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Why is "Learning to Patch Synthesizers" locked?

Why is Learning to Patch Synthesizers locked? Is it because the question is too vague? It has a lot of useful info in the answers that I don't know you'd find anywhere else. I'm asking because one of ...
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How can we refine the "basic analysis" close reason?

Here's a great example of a question that generated several thoughtful and interesting answers in which advanced members of the community disagreed: How does one differentiate a song in Dorian vs. a ...
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Tag proposal: [ancient-greece]

Periodically we get questions related to the music of ancient Greece, which had a unique musical culture in both practice and theory. The study of music in ancient Greece is an academic specialty and ...
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Is it just me, or is adding pictures to a reply broken?

Is it just me, or is adding pictures to a reply broken?
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my question is closed with an invalid(?) reason

I asked [this question][1] yesterday. The question is closed as it's claimed to be 'opinion-based'. Plus, history tag becomes useless. There is not a biased or subjective opinion in this question. Do ...
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Merge [church-music] and [hymnody] tags into new [sacred-music] tag

The question Notes not adding up to time signature, with weird white oval note turned out to be related to a piece of Punjabi Christian sacred music. In looking to add an appropriate tag to the ...
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Are "name that song" questions appropriate here?

Are "name that song" questions appropriate here on music.stackexchange.com? For instance, if users have already asked on all the other forums, Reddit, etc.
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Should there be a tag for questions about Scheme?

There are over 400 questions with tag lilypond on SE: MP&T, these are about the music programming language LilyPond. However, at least 20 of theses questions* are really about Scheme. Scheme is ...
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Looking for users interested in committing to the chat room(s)

I'm looking for like-minded MP&T users to help grow our use of The Practice Room (our main chat room), The Auditorium (for posting recordings of oneself), Saptak (for discussion of Indian ...
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Legal question prohibition vs. copyright questions and the [copyright] tag: Close them all and remove the tag [duplicate]

There is currently a contradiction between prohibition of legal questions and the existence (and usage) of the copyrights tag. The legal questions prohibition is long established. For example On our ...
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The Copyrights tag

There are a dozen or so questions with the copyrights tag, many currently pending closure. Legal issues are off-topic on SE: Music Practice & Theory (see: Are questions on copyright on topic?). ...
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I asked 1 question in total, it has 4 upvotes, 3 answers, 0 flags. How can I have a history of asking low quality questions?

Day 4: Dom kindly provided some background information as he/she stated in the comments. The moderation still claims that both accounts are mine, but I've had only 1 account. On top of that, depending ...
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Is "homework" a close reason?

I've heard several comments lately saying that we don't allow questions asking us to "do your homework for you," and I wanted to check since I'm not aware of it as an official position. Note,...
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Do we have a canonical post for "Music doesn't have to be in a key" and/or "As long as it sounds good ..."?

The question Non Diatonic Harmonization?, at core, comes down to the same "you can do anything if you like the sound", "rules are only guidelines", "music doesn't have to be ...
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Please undelete my answer

I wrote an answer to this question: Software to sync with tempo in violin It was deleted. There were two comments: This looks like a product advertisement. The main claim (that one should not use a ...
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RIP Dave Smith, inventor of the Prophet 5 synth

Dave Smith (1950-2022) was a musician and engineer who founded Sequential Circuits (a major synth manufacturer) and invented the Prophet 5 synthesizer. The Prophet 5 was a significant milestone in ...
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New tag for Buy/Purchase/Shop?

We have enough questions asking about how to buy various products, I wonder if a tag would be helpful in categorizing and finding them. As someone who uses tag searches, it would be helpful to me. Say ...
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Can opinion based questions be valuable?

At this moment the question How can I stop playing notes and start playing music? has already 14 answers, yet the highest voted one has only two upvotes, 3 questions have 1 upvote, remaining 10 have ...
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To what degree are music business questions off topic?

Our Help Center indicates that "business" questions are off-topic for MP&T: Music: Practice & Theory Stack Exchange is for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. If you have a ...
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What are the primary rationales for banning "recommendation" questions (to help decide when something should be CVed and when it shouldn't)

I was looking at this question, "Are there any keyboards that can let you do pitch-bend by directly manipulating the key," which has attracted several close votes as a "recommendation ...
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Can I please create a canonical grouping question?

I have some resource material from ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and UNISA than can answer all the grouping questions that are a recurring theme here. I can ask and answer my own question and create a ...
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Is the second Open Mic Nite open in the Auditorium?

Is the Open Mic Nite happening right now? Again? (note to dup script: this is a different one than the last question)
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Is the first Open Mic Nite open in the Auditorium?

Is the Open Mic Nite happening right now?
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If we have an Auditorium, should we have Concerts?

I recently became aware that we have at least 2 regular chatrooms. The Practice Room for general music p&p chitchat. And The Auditorium for performance critique. Now, I think this is great in its ...
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Single question posts with answers duplicating each other

I frequently run into questions which have multiple answer posts, two or more of which are saying the same thing. Sometimes this is valuable. Each post might contain a nugget that another doesn't, or ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Updating close reasons to fit the new format

As another year of Music SE comes to a close, it brings an opportunity for us as a site to reflect and make the site better. One way we can do this is through a newish global SE improvement. The close ...
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Incorrectly closed question?

A question entitled "What makes a song a Christmas song?" was closed as opinion-based. Apart from lyrics, what features have been common to Christmas music in different traditions and eras ...
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What to do if a bounty attracted no activity?

I posted a question and got several up-votes but neither comments nor answers. I offered a 100 pt. bounty, and still nothing. I don't really care about losing the points but I really AM hoping for ...
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Lyric translations

There's been an interesting discussion here and there was a suggestion to pose a question at ELU as to what cultural considerations should be taken into account by music teachers deciding whether to ...
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How invasive of an edit is too invasive?

I recently made an edit to an answer and another user raised the question of whether it was "kosher." In this case, I feel pretty confident that it's reasonable (or else I wouldn't have done ...
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How can a question closed as "seeking recommendations for specific equipment" be made on-topic?

In particular, I am looking at this Q&A: Detect piano notes and chords. The original post was an explicit request for software recommendations: Is there an app or open source software that can ...
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Controversial question — might need to be improved

I've recently posted a question: When should tenor clef be used? Apparently it's somewhat controversial. Within just 1 day two weeks it's attracted: 2k views 8 up-votes 9 up-votes 3 down-votes 5 ...
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Is this question seeking personal advice on topic?

How do I get started again when I've lost heart? The OP seems to have had a rough time; I can sympathize with that, but "does anybody have any tips on how to move past great loss.... if ...
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Communication about deletion

Why isn't there a communication of cause when an answer is deleted? I signed up a few days ago and posted my second answer to someone and was maliciously downvoted then deleted but someone with a ...
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Convert "What are the most common uses for stereo channels on a mixer?" to community wiki?

The question What are the most common uses for stereo channels on a mixer? is one we might normally close, being a "list question". But it's clearly popular and valuable. I wonder if it ...
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Are questions under the "mixer" tag more appropriately asked in a different exchange?

I asked a question about mixers here which got many replies and no comments calling it off topic. Since then I have found the Sound Design exchange which seems like a more appropriate exchange for ...
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Create tag "overtone-singing"?

There's a small handful of questions on the site that relate to overtone singing, but they use fairly divergent terminology so it's hard to collect them all. An overtone-singing tag would encompass ...
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Meta-SE discussion about "unpinning" accepted answers

We should probably weigh in on this discussion that's looking for input from the component SE sites. The proposal is to no longer "pin" the accepted answer to be the first displayed, and ...
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Why would a question about a specific composer's techniques be off-topic?

Question https://musicfans.stackexchange.com/questions/12245/in-which-of-his-works-did-mussorgsky-include-features-of-human-speech was migrated to MusicFans with the option "Not suitable for this ...
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Diminished and half-diminished chord notation

I'd like to discuss symbols used to notate diminished and half-diminished chords in Music SE. They are often notated with an open or single-crossed circle. Sometimes it is referred to as "zero&...
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Which question about piano finger-sustain notation is "canon", and which is duplicate?

There are two questions about how to notate a piano broken chord in which each note is sustained with the fingers while the others are played. Is there piano notation for finger sustained notes (as ...
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Tag Synonyms Proposals Repository!

Let's not kid ourselves - no one actually uses the "suggest tag synonyms" feature. It's slow, obscure, and difficult to obtain the relevant privileges. I even took the liberty of writing up ...
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Should I just go and make a community wiki about time signatures?

I seem to be repeating myself regularly when questions about time-signatures come up. Should we not just make a big community thread composing of all the related time-signatures and point askers ...
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What is a sufficiently "substantial" question?

This question began with my curiosity about the close votes and decision on this recent question: Help me figure out the mode of this Howard Shore piece The rationale given for closing is as follows: ...
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Are answers to off-topic questions worthy of downvotes and/or flags?

It's well established on SE sites that off-topic questions should not be answered. For example, see Should we be answering questions that are off topic? What are comments for, and when shouldn't I ...
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ABCjs examples require refresh to render... even for the OP? [duplicate]

Forgive me if this is a duplicate; I don't see the same issue. I added some ABCjs examples to an answer (https://music.stackexchange.com/a/115586/78419) and, as expected, saw the familiar "C e a ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Should [tag:learning-resources] posts still be considered on-topic or made off-topic?

The question Reading list for music theory for a self taught was closed as off-topic (including a close vote from me). However, in updating the tags, I noticed our guidance for learning-resources: ......
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Is it on topic to ask about how to improve the recording of an acoustic piano?

I think this is almost on the same vein as this meta question, but I still wanted to make sure. I tried to record myself trying out an upright piano at the piano store with a portable recording device....
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