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Game plan - What is on-topic?

Please note; Due to its very nature, this post is very subjective and is not intended to be a definitive list of categories. It is merely an attempt to offer one perspective of what has been suggested,...
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Do we have Standardised Comments?

There are times when certain standardised comments are called for. Here are some examples (the links go to the various sections below, under the Answers): General comments Prompting user to accept an ...
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Community Ads! Let's make 2d ads for ourselves!

When 3D Printing moves into public beta, you're going to want to get the word out. And fast! One of the best ways to advertise ourselves across the entire Stack Exchange network is through community ...
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What is our scope? [closed]

There has been a lot of questions and confusion about what is acceptable here on 3D Printing SE. Let's go ahead and discuss what types of questions should be acceptable on the site. We're going to do ...
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Remember to vote!

In past few months, there are a devastatingly few number of users that cast up votes, and many of users aren't coming back to site, and existing users don't have so much reputation, because no one is ...
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What does it take to get out of Beta stage?

I can't find an answer to this question on the "mother" meta website; hope this is not related to my choice of words in the search box. The statistics of the 3D Printing on Area51 show that only few ...
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FDM printer that can also mill and engrave — what's in scope?

I just got a printer with swappable heads that can do FDM 3d printing, milling, and laser engraving. Presumably questions relating to the first are in scope here; how about the others? Or how about ...
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Closing/locking too many questions?

I've been seeing feedback from people in other 3DP communities that they think this stack exchange site is driving away new users by holding newbie questions to an excessively high standard for ...
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Are questions that tangentially involve 3D printing on topic?

It is very easy to ask questions that only tangentially involve 3D printing, such as: How do I drill a hole in a 3D printed part? How do I paint 3D printed parts? How do I sand, smooth, etc...? How ...
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On-topic has been updated - finally!

Our topics page has been sorely lacking for a few years now, and in need of an update, in order to reflect what the site has become, and to take into account what people has been asking for. Note that,...
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Hobbyist Machine questions On-Topic?

We have a recent question that brings up the question of "Should we support general hobbyist questions?" Currently, there doesn't appear to be a viable site within the SE network. The question at ...
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Naming convention for tags with CamelCase or Pre-Fix

Are there any official naming conventions for tag names on Stack Exchange? And if not, how should tags be named? From what I understand, one typically adds a dash (-) where you normally would leave a ...
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Vote early, Vote often

A big shout out to all of us for a successful graduation into private beta. Let's make it a success now, and make sure we graduate into a full-fledged site. So, this is one post which every user of ...
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Can we get MathJax enabled?

Our site is dealing with electronics and practical engineering, so we use formulas in questions and answers on occasion, most usually when we have to figure out electronic ratings. When we talk ...
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3D Printing SE Beta Status

I'd like to talk about site building a little bit. We have now been in public Beta for almost a year now and I feel that we've learned a lot about what audience we have here on Stack Exchange. However,...
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Is there any way to prevent endless “best first printer” posts?

It's pretty manageable right now due to the low question rate, but I think maybe ~3% of all questions this site will get, forever, will be "what's the best printer" or "what printer should I buy" type ...
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YouTube video embedding has been ENABLED for this site

By reqest of this community, direct embedding of YouTube videos has been ENABLED. When you include a valid YouTube link on a line by itself, the video will appear in your post automatically. There ...
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What about mystery-problem troubleshooting requests?

I feel like questions along the lines of, "my printer is crashing for no obvious reason, what should I do?" may be too broad and open-ended for this format. It's better handled by a forum where people ...
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Post Closing Issues

The amount of posts being voted to closed is getting ridiculous. The last two posts have been printing related, one looking for information and the other a design question for 3D printing yet both ...
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Fixing the filament tags

We currently have quite a few tags about filament: filament plastic-filament thermoplastic-filament etc. I feel like we need to clean these up and make clear what we'll use each tag for. Thoughts?
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Discussions type: X 3d printer is good? are acceptable

Questions like: x 3d printer is good? or if it is my first printer, which model would you recommend or What printer model to buy? are on-topic? I think if you ask I can not do x with ...
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What should our documentation contain?

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: What should our documentation contain? Much of the sites documentation will be the same as on every other Stack Exchange site: “be nice,” “how to ...
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Don't forget the space!

Should there be a space between a quantity and its (SI) units? For example: 1.56mm or 1.56 mm Which is correct?
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Another approach to solving “purchase” questions

I originally posted this on Meta StackExchange to judge whether my thoughts fit within SE and have been redirected back to our Meta. We've received a few questions along the lines of purchasing ...
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The fine line between 3d and CAD

I have noticed that we are getting a lot of questions like this one Which really are CAD / Mech engineering questions. I will note this person needed several rewrites of his question. Though I am not ...
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support-material / support-structures Tag unification?

Should these two tags be unified? I don't think there is the need to have separate tags for support's structure and material, since the material is in most cases the same as printed. In the few cases ...
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FFF/FDM vs… everything else?

The questions so far are pretty strongly geared towards hobbyist/consumer FFF machines. That's not necessarily bad, since that's where most legit questions will come from. (Not much reason to ask ...
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Bio-Printing Questions Okay?

A recent question regarding bio-printing has been put on hold and I'd like to discuss the validity of the question here in the 3D Printing community. I personally feel that the question fits within ...
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Are questions about sharing settings On Topic?

With reference to this question: should questions about sharing settings for printers and slicers etc. be considered as on topic for this site? Or looked at it differently: how can one turn a ...
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Canonicalizing/verbosifying software names?

Every time I write "Cura" in a question or answer, it gets edited to "Ultimaker Cura", most recently resulting in awkward verbose repetition that required additional edits to fix. I don't see any ...
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Questions about Makerspaces and 3-D Printers?

Are questions about 3-D printers and their use in makerspaces allowed, for example, "What are the best practices for the maintenance of 3-D printers in makerspaces?" and "What is the best software ...
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Tag Maintenance Summer 2019

We should do some tag maintenance, especially regarding printers to make them easier to read. Use an answer to propose a change, merge or split. Discussions for each change should go into the comments ...
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Is 3D Printing SE appropriate for getting feedback on feasibility of a model?

As a newbie to 3D printing, I would like to get some feedback on a model I have created before sending it off to get printed. I don't yet own a printer, and I have never sent anything out to get ...
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Are Questions about Online 3-D printing services allowed?

Are questions about online 3-d printing services allowed? For example, if someone needs a prototype and is not so concerned with the actual process of 3-D printing, and the question is around the '...
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Are questions about availability of 3D models on-topic?

I recently asked a question (Is there any public and reasonably accurate 3D scan from a Cray-2 computer?) about where to find (if there is any, because I tried and there seems not to be) a 3D model of ...
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Which SE sites should we target with community ads?

In the interest of upping our visits and regular users, and with respect to this meta post, Community Ads! Let's make 2d ads for ourselves!, we have these suggestions for advertising SE.3D ...
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Are questions involving legal issues and 3D printing on-topic?

This site may attract questions such as Is it legal to sell 3D printed objects from a model repository? Are 3D printed guns legal in my jurisdiction? If my custom-built printer sets my house on fire, ...
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How do we get more traffic to the site?

We have only had activity on 3 questions in the past 2 days. It is recommended that we get 10 new questions per day. This is far below these goals. What can we do to get more questions?
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How do we handle recommendations?

Stack exchange isn't a good platform for product recommendations in general, but a few sites allow it with a tight focus and control. Some that have allowed it in the past have decided to discontinue ...
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What should be the name of our chatroom?

I believe this question is asked on every private Beta... what should be the name of our chatroom?
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Pro Tem Moderator Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Wondering why CNC questions in general are not welcome here

Following this issue I would like to propose to allow general CNC related questions here as well. 3D Printers are CNC machines, they only add instead of subtract. 3D printers use G-Code, just like CNC ...
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Why don't people Accept Answers?

I'll start off on a good note and congratulate everyone in the community for continually supporting each other. We have maintained a great answer rate here on 3D Printing SE with a answer rate of 96%. ...
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Are questions from people who lack knowledge of 3D printing looking to discover how to have something printed on-topic?

Context: I have absolutely no knowledge of 3D printing other than you need a computer, a printer, some software, and a design. That is literally the extent of my knowledge on 3D printing. However, I ...
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Answers that don't answer the question

This has inspired some discussion and I may be just splitting hairs, but I've always been confused by this strategy. The specific example I'm referring to is here: https://3dprinting.stackexchange....
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Why do the [3d-printer] and [3d-printing] tags exist?

I noticed that the most popular tag (82 questions tagged) is 3d-printer, and that we also have a 3d-printing tag (23 questions). These seem extremely redundant to me, given that they should apply to ...
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Questions about software and websites?

So far, it seems like questions about slicing engine software are within scope. However, what about questions about web applications such as Thingiverse, Tinkercad, GrabCAD, etc.? This makes me think ...
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Is it OK to ask about companies that make 3D printers or related products?

It appears that the manufacturer of my 3D Printer may have gone belly up. Can I ask about that in the 3D Printing site?
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Tag for MatterControl app

As we got tags for other applications like cura | slic3r | meshmixer etc. I vote to add new tag mattercontrol for MatterControl application. There could be also synonym matter-control. In general we ...
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Are software recommendation questions allowed here?

We've recently had a number of questions of the form "What is a good design software for X?" What is the best 3D modeling software for a beginner on a 3D printed mini barrel project? What is a good ...