedicated to talking about how to create images, rather than how to find existing images. A question that would be on topic might be something like, "How do I create an image ...
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Are questions about scientific photography on topic?

Questions about scientific and technical photography should absolutely be on topic. Neither the title of the stack nor any portion of the help section specifies pictorial / artistic photography. I ...
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Are questions about scientific photography on topic?

I think they're on topic when the intended result is a scientific photograph. Many of these questions are not, in fact, interested in anything to do with the creation of images using light. Instead, ...
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Are questions about scientific photography on topic?

I don't see why scientific photography wouldn't be on topic. We have plenty of directions of pursuit here that would not be of interest to everyone. For example, we routinely deal with questions ...
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To what degree should we cover extremely basic information trivial to find in the manual?

This specific case is a little different than most, I think, because of OP's comment to the answer: Thanks a lot. You are right, I am totally new to this camera and to photography in general. ...
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How can we make this open ended question answerable?

It's not possible to separate the question from opinion without turning it into an entirely different question. I am unable to discern a reason for the question beyond discussion. There is no ...
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How can we make this open ended question answerable?

While I think that the question is interesting, I agree with xiota on the opinion/personal-part and the definition of look-part, but I think it is a problem of broadness, too: A press photographer ...
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Is "virtual photography" on topic here?

I just came over just because of seeking guidance to this exact topic. In my opinion, it does not qualify as photography in the sense of the word. "the art or process of producing images by the ...
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Can I ask "find me x" questions regarding stock photography with specific rights?

No. This is a question and answer site. The goal is to increase knowledge. What you're looking for isn't really an answer — it is a specific thing. And, it's not really a question — it's a request ...
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Can I ask "find me x" questions regarding stock photography with specific rights?

This site is aimed primarily at producing photos and issues related to what is needed to create a specific type of photo such as the one you described. It is not concerned with finding such images ...
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Can I ask "find me x" questions regarding stock photography with specific rights?

Generally, no. That type of question is really going to get shut down pretty quick around here and usually without a moderator doing it.
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Is this question about device color calibration on topic?

My vote would be yes. It's a bit technical, but it's the digital equivalent of some of the finer points of color exposure in film development. I wouldn't strongly object if the community decided no ...
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Can I ask a question about a specific camera's wi-fi problem in photo SE?

I generally agree with @scottbb. That said: The more this is about the context of a photographic workflow, the better. If it's about transferring your photos in the field, that's on topic. If it's ...
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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 a specific camera's wi-fi problem in photo SE? Sure, why not? Assuming the problem is actually with the camera, or about the camera's configuration, it seems on-topic to me....
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Are questions about scientific photography on topic?

I know I am an outsider, but I have quite some experience with scope discussions: At the end of the day, questions are closed for being out of scope because the community to which they are asked (in ...
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Questions not about photography involving devices whose primary purpose is not photography, but which can be used for photography?

I don't understand your frustration. A GoPro certainly is a camera. I disagree that it's a "not-quite-a-camera". And it's primary purpose is photography, shooting video and stills. Questions that ...
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Suggestions to improve the Ask a Question & Help Center pages in regards to the policy on shopping questions

I don't think I disagree with any of this. However, please see this very recent post from Stack Exchange staff on the chances of ever getting any improvements to this site implemented — the odds are ...
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To what degree should we cover extremely basic information trivial to find in the manual?

Since I was the novice who asked the question that produced this debate, I would like to contribute to the previous answers. Now I see clearly that I just needed to take a simple look to the manual. ...
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Could we have done better with this budding new biz question?

I see two big issues here that are difficult to address. First, without the OP's input we can't really coral the question in to either of these questions as we don't know the OP's intent. Second, ...
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Can we ask questions about photographic scouting and photojournalistic technique?

We have a number of 'how do I set up to get the shot I want' type of questions. This can range from how to hold a camera to how to gain access to a subject not generally available to just anyone. In ...
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When flagging a question as off-topic, is there a way to suggest another SE site

How can I suggest "GraphicDesign" (for PS/Gimp questions) or SuperUser (for general computer questions, such as recovering files). Flag for moderator attention. Or can these be added by the Powers ...
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Questions not about photography involving devices whose primary purpose is not photography, but which can be used for photography?

I like confetti's opinion on this but my own thought has one less if/then in the flowchart: Is the question in the pursuit of a photograph for the photograph's sake? If yes, it's on topic. If no, it'...
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Is "virtual photography" on topic here?

I'm just going to play devil's advocate a tad here; call it a frame challenge - not because I want in-game photography to be a part of what we deal with on a daily basis in here; I do think it belongs ...
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Can I ask for someone to post some photos from a camera?

This is not a good Stack Exchange question — in fact, it's not really a question at all, but a service request. You're asking for someone to make a photograph for you, or to Google up some results. ...
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Are homework questions on or off topic?

With regards to homework questions on other Meta Stacks It seems like most large SE sites that map closely to courses (SO/SU/SWEng, Physics, Math, etc.) have tackled this in their Meta sites. The ...
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Could we have done better with this budding new biz question?

Too broad? Maybe. Primarily opinion based? Hardly. The principles of marketing are not "primarily opinion based." Like any of the social sciences, they are not "hard" science, but they can be proven ...
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