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Please stop downvoting perfectly good questions about actual photography

Agreed. This is not an opinion-based question, this is a question about the creative process. Which is subjective, but just as photography itself. Gear-related questions are boring, common all over ...
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How should we handle the "what (Instagram) filter is makes this photo" type questions?

I'm okay with the current way of handling them — direct them to What's the best way to ask a "How do I achieve this effect?" question?, and close it as unclear. If the person is ...
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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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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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Are framing questions on topic?

Yes, as long as you are framing a photograph. However, you'll get better expertise here if the question is directly related to something about the photograph itself — either to do with matching the ...
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Are questions about concepts which are "similar" to those in photography on-topic?

I can see it as reasonable to explain that the term is different than the similar one used in photography, and briefly detail how/why — but not to go into a lot of detail into the off-topic part. ...
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Why did this question get upvotes?

One reason to upvote questions like this a little bit is so that new users can upload images. In this case, the upvote isn't an indication that it's a great question, but that the asker isn't ...
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Why are accepted answers providing points if the question is closed as duplicate?

Points stay. And the asker also can accept an answer after the closing of the question, and that still gives the answerer those accepted answer points.
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Is "where to find RAW files" a good question?

I think it's a poor fit. Basically: It's a list oriented question and such questions tend to be poorly maintained. Ideally we would want to be able to have questions, along with their answers, stand ...
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How should we handle the "what (Instagram) filter is makes this photo" type questions?

Here's a template comment similar to the one I use for "What's this effect" questions, but expanded Many people assume that software processing is key to what they like in a photograph — but often, ...
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Is it ok to upvote questions

Without wanting to be too unhelpful, you should upvote questions you think are good questions. One way to determine this is by the tooltip on the upvote button: This question shows research effort; ...
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Why not say it explicitly? "Product recommendation questions aren't allowed here."

You are correct in that these questions appear daily. However, be aware that they tend to get flagged and later removed. That being said, you can ask a good product/brand question. For example: ...
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How can we get more questions about photographs?

Relevant: Good Subjective, Bad Subjective blog entry by Robert Cartaino a few years ago. I think it is possible to have such questions quite readily as long as the person can identify the result that ...
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Are questions about microscope equipment on topic?

I think that particular question is borderline. Microscopy does involve photography. It may not necessarily be an artistic form of photography, but not all photography is (although some microscope ...
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What should we do with questions which assume photography is all Photoshop tricks?

This is a situation where I don't really think our current system is broken, just the way some are using it. If they link to photos only and don't describe them, close as unclear because links are ...
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What should we do with questions which assume photography is all Photoshop tricks?

We should answer such questions. However, most of these questions fit into a few generic types. We could write one question for each type, answer it well, then close others as duplicates pointing to ...
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How can we get more questions about photographs?

I think this is a great idea. I like photo.se, but I've come to see it pretty much only as a place where highly technical aspects of photography are discussed. If there were an equal focus on the art ...
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How can we get more questions about photographs?

I think there are a few aspects that especially bias the kind of questions being asked here. Originating from SO and similar technophile sites, a bigger portion of the visitors is from a more ...
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Why did this question get upvotes?

I would say its a simple case of "me too" voting. What can help with example questions like this is encouragement to post examples from perhaps not only the op but also any supporters. Ultimately the ...
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Are questions about concepts which are "similar" to those in photography on-topic?

My take: off-topic. Just because the terms are the same, it doesn't mean it's on-topic here. A question about (window) shutters wouldn't be on topic just because a camera has a shutter.
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Can I ask about how to develop this specific photograph?

Yes, these types of questions are on scope and welcomed here provided one uses a descriptive title and also describes what exact attribute in the image it is that one wishes to understand and/or ...
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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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Requirement to make post-pro questions non-app dependent?

I don't think we can make that a requirement, but we can certainly strive to make "generic" answers or at least answers that require and teach some understanding (and be prepared to upvote them to ...
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Where is all the new content for the photo site?

Is this even the right place to ask this? Sure, here is fine. Chat is also a good place to ask this sort of thing. Not that there's a lot of activity there. Or here at Meta, for that matter. ...
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Would a question regarding upgrade options be on-topic?

We have a canonical question on lens compatibility; most questions along the lines you're asking will tend to get redirected to that one as we don't feel it's valuable to have a separate question for ...
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How should we handle the "what (Instagram) filter is makes this photo" type questions?

Though I do agree with Scott & Matt's answers, I feel there's more to come from the instagram crowd... & not in a good way. but often, it's lighting, timing, skill, or something else No, ...
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Flash power and softboxes — add a bounty or add a question?

Since it can vary so much from one light modifier to the next I'm not sure any such question is a good fit here unless a specific modifier is identified. It's kind of like asking, "How many horsepower ...
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Can I ask for someone to post some photos from a camera?

As is always the case, there is no guarantee your question won't get downvoted. But, good questions rarely get downvoted. Generally, I think that the voters here tend towards generosity rather than ...
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Can I ask for someone to post some photos from a camera?

That really depends on the question. The first step is to make sure the question itself is a good fit for this site. Then there has to be a good reason why the many pictures out there of various ...

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